ASIA NEWS BITES: Islamists Kill 13 in Philippines, US to Help Duterte; Thai Man Jailed 35 Years for Facebook Posts; China's One Dog Policy

ASIA NEWS BITES: Islamists Kill 13 in Philippines, US to Help Duterte; Thai Man Jailed 35 Years for Facebook Posts; China's One Dog Policy

What you need to know

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


The Chinese police said this week that they had arrested 22 people suspected of selling the personal data of an unspecified number of Apple customers. The police, in Cangnan County in the eastern province of Zhejiang, said the thieves had reaped 50 million renminbi, or about $7.3 million, over an unspecified period. - The New York Times

China cranks up the heat on exiled tycoon Guo Wengui. Beijing airs allegations involving whistleblowing businessman living in New York as subordinates are tried for fraud in unusually open proceedings. - The Wall Street Journal

In China, video of deadly accident reignites the debates over the lack of trust. - The New York Times

For decades, China harshly enforced its one-child policy through forced abortions and hefty fines. Now the government in one Chinese city is seeking to exert control over another segment of the population, limiting households to one dog each. - The Guardian

China said on Friday it was monitoring U.S. military activities in the South China Sea after two US bombers conducted training flights over the disputed waters. - Al Jazeera

Three executives of a Chinese investment firm linked to outspoken Communist Party critic Guo Wengui confessed to fraud on Friday, as the billionaire property tycoon lobs corruption allegations at high-level officials from abroad. - Hong Kong Free Press


Chi Po-lin (齊柏林), director of the much acclaimed documentary "Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above"(看見台灣), is believed to be one of the three people killed when the aircraft they were in crashed in a township in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County Saturday, local police said. - Central News Agency

The National Immigration Agency said that an 18-year-old Hong Kong woman who allegedly jumped bail in the territory after being accused of offenses in last year’s Mong Kok civil unrest has overstayed her visa by more than four months. - The Taipei Times

Zipcar, the largest car-sharing service network in the world, launched its business in the Asia-Pacific region on Friday when it started operations in Taipei. - The Taipei Times

A former U.S. defense official said on Friday that Washington's arms sale policy toward Taiwan is not expected to see major change under the administration of President Donald Trump. - Central News Agency


More than 200 Myanmar migrants who were working in a chicken factory in Htamakan town in Thailand’s Kachanaburi Province have been arrested for working without permits, according to a Myanmar embassy official and a Thailand-based migrant aid organization. - The Myanmar Times

Twenty-nine bodies, including 8 children, retrieved from plane crash. - The Myanmar Times

After reforms by Myanmar’s post-2011 government, the landscape for both mainstream and ethnic media has changed dramatically, with new media outlets blooming. - Irrawaddy


Toshiba to cough up $3.68 billion to finish troubled U.S. nuclear plant. - The Wall Street Journal

Japan’s parliament has passed a law allowing emperor Akihito to become the country’s first monarch to abdicate in more than 200 years, but left the door open to a debate over the possibility of allowing females to ascend the throne. - The Guardian

The Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank sells a cute, humanoid robot named Pepper with blinking eyes and the ability to read human emotion. - The New York Times

The government is calling on citizens abroad to contact Japanese diplomatic missions if they find a map showing the Sea of Japan labeled as the East Sea, the name favored by South Korea. - The Japan Times


A Thai man has been jailed for 35 years for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said, in one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand’s ultra-rich monarchy from criticism. - The Guardian

South Korea:

A top South Korean national security official sought to tamp down concerns about the government’s commitment to a controversial U.S. missile-defense system, days after Seoul raised alarms about whether it would proceed with the deployment. - The Wall Street Journal

North Korea:

A former U.S. ambassador wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal Friday warning that North Korea’s nuclear threat is not limited to a bomb striking a U.S. city. - Fox News

Hong Kong:

‘It’s not just a gay problem’: head of Aids Concern Hong Kong says growing number of HIV cases a concern for the whole of society. - Hong Kong Free Press

‘We should stand firm on human rights’: Australia-based scholar recounts detention ordeal in China. - Hong Kong Free Press


While it is assumed that a terrorist attack will take place in Singapore at some point, the country is psychologically prepared for it, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in an interview with Australia’s ABC Radio National broadcast on Saturday (Jun 10). - ChannelNews Asia

The ‘demand and supply’ fuelling Singapore’s premium foreign sex industry. - ChannelNews Asia


Philippine military says 13 soldiers killed in Friday's battle with militants. - ChannelNews Asia

U.S. special forces are helping the Philippine military retake the southern city of Marawi from IS-linked militants, the Philippine army says. - BBC

Malacañang on Saturday welcomed British Ambassador Asif Ahmad’s statement that there is nothing wrong with the declaration of martial law as long as its implementation is in line with the Constitution. - The Philippine Star

The Philippine military on Friday (Jun 9) asked Facebook to close dozens of accounts linked to militants who attacked a southern city, saying they were being used for propaganda. - Channel News Asi


Vietnam’s communications ministry has proposed fines of up to VND50 million (US$2,200) for those using social media to spread distorted information or to expose other people’s secrets. - Vn Express


Indonesians spend the most money on treating diseases caused by obesity in Southeast Asia last year, a report by a public-private organization showed. - The Jarkata Globe

The schoolgirl thrash metal band smashing stereotypes in Indonesia. -The Guardian