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2022/04/14 | Voice of America

Experts: New Sanctions Unlikely To Deter North Korea From Nuclear Path

A U.N. Security Council Resolution banned North Korea’s exports of coal, iron, and seafood, but Pyongyang often manages to evade sanctions to sell these products by illicit means.

2022/08/05 | Voice of America

Pelosi Visit to Taiwan May Prompt More High-Level Visits

Analysts say China may be losing the narrative on the “One China” policy because visits such as Pelosi’s bring more international exposure and recognition of Taiwan.

2022/01/14 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Jakarta Enjoys Deep Culinary Connection With China

For centuries, Indonesians and the Chinese have had a long, complicated relationship. But in Jakarta, they mingled and intermarried — and so did their cuisines.

2022/07/13 | East Asia Forum

Can Egg Freezing Crack Singapore’s Demographic Decline?

Singaporean women and demographic observers may have cause for celebration, but medical technology does not present the ideal solution to what is, at heart, a social problem.

2022/03/18 | East Asia Forum

Can Seoul Court Beijing’s Perception Problem?

While it might be unrealistic for Seoul to completely sever itself from Washington’s global geostrategy, Beijing and Seoul could still reach a modus vivendi on South Korea’s contribution to the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Strategy and its future relationship with the Quad.

2022/07/05 | Deutsche Welle

South Korea Returns to Nuclear Power’s Warm Embrace

President Yoon Suk-yeol is going all in on nuclear power, both at home and abroad, marking a shift from his predecessor’s undecided approach.

2022/07/26 | The Interpreter

Dizzy With Success: Xi Consolidates Repression in Xinjiang

An “inspection tour” signals Beijing’s odious grip on the region and determination to control people’s identity.

2022/03/24 | East Asia Forum

Philippine Party-list Elections Steal From the Poor and Give to the Rich

Instead of serving the poor in whose name they ran, many party-list representatives have been accused of corruption. They have also pushed for the closure of a leading broadcast network critical of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

2022/05/24 | Deutsche Welle

‘Quad’ Talks in Japan Open With Eyes on China and Ukraine

Leaders from the U.S., Japan, India, and Australia are in Tokyo looking to bolster the Indo-Pacific group of major democratic nations. Although China is the Quad’s long term focus, Ukraine’s sure to feature on the agenda.

2022/05/27 | Voice of America

As Biden Leaves Asia, North Korea Launches ICBM, Other Missiles

North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles, including what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, hours after U.S. President left South Korea.

2022/02/23 | The Interpreter

Courting Change For Indonesia’s Invisible Brides

The country’s marriage statistics obscure a significant rise in unregistered unions involving children and adolescents.

2022/05/25 | The Interpreter

China: The Morrison Legacy and Beyond

Labor is expected to persist with most of the Coalition’s foreign and defense policies. But useful changes can be made.

2022/06/06 | The Interpreter

A Flare up in China’s Deliberate Pattern of Aggression

The intercept of an Australian patrol over the South China Sea escalates a “grey zone” conflict to a dangerous level.

2022/06/07 | Deutsche Welle

Japan: Same-sex Couples Face Resistance to Adoption

Conservative attitudes towards the concept of family and a lack of legal rights for LGBTQ+ members of society make adopting in a child a difficult task in Japan.

2022/03/22 | Deutsche Welle

Ukraine War: Asian Nations Feel Economic Brunt of Conflict

India, Bangladesh, and Southeast Asian countries are all feeling economic strain triggered by the war. India’s edible oil market and exports are suffering, while Bangladesh-Russia trade has taken a hit due to sanctions.

2022/04/18 | Global Voices

Philippine Independent Bookshops Become Targets of Red-tagging

The targeting of Popular Bookstore and Solidaridad is the latest in a long and brutal history of red-tagging and state repression of dissent and critical thinking in the Philippines.

2022/06/13 | Voice of America

Preserve the Truth: Historical Books, Documents in Danger as Marcos Family Returns to Power

Books on martial law have been selling fast in the weeks after Marcos Jr. was elected president over fear that these will be banned or purged.

2022/05/06 | Voice of America

Marcos-era Torture Victims Try To Derail Son’s Candidacy in Philippine Vote

The younger Marcos refuses to address the atrocities committed when his father was in power and has repeatedly dismissed questions from local reporters about the billions of dollars in unpaid estate taxes that the family owes the government.