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2021/04/07 | The Interpreter

Closer Taiwan-US Ties Are Stabilizing the Region, Not the Opposite

Displays of solidarity for Taiwan won’t contain Beijing’s ambition, but U.S. support must factor in its thinking.

2021/03/22 | Jeremy Van der Haegen

Belgium Stuck With AstraZeneca Jabs — and Why That Matters for Taiwan

The task of reassuring the public that AstraZeneca vaccines were safe was not easy. Officials in Belgium and Taiwan have met the challenge.

2021/03/29 | Hideki Sunagawa, Ph.D.

A Bittersweet Victory on Same Sex Marriage in Japan

The landmark ruling is a symbolic victory for the Japanese LGBTQ community. I wish my friend, Ikuo Sato, was here to share it and continue the struggle.

2021/05/18 | East Asia Forum

Asia Pacific Travel Bubbles and the Covid-19 ‘Diseasescape’

New arrangements like travel bubbles have re-arranged the globe into spheres of mobility.

2021/05/31 | Voice of America

Malaysia Ramps Up Harassment of Government Critics, Rights Groups Say

Rights groups say police investigations into journalists, protesters, and opposition lawmakers have picked up since the country entered a state of emergency in January.

2021/07/08 | Coco Dollanganger

How Musicians in the Philippines Are Surviving the Pandemic

During the pandemic, musicians in the Philippines who depend on live performances for their livelihoods are struggling, but some say they are writing more songs and engaging more with their fans.

2021/06/18 | Deutsche Welle

Myanmar: Court Extends US Journalist’s Detention

Danny Fenster, a 37-year-old Michigan native, was detained last month as he tried to fly home to the United States. The U.S. State Department has urged Myanmar's military junta to release him immediately.

2021/08/17 | Global Voices

How Did Chinese Propaganda Force Hong Kong’s Largest Teachers Union To Disband?

No evidence shows that the teachers’ union has violated the national security law, but the police says it will “definitely investigate” any wrongdoings if national security matters are involved.

2021/03/26 | Deutsche Welle

China Goes After Western Retailers Over Xinjiang Cotton

China’s wrath at Swedish retailer H&M and Nike sportswear over their past remarks on “forced labor” in cotton-hub Xinjiang has expanded to other Western brands. The criticism comes hot on the heels of fresh sanctions.

2021/09/24 | The Interpreter

Can the China Model Be Accommodated in the CPTPP?

A rules-based trading system is the bare minimum that Beijing must agree to if it wants to talk accession, analysts argue.

2021/06/28 | Deutsche Welle

Hong Kong: Police Arrest Apple Daily Editorial Writer at Airport

Fung Wai-kong is the seventh executive at the shuttered pro-democracy newspaper to be arrested under the auspices of a national security law in recent weeks. He was reportedly trying to board a plane to the UK.

2021/01/22 | Deutsche Welle

Japan To Cancel Tokyo Olympics — Report

A member of Japan’s ruling coalition has said the Games will have to be canceled, according to a British newspaper. The Olympics is due to start in July, but 80% of the Japanese population are against hosting the event.

2021/07/22 | Voice of America

Report: China Considering Foreign Booster Shot to Improve Efficacy of Its Vaccines

Experts suggest such a move might not dissipate the goodwill China gained from donating or selling doses to other countries.

2021/01/19 | East Asia Forum

Rethinking Japan’s Refugee and Asylum Policy

Japan is unlikely to expand its refugee intake in the near future despite international criticism.

2021/03/08 | Janine Sun Rogers

Anti-Asian Attacks in US Repeat History, Motivate Community Action

In the face of recent violent attacks, the Asian American community reflects on systemic oppression and turns to community-based solutions.

2021/07/21 | Deutsche Welle

China: Heavy Rains Cause Deadly Floods in Henan Province

At least 12 people have died following flash floods in the central Chinese province of Henan. Thousands more have been evacuated after the heaviest rains in decades.

2021/05/04 | The Conversation

Covid in India: The Deep-Rooted Issues Behind the Current Crisis

Jingoism, overconfidence, and false reassurance from the political elite negated hard-won progress against Covid in India.