ASIA NEWS BITES: Anti-Chinese Posters in Australian Universities; New Fears for Hong Kong Autonomy; Illegal Overtime Rife in Japan; Taiwan Company’s Massive US Investment

ASIA NEWS BITES: Anti-Chinese Posters in Australian Universities; New Fears for Hong Kong Autonomy; Illegal Overtime Rife in Japan; Taiwan Company’s Massive US Investment
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What you need to know

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


China is close to completing a long-targeted overhaul of operations at its state-owned enterprises, or SOEs, saying Wednesday that a modernization of their corporate structures will be finished this year.- The Wall Street Journal

The University of Melbourne and Monash University on Monday (Jul 24) spoke out against "racist and hate-filled" anti-Chinese posters that have been plastered at the campuses of both universities. - Channel NewsAsia

The United States is bent on interfering and benefitting from the border standoff between India and China at Sikkim, alleged a state-run paper in Beijing today, warning that "China won't give up safeguarding its territory because of US interference." - NDTV

Hong Kong:

A Hong Kong government plan to lease part of a new high-speed rail station to China and allow Chinese police to enforce mainland laws has sparked new fears the city is losing its autonomy. - The Guardian

A pro-democracy lawmaker has questioned the monetary cost for the mainland to lease parts of Hong Kong land in the joint checkpoint arrangement of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. - Hong Kong Free Press

A security think tank has claimed that about 45 Indonesian domestic workers have been radicalized and linked with Islamic State while living in Hong Kong. - South China Morning Post


The Mumbai police on Wednesday arrested a man affiliated with a local political party, accusing him of making illegal alterations to the ground floor of a five-story building that caused it to collapse a day earlier, killing at least 17 people and injuring a dozen others.- The New York Times

The bodies of 25 people, including 17 members of a single family, were pulled from the mud on Wednesday (Jul 26) as the death toll from major flooding in India climbed towards 120, an official said. - Channel NewsAsia

South Korea:

South Korea is in no hurry to set up an advanced missile defense system designed to protect its shores from North Korean aggression despite fears of another intercontinental ballistic missile attack from its northern neighbor. - CNBC

North Korea:

American intelligence agencies have shortened their estimate — to one year — of how long it is likely to take North Korea to put the finishing touches on a missile that can reach the continental United States, according to several administration officials briefed on the new assessment. - The New York Times


Two-thirds of companies that the labor ministry inspected in fiscal 2016 for suspected violations of labor laws were found to have violated the laws by forcing their workers to engage in illegal overtime or not carrying out measures to ensure their health, the ministry announced Wednesday. - The Japan Times

A Japanese start-up firm has given news reporters a look at a rocket that will be launched on Saturday. It is the first rocket built in Japan without assistance from the government. - NHK

Japan's Foreign Ministry says Chinese authorities have released two of the six Japanese nationals detained earlier this year. - NHK


US President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Foxconn Technology Group plans a new factory in Wisconsin, fulfilling the Taiwanese manufacturing giant’s promise to invest in the U.S. - Bloomberg

Taiwan was removed from the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) watch list last week following its efforts in recent years to beef up money laundering prevention, the Ministry of Justice said Wednesday. - Central News Agency

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed hope Wednesday that Germany-based industrial giant Siemens AG will set up a smart machinery research and development (R&D) center in Taiwan to forge closer ties with the local machinery manufacturing sector.- Central News Agency

Tropical Storm Nesat (尼莎) formed at 2 p.m. Wednesday and it's forecast to move toward to Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau. - The China Post


Bangladeshis and Indonesians topped an updated list of detained undocumented workers as Malaysian authorities announced Wednesday that they had swept up more than 5,000 foreigners in a crackdown on illegal immigration since July 1. - Radio Free Asia

Authorities in the city of Dawei in southeastern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region on Wednesday imposed a temporary ban on chicken and egg sales after confirmation that thousands of birds had succumbed to the deadly H5N1 “bird flu” at local farms, a local official said. - Radio Free Asia


Hundreds of followers of Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition gathered this month in Tibet’s Chamdo prefecture to hold teachings and conduct rituals and dances important to their faith, Tibetan sources said. - Radio Free Asia


One of the top leaders of a prominent Uyghur exile association was detained at the behest of China’s government by a special unit of the Italian police while preparing to speak about restrictions his ethnic group faces at a press conference in Rome, he said following his release on Wednesday. - Radio Free Asia


Authorities in Thailand are going all out to mark the birthday of new King Maha Vajiralongkorn this week as part of wider moves to consolidate his power and build his reputation as he emerges from his late father's shadow. - Channel NewsAsia


The Philippines tried on Wednesday (Jul 26) to reassure Southeast Asian neighbors about its proposal to partner with Beijing in oil exploration in the disputed the South China Sea, promising to consult them on any plans. - Channel NewsAsia

Duterte threatens to bomb indigenous schools. President claims tribal schools are teaching students to rebel against the government and says he will launch air strikes. - The Guardian via AP

Tropical storm Gorio (international name Noru) is forecasted to enhance southwest monsoon which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Luzon and Western Visayas. - The Philipine Star

The Philippines will not lose even a “single inch” of territory to China if ever it proceeds with its joint exploration deal with the Asian giant, which is claiming almost the entire South China Sea. - The Philipine Star


Young children lie in the hospital in Aceh province, Indonesia, as thick smoke caused by forest fires forced dozens of people to be treated for lung infections. - Channel NewsAsia

Three years ago, Ferly Aninditya's stall at a Jakarta food court was losing money. Deterred by the Indonesian capital's paralysing traffic, few customers were prepared to come to him.- Channel NewsAsia

Indonesia is committed to improving its handling of asylum seekers and refugees, but with a proviso that it will not host them forever, director general of immigration Ronny F. Sompie said on Monday (24/07). - The Jakarta Globe


A whirlwind occurred on Tuesday afternoon in central Hà Tĩnh Province, injuring two people and blowing away the roofs of 71 houses. - Viet Nam News


Foreigners staying at paid lodgings in Malaysia will be charged a flat rate of RM10 (US$2.30) per night as tourism tax while Malaysians will now be exempted from it completely, Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz said on Wednesday (Jul 26).- Channel NewsAsia

Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad admitted on Wednesday (July 26) that he is privy to classified government information. - The Straits Times

Heineken Malaysia Bhd posted a 1.6% year-on-year profit growth for the second quarter ended June 30 despite an 11.5% drop in revenue owing to the soft market sentiment. - The Star


Amazon launched its Prime Now service in Singapore on Wednesday night (Jul 26), making its app available via the country's iTunes and Google Play stores. - Channel NewsAsia


In a shop in Thailand’s southeastern Chanthaburi province, 23-year-old Cambodian worker Chheng Chhor Laihieng said he had good reason to seek employment outside his home country. - The Cambodia Daily

Political commentator Kim Sok sat through his trial on defamation and incitement charges at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday with paper stuck in his ears, in protest over a case he dismissed as a political farce from the start.- The Cambodia Daily