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2022/07/05 | Deutsche Welle

South Korea Returns to Nuclear Power’s Warm Embrace

President Yoon Suk-yeol is going all in on nuclear power, both at home and abroad, marking a shift from his predecessor’s undecided approach.

2022/03/18 | East Asia Forum

Can Seoul Court Beijing’s Perception Problem?

While it might be unrealistic for Seoul to completely sever itself from Washington’s global geostrategy, Beijing and Seoul could still reach a modus vivendi on South Korea’s contribution to the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Strategy and its future relationship with the Quad.

2022/09/05 | Mongabay

Illegal Fishing, Worker Abuse Claims Leave a Bad Taste for Bumble Bee Seafood

A new report by Greenpeace East Asia has found that Bumble Bee Seafoods and its parent company, Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company of Taiwan, are sourcing seafood from vessels involved in human rights abuses as well as illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing practices.

2022/05/27 | Voice of America

As Biden Leaves Asia, North Korea Launches ICBM, Other Missiles

North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles, including what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, hours after U.S. President left South Korea.

2022/12/21 | Deutsche Welle

China’s Soaring Covid Numbers Raise Global Fears

Investors have welcomed China’s shift away from the zero-Covid strategy as good news for the world economy in the longer run. However, there are more immediate worries about the near-term impact of surging case numbers on trade and industry.

2022/05/24 | Deutsche Welle

‘Quad’ Talks in Japan Open With Eyes on China and Ukraine

Leaders from the U.S., Japan, India, and Australia are in Tokyo looking to bolster the Indo-Pacific group of major democratic nations. Although China is the Quad’s long term focus, Ukraine’s sure to feature on the agenda.

2022/08/24 | Voice of America

Wheels of Justice Turn Slowly for Displaced Rohingya People

The International Court of Justice in July allowed a case to proceed alleging that Myanmar performed acts of genocide against the Rohingya after dismissing objections by the junta.

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.”

2022/10/25 | Deutsche Welle

Myanmar: Junta Air Strike Kills Dozens, Rebel Group Says

The Kachin Independence Organization says the Myanmar military carried out air strikes on a concert to celebrate the group's founding. The attacks reportedly killed some 80 people, including musicians and civilians.

2022/10/03 | Deutsche Welle

German Lawmakers Arrive in Taiwan Amid Regional Tensions

A delegation from the German parliament traveled to Taiwan to underline friendly ties between Berlin and Taipei. The visit comes as China steps up its threats toward the island democracy.

2022/05/25 | The Interpreter

China: The Morrison Legacy and Beyond

Labor is expected to persist with most of the Coalition’s foreign and defense policies. But useful changes can be made.

2022/06/07 | Deutsche Welle

Japan: Same-sex Couples Face Resistance to Adoption

Conservative attitudes towards the concept of family and a lack of legal rights for LGBTQ+ members of society make adopting in a child a difficult task in Japan.

2022/09/26 | Voice of America

Though Lauded Abroad, Japan’s Abe Leaves Complicated Legacy at Home

Abe’s mixed legacy helps explain the public backlash against his state funeral, which is opposed by a large majority of Japanese.

2022/03/22 | Deutsche Welle

Ukraine War: Asian Nations Feel Economic Brunt of Conflict

India, Bangladesh, and Southeast Asian countries are all feeling economic strain triggered by the war. India’s edible oil market and exports are suffering, while Bangladesh-Russia trade has taken a hit due to sanctions.

2022/04/18 | Global Voices

Philippine Independent Bookshops Become Targets of Red-tagging

The targeting of Popular Bookstore and Solidaridad is the latest in a long and brutal history of red-tagging and state repression of dissent and critical thinking in the Philippines.

2022/05/06 | Voice of America

Marcos-era Torture Victims Try To Derail Son’s Candidacy in Philippine Vote

The younger Marcos refuses to address the atrocities committed when his father was in power and has repeatedly dismissed questions from local reporters about the billions of dollars in unpaid estate taxes that the family owes the government.

2022/06/13 | Voice of America

Preserve the Truth: Historical Books, Documents in Danger as Marcos Family Returns to Power

Books on martial law have been selling fast in the weeks after Marcos Jr. was elected president over fear that these will be banned or purged.

2022/01/19 | Deutsche Welle

IOC Reacts to Cybersecurity Concern Over Beijing My 2022 Phone App

A report revealed flaws in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics app, but the International Olympic Committee said it had been found to have “no critical vulnerabilities.”