Skin Slime of Indian Frog Can Kill Flu Virus
Molecules in the slimy skin secretions of the wide-spread Fungoid Frog can destroy some strains of the influenza viruses, according to a new study.
Taiwan Fights to Attend International Forums in 2017, Despite Beijing’s Interference
Here we go again: Taiwan’s participation in international organizations continues to be undermined and blocked by Beijing.
ASIA NEWS BITES: North Korea Detains US Citizen; Chinese Cadre Dismissed for Islamic Wedding; China Eyes Aircraft Carrier Boost; Tsai Approval Dips in Taiwan; Philippines Beheading
A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.
OPINION: China, Don’t Force Refugees Back to North Korea
There is no way to sugar coat this: if this group is forced back to North Korea, their lives and safety will be at risk, writes Phil Robertson.
OPINION: Hold Beijing to Account on Hong Kong’s Regression
As Hong Kong is truly a global city and an international economic hub, the United States and the rest of the democratic world have an interest in seeing the preservation of Hong Kong’s democracy and ensuring that Beijing is held accountable, argues Matthew Geason.
China’s Power Projection in the Western Indian Ocean
Since 2008, China has significantly increased its naval presence in the Indian Ocean, giving rise to Indian concerns of potential military encirclement and raising questions in American strategic thinking about China’s ultimate objectives.
Reactionary Islamism in Indonesia
At the end of 2016, two large demonstrations organized by reactionary Muslim groups took place in Jakarta. The protesters called for the arrest of the Christian Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Purnama, an ethnic Chinese man commonly referred to as Ahok, whom they accused of blasphemy.
China’s Unloading of FX Reserves, Spillbacks, and Quantitative Tightening
Once a widely held and an extremely desirable asset in the global economy, American debt is no longer the most desirable thing in the world.
Donald Trump Can’t Count on China to Keep North Korea in Check
If Trump believes that China genuinely has either the means or inclination to 'solve' the North Korean problem in American terms, he is likely to be sorely disappointed.
Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences
The government told Thai Internet users to stop following and sharing posts from the social media accounts of three overseas critics of the military-backed government
Airline’s Indigenous Name Bungle Reveals Taiwanese ‘Ignorance’
'When I go to Starbucks and order my drink with my indigenous name, the staff ask me politely if they are not sure how to pronounce my name. That’s called respect.”
Cambodia is Losing its Buddhist Monks to Modernization
Where once young Cambodian men would often join the monkhood as teenagers as a rite of passage, studying both Buddhism and Khmer culture before moving into adult life, today fewer young Cambodians are doing so.
Cross-Strait Relations and Taiwan’s Five Bids for the World University Summer Games
After Taiwan joined the World University Summer Games, China’s role in the five bids determined the Taiwanese cities’ failures and success.