ASIA NEWS BITES: President Xi Lauds Efforts to Curb Hong Kong Independence; China Rejects Nobel Laureate's Cancer Treatment Overseas; Duterte's First Year

ASIA NEWS BITES: President Xi Lauds Efforts to Curb Hong Kong Independence; China Rejects Nobel Laureate's Cancer Treatment Overseas; Duterte's First Year
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What you need to know

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

Hong Kong:

President Xi Jinping began a landmark visit to Hong Kong on Thursday, lauding the local government for “effectively curbing” independence advocacy, and promising Beijing’s full support to usher the city into a new future. - South China Morning Post

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists who scaled the Golden Bauhinia statue on Wednesday evening have complained of receiving continuous nuisance calls during the protest, which prevented them from communicating using their mobile phones. - Hong Kong Free Press

‘Political Intimidation’: 17 democracy activists still in custody 24 hours after protesting against Xi Jinping. - Hong Kong Free Press

Reporters barred from bringing pens, books and tablet PCs to army base during Xi Jinping’s Hong Kong visit. - Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong’s PLA garrison stages biggest military parade in 20 years as Xi Jinping inspects troops. - South China Morning Post

A Chinese aircraft carrier is steaming towards Hong Kong for celebrations marking 20 years since Britain gave back the former colony, in a clear display of China’s military might. - The Hong Kong Free Press

China:

The Chinese authorities have refused permission for Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace laureate paroled from prison for cancer treatment, to go abroad for care, one of his lawyers said on Thursday. - The New York Times

Three of Beijing's outposts on contested South China Sea reefs are close to being ready for the deployment of military assets including mobile missile launchers, the U.S. think tank reported on Thursday (Jun 29). - Channel NewsAsia

British minister accused of 'appeasing' China during human rights talks. - The Guardian

New satellite imagery released by a Washington-based think tank shows that there has been no letup in the construction of military facilities in the Philippines' maritime backyard despite the warming up of Manila's relations with Beijing. - The Philippine Star

Taiwan:

Donald Trump's administration has approved US$1.3 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan, a U.S. government official said Thursday. - AFP via The News Lens

The nation’s first domestically designed satellite, the Formosat-5, is to be launched on Aug. 25 in the U.S. to resume the observation missions of the decommissioned Formosat-2, the Cabinet said yesterday. - The Taipei Times

Xinjiang :

Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are ordering residents to hand in all digital devices for “checking” at local police stations by Aug. 1, as part of an operation targeting “terrorist videos,” according to an announcement and official sources. - Radio Free Asia

Philippines:

Declining to rate his first-year performance as the country's Chief Executive, Rodrigo Duterte instead described his presidency so far as a "rollercoaster ride." Duterte, who will be Philippine President for one year on Friday, June 30, said it's only at the end of his term that he can weigh in on his successes and failures. - Rappler

Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel “atrocities” could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. - The Guardian

China offers the Philippines more aid against drugs, terrorism. - Rappler

India:

China’s largest automaker said it would start building cars in India, even as its partner in China, General Motors , quits India due to weak sales. - The Wall Street Journal

China on Thursday asked India to withdraw its troops from the Donglong area in Sikkim sector as a precondition for a "meaningful dialogue" to settle the boundary issue, warning that the Indian Army should learn "historical lessons," in an oblique reference to the 1962 war. - NDTV

North Korea:

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on a Chinese bank, a Chinese company and two Chinese citizens in an effort to crack down on North Korea’s financing and development of weapons of mass destruction. - The New York Times

Marking a new phase in the Trump administration’s pressure on North Korea, the White House said it plans to cut off China’s Bank of Dandong from the U.S. financial system, accusing it of facilitating financing for companies involved in Pyongyang’s weapons program. - The Wall Street Journal

North Korean prison camp awaits refugees caught in China. - News.com.au

South Korea:

Moon: Denuclearizing N. Korea only possible with a strong alliance. - The North Korea News

Seoul won’t downsize military drills in exchange for nuclear freeze: Moon. - The North Korea News ​​​​​​

Vietnam:

Vietnamese blogger jailed for 10 years for 'defaming' regime. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh criticized government over human rights and civilian deaths in police custody. - The Guardian

Indonesia:

Torture Remains a Serious Problem in Indonesia. The Asian Human Rights Commission urged Indonesia to consistently implement the United Nations Convention Against Torture, citing several areas of concern that have allowed torture to take place in the country, such as the absence of a national law to punish torture, its continued practice in police investigations and little accountability for perpetrators. - The Jarkata Globe

Indonesia scored better than average in managing its extractive resources, reflecting good governance and adequate transparency, according to an index released by the New York-based Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) on Wednesday. - The Jarkata Globe

Malaysia:

Malaysian assets are back in favor as investors focus on encouraging signs of an economic turnaround instead of a scandal that has touched the top of government and as far as Hollywood. - Blomberg

A shipment of sensitive high-tech military radar equipment that was reported missing by local media on Thursday (Jun 29) has reached the Netherlands, said the Royal Malaysian Customs. - Channel NewsAsia

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg wants to end racial discrimination by transforming the state’s economy through digital technology. - Channel NewsAsia

Cambodia:

Cambodia ’s largest Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Thursday became the first entity of its kind in the world to sign onto a new U.N. investment initiative aimed at environmental and social improvements such as gender equality and waste reduction in the workplace, according to officials. - The Cambodia Dialy

More than 50 activists protesting the detention of two Cambodian men and thousands of other Southeast Asians facing deportation from the U.S. rallied outside the White House in Washington on Wednesday, a statement from the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center said. - The Cambodia Dialy


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