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2021/10/05 | Voice of America

US To Have ‘Frank’ Discussions With China About Trade

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said China has fallen short of its purchase promises and she would seek a meeting with her Chinese counterpart to review the matter.

2021/10/04 | Deutsche Welle

North and South Korea Reconnect Cross-border Hotline

Pyongyang last cut off the hotline in August after joint U.S.-South Korea military drills. The move comes amid a series of weapons tests by the North.

2021/10/04 | Michael Beltran

Kitchen Cadres: Cooking With Indignation During Lockdown in the Philippines

The ongoing lockdown in the Philippines has challenged activists to redirect some of their efforts towards filling empty stomachs, in addition to the everyday protesting, organizing, and campaigning.

2021/10/01 | East Asia Forum

Myanmar’s Military Junta Has Long-Term Power Plans

The Myanmar military has extended its emergency rule until 2023. What does it plan to do in the next two years?

2021/10/01 | The Interpreter

Meet Japan’s New PM

Asia’s oldest democracy looks for a steady hand on the tiller in a time of regional flux.

2021/09/29 | Deutsche Welle

US General Defends Calls With Chinese Military During Trump Presidency

Top U.S. General Mark Milley told Congress that the Defense Secretary and others knew about his call to his Chinese counterpart, to reassure Beijing that former President Donald Trump was not preparing a sudden attack.

2021/09/28 | Voice of America

China Tells Effeminate Male Celebrities to Man Up

China call on broadcasters to enforce a “correct beauty standard” and to stop booking male celebrities who fail to meet the manly criteria.

2021/09/27 | East Asia Forum

Taiwan’s Covid-19 Vaccine Struggles

Two lessons emerge from Taiwan’s experience with Covid-19 — even the best measures get eroded over time by complacency and fatigue, and it is nearly impossible to be safe from the virus without adequate vaccine deployment.

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.

2021/09/23 | Deutsche Welle

Climate Change: China to Exit Coal-Fired Power Abroad

Beijing is to end support for overseas coal-fired power projects and plans to up investment in low-carbon energy. It’s big news ahead of the November climate summit, but private investors need to follow suit.

2021/09/17 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Jakarta Court Rules in Favor of Residents’ Clean Air Bid

A court has ordered President Joko Widodo and other top officials to take measures to tackle air pollution. It's a landmark ruling for the residents who filed the case, but not everyone is celebrating.

2021/09/16 | Voice of America

Exiled Physician Fighting for a Better Myanmar

“The origin of the legitimacy is really with the will of the people of Myanmar,” said a minister of Myanmar’s shadow government formed in the wake of the coup. “The U.N.’s duty is to uphold the will of the people of Myanmar. That is the obligation.”

2021/09/15 | The Interpreter

US Engagement in Southeast Asia: How Much Will Be Enough?

Complaints about America’s attention to the region need to be put in proper context.

2021/09/14 | Deutsche Welle

Biden to Host ‘Quad’ Leaders for Summit to Counter China

Joe Biden will host prime ministers of India, Japan, and Australia at the White House for the first Quad summit. Covid-19, climate change, and China are expected among the key issues at the meeting.

2021/09/13 | Voice of America

Why China Would Give More Aid, Investment To Leery Philippines

Manila vies with Beijing over access to the disputed South China Sea and has warmed this year toward the United States.

2021/09/12 | Michael Beltran

A Philippine Dissident Raises a Child in Prison

Amanda Echanis, a peasant organizer, is raising her infant son while she is incarcerated as a political prisoner. It’s an experience she's familiar with.

2021/09/10 | The Interpreter

China’s Digital Currency Takes Shape

A new central bank system to control the flow and exchange of money dovetails with Beijing’s big tech crackdown.

2021/09/09 | Voice of America

South Korea Fights ‘Fake News,’ but Critics Claim It’s Gagging the Press

A proposed revision to the Press Arbitration Act, backed by South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party, would significantly expand the ability of courts to punish accredited reporters and media outlets deemed to have intentionally published false information.