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2022/04/19 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Residents Report Increased Pressures from Covid Policies

A survey shows that close to half of Hong Kongers don’t support policies requiring confirmed patients to quarantine at government designated facilities.

2022/04/14 | Voice of America

Experts: New Sanctions Unlikely To Deter North Korea From Nuclear Path

A U.N. Security Council Resolution banned North Korea’s exports of coal, iron, and seafood, but Pyongyang often manages to evade sanctions to sell these products by illicit means.

2022/04/11 | Voice of America

Taiwan Mulls Lengthening Military Service

Analysts believe Taiwan’s ability and commitment to defend itself has been questioned in both Beijing and Washington and improving mandatory military service would send a clear signal to both that it is prepared.

2022/04/01 | Voice of America

Malaysian Proposal to Phase Out Smoking Sparks Controversy, Concerns Over Corruption

This proposal comes after New Zealand announced plans to raise the legal smoking age by one year each year to permanently ban the sale of tobacco to anyone born after 2008.

2022/03/30 | Voice of America

US Congress Moves Closer to Passing Major China Legislation

The legislation provides funding for U.S.-Taiwan cultural exchanges, recognizes Taiwan as part of the Indo-Pacific strategy, and ends a prohibition of displaying the Taiwanese flag during official visits.

2022/03/25 | Voice of America

Why Taiwan Came Up During Ukraine-Related Call Between Biden, China’s Xi

While the calls signal stability in Sino-U.S. ties, experts see low odds of the two countries advancing toward any stronger friendship.

2022/03/16 | Voice of America

China Says It Is ‘Not a Party’ to Ukraine Crisis

Media reports emerged that Moscow has requested military and economic assistance from China for its war in Ukraine, which China denied.

2022/03/14 | Voice of America

Chinese Premier to Step Down ahead of Leadership Change

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang compared the increasingly difficult task of managing the economy to climbing a high mountain with “less oxygen.”

2022/03/10 | Voice of America

Tokyo Freezes Assets of Russians, Clarifying Once Ambiguous Relations With Moscow

The shift of tone since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine highlights the collapse of faith of both the Japanese government and the public that Russia will abide by international norms, analysts say.

2022/03/03 | Voice of America

China Positions Itself as Mediator Between Russia, Ukraine

A mediation attempt would divert international attention from China’s controversial goal of unifying with Taiwan, experts say.

2022/02/25 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Invokes Emergency Powers Amid Unprecedented Covid-19 Case Numbers

The emergency powers exempt doctors from the mainland from licensing requirements and allow them to treat patients in Hong Kong.

2022/02/21 | Voice of America

What Happens to Uyghurs After Competing in the Olympics?

“For decades, the stereotypical ‘happily dancing Uyghur’ has served as a puppet of propaganda for China’s official ‘ethnic unity and harmony’ narrative.”

2022/02/16 | Voice of America

Myanmar Issue Hardens Divisions in ASEAN

Analysts said a troika had emerged made up of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei, which share religious sympathies with the Muslim Rohingya and have opposed bringing the Myanmar junta into ASEAN after it was banned from attending its summits in response to the coup.

2022/02/09 | Voice of America

Movement to Lower Taiwan’s Voting Age to 18 Gains Momentum

Public support for lowering the voting age in Taiwan has largely fallen along party lines.

2022/01/28 | Voice of America

China’s Financial Diplomacy Wins Influence in Central Asian Countries

Even though its position in central Asian countries has evolved quite successfully, China still faces obstacles such as nationalism and political elites’ distrust of Beijing.

2022/01/24 | Voice of America

Malaysia’s Top Anti-corruption Cop Sues Whistleblower for Defamation

Hundreds of people rallied in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Saturday calling on Azam Baki, chief commissioner of Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission, to step down over corruption allegations.

2022/01/13 | Voice of America

With West Distracted by Pandemic, Vietnam Ramps Up Repression

“Vietnam is the world’s third-largest prison for journalists, right after autocratic regimes like Xi’s China, and junta-ruled Myanmar.”

2022/01/06 | Voice of America

Martial Law Victims in the Philippines Challenge Marcos’ Presidential Bid

Cases against Marcos filed on behalf of the victims are piling up at the Commission on Elections. The petitions ask the body to either cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy or to disqualify him due to a criminal conviction in 1997 over his failure to file income tax returns decades ago.