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Hong Kong’s Film Industry Quietly Blooming Again, Despite Censorship

Voice of America

Despite the concerns about censorship, funding, and fewer audiences with the lifting of travel restrictions, directors in Hong Kong believe now is as good a time as any to make films.

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China’s Latest Covid Wave May Hit 65 Million a Week With Mild Symptoms

Voice of America

The latest Covid wave is something most people do not take seriously, said Mr. Lin, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue. The resident of Quanzhou in Fujian province said, “They go about their activities normally and don’t do any protection. No one wears masks.”

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Why the WHO Needs Taiwan

The Interpreter

Taiwan is again blocked from attending the World Health Assembly amid a sustained campaign by Chinese officials to deny it a seat at the table.

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Chinese Capital’s Population Declines for First Time Since 2003

Voice of America

In January, China announced it had entered an “era of negative population growth,” after figures showed a historic drop in the number of people for the first time in six decades.

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The Changing Face of Chinese Governance

East Asia Forum

During his first two terms in office, Xi sent signals that created a range of mixed incentives that will guide Chinese governance over the next five years.

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China’s Growth Prospects After Zero-Covid

The Interpreter

Despite the IMF upgrading its GDP projection, China is facing major downward pressures that seem likely to constrain its recovery, in both the short and medium term.

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Indonesia Gets the Ball Rolling On Domestic Worker Rights

The Interpreter

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has endorsed the Domestic Worker Protection Bill, showing moral support for Indonesians who were employed overseas as domestic workers and sending a strong message to migrant-receiving countries like Malaysia and Taiwan to protect the rights of these workers.

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Thailand Welcomes Tourism, Economic Progress, Looks Ahead to 2023 Elections

Voice of America

Experts say the elections could promote further economic growth and create stability for the kingdom.

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China: Zhang Zhan’s Prison Letter Offers Hope and Fear

Deutsche Welle

The rare insight into prison life comes over two years after the citizen journalist was handed a four-year sentence. She was imprisoned after covering the Covid-19 lockdown in the Chinese city of Wuhan in early 2020.

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Southeast Asia’s Tech Industry Goes From a Gallop to a Canter

East Asia Forum

ASEAN’s economic growth is projected to be above 5% in 2022 and 2023, outperforming China for the first time.

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