ASIA NEWS BITES: New South Korea President; Guangdong Protests; Thailand Bombing; Japan's 'Baby Hatch'

ASIA NEWS BITES: New South Korea President;  Guangdong Protests; Thailand Bombing; Japan's 'Baby Hatch'
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What you need to know

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

South Kore

President-elect Moon Jae-in faces a huge task to keenly coordinate his foreign and security policies with the Donald Trump administration amid advancing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. - Korea Times


Chinese President Xi Jinping told French President-elect Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday that he would uphold the Paris Agreement on curbing climate change. - France 24

China has recently tested a new type of guided missile in a northeastern sea near the Korean peninsula, the defense ministry said Tuesday, hours after South Korean elections held amid regional tensions. - AFP via Hong Kong Free Press

China rejected on Monday criticism from the United Nations over the detention of a Chinese human rights lawyer, calling it an interference in the country’s domestic affairs.- AFP via Hong Kong Free Press

Protests in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong against a planned waste incinerator plant escalated on Tuesday with local residents shutting up businesses and students striking from class in spite of a huge security presence, information blackout. - Radio Free Asia

China may be developing a new anti-ship weapon that combines technologies derived from developments in cruise missiles and ground-effect vehicles (GEVs). - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

Hong Kong:

Two pro-democracy activists have been deported by Macau hours after successfully entering the Special Administrative Region, which is currently hosting a Chinese state leader. It came after several other Hong Kong pro-democracy figures were denied entry ahead of the visit. - Hong Kong Free Press

A consultancy report that reflected “strong” public support for building Hong Kong’s version of the Palace Museum has been unanimously endorsed by the authority set to manage the project, with an aim to finalize a deal with Beijing by next month. - South China Morning Post


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President-elect Emmanuel Macron agreed in telephone talks Tuesday to confront protectionism and work together toward an early broad agreement in free trade negotiations between Japan and the European Union. - The Japan Times

The controversial “baby hatch” set up at a Kumamoto hospital in 2007 to enable people to leave infants anonymously took in a total of 125 babies over nine years through March last year. - The Japan Times


The Taiwan government yesterday denounced Taiwan’s exclusion from this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), but said it would still send a delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, at the time the 10-day conference is being held. - The Taipei Times

Two Perry-class guided missile frigates Taiwan purchased from the United States are expected to arrive in Kaohsiung later this week and be commissioned into service next year, according to the military. - Central New Agency


Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained a Uyghur woman for retweeting social media posts quoting the Quran and other religious content. - Radio Free Asia

Uyghur students enrolled in schools outside China are being ordered by Chinese authorities to return to their hometowns by May 20, with family members in some cases held hostage to force their return, sources in Xinjiang and in Egypt say. - Radio Free Asia

North Korea:

North Korea to attend Belt and Road summit in Beijing, China. Attendance expected despite ongoing sanctions and cooling relations. - North Korea News


Pattani bomb blasts leave scores hurt, Udomdej denies attack linked to Islamic State. - Bangkok Post

The Thai ambassador to Seoul has written to a human rights award committee in South Korea asking it to reconsider honoring jailed activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa this month, who stands accused of breaking lese majeste and other laws. - Bangkok Post


The North Jakarta District Court found incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama guilty of blasphemy and sentenced him to two years in prison on Tuesday morning.- Jakarta Globe

Thousands of pro-Ahok supporters and anti-Ahok protesters gathered outside the court in South Jakarta on Tuesday morning amid heavy security as Ahok was handed down a sentence which was unexpectedly harsher than recommended by prosecutors.- Jakarta Globe


A U.N. peacekeeper from Cambodia was shot dead during an ambush in the Central African Republic on Tuesday and Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for the safe release of three others who went missing. - The Cambodia Daily

In what appears to be the government’s first official admission that a crackdown on the illicit timber trade is failing, the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday ordered its provincial offices to address what it called a recent spike in illegal logging and trafficking.- The Cambodia Daily


The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has canceled the import licenses of 679 Vietnamese food and beverage manufacturers that did not re-register with the agency as required or did so without following current procedures. - Vietnam News


Protests continue in India after the government failed to act decisively against cow vigilantes who killed several people. - Union of Catholic Asian News