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20 AUGUST 2018

Korean families divided by war reunite in North Korea

A group of mostly elderly South Koreans crossed into North Korea Monday to reunite with family members many haven’t seen nor heard from since the Korean War broke out 68 years ago
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/19/asia/korea-family-reunions-intl/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=222191
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5824384916001/?#sp=show-clips

Taiwan’s president visits Nasa space centre, in a move likely to anger Beijing

Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese president visited Nasa’s space centre in Houston on Sunday, in a move that indicates deepening ties between Taipei and Washington, but which is expected to infuriate Beijing
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/20/taiwans-president-visits-nasa-space-centre-move-likely-anger/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180820_22/
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2160547/united-states-plays-taiwan-card-tsai-ing-wens-trip

Chinese ‘projects will not go on’: Mahathir blasts Najib’s ‘stupidity’

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) projects would be cancelled until Malaysia could afford it
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2160627/chinese-projects-will-not-go-mahathir-blasts-najibs
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-premier-li-keqiang-says-willing-to-push-bilateral-ties-with-malaysia
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/403500/malaysia-china-joint-communique-dr-ms-visit-china-mutually-beneficial#cxrecs_s

19 AUGUST 2018

North Korea to let U.N. aviation agency officials conduct on-site missile safety inspection

North Korea has agreed to allow International Civil Aviation Organization staff to conduct an on-site inspection to ensure the safety of international flights from the country’s missile launches, according to officials with the Montreal-based U.N. agency
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/19/asia-pacific/north-korea-agrees-accept-u-n-agency-staff-missiles/#.W3meK-gzY2w

17 AUGUST 2018

Imran Khan Elected 22nd Prime Minister Of Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has been elected as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan after securing 176 votes as Pakistani lawmakers cast their vote for a new prime minister today
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92073
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/imran-khan-becomes-pakistan-s-prime-minister-19633
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45219455

16 AUGUST 2018

Former Indian prime minister Vajpayee dead at 93

Statesman and pragmatist, orator and poet, a man of peace and conviction. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a towering nationalist who softened the often sharp edge of his party’s politics with sophisticated inclusiveness, earning him the sobriquet “ajaat shatru” or the man with no enemies
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/atal-bihari-vajpayee-pragmatist-orator-and-statesman-who-went-beyond-bjps-nationalist-political-agenda/1336734
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-25123943
https://www.livemint.com/Politics/AHuMAy9aPpD6ldi3fTzGzM/Vajpayee-the-man-who-found-India-its-place-among-nations.html

New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

Malaysia’s new government on Thursday repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting “fake news,” in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/new-malaysian-government-repeals-law-banning-fake-news/

15 AUGUST 2018

China angered at new U.S. defense act, to assess content

China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new U.S. defense act, saying it would comprehensively assess aspects that beef up the role of a panel tasked with reviewing foreign investment proposals
http://ednews.net/en/news/politics/309816-china-angered-at-new-us-defense-act-to-assess-content
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3506331

Cambodia ruling party wins all seats in parliament: Election committee

Lawmakers in Cambodia’s new parliament will come from only one party – the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen, the National Election Committee announced on Wednesday night (Aug 15)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodian-prime-minister-hun-sens-party-sweeps-all-125-seats-in-parliament
https://theconversation.com/how-cambodias-prime-minister-rigged-an-election-101511
http://en.rfi.fr/20180815-cambodia-ruling-party-sweeps-election-opposition-pushes-sanctions/

India will send manned flight into space by 2022, PM Modi declares in Independence Day speech

India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022 and roll out a health insurance scheme from September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his last Independence Day speech ahead of next year’s general election
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2159770/modi-says-india-will-send-manned-flight-space-2022
https://www.dw.com/en/indias-modi-announces-manned-space-mission-health-care-scheme-for-millions/a-45087034
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/15/asia/india-manned-space-flight-intl/index.html

US hands over sophisticated military gear to Philippines

The United States has handed over sophisticated, aircraft-borne electronic equipment to the Philippines, which will allow its armed forces to monitor the country’s maritime domain from as far as 200 kilometres away
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/us-hands-over-sophisticated-military-gear-to-philippines-1.2266583

14 AUGUST 2018

Hong Kong independence activist slams Beijing at press club talk

Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan attacked China as an empire trying to “annex” and “destroy” the city in a no-holds barred speech Tuesday at the city’s press club which Beijing wanted canceled
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pro-china-groups-protest-at-hong-kong-press-club-over-separatist-speech-19580
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/14/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/hong-kong-independence-activist-slams-beijing-press-club-talk/#.W3O_2-gzY2x
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/08/14/live-hong-kong-pro-independence-activist-chan-ho-tin-delivers-speech-despite-pressure-beijing/

13 AUGUST 2018

South Korean president Moon Jae-in  to meet Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang for latest summit

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a third summit between leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un in September, amid ongoing tensions between Pyongyang and Washington over the North’s lack of progress in giving up its nuclear weapons
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/13/south-korean-president-moon-jae-in-meet-kim-jong-un-pyongyang/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221871
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/857400.html

