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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.

2022/08/03 | East Asia Forum

China’s Vocational Education Woes

China has a long-standing culture of degrading vocational graduates and discouraging parents from sending their children to vocational institutes.

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.

2022/05/06 | 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.

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.

2022/01/19 | Deutsche Welle

IOC Reacts to Cybersecurity Concern Over Beijing My 2022 Phone App

A report revealed flaws in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics app, but the International Olympic Committee said it had been found to have “no critical vulnerabilities.”

2022/05/03 | The Interpreter

Musk’s Twitter: Tweet Freedom for Asia?

Japan is the platform’s second biggest market with around 55 million accounts, followed by India.

2022/07/01 | Voice of America

UN Investigator Warns of Increased Violence in Myanmar

More than a quarter million children have been displaced by junta attacks, hundreds have been killed or maimed, and more than 1,400 arbitrarily detained, said the UN special rapporteur.

2022/04/01 | Voice of America

Malaysian Proposal to Phase Out Smoking Sparks Controversy, Concerns Over Corruption

This proposal comes after New Zealand announced plans to raise the legal smoking age by one year each year to permanently ban the sale of tobacco to anyone born after 2008.

2022/05/31 | Deutsche Welle

Why Young Protesters in Sri Lanka Are Wary of Traditional Politics

Sri Lanka is facing one of the worst economic crises in recent decades, triggering public anger and mass protests, which have fostered unity across ethnic and religious lines.

2022/04/19 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Residents Report Increased Pressures from Covid Policies

A survey shows that close to half of Hong Kongers don’t support policies requiring confirmed patients to quarantine at government designated facilities.