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2020/01/21 | Deutsche Welle
China to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags and Straws
One of the world's biggest users of plastics is seriously rethinking its environment policy. Beijing hopes to cut plastic waste by 30% in five years, banning single use plastic bags and straws.
2020/01/20 | Voice of America
Chinese Health Officials Report Huge Spike in Cases of New Virus
136 new cases of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus were confirmed in Wuhan over the past three days, and officials still know very little about how it's transmitted.
2020/01/18 | Coco Dollanganger
Will Philippines Impose Plastic Ban in 2020?
Philippines is the world's third largest source of ocean plastics. How can it reduce plastic waste nationwide?
2020/01/14 | The Interpreter
Beijing's Hong Kong Appointment Means Nothing Will Change
Beijing’s angle is clear: Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement is an unjust revolt, and there will be no reform in the city.
2020/01/14 | Voice of America
Taiwan Elections Belie Notion of ‘Asian Value,’ Says Analyst
Taiwan’s election this week, along with South Korea’s successful democratic transition in the 1990s, challenged the notion that democracy isn't suited for Asian cultures.
2020/01/10 | Deutsche Welle
Chinese Pork Prices Doubled Ahead of New Year's Celebrations
An African swine fever outbreak has decimated China's pork stocks, keeping food prices high and contributing to overall high inflation. The high prices will make Chinese New Year's feasts more expensive.
2020/01/08 | Op-Ed
Taiwan's Elections May Determine the Fate of Fleeing Hong Kong Protesters
The Hong Kong protests might not have influenced Taiwanese voters as much as expected, but Taiwan's election results might determine the fate of the pro-democracy protesters who have fled from the city.
2020/01/08 | The Interpreter
Martial Law Lifted in Philippine South, But Military Presence Persists
The role of the military on the strife-torn Philippine island isn’t about to change – and will continue to ensnare legal activists.
2020/01/07 | Voice of America
Philippines Would Hurt Tourism, Ease Political Disputes by Requiring Americans to Get Visas
The Philipipnes' tourism sector would take a hit, but a visa rule for Americans would ease tension over a criminal case in Manila.
2020/01/06 | Mongabay
How a Thai Entrepreneur Turned Used Flip-Flops Into a Sustainable Business
A university team in Thailand named “Tlejourn” has created a profitable product from discarded flip-flops. Of the 5.25 trillion pieces of trash floating in the ocean, old flip-flops are one of the most commonly found items.
2020/01/03 | Deutsche Welle
Asia's Richest Man, Mukesh Ambani, Takes on Amazon With New Online Marketplace
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's foray into Indian e-commerce with an online shopping platform called JioMart is expected to take on the likes of giants such as Amazon and Flipkart in the fast expanding sector.
2019/12/31 | Voice of America
Chinese Pastor Wang Yi Given 9 Year Sentence on State Subversion
Human rights activists say verdict paints bleak picture of government-led persecution of religious groups under Chinese President Xi Jinping.
2019/12/26 | Voice of America
Clashes Mar Christmas Celebrations in Hong Kong
Christmas celebrations in Hong Kong were disrupted by riot police violently dispersing anti-government protesters.
2019/12/23 | Voice of America
Martial Law Set to End in Restive Philippine South as Violence Ebbs
Curfews and road checkpoints have dominated much of Mindanao, an island racked by rebel violence, for 31 months
2019/12/20 | Deutsche Welle
India: Curfew, Internet Closures as Citizenship Protests Continue
Indian police have imposed strict security measures amid protests over a citizenship law discriminating against Muslims. At least seven people have died so far in the ongoing unrest.
2019/12/18 | The Conversation
What Chinese Citizens Think of China's Social Credit System
Contrary to what many in the West think, many Chinese citizens appreciate the social credit system for instilling a sense security and certainty in the society.
2019/12/17 | The Interpreter
India’s Descent into a Hindu Theocracy
A new law that threatens to exclude Muslims from Indian citizenship upends the idea of a nation built on liberty and equality.
2019/12/16 | Deutsche Welle
China TV Pulls Arsenal Game After Mesut Özil's Uyghur Comments
Former Germany midfielder Mesut Özil has criticized other Muslims for not speaking up for China's Uyghur minority. More than 1 million people in the western province of Xinjiang have been sent to re-education camps.