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2022/01/28 | Voice of America

China’s Financial Diplomacy Wins Influence in Central Asian Countries

Even though its position in central Asian countries has evolved quite successfully, China still faces obstacles such as nationalism and political elites’ distrust of Beijing.

2022/01/27 | Deutsche Welle

New Species Found in Embattled Greater Mekong

The share of people living in cities across the five middle-income countries in the Greater Mekong has roughly doubled since 1970, pushing species to the brink of survival.

2022/01/24 | Voice of America

Malaysia’s Top Anti-corruption Cop Sues Whistleblower for Defamation

Hundreds of people rallied in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Saturday calling on Azam Baki, chief commissioner of Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission, to step down over corruption allegations.

2022/01/22 | East Asia Forum

Vietnam’s Covid-19 Testing Scandal Goes Viral

Overpriced testing kits are an extremely sensitive issue that feeds into the long-standing problem of cronyism and backdoor politics in the medical equipment trade.

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.”

2022/01/18 | Jeremy Van der Haegen

Taiwan’s Plan to Cement Its Newfound Alliance With Lithuania

Taiwan’s investment plan for Lithuania needs to be economically sound, and cannot rely simply on geopolitical conflict.

2022/01/18 | The Interpreter

Australia Has a Solution to Indonesia’s Soaring Food Prices

As Indonesia takes the G20 presidency solving the country’s food security crisis should be top of the agenda.

2022/01/14 | Itamar Waksman

The Siraya’s Fight for Recognition in Taiwan

The Siraya has yet to be officially recognized by Taiwan’s government as an Indigenous group, excluding them from access to social benefits including scholarship and subsidy for healthcare.

2022/01/13 | Voice of America

With West Distracted by Pandemic, Vietnam Ramps Up Repression

“Vietnam is the world’s third-largest prison for journalists, right after autocratic regimes like Xi’s China, and junta-ruled Myanmar.”

2022/01/09 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan: Lin Ching-yi Prevails in Win for Pan-Green Forces

Lin’s victory reflected the voters’ approval of her call to “end the politics of corruption,” which the DPP has made a central part of her campaign platform.

2022/01/09 | TNL Staff

Freddy Lim Recall Attempt Fails to Meet Threshold

The recall campaign against Freddy Lim has failed on account of falling short of its binding threshold.

2022/01/07 | Deutsche Welle

Horn of Africa: China Announces New Envoy as US One Departs

The region is suffering several crises, including the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region as well as political upheaval in Somalia.

2022/01/06 | Voice of America

Martial Law Victims in the Philippines Challenge Marcos’ Presidential Bid

Cases against Marcos filed on behalf of the victims are piling up at the Commission on Elections. The petitions ask the body to either cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy or to disqualify him due to a criminal conviction in 1997 over his failure to file income tax returns decades ago.

2022/01/03 | Deutsche Welle

Covid Complicates Asian Football’s Fight Against Match Fixing

Asian football in particular has long had a problem with match fixing. While some progress had been made in fighting the crime in recent years, the arrival of Covid-19 has made it easier for match fixers to do business.