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Philippines: ‘Communist’ Book Bans Raise New Censorship Fears
Free speech advocates are concerned the new government of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will continue cracking down on independent media in an attempt to whitewash the history of his father’s brutal dictatorship.
South Korea K-pop Stars ‘Newjeans’ Court Controversy With Racy Lyrics
The new all-girl pop group is being criticized for sexually suggestive lyrics. The group’s management agency insists some of the lyrics are being deliberately misinterpreted.
Taiwan: French Lawmakers Arrive Amid Escalating Tensions
It’s the fourth visit by French lawmakers to Taiwan in the past 12 months.
China: Hundreds Attested Over Banking Scandal That Triggered Protests
The scandal drew national attention in China and protests by disgruntled customers in July were violently quashed. Authorities in Henan now say they have arrested 234 people and made progress recovering the funds.
China’s Langya Henipavirus: In a ‘Scary Family’ of Zoonotic Disease
Langya henipavirus is a new zoonotic disease in shrews in China, which infected 35 people. Is it worth freaking out? If it starts spreading between people.
China Says Military Drills Around Taiwan Will Continue
Several days of activity have disrupted shipping and air travel, with Taiwan saying the move amounts to a blockade.
Myanmar Prolongs State of Emergency for Six Months
The Myanmar junta’s National Defense and Security Council gave unanimous approval for the decision, according to state media.
Is Japan’s Whaling Industry Going Under as Demand Sinks?
Japan’s whaling industry is struggling to stay afloat as government subsidies dwindle and consumers are less interested in what used to be a staple food on Japanese dinner tables.
China and Indonesia Agree To Boost Relations During Beijing Meeting
The leaders of China and Indonesia have laid out plan of expanding cooperation in an array of areas. Indonesian President Joko Widodo is the first world leader to visit Beijing since February.
China, India Vie for Influence in Sri Lanka Amid Economic Turmoil
Sri Lanka — with its strategic location at the crossroads of busy shipping routes — has become an arena of geopolitical rivalry and maritime competition between India and China.