ASIA NEWS BITES: Activists who Probed Ivanka's China Deals 'Met with Accident'; Chinese Ice Hockey Plans; US Gives Duterte Guns; Foxconn links with Amazon and Apple for Toshiba

ASIA NEWS BITES:  Activists who Probed Ivanka's China Deals 'Met with Accident'; Chinese Ice Hockey Plans; US Gives Duterte Guns; Foxconn links with Amazon and Apple for Toshiba
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What you need to know

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


Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi said on Monday that one of three labor activists detained after they investigated working practices at two factories supplying shoes for Ivanka Trump's own brand, has "met with an accident," his lawyer told RFA on Monday. - Radio Free Asia

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson forcefully called on China to stop militarizing islands in the South China Sea, to pressure North Korea and broadly to assume a more responsible role in Asia-Pacific stability. - The Wall Street Journal

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced on Monday that it would expand to China, beginning next season, becoming one of the first North American professional sports leagues to field a team in Asia. - The New York Times


Many residents have grown impatient and wary as clashes between government forces and terrorists approach the 3rd week and civilians remained trapped in the combat zone. - Rappler

"The President is offering P10 million reward money for the neutralization of Isnilon Hapilon who is believed to be leading the terrorist Maute-ISIS group in attacking Marawi City," said the press release issued by Año. - Rappler

The United States on Monday gave the Philippines hundreds of machine guns, pistols and grenade launchers, which a local commander said would be used against Islamist militants battling troops in a southern city. - AFP via South China Morning Post

Philippine lawmakers ask top court to nullify the martial law. - CBC World


Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) is to join forces with U.S. technology giants Apple and Amazon in its bid for the semiconductor business of Japan’s Toshiba Corp, the firm’s chairman said in an interview with a Japanese newspaper yesterday. - The Taipei Times

China hit back at Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) offer to help China transition to democracy. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said only mainland Chinese had the right to speak on mainland affairs while suggesting Tsai could better spend her time reflecting on “the widespread discontent” in Taiwan and the “reasons behind why cross-strait relations had reached an impasse. - Reuters

About half of the respondents of an opinion poll said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should replace the Taiwan independence clause in its charter with a new clause based on maintaining the “status quo” in cross-strait relations, while most respondents said President Tsai Ing-wen has failed to keep her promise to maintain the “status quo.” - The Taipei Times

Hong Kong:

Christian students and LGBT rights activists conducted a protest of the Hong Kong Red Cross’ ban on gay men donating blood at the NGO’s annual award-giving ceremony on Sunday. - Hong Kong Free Press

Pro-Beijing newspapers bury or ignore Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil. - Hong Kong Free Press

Beijing “would not hesitate” to interpret the Basic Law if filibustering at the Legislative Council proved detrimental to the city’s governance, a leading Beijing adviser on Hong Kong affairs has warned. - Soutch China Morning Post


Singapore may still be among the region's top dogs when it comes to medical tourism, but its neighbors are swiftly closing the gap. - The Straits Times

Prince Harry eats with Singapore's Muslim community as prayers offered for victims of London terror attack. - The Telegraph

Nine lots of a brand of HIV screening test kits have been recalled, after it was found that the kits could result in false negative results for some people in the early stages of an HIV infection, announced the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on Monday (Jun 5). - Channel News Asia


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that Japan is ready to cooperate with China’s “One Belt, One Road” cross-continental infrastructure development scheme, under certain conditions. - The Japan Times

As demographic changes make it increasingly hard for rural men to find partners, authorities in Niigata Prefecture have begun holding matchmaking events in which women from far afield are invited to meet a potential mate in one of Japan’s major agricultural regions. - The Japan Times

North Korea:

North Korean authorities are refusing to allow a South Korean group from visiting the North because of Friday's UNSC sanctions, says Korean Sharing Movement. -North Korea News

North Korea showcases fighter jets, helicopters in annual air contest. - North Korea News

South Korea:

A U.S. school for children with disabilities said Sunday it will dedicate a statue next week in memory of a South Korean boy murdered by his American adoptive father. - The Korea Times

Many nominees for top government posts in Korea have faced trouble during the National Assembly confirmation hearings for having children with U.S. citizenship. - The Korea Times


On World Environment Day, World Wildlife Fund Indonesia and Malaysia released an executive summary of an upcoming publication titled "The Environmental Status of Borneo 2016," predicting that Borneo could lose 75 percent of its forest by 2020 due to the alarming level of deforestation on the island. - The Jarkata Globe

The majority of Indonesians oppose the Islamic State movement and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, or HTI — the local chapter of an international Muslim organization seeking to establish a theocratic state comprising all Muslim countries — a national survey conducted by the Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting, or SMRC, revealed. - The Jarkata Globe


Vietnam's first 7-Eleven store to open in Saigon this June. - Saigoneer

Lawmakers lament unsafe food giving Vietnamese 'long, slow death'. - Vn Express


A Cambodian immigration officer and a Thai military officer were questioned on Monday in Thailand after dozens of guns and grenades, and thousands of rounds of ammunition, were found in a crashed pickup truck, according to a checkpoint official and Thai media reports. - The Cambodia Dialy