Activist Flees Hong Kong After Re-Education Trip to China

FILE PHOTO: Sam Cheung Ho-sum and Prince Wong march on a street to campaign for the unofficial "primary" election organised by the pro-democracy camp, in Hong Kong, China, July 12, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik/File Photo To match Special Report HONGKONG-DEMOCRACY/ACTIVISTS

HONG KONG—Prominent Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow said she was exiling herself in Canada after getting her passport back from police in return for taking a patriotic trip to China, an exchange that sheds light on Hong Kong’s efforts to re-educate political opponents. Chow, who is on police bail while under investigation on suspicion of national-security… Continue reading Activist Flees Hong Kong After Re-Education Trip to China

Bombing of Catholic mass in southern Philippines leaves four dead

Police say explosion at Mindanao State University gymnasium in Marawi could be revenge by pro-Islamic State militants   Philippine forces were on high alert after a bomb killed four people and wounded many more during a Catholic mass in a university gymnasium in the south of the country, an attack the authorities called Islamist terrorism.… Continue reading Bombing of Catholic mass in southern Philippines leaves four dead

China’s backing of Myanmar’s Junta against pro-democracy groups is backfiring even as the Rohingya issue is back in focus

In these times of large scale warfare in various parts of the world, the grim situation in Myanmar, in which hundreds of thousands of people have been rendered homeless in the past two-and-a-half years, thousands of political and civil society leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, have been incarcerated on false or flimsy charges, and… Continue reading China’s backing of Myanmar’s Junta against pro-democracy groups is backfiring even as the Rohingya issue is back in focus

The Philippines summons Chinese ambassador after two South China Sea collisions

Manila has summoned Beijing’s ambassador after accusing China of “illegal and dangerous” behaviour that resulted in two collisions in the highly disputed South China Sea. Philippine foreign ministry spokesperson Teresita Daza said Manila was “making full use of diplomatic processes” after the incidents involving vessels belonging to China and the Philippines, and had summoned the… Continue reading The Philippines summons Chinese ambassador after two South China Sea collisions

China’s Belt and Road Forum to illuminate scope of Russia ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due in China this week for a high-stakes visit that should signal the strength and scope of the countries’ “no limits” friendship. Putin will be attending China’s Belt and Road Forum, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, as Beijing marks the 10th anniversary of its initiative to build infrastructure stretching from… Continue reading China’s Belt and Road Forum to illuminate scope of Russia ties

Analysis: Military elder put silent pressure on Xi at Beidaihe

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize. A 94-year-old military heavyweight was sitting silently as President Xi Jinping and other top decision-makers of the… Continue reading Analysis: Military elder put silent pressure on Xi at Beidaihe

Chinese Premier Li Qiang urges Japan to rid relationship of threats after Tokyo vowed tech restrictions

Li meets Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi days after Japan announced restrictions on 23 types of semiconductor manufacturing equipment Hayashi, who met China’s top diplomat Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Qin Gang, raised issues of contested islands and detained Japanese national while in China Japan has pledged not to decouple from China, with Japanese Foreign… Continue reading Chinese Premier Li Qiang urges Japan to rid relationship of threats after Tokyo vowed tech restrictions

The Asia-Pacific flashpoints fuelling an arms race across the region

Global militarisation has increased rapidly over the course of the 21st century, with a clear recalibration towards the Asia Pacific. Between 2000 and 2021, annual military spending increased from $1.12trn (in 2020 dollar terms) to $2.11trn. In that time, the share of global defence spending in Asia and Oceania increased from 18% to 28%, according… Continue reading The Asia-Pacific flashpoints fuelling an arms race across the region