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2022/03/09 | Deutsche Welle

UN Commissioner To Travel to Xinjiang on Long-delayed China Visit

Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has come under criticism for failing to release a report on Xinjiang commissioned more than three-and-a-half years ago. Human rights activists have been waiting for its publication for months, and called on her to release it without delay.

2022/03/08 | The Interpreter

Reading Southeast Asia on Ukraine

Russia’s invasion has unified the West with new clarity, yet exposed ambiguity and uncertainty in Southeast Asia.

2022/03/07 | Deutsche Welle

Myanmar Families Divided Over Children’s Education Amid Political Turmoil

Millions of families are torn between education, safety, and loyalty to the pro-democracy movement when it comes to deciding whether to send their children back to public schools.

2022/03/04 | The Interpreter

China Needs To Rethink Its Russia Policy

Beijing may find it difficult to handle this troublesome “no limits” partner.

2022/03/03 | Voice of America

China Positions Itself as Mediator Between Russia, Ukraine

A mediation attempt would divert international attention from China’s controversial goal of unifying with Taiwan, experts say.

2022/03/02 | East Asia Forum

Why Xi Jinping Is Still Willing To Wear the Costs of Zero-Covid

Surging cases, faltering health infrastructure, and a wave of self-isolation in China could produce more acute labor shortages and supply chain disruptions than zero-Covid.

2022/03/01 | Global Voices

Taiwan Watches Ukraine Closely Wondering How the West Would React in Case of Chinese Invasion

Many Taiwanese are looking at the conflict between Russia and Ukraine as a warning about the country’s own precarious geopolitical situation.

2022/02/28 | Alexander Görlach

Putin and Xi Seek to Remake the World Order

By taking Ukraine, Putin is attempting to annul universal values with “might makes right.”

2022/02/25 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Invokes Emergency Powers Amid Unprecedented Covid-19 Case Numbers

The emergency powers exempt doctors from the mainland from licensing requirements and allow them to treat patients in Hong Kong.

2022/02/24 | Brian Hioe

Reading Putin’s Speech From Taiwan

Putin’s speech on the war’s eve expressed an incoherence that leaves China in an awkward position vis-a-vis its claims on Taiwan.

2022/02/24 | Deutsche Welle

Wary of China, Taiwan Calls for Vigilance Amid Ukraine Escalation

Taiwan is watching China closely as Russia orders troops into Ukraine’s separatist regions. President Tsai has said Taiwan must raise its surveillance and alertness.

2022/02/23 | The Interpreter

Courting Change For Indonesia’s Invisible Brides

The country’s marriage statistics obscure a significant rise in unregistered unions involving children and adolescents.

2022/02/22 | East Asia Forum

A No-fly Zone Won’t Fly in Myanmar

As long as Myanmar’s junta enjoys the support of Russia and China, there is little chance that the UN would support the idea of a no-fly zone.

2022/02/21 | Voice of America

What Happens to Uyghurs After Competing in the Olympics?

“For decades, the stereotypical ‘happily dancing Uyghur’ has served as a puppet of propaganda for China’s official ‘ethnic unity and harmony’ narrative.”

2022/02/17 | East Asia Forum

Presidential Politics Heats up in Indonesia

Jokowi and his coalition partners have been preoccupied not just with the remaining two years of this presidential term, but also with the remainder of the decade. They have been prepared to countenance options that are contrary to democratic principles.

2022/02/16 | Voice of America

Myanmar Issue Hardens Divisions in ASEAN

Analysts said a troika had emerged made up of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei, which share religious sympathies with the Muslim Rohingya and have opposed bringing the Myanmar junta into ASEAN after it was banned from attending its summits in response to the coup.

2022/02/15 | Deutsche Welle

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Under Political and Tax Scrutiny in Germany

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn is under fresh scrutiny for questions over whether he paid the correct property and inheritance taxes.