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2022/05/05 | Deutsche Welle

North Korea Cracks Down on ‘Capitalist’ Pop Culture

An increase in the scale of prison and labor camps in North Korea suggests more people are falling foul of the regime’s rules on deviation from the socialist norm, analysts say.

2022/08/26 | Voice of America

Even With Political Nemesis Prayuth on the Ropes, Thai Democracy Advocates Still Glum

Despite the suspension of the prime minister, the same authoritarian players still dominate Thai politics.

2022/06/21 | Deutsche Welle

China: Gaming Firm NetEase Sees Stocks Slump Amid Tech Crackdown

The Chinese government is imposing restrictions on gaming companies such as NetEase to prevent addiction. The measures are delaying the release of major titles such as “Diablo Immortal,” hurting the industry.

2022/01/17 | East Asia Forum

South Korea’s Transgender Community Pushes for Recognition and Acceptance

The issue of transgender discrimination was once again brought into the spotlight earlier in 2021, following the suicide of a soldier who was forcibly discharged from the military after a gender reassignment surgery.

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.

2022/02/22 | East Asia Forum

A No-fly Zone Won’t Fly in Myanmar

As long as Myanmar’s junta enjoys the support of Russia and China, there is little chance that the UN would support the idea of a no-fly zone.

2022/06/08 | Voice of America

Hun Sen’s Party Wins Cambodia’s Local Polls by Landslides, Early Results Show

The opposition alleged a number of polling stations restricted access to onlookers, closing the doors and windows of stations from scrutiny. A party described the election as the “worst in history.”

2022/02/10 | The Interpreter

A Foreign Policy Cheat Sheet for South Korea’s Presidential Election

Liberal and conservative candidates bring distinct traits to office. But after polling day, the shackles could come off.

2022/07/15 | Voice of America

US Beefs up South Pacific Aid, Diplomacy as China Spreads Its Influence

Washington intends to return the U.S. Peace Corps to Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu, citing progress toward reestablishing a U.S. Agency for International Development regional mission for the Pacific in Fiji.

2022/11/10 | The Interpreter

Countdown to Asia’s Summit Season

Conflict in Myanmar and Ukraine against a backdrop of U.S.‑China tension – a crowded agenda will unfold in coming weeks.

2022/01/03 | Deutsche Welle

Covid Complicates Asian Football’s Fight Against Match Fixing

Asian football in particular has long had a problem with match fixing. While some progress had been made in fighting the crime in recent years, the arrival of Covid-19 has made it easier for match fixers to do business.

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.

2022/04/12 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Thousands of Students Protest Rumored Election Delay

President Joko Widodo promised not to delay elections in order to hold on to power, but many aren’t convinced. Monday's protests echoed those that ousted President Suharto in 1998.

2022/04/13 | East Asia Forum

The Russia–Ukraine Crisis and Japan’s Energy Dilemma

The war in Ukraine has led to renewed momentum for Japan to accelerate investment in energy efficiency, electrification, and renewables, which are being proposed as a solution to the global energy market turmoil.

2022/06/22 | Voice of America

South Korea Launches Satellite Into Orbit Using Its Own Rocket

With the successful launch, South Korea became the 10th country to place a satellite into space using its own technology.

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.”

2022/06/10 | Deutsche Welle

Thousands of South Korean Truckers Broaden Strike Action

Truckers in South Korea are on a strike action, protesting sharply rising fuel prices and demanding basic pay guarantees. It's an early test for conservative President Yoon Suk-yeol.