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2020/12/25 | Deutsche Welle

China Launches Anti-Monopoly Probe Into Alibaba

The probe comes just after an IPO into Ant Group, an Alibaba subsidiary, was halted by Beijing. China said it was cracking down on companies that it could consider monopolies.

2020/12/10 | East Asia Forum

North Korea Faces One of Its Toughest Winters

North Koreans are in for a tough winter, with the Covid-19 pandemic, severe food shortages, and the lack of heating options.

2020/12/08 | The Interpreter

China’s Online Meddling Goes Beyond the Great Firewall

Supporting the human rights movement in China should include fostering a fact-based Chinese-language information environment in which activists can get reliable news and analysis.

2020/12/17 | Voice of America

Chinese Diplomats’ Aggressive Twitter Strategy on Display in Australia Dispute

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian's tweet might seem to gain traction, but researchers say it is a result of China's attempt “to create an illusion of popular backing.”

2020/11/10 | TNL Staff

TSMC Founder Appointed as Taiwan’s Envoy To APEC Again

This is the third time Tsai named the founder and former CEO of TSMC to represent her in the summit. He was the envoy in 2018 and 2019, during her first term as the president.

2020/09/30 | Deutsche Welle

China Builds New 'Detention Facilities' in Xinjiang: Study

A new study shows that Beijing is still building internment camps in Xinjiang, where the UN estimates that at least 1 million Muslim minorities are detained in so-called re-education camps or other facilities.

2020/02/11 | Deutsche Welle

Thailand Mourns Victims of 'Unprecedented' Mass Shooting

The northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima is reeling after a soldier killed 29 people in a weekend shooting spree. Security forces fatally shot the lone gunman after a 12-hour siege at a local shopping mall.

2020/10/14 | Deutsche Welle

South Korea's Abortion Law Revision Plan Sparks Controversy

Conservatives and religious groups are facing off with women's rights organizations in a fierce debate over changes to a 1953 law that makes abortion illegal.

2020/01/22 | Mongabay

Award-Winning Environmental Editor Arrested in Indonesia

Mongabay editor Philip Jacobson was detained in Indonesia on December 17, 2019 over an alleged issue with his business visa.

2020/11/13 | Deutsche Welle

Opinion: Hong Kong’s Rule of Law Is at Its End

By throwing out pro-democracy lawmakers, Hong Kong's Beijing-dominated legislature is quickly losing any veneer of autonomy. A broken legal system has permitted this democratic dysfunction.

2020/10/16 | Deutsche Welle

Thai Protesters Defy Emergency Law To Call for Reforms

Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand have ignored a government ban on demonstrations calling for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to stand down and new limits on the power of the monarchy.

2020/03/06 | The Interpreter

When Philippines Democracy Hit Midlife Crisis

The Philippines’ democracy turned 34 last week but continues to flirt with authoritarian fantasies.

2020/03/18 | Deutsche Welle

China Expels US Journalists in Escalating Media Freedom Row

Beijing has expelled 13 journalists from three major U.S. newspapers in one of the country's biggest crackdowns on the foreign press. The decision comes after Chinese and U.S. leaders feuded over the coronavirus pandemic.

2020/11/26 | Voice of America

Thai Protesters Direct Ire at King’s Massive Wealth

Protesters demanded public oversight of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s vast wealth on Wednesday outside the headquarters of Siam Commercial bank. He is said to hold a 23.5% stake in the bank worth an estimated US$2.3 billion.

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.

2020/02/06 | Deutsche Welle

Kashmiris Feel Alienated 6 Months After India 'Annexation'

In August 2019, New Delhi scrapped Kashmir's semi-autonomous status, imposing a security blockade in the region. Rifat Fareed, DW's reporter in Srinagar, says six months on, Kashmiris feel more disgruntled than ever.

2020/12/24 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Legislator Reflects on Pro-Democracy Struggle as He Seeks Asylum

Baggio Leung, a former Hong Kong legislator seeking asylum in the United States, feels pessimistic about Hong Kong's short-term future, but said he believes Hong Kongers will one day win their city back.

2020/12/22 | Voice of America

Thailand Urges Tight Virus Controls for Big Holiday Celebrations

Thai government officials are mulling over new measures to contain the spread of the pandemic in the wake of a surge in cases among migrant workers. Tourism operators are bracing for an atypical holiday season and a slow recovery ahead.