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2022/04/25 | Deutsche Welle

Shanghai Covid Lockdown Threatens New Export Delays

Nearly a third of goods leaving the Port of Shanghai are held up due to a strict lockdown. The delays are set to exacerbate a supply chain crisis that has caused shortages and price rises across the world.

2022/04/22 | Voice of America

YouTube Blocks Account of Hong Kong’s Sole Leadership Candidate

John Lee was among a group of 11 top Hong Kong and Chinese government officials sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury, including current Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, for curtailing political freedoms under Beijing’s national security law.

2022/04/21 | East Asia Forum

Indonesia Is a Fence Sitter on the Russia–Ukraine Crisis

While Indonesia’s government avoided taking a stand on the war, public opinion tilted in favor of Russia.

2022/04/20 | Deutsche Welle

Solomon Islands: US, Australia Raise Concerns Over China Security Pact

On Tuesday, China confirmed it had sealed a security pact with the Solomon Islands, which raised concerns over a potential Chinese military presence less than 2,000 km from Australia’s shores.

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.

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.

2022/04/15 | Xiaochen Su

Preferential Treatment of Ukrainian Refugees Shows Limits of Europe’s Multiculturalism

The broad welcome that many Ukrainians have received is a social good. But we should hope and work for a world in which all refugees receive the same treatment.

2022/04/15 | The Interpreter

The Problem With Postcards From Myanmar

Myanmar is opening up to foreign tourists, but it’s not just Covid-19 that poses a risk.

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.

2022/04/13 | Dr. Bonny Ling

Civilian Executions Are Not the Only Layer of Hell

Though confronted with the depth of human depravity, I never felt true desperation during my time in Bosnia. It is the wanton destruction in Ukraine that is impossible to stomach.

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.

2022/04/12 | 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.

2022/04/12 | Timothy S. Rich

How Does the South Korean Public View Misinformation on Social Media?

Survey results suggest a continued challenge in finding broadly accepted efforts at combating misinformation—despite a general consensus among an otherwise polarized electorate on the value of responding.

2022/04/08 | Global Voices

Shanghai Continues Citywide Lock-down Despite Public Outcry, Food Shortages, and Chaos

As the Chinese government tries to suppress the outbreak in Shanghai under zero-Covid policy, it is said that more recent deaths have been related to the lockdown than the virus.

2022/04/07 | Deutsche Welle

Ukraine War: How Russian Propaganda Dominates Chinese Social Media

In China’s cyberspace, Russian propaganda continues to influence the discourse over the war in Ukraine. Experts say the efforts could be Beijing’s attempt to trigger anti-Western sentiments.

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.

2022/03/31 | Deutsche Welle

UK Withdraws Its Judges From Hong Kong’s Top Court

Britain said keeping its judges in Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal would “legitimize oppression” under a controversial security law in the former colony.