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2017/06/30 | TIME

A Bloody Drug War and an ISIS-Linked City Siege Mark Duterte’s First Year in Office

One year into his presidency — despite the on-paper merit of his 10-point economic plan — Duterte has delivered almost nothing to improve the lot of impoverished Filipinos.

2017/06/30 | Cedric Alviani

Media Freedom in Free Fall 20 Years after Hong Kong Returned to China

In the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders RSF, Hong Kong has fallen from 18th in 2002 (when the Index was created) to 73rd now.

2017/06/30 | Agence France-Presse

BREAKING: New US$1.3b US Arms Sale to Taiwan

Announcement of the sale comes at a sensitive moment for the US and China, as President Trump is working to establish a partnership over trade differences and efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear program.

2017/06/29 | Agence France-Presse

Hong Kong Divided as China's President Xi Arrives

More than 20 activists - including Joshua Wong and young legislator Nathan Law - remained in custody Thursday evening after being arrested for causing a 'public nuisance' during a Wednesday night protest.

2017/06/29 | Suzanne Pepper

Hong Kong and Macau: A Tale of Two Ex-Colonial Cities

Zhang Dejiang's Macau visit serves as a means of explaining to everyone else exactly what is at stake and why Hong Kong has grown increasingly determined to resist Beijing’s idealized assumptions about what 'one country, two systems' is supposed to mean.

2017/06/28 | Scott Shackelford

Internet Balkanization in China

China’s new cybersecurity law is part of a worrying global trend towards Internet Balkanisation, Scott Shackleford writes.

2017/06/27 | Wu Yue

The Chinese Man Who Swam to Hong Kong

In 1973, Chan Hak-chi and his wife swam six hours through a typhoon to leave the chaos of China’s Cultural Revolution.

2017/06/27 | Central News Agency

China's Taiwan Squeeze Continues: Trade Office in Ecuador Forced to Change Name

The name changes are widely seen as part of China's stepped-up efforts to pressure Taiwan since the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen took office.

2017/06/27 | Kirsten Han

Singapore’s Establishment Tries to Wrest Back Control of Lee Family Feud

Serious questions of misuse of power, favoritism and the role of the PM's wife remain unanswered despite Singapore’s political elite and mainstream media falling in line behind the prime minister.