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2022/12/07 | Voice of America

China Begins to Revive Arctic Scientific Ground Projects After Setbacks

Arctic researchers say China recently has sent and announced plans to imminently send several people to its two most important scientific outposts in Norway and Iceland after lengthy absences of Chinese scientists from both sites.

2022/12/06 | East Asia Forum

European Institutional Complexities and EU-Taiwan Relations

The European Union and its member states are enhancing their political relations with Taiwan, but it comes more expressly from the action of their legislative branches rather than their executive actors.

2022/12/05 | Deutsche Welle

How North Korea Is Trying To Keep Citizens From Defecting

Pyongyang claims extensive new fortifications on its border with China and a “shoot-to-kill” policy for anyone suspected of attempting to flee are measures to keep Covid-19 s at bay.

2022/12/02 | Voice of America

China Blames Foreigners for Inciting Protests

Analysts say foreigners offering critical comments about the protests or making contacts with protesters could be blamed for instigating, shaping, and guiding the demonstrations.

2022/12/01 | The Interpreter

Anwar’s Victory Not the Only Malaysian Shockwave

A dramatic rise in the Islamist vote in the Muslim-majority country is the biggest outcome of the election.

2022/11/29 | Voice of America

As Zero-Covid Protests in China Continue, a Battle Erupts Online

Protesters are trying to circumvent government censors who are believed to use an automated system to help block prohibited content.

2022/11/28 | Deutsche Welle

Nationwide Protests in China Call For Easing Covid Curbs

Protesters are demanding the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Beijing and Shanghai. People also took to the streets in the northwestern Xinjiang region after deaths in an apartment fire were blamed on lockdowns.

2022/11/25 | East Asia Forum

Japan Must Reform Its Inflexible Work Culture

The labor force is diversifying, not just demographically, but also in terms of people’s needs and preferences. It’s time for organizations to adapt to workers — and not the other way around.

2022/11/24 | The Interpreter

Worth a Thousand Words: What Kim Jong‑Un’s Daughter Photo Tells

The appearance of Kim’s daughter at an ICBM launch underscores how the regime sees its nuclear weapons program as a fixture and that the North Korean leadership is willing and prepared to continue on this path.

2022/11/23 | Voice of America

Thailand’s Pot Boosters Battle Bid to Delegalize Cannabis

Thailand made it legal to cultivate and possess marijuana for medicinal purposes in June, but calls are mounting to relist the plant as a narcotic.

2022/11/11 | Voice of America

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister: Biden-Xi Meeting Conducive to Taiwan Strait Stability

“There’s been no official contact between Taiwan and China for quite some time. If the United States is able to talk to the Chinese side some of the concerns on the Taiwanese side, that will be very helpful to Taiwan as well.”

2022/11/10 | The Interpreter

Countdown to Asia’s Summit Season

Conflict in Myanmar and Ukraine against a backdrop of U.S.‑China tension – a crowded agenda will unfold in coming weeks.

2022/11/09 | Voice of America

Eyeing Global Food Crisis, Beijing Revives Elements of Planned Economy

Beijing is promoting the development of supply and marketing cooperatives for agricultural products and state-run canteens as relations between China and Western democracies deteriorate.

2022/11/08 | East Asia Forum

Developing Asia Adapts to the Dollar’s Strength

A strong U.S. dollar will likely continue for the near future. Asian economies need to prepare for a rough 2023.

2022/11/07 | The Conversation

North Korea’s Flurry of Missile Tests Raises Alarm – But Are We Seeing Anything New?

The sustained pace of missile launches may serve as a distraction to focus the North Korean people’s gaze on the external enemy rather than their own distress and the government’s role in it.