ASIA NEWS BITES: US Starts China IP Theft Probe; UK Publisher Pulls 300 Articles at China's Request; Tensions Rise on India-China Border; Big Protest in Hong Kong

ASIA NEWS BITES: US Starts China IP Theft Probe; UK Publisher Pulls 300 Articles at China's Request; Tensions Rise on India-China Border; Big Protest in Hong Kong
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China

The US has initiated an investigation into China's theft of US intellectual property (IP) using Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. – Business Insider

Cambridge University Press (CUP) said on Friday it had censored more than 300 articles from the China Quarterly academic journal's China website at the request of media regulators in Beijing. – Radio Free Asia

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have launched a massive nationwide recruitment drive seeking tens of thousands of new police officers, civil servants, teachers, academics, and airline staff. – Radio Free Asia

As nuclear posturing between North Korea and the United States rivets the world, a quieter conflict between India and China is playing out on a remote Himalayan ridge — with stakes just as high. - The Washington Post

China will officially start operation of the world's fastest train service next month, knocking an hour off the 1,318km journey between Beijing and Shanghai.- The Korea Times

Taiwan

A protest targeting President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) pension reform policy ended up blocking athletes from entering the Taipei Stadium where she was scheduled to welcome young athletes from around the world at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Taipei Universiade Saturday. – Focus Taiwan

A blackout in Taiwan last week that struck about 6 million households may force President Tsai Ing-wen to reconsider her anti-nuclear stance and open the country’s electrical grid to outside investment. – Bloomberg

Hong Kong

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to condemn the jailing of young pro-democracy activists over protests in the lead up to the 2014 Umbrella Movement. – South China Morning Post

Singapore

Search and rescue efforts are under way for 10 missing sailors after a US warship collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday morning. – The Straits Times

Thailand

The father of a militant suspect shot dead by authorities during Wednesday's vehicle robberies in the deep South believes his son was indoctrinated and misled into committing the crime in which a hostage was also killed. – The Bangkok Post

China and Thailand are working together to sign two contracts of the first phase of Thailand-China railway project in September to begin the construction work of the first section in October, Chinese Embassy in Bangkok said in a statement Saturday. – Xinhua

Japan

Japan is to provide military and security aid to neighbouring states worth USD500 million in the three years to 2019, it was announced on 17 August. The funding, which will be offered to countries in the South China Sea including the Philippines and Vietnam, is aimed at boosting maritime security. - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

Lost to the depths of the Pacific Ocean 72 years ago after being sunk by Japanese torpedoes, the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis — the ship that delivered components crucial to “Little Boy,” the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima — has been located. – Japan Times

Myanmar

The second bail appeal for three detained journalists from The Irrawaddy and the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) was rejected by the Hsipaw Township Court judge, with national security being cited as the reason. – The Irrawaddy

South Korea

Same-sex marriage in South Korea is unlikely to be legalized in the foreseeable future. – The Korea Times

South Korea and the United States will begin their annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) joint exercise Monday amid escalating tension on the Korean Peninsula after Pyongyang's recent launch of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) and threats against Guam. – The Korea Times

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. – The Jakarta Globe

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said Jakarta Police have sent an investigative team to Saudi Arabia to find Rizieq Shihab, the firebrand leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, who is now embroiled in a pornography case and has been on the run from the police since April. – The Jakarta Globe