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2021/04/29 | Deutsche Welle

Covid: Japanese Frustrated At Slow Vaccine Rollout

With Japan marking the unwelcome milestone of 10,000 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, there are growing indications that the public is becoming impatient at the government’s slow rollout of the vaccine.

2021/04/26 | Dr. Bonny Ling

Let’s Really Talk About Slavery and Cotton

In recent months, international attention has mounted on cotton and China, but this is not the first time that the country has intersected with the complicated and entangled global history of slavery and its abolition.

2021/04/26 | Voice of America

Pan-Southeast Asian Agreement Aims To Stop Spillover of Myanmar Violence

Association of Southeast Asian Nations issues five-point consensus calling for ‘immediate cessation’ of violence in Myanmar and ‘utmost restraint’ by all parties.

2021/04/23 | The Interpreter

Indonesia Gambles on Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar

Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo may have an eye to his legacy by inviting the junta to Jakarta, but it could also cost his prestige.

2021/04/21 | Michael Beltran

How a Community Pantry Sparked Movement of Mutual Aid in the Philippines

To help those struggling financially during the pandemic, hundreds of community pantries have been set up across the Philippines, and more are sprouting up.

2021/04/21 | Voice of America

In South Korea, Antagonism Toward China Is Growing

China’s so-called “wolf warrior” approach to diplomacy is alienating South Koreans at an alarming pace.

2021/04/20 | Deutsche Welle

Thailand: Third Covid Wave Threatens Plans To Reopen Tourism

A new surge in coronavirus infections and a sluggish vaccine rollout could postpone plans to resume Thailand’s foreign tourism sector. People working in the travel industry are struggling to make ends meet.

2021/04/19 | East Asia Forum

Japan’s Response to the Coup in Myanmar

Japan’s approach to the coup in Myanmar is in some ways a middle road between the “distant” Western states that prioritize human rights and democracy and the “local” Asian states that prioritize stability and development.

2021/04/16 | Deutsche Welle

Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Activists Jailed for Illegal Assembly

Media tycoon Jimmy Lai is among those sentenced for their role in a pro-democracy march in 2019. The defendants were found guilty this month of organizing and participating in unauthorized assemblies.

2021/04/16 | Voice of America

Japanese PM Faces Tough Balancing Act Between US, China

Japanese Prime Minister will be the first foreign leader to meet Biden at the White House.

2021/04/15 | The Interpreter

Thailand’s Sweeping Associations Law Courts Disaster

Draft legislation to strictly control all kinds of groups could crush civil society and drive out foreign organizations.

2021/04/14 | TNL Feature

Survey: Concern Over Human Rights in China Is Bipartisan In US

Our survey results indicate that supporters of both major parties in the U.S. show comparable concern over human rights in China.

2021/04/14 | East Asia Forum

No Plan B for Singapore’s Leadership Succession

After Heng Swee Keat’s departure, there is no clear successor to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. It exposes serious internal challenges for the ruling party.

2021/04/13 | Voice of America

Myanmar’s Efforts To Control Covid-19 Crumble Since February Coup, Aid Groups Say

Myanmar’s civil disobedience movement aimed at disrupting the junta has forced hospitals to close and testing rates to plummet.

2021/04/12 | Global Voices

Hong Kong Customs Raids Pro-Democracy Retail Chain, Sparking Sympathy

Hong Kong customs raids and seizes goods from a pro-democracy “yellow shop,” citing inadequate labeling on products.

2021/04/09 | Voice of America

Journalists on Trial for Covering Myanmar Coup

Coverage of Myanmar's coup and its aftermath is becoming increasingly risky, with at least 60 journalists arrested since junta seized power.