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2022/02/15 | Deutsche Welle

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Under Political and Tax Scrutiny in Germany

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn is under fresh scrutiny for questions over whether he paid the correct property and inheritance taxes.

2022/07/12 | The Conversation

Shinzo Abe’s Killing: The History of Political Violence in Japan

Shinzo Abe’s murder is the latest political attack in Japan, a country which has strict gun laws.

2022/08/02 | Voice of America

Myanmar, South China Sea To Divide, Dominate ASEAN Summit

Most ASEAN countries want a united front on a code of conduct for the South China Sea, but critics claim Beijing, which wants to handle negotiations on a country-by-country basis, has used Cambodia to thwart progress on an agreement and to block diplomatic opposition to its maritime claims.

2022/03/08 | The Interpreter

Reading Southeast Asia on Ukraine

Russia’s invasion has unified the West with new clarity, yet exposed ambiguity and uncertainty in Southeast Asia.

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.

2022/07/06 | Voice of America

Who Will Win in Thailand’s Cannabis Industry?

Small farmers fear that a new cannabis bill will be written with the interests of large corporations in mind.

2022/05/09 | East Asia Forum

Is This the End of Duterte’s Politically-driven War on Drugs?

The two current leading candidates for president aim to not be labelled “soft on crime,” but wish to de-emphasize what has clearly been a brutal crackdown that has alienated a growing part of the population.

2022/06/16 | Voice of America

Reports: Chinese Authorities Using Covid-tracking App To Thwart Protesters

In Zhengzhou, protests fizzled after people found their health codes had suddenly turned red, meaning they couldn’t travel.

2022/01/11 | The Interpreter

Kip-to-Currency?

Laos, one of Asia’s tiny communist nations is looking at blockchain to fuel an economic boom.

2022/03/29 | The Interpreter

How the Marcos Family Could Rule Again in the Philippines

In a country where the average age is 25, has collective memory been washed of the nation’s iron-fisted kleptocrat?

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.

2022/05/04 | East Asia Forum

Unraveling the Controversies of Chinese Foreign Aid

China’s new aid and security pact with the Solomon Islands is the latest case to raise the question of whether Chinese aid is developmental or a political.

2022/06/09 | The Interpreter

Thailand Seeking to Profit From a Global Food Crisis

The war in Ukraine has highlighted weaknesses in Thailand’s policymaking and prompted cartel behavior … again.

2022/03/11 | The Interpreter

What the Ukraine Crisis Means for the Indo-Pacific

Beijing’s support for Russia comes with downsides for the region, not least a hit to global markets.

2022/02/08 | Deutsche Welle

US Approves Deal To Boost Taiwan Defense Systems

The US$100 million arms deal is meant to help Taiwan “sustain, maintain, and improve” its air-defense missiles in the face of pressure from China, a U.S. defense agency said.

2022/06/02 | Voice of America

US, Taiwan Launch New Trade Pact

Biden administration officials said the U.S.-Taiwan deal would boost bilateral digital and clean energy trade and that the two partners would open talks to further technology trade and investments.

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.