ASIA NEWS BITES: Australian Jailed in China for Promoting Gambling; Liu Xiaobo Released with Terminal Cancer; Vatican Concerned Over Bishop in China

ASIA NEWS BITES: Australian Jailed in China for Promoting Gambling; Liu Xiaobo Released with Terminal Cancer; Vatican Concerned Over Bishop in China
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What you need to know

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

China:

A senior executive of Australian casino company Crown Resorts pleaded guilty Monday to gambling crimes in China and was sentenced to 10 months in prison, capping an episode that has chilled efforts by casinos to lure Chinese high-rollers. - The Wall Street Journal

China's jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month. - AFP via The News Lens

The Vatican has expressed “grave concern” for one of its bishops in China, saying he was being held in an unknown location after being “forcibly removed” from his diocese. - The Guardian

Queuing for subway tickets could become a thing of the past in the Chinese capital if a trial that involves mobile phones is deemed a success. - Channel NewsAsia

Hong Kong:

The world is watching Hong Kong as a “test case” of whether Chinese promises mean anything, Britain’s last governor said ahead of the 20th anniversary of his tearful departure from the city. - AFP viaHong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters have draped a black flag over a statue symbolising the city's return to China by Britain, just days before a visit by President Xi Jinping to mark 20 years since the handover. - Al Jazeera

Zhuhai Airport could act as Hong Kong’s ‘fourth runway’ in bid to strengthen economic ties and boost air traffic. - South China Morning Post

No political censorship will be imposed on titles sold at the annual Hong Kong Book Fair as long as exhibitors “comply with the law,” the organizer pledged, amid concerns publications advocating independence for the city will be removed. - South China Morning Post

Taiwan:

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense on Sunday declined to comment on media reports that China's Liaoning aircraft carrier will pass either along Taiwan's east or its west coast on the way to Hong Kong this week. - Central News Agency

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) approval rating has dropped to a new low of 33 percent due to diplomatic failures and the unpopularity of her administration’s key policies, a monthly opinion poll released yesterday found. - The Taipei Times

Myanmar:

Seven people, including three reporters, have been detained and charged by the military in Myanmar’s volatile northeastern Shan State for “having connections” to an ethnic armed group that has engaged in recent hostilities with the armed forces, the national army said on Monday. - Radio Free Asia

Mongolia:

Voting is under way across Mongolia's cities, townships and prairies, as the country chooses a new president amid worries about corruption and economic turmoil. - Al Jazeera

India:

President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, two nationalist leaders with a shared passion for social media, met on Monday as India sought to vie with China for Mr. Trump’s favor in the region. - The New York Times

The People's Liberation Army on Monday accused the Indian military of stopping the construction of a road in what it claims to be China's "sovereign territory" in the Sikkim section of the India-China border and said the move has "seriously damaged" border peace and tranquillity. - NDTV

Japan:

Airbag maker Takata Corp., facing an estimated ¥1.7 trillion in liabilities, filed Monday for bankruptcy protection under the Civil Rehabilitation Law in what is expected to be Japan’s biggest postwar bankruptcy involving a manufacturer. - The Japan Times

The government has expressed regret over recent remarks by South Korean President Moon Jae-in about the March 2011 crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, according to sources. - The Japan Times

The Japanese government has created a nationwide television broadcast advising civilians on how to protect themselves in the event of a North Korean missile attack. - The Telegraph

Japan will consider increasing the pace of upgrades to its ballistic missile defense system in cooperation with the United States as the allies race to meet the threat posed by an effective increase in the speed of North Korean missiles, a Japanese government source said. - The Japan Times

North Korea:

Kim Jong-sun: why North Korea is taking holiday inspiration from Benidorm. - The Guardian

South Korea:

South Korea’s foreign minister indicated strongly on Monday that her government would honor an agreement to deploy an American missile-defense system despite protests and economic retaliation from China. - The New York Times

Indonesia:

Indonesian police have found hundreds of books containing Islamic State propaganda targeting children at the home of a suspect arrested in connection with the stabbing death of an officer, a police spokeswoman said on Monday (26/06). - The Jarkata Globe

Philippines:

The continuing fatal siege on the troubled southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines could not be replicated elsewhere in the region, experts say. - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The terrorist leadership in Marawi City is reportedly unraveling as government forces resumed air strikes yesterday to flush out the followers of the Maute brothers Omar Khayyam and Abdullah and the Abu Sayyaf faction of Isnilon Hapilon, the military said. - The Philippines Star