ASIA NEWS BITES: New Chinese Cyber Crackdown; Latest NK Missile Tests; Taipei Moves to Rebuff China’s Spies; Myanmar Turmoil

ASIA NEWS BITES: New Chinese Cyber Crackdown; Latest NK Missile Tests; Taipei Moves to Rebuff China’s Spies; Myanmar Turmoil
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What you need to know

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

China

On August 25, China’s top internet regulator announced new rules to manage internet forums and communities, forbidding unidentified netizens from posting anything on internet platforms. The new rules will become effective on October 1. – The Diplomat

One of five Chinese feminists detained ahead of International Women's Day 2015 as they planned a public campaign against sexual harassment has been denied a permit to study in Hong Kong just one week before she is due to start a master's degree in the city. - Radio Free Asia

Embattled Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin has denied rumors he has been barred from leaving the country, saying he will resort to legal means to douse any such suggestions, amid sharp falls in its bond and stock prices. – South China Morning Post

Recent U.S. naval accidents in the Asia Pacific region will not interrupt ‘freedom of navigation’ movements in the disputed South China Sea, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander said on Friday. – Reuters

The China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) and Rostec, Russia’s defence industrial holding company, have expanded their industrial partnership through a teaming arrangement established between subsidiaries of the two groups. – IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

North Korea

North Korea launched a barrage of missiles Saturday, less than one week after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the country for showing 'restraint' in its weapons program. – CNN

India

Hundreds of people have been arrested in a north Indian city after protests over the rape conviction of a religious sect leader turned violent, leaving 32 dead and more than 200 injured. – The Washington Post

Hong Kong

Disqualified Youngspiration lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching have said they will not stand in the city’s upcoming by-elections. They also said that they will not file a judicial review against the Hong Kong legislature’s request for them to repay about HK$1.86 million in wages and expenses. – Hong Kong Free Press

Taiwan

The National Security Bureau (NSB) is to unveil a five-year plan to counter the rising threat of Chinese espionage by enhancing its intelligence-gathering technologies, a senior national security official said on Saturday. – Taipei Times

Taiwan's largest ship builder, CSBC Corp., Taiwan, has announced that it plans to establish three companies specializing in maritime engineering, underwater infrastructure construction and wind turbine working vessels by early next year, with an eye on the growing business opportunities available in the emerging local offshore wind energy industry. – Central News Agency

Singapore

The remains of all 10 sailors lost from the USS John S. McCain after it collided with an oil tanker near Singapore on Aug 21 have been found within the vessel. – Straits Times

Indonesia

A Jakarta court has sentenced a female would-be suicide bomber to seven and a half years in prison, prosecutors and her lawyer said, the first time a woman has been convicted in Indonesia for planning such an attack. – Reuters via Straits Times

Cambodia

Independent radio producers, managers and listeners said they were angry and confused on Sunday after an Information Ministry crackdown on at least 19 radio stations last week cut off access to programming for millions of potential listeners. – Cambodia Daily

Thailand

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith on Sunday denied media reports that ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled her home country amid an expected court appearance on Friday, had traveled through Cambodia on her way to Dubai. Cambodia Daily

South Korea

Lee Jae-yong, the third-generation heir to the Samsung empire, was sentenced to five years in prison last week over a bribery scandal that has already contributed to the downfall of the country’s former president and shaken the country’s political and economic foundations. – The New York Times

Myanmar

The death toll from the violence that erupted on Friday with coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents has climbed to 104, the vast majority militants, plus 12 members of security forces and several civilians, according to a Reuters tally based on official releases. – Reuters via The Irrawaddy

In what the State Counselor’s Office has labeled terrorist attacks, militants in northern Rakhine are allegedly targeting civilians including six members of a Hindu family—three of them children—who were shot dead in northern Rakhine on Saturday. – The Irrawaddy

Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told police on Monday they could kill “idiots” who violently resist arrest, two days after hundreds of people turned the funeral of a slain teenager into a protest against his deadly war on drugs. – Reuters

More than a thousand people attended a funeral procession on Saturday for a Philippine teenager slain by police last week, turning the march into one of the biggest protests yet against President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs. – Reuters