Facebook’s Stealth China Play; Death Toll Rises in Nepal; Babies Die in India after Hospital’s Air is Cut; Protests Likely at World Uni Games in Taiwan

Facebook’s Stealth China Play; Death Toll Rises in Nepal; Babies Die in India after Hospital’s Air is Cut; Protests Likely at World Uni Games in Taiwan
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What you need to know

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

Nepal

The death toll in rain-induced disasters since Friday night in Nepal's southern flatlands has risen to 52 with 37 people missing, the Home Ministry said Sunday. – The Bangkok Post

India

At least 30 children died Thursday and into Friday at a hospital in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after its supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted over an unpaid bill, officials said. – The Washington Post

China

Facebook, blocked in China for years, is trying a different way into China: by authorizing the release of a new app there that does not carry the Facebook name. – The New York Times

China’s three most popular social media platforms have been placed under investigation on suspicion of violating the country’s new cybersecurity law, the top internet watchdog said on Friday, as it seeks to tighten its grip before the party congress in the autumn. – South China Moring Post

The last surviving Chinese woman to sue the Japanese government for sex slavery during the World War II died on Saturday. – South China Morning Post

A Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson has slammed the latest 'freedom of navigation operation' conducted by the US Navy, claiming that the move infringed upon Beijing's sovereignty and endangered lives. – IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

An image appearing on a People's Liberation Army Air Force-linked webpage suggests China may have developed a new optically guided version of the KD-20 land attack cruise missile. - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

China on Thursday moved to clamp down on any unauthorized reporting of the earthquake in its southwestern Sichuan province, ordering news outlets to stick to the official line. – Radio Free Asia

Hong Kong

A Democratic Party member has claimed that mainland law enforcement agents put 21 staples into his legs for being “unpatriotic” after they abducted him on Thursday. A lawmaker has called the incident “unacceptable and outrageous.” – Hong Kong Free Press

Taiwan

Close to 10,000 police and security officers have been readied in Taiwan ahead of what organizers believe will be “inevitable” protests during the biggest international event to be held in the country. - The News Lens

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) held a rally in Taipei on Sunday to call for local support of a Japanese-initiated petition stating that Taiwan should use the name "Taiwan" to participate in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. – Focus Taiwan

North Korea

If North Korea goes ahead with its threat to fire ballistic missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam, the order will come from Kim Jong Un himself. – The Washington Post

South Korea

Civic organizations and activists have held a series of events in honor of victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery, including the display of hundreds of mini statues symbolizing the so-called "comfort women." – The Korea Times

Japan

One man was killed and another was seriously injured over the weekend when they were hit by a roller coaster that was being tested at Kijima Kogen Park in Oita Prefecture, the police said. – The Japan Times

A year after being sold to Taiwan’s Hon Hai (Foxconn), Japan’s Sharp has achieved a sharp recovery in earnings under the meritocracy-based culture of its new Taiwanese parent. – The Japan Times

Japan’s economy expanded at an annualized rate of 4.0 percent in April-June, posting a sixth straight quarter of expansion led by private consumption and capital expenditure, government data showed on Monday. – Reuters via The Japan Times

Philippines

A new Senate bill seeks to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in schools, government offices, public utility vehicles, churches, and hospitals. – Rappler

Globe Telecom on Friday, launched a US$250-million submarine cable system providing a link between Davao and the United States. – Rappler

Indonesia

Indonesia has urged officials to stand up to mob pressure after Muslim and nationalist protesters called for a 30-meter-tall statue of a Chinese deity erected in a temple complex in an East Java town to be torn down. – Jakarta Globe

Cambodia

A frequent government critic was arrested on Sunday in the wake of a brief border dispute with Laos that saw armored vehicles paraded around Phnom Penh’s Independence Monument and Prime Minister Hun Sen fly into Vientiane to negotiate a resolution. – The Cambodia Daily

Myanmar

Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets in Rakhine State on Sunday to protest against aid organizations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya militants, police and a protest leader said. – Reuters via The Irrawaddy