ASIA NEWS BITES: China’s New Rules for News on Taiwan, SCS; Violence Warning in Cambodia; Cleaner Air for Hong Kong

ASIA NEWS BITES: China’s New Rules for News on Taiwan, SCS; Violence Warning in Cambodia; Cleaner Air for Hong Kong
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What you need to know

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

China:

Chinese authorities have said 66 of the country’s universities were affected by the global ransomware attack, but have rejected reports of widespread damage in higher-education computer systems as “malicious” hype. - AFP via Hong Kong Free Press

As China President Xi Jinping (習近平) woos world leaders in Beijing, the Xinhua news agency has announced strict rules for how Chinese journalists should refer to dozens of sensitive issues. - The News Lens

Hundreds of unregistered taxi drivers staged a second day of sit-ins outside government offices in the central Chinese province of Henan on Tuesday over new rules requiring them to register with a taxi company. - Radio Free Asia

Thailand:

Facebook came under increasing pressure from Thailand’s government on Tuesday to remove dozens of pages from its servers, a few weeks after a video that appears to show the country’s new king walking through a shopping mall in a crop top was widely shared on the site. - The New York Times

Cambodia:

The National Police on Tuesday published a brief but scathing report on business mogul Kith Meng, citing anonymous sources who accused his company of using its license to log the reservoir of the nearly completed Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam to launder timber. - The Cambodia Daily

Media experts and observers yesterday called the National Election Committee’s media code of conduct a “code of censorship” that violates Cambodia’s Constitution, warning it should not be used “to justify any clampdown” on media covering the upcoming June 4 commune elections. - The Phnom Penh Post

In the latest warning of violence and bloodshed from the ruling party, Defense Minister Tea Banh threatened on Sunday to “smash the teeth” of political opponents who demonstrate against the June 4 commune election results. - The Cambodia Daily

Vietnam:

A Vietnamese activist was arrested on May 15 for protesting an environmental disaster in central Vietnam caused by a Taiwanese company in 2016. - The News Lens

Hong Kong:

A report on Hong Kong’s efforts to improve air quality is expected to show “significant progress” towards hitting international targets in cutting pollutants over the past 4½ years and by 2020, the city’s No 2 environment official says. - South China Morning Post

A Hong Kong anti-suicide group has appealed to the public to be watchful for youngsters taking an online challenge that induces them to indulge in self-harming behavior and ultimately take their own lives. - South China Morning Post

North Korea:

The American ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday called for stiffening sanctions against North Korea and perhaps even punishing those who continue to help it, even as she acknowledged that there was no consensus yet with the North’s powerful backers in China. - The New York Times

South Korea:

Kim Gwang-ho, an automotive engineer, did something last year that many South Koreans saw as an act of betrayal: He became a whistle-blower. - The New York Times

Taiwan:

A telecom fraud ring comprised of two Taiwanese and six Chinese suspects was busted in Bangkok May 9 under a joint operation by Thai and Taiwanese police, the Thailand Immigration Bureau said Tuesday. - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan, and the Vatican signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Tuesday on joint efforts to combat international money-laundering and financial support for terrorist activities. - Focus Taiwan

Japan:

Tokyo and Washington agreed Tuesday to continue to exert pressure on Pyongyang and beef up their trilateral cooperation with Seoul in reining in its nuclear and missile programs, while stressing that dialogue remained out of the question for the moment. - The Japan Times

All four crew members were confirmed dead on Tuesday after rescuers found the wreckage of a Ground Self-Defense Force aircraft that disappeared from radar Monday in a mountainous area of Hokkaido. - The Japan Times

Myanmar:

An ultranationalist monk organization in Myanmar on Tuesday denied that it was involved in a violent confrontation between Buddhists and Muslims last week in a Yangon neighborhood where monks had claimed that ethnic Rohingya Muslims were hiding illegally. - Radio Free Asia

Malaysia:

Four Malaysian Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly stepped into the shoes of Muhd Wanndy Mohd Jedi as prime movers of the terror group's activities in Malaysia. - Channel News Asia

Indonesia:

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ordered National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and Indonesian Military, or TNI, chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo to take "firm action" against any instances of hate speech or provocative actions. - Jarkata Globe

There are no Indonesian 'natives,' scientists say. - Jarkata Globe


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