ASIA NEWS BITES: Chinese Delegation Sparks Furor in Australia over Taiwan; China's Military Regroups; THAAD Goes Live

ASIA NEWS BITES: Chinese Delegation Sparks Furor in Australia over Taiwan; China's Military Regroups; THAAD Goes Live
What you need to know

A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.

Participants at an intergovernmental meeting hosted by Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop in Perth have described "disgusting" and "extraordinary" scenes as the Chinese government delegation shouted over the welcome to country ceremony and forced the suspension of proceedings. A Taiwanese delegation was then ejected. – Sydney Morning Herald

Five Voice of America (VOA) journalists who produced an interview with billionaire Guo Wengui airing corruption allegations in China have been suspended by the US-funded network. – Hong Kong Free Press

A Tibetan woman jailed for four years in China’s Sichuan province for blocking police from seizing the remains of a self-immolation protester has been released in poor health after serving her full sentence, a Tibetan source says. – Radio Free Asia

Dozens of ethnic Uyghurs from a small village in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region, including several sets of siblings, have been swept up in a recent crackdown on “illegal religious activities” after they attended lectures by unsanctioned imams, according to local officials. – Radio Free Asia

China on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working. – Reuters

China is working on next-generation 400 kilometre-an-hour bullet trains that will be ready by 2020 for markets linked to the country’s One Belt One Road program. – China People’s Daily

China's Central Military Commission (CMC) has taken another step towards streamlining and modernizing the People's Liberation Army (PLA) by deciding to regroup the PLA ground forces into 13 corps from the previous 18, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 27 April. - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.

An American missile-defense system deployed to counter growing threats from North Korea has gone into operation in South Korea, officials said on Tuesday. – The New York Times

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for a Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalist after he skipped a court summons related to a prison visit he made with opposition politicians. – The Cambodia Daily

A conservation group in Central Kalimantan called the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, or BOS Foundation, has rescued an extremely rare five-year-old female albino orangutan in the village of Tanggirang in Kapuas Hulu, Central Kalimantan. – The Jakarta Globe