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2021/09/10 | The Interpreter

China’s Digital Currency Takes Shape

A new central bank system to control the flow and exchange of money dovetails with Beijing’s big tech crackdown.

2021/09/12 | Michael Beltran

A Philippine Dissident Raises a Child in Prison

Amanda Echanis, a peasant organizer, is raising her infant son while she is incarcerated as a political prisoner. It’s an experience she's familiar with.

2021/09/16 | Voice of America

Exiled Physician Fighting for a Better Myanmar

“The origin of the legitimacy is really with the will of the people of Myanmar,” said a minister of Myanmar’s shadow government formed in the wake of the coup. “The U.N.’s duty is to uphold the will of the people of Myanmar. That is the obligation.”

2021/09/02 | Voice of America

North Korea Rejects Covid Vaccines, Saying Hard-hit Nations Have Greater Need

UNICEF had allocated 2.97 million does to North Korea, which reported it has found no cases of Covid-19.

2021/09/13 | Voice of America

Why China Would Give More Aid, Investment To Leery Philippines

Manila vies with Beijing over access to the disputed South China Sea and has warmed this year toward the United States.

2021/09/07 | The Conversation

Who Will Replace Yoshihide Suga as Japan’s Prime Minister? Here’s a Rundown of the Candidates.

With a weakened opposition, the Liberal Democratic Party would still be favored to retain power in the Diet after the general election, meaning whoever wins the party leadership contest will likely remain Japan’s prime minister.

2021/09/01 | The Interpreter

Deliberate Ambiguity Of China’s New ‘Territorial Waters’ Declaration

A hastily introduced regulation requiring vessels to register may be contrary to the rights of innocent passage.

2021/09/15 | The Interpreter

US Engagement in Southeast Asia: How Much Will Be Enough?

Complaints about America’s attention to the region need to be put in proper context.

2021/09/09 | Voice of America

South Korea Fights ‘Fake News,’ but Critics Claim It’s Gagging the Press

A proposed revision to the Press Arbitration Act, backed by South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party, would significantly expand the ability of courts to punish accredited reporters and media outlets deemed to have intentionally published false information.

2021/09/14 | Deutsche Welle

Biden to Host ‘Quad’ Leaders for Summit to Counter China

Joe Biden will host prime ministers of India, Japan, and Australia at the White House for the first Quad summit. Covid-19, climate change, and China are expected among the key issues at the meeting.

2021/09/03 | Deutsche Welle

Japan’s Suga Won’t Run In Leadership Race, Opening Door for New PM

With his popularity in freefall, Yoshihide Suga has said he will not enter a race for party leadership key to determining Japan's next prime minister. Markets have responded positively to the prospect of a new leader.

2021/09/17 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Jakarta Court Rules in Favor of Residents’ Clean Air Bid

A court has ordered President Joko Widodo and other top officials to take measures to tackle air pollution. It's a landmark ruling for the residents who filed the case, but not everyone is celebrating.