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2023/01/05 | Global Voices

Beijing Empowers Hong Kong Chief Executive To Direct Local Courts on National Security-related Trials

The immediate effect is that Jimmy Lai would lose his right to hire an overseas lawyer to defend against foreign collusion charges, which could lead to a maximum life sentence.

2023/01/03 | Voice of America

Trolling of Female Asian Journalists on Rise as Beijing Seeks to Discredit Media

In the eyes of the Beijing, it’s viewed as especially unforgivable if women are perceived as betraying China, a journalist says.

2019/07/05 | SME.Sandbox

2019 APEC the SMEA of the Ministry of Economic Affairs Hosts Innovation Sandbox Forum

We are looking forward that through "2019 Innovation Sandbox Forum", by the mutual agitate between the representatives of experts from various countries, we could enhance the understanding of all walks of life about innovation sandbox, and continue to spread the concept and spirit of innovative experiments, promote the application and development of smart technology, thus bringing a more convenient life for the people.

2022/12/30 | East Asia Forum

Southeast Asia’s Tech Industry Goes From a Gallop to a Canter

ASEAN’s economic growth is projected to be above 5% in 2022 and 2023, outperforming China for the first time.

2022/12/29 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Expecting Influx of Tourists From Mainland China

Hong Kong has canceled quarantine requirements for arrivals. The only measure remaining is the mask mandate.

2019/06/25 | SME.Sandbox

Open Innovative Sandbox! The government creates the field for experimenting innovative applications, and invites the experts, business owners, and civil community to create the future of smart life

Facing the impacts that technological innovation might bring on the industries, how should the government coordinate among the existing business owners, new players, and the consumers, update the current laws, and create a three-way win? What kind of “warm power” does Taiwan have to build a better and more convenient life for its people, and raise the international publicity at the same time?

2022/12/27 | Voice of America

Rohingya Refugees Adrift for Weeks at Sea Land in Indonesia

2022 could be the deadliest year for Rohingya fleeing Bangladesh and Myanmar by boat since 2014, when 730 were believed to have died or gone missing.

2022/12/26 | Deutsche Welle

China Sends 71 Warplanes to Taiwan’s Air Defense Zone

More than 1,700 such incursions have occurred so far this year, compared to 969 in 2021.

2022/12/23 | East Asia Forum

Japan Steps Closer to Global Military Power

The loosening of arms exports controls and proposed increase of the national defense budget to 2% of GDP over time signal paradigmatic shifts in Japan’s security posture.

2022/12/22 | Michael Beltran

“Ka Joma Lives!”: The Philippines Mourns Exiled Revolutionary Leader

Joma Sison, a revolutionary leader in exile, leaves a legacy deeply intertwined with the modern political history of the Philippines.

2022/12/21 | Deutsche Welle

China’s Soaring Covid Numbers Raise Global Fears

Investors have welcomed China’s shift away from the zero-Covid strategy as good news for the world economy in the longer run. However, there are more immediate worries about the near-term impact of surging case numbers on trade and industry.

2022/12/20 | Global Voices

Hong Kong Launches a National Security Legal Battle Against Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai

Jimmy Lai’s case could be complicated as six former staff members of Apple Daily and Next Digital pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit collusion last year.

2022/12/19 | East Asia Forum

Kishida’s Difficult Year

Support for Kishida’s government has plummeted to below 30%. Next year will be no easier with local elections scheduled in April and big issues on the table such as mounting security challenges, a declining birth rate, and overcoming obstacles to economic reform.

2022/12/16 | Voice of America

China Trying To Fight Back US Ban on Its Chip Industry

On Thursday, the U.S. government broadened its crackdown on China’s chip industry by adding memory chipmaker YMTC and 21 “major” Chinese players in the artificial intelligence chip sector to a Commerce Department trade blacklist.

2022/12/14 | The Interpreter

A Step-up for China’s Involvement in the Middle East

Beijing will soon supplant Washington as a dominant security partner ­– and the Arab world sees a chance for leverage.

2022/12/13 | New Mandala

Indonesia’s New Criminal Code Turns Representatives Into Rulers

Activists say provisions in the code smack of the Sukarno-era Anti-Subversion Law, a vaguely-worded statute that was used to great effect by the Suharto regime to repress and intimidate dissidents.

2022/12/12 | Deutsche Welle

Japanese Company’s Moon Mission Takes off on SpaceX Rocket

A Tokyo-based company has become the first private entity to send a mission to the moon. If successful, it will be the first moon landing by a Japanese spacecraft.

2022/12/09 | East Asia Forum

Dwindling Economic Opportunities for China’s Youth Fuels Discontent

Without addressing high levels of youth unemployment, China will see a generation of lost youth who may look for disruptive ways to voice their despair.

2022/12/08 | Deutsche Welle

Thailand’s Cycle of Police Brutality Concerns Activists

Riot police in Thailand regularly meet peaceful demonstrations with heavy force, leading to serious injuries or even death. Activists are calling for reforms and more accountability.