Pakistan’s newly elected parliament meets for first time

The first session of the 15th National Assembly ended on Monday after 328 members of the lower house of the parliament took oath following their election in the July 25 countrywide polls. Earlier, it was reported that 329 lawmakers would take oath but MNA Sahabzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan from Jhang was unable to attend the session
https://www.dawn.com/news/1426761/328-mnas-sworn-in-to-15th-national-assembly
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-s-newly-elected-parliament-meets-for-first-time-19556

US gives Sri Lankan military US$39 million to combat China’s investments in strategic island

The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2159546/us-gives-sri-lankan-military-us39-million-combat-chinas
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sri-lanka-gets-us-military-funding-as-china-vies-for-influence-10614212

12 AUGUST 2018

Vietnam communist war hero turned dissident Bui Tin dies aged 90

A Vietnamese former colonel and revolutionary war hero who became disillusioned with the communist regime and defected, becoming one of its most vocal and influential critics, died in France at age 90
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/vietnam-communist-war-hero-turned-dissident-bui-tin-dies-aged-90-10610940
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uy5VEYP6mw
https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/bui-tin/487379/

11 AUGUST 2018

Thousands in Okinawa protest US Marine base relocation

Tens of thousands of Okinawans protested Saturday, vowing to block the central government’s planned relocation of a US military base from a heavily populated area to a remote location on the island
https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-in-okinawa-protest-us-marine-base-relocation/a-45046501
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/70000-rally-okinawa-military-base-relocation-180811123923792.html

10 AUGUST 2018

Three S. Korean firms brought in N. Korean coal disguised as Russian products: probe

« After the UN Security Council banned the trading of North Korean coal, the suspects transshiped the North Korean product at a Russian port onto a vessel with a third country’s flag and forged documents to make it look like the goods were from Russia. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221778
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180810000483

UN says it has reports that China is holding 1 million Uygurs in ‘secret internment camps’

A UN human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uygurs in China were being held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/un-says-a-million-uighurs-held-in-china-camps-19512
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-45147972
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2159258/un-cites-reports-china-holding-1-million-uygurs-secret

9 AUGUST 2018

Myanmar snubs Hague court’s intervention in Rohingya crisis

Myanmar on Thursday sharply rejected an attempt by the International Criminal Court to consider the country’s culpability for activities that caused about 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh for safety
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/09/myanmar-snubs-hague-courts-intervention-in-rohingya-crisis.html
https://asianews.network/2018/08/10/myanmar-says-icc-has-no-jurisdiction-over-country/

North Korea ‘rejected US timeline to cut nuclear arsenal by 60-70 per cent’

 North Korea has reportedly rejected a formal timeline to give up its nuclear weapons, proposed by Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/09/north-korea-rejected-us-timeline-cut-nuclear-arsenal-60-70-per/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221689

North Korea revives ‘axis of evil’ ties with Iran as denuclearisation talks falter

The arrival of North Korea’s foreign minister in Tehran just hours after Donald Trump had reinstated sanctions against Iran was “no coincidence”, analysts believe, and is designed to send the message that Pyongyang is reinforcing its alliances as denuclearisation talks with the US stall
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/09/north-korea-revives-axis-evil-ties-iran-denuclearisation-talks/
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/856949.html

Indonesian president Joko Widodo picks cleric as running mate for election

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen 75-year-old cleric Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate in next year’s presidential election, he said on Thursday (Aug 9), in a sign he wants to bolster his Islamic credentials
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-picks-cleric-as-running-mate-10603156
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-joko-picks-cleric-maruf-as-his-running-mate-in-next-years-presidential-polls
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2158990/former-indonesian-general-prabowo-subianto-poised-name

The death toll from the 6.9 magnitude earthquake on the island of Lombok has climbed to 319, Indonesia’s top security minister says

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes reached 319
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/lombok-quake-toll-hits-319

Chinese Hui Muslims rally to protect Weizhou Grand Mosque from government’s wrecking balls

Hundreds of Chinese Muslims from the Hui ethnic group in a remote town in northwest China gathered on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to defend their new mosque against a local government apparently bent on demolishing it
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2159047/chinese-hui-muslims-rally-protect-weizhou-grand-mosque

7 AUGUST 2018

Karunanidhi, Indian political icon and DMK leader, dies at 94

Karunanidhi, five-time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president for nearly 50 years, died at 6.10 p.m. on Tuesday after battling illness for 11 days at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai. Affectionately called Kalaignar(artiste and man of letters) by followers, he was 94
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/07/asia/muthuvel-karunanidhi-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-45093900
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/kalaignar-m-karunanidhi-dravidian-stalwart-passes-away/article24624489.ece?homepage=true

6 AUGUST 2018

At least 98 dead after quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok island

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, as authorities said Monday rescuers still hadn’t reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-98-dead-after-quake-hits-indonesia-s-lombok-island-19384
http://www.thejakartapost.com/multimedia/2018/08/06/indonesia-quake-kills-82-leaves-hundreds-wounded.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/06/asia/lombok-earthquake-intl/index.html

Bangladesh arrests top photographer amid student protests

Police have detained Shahidul Alam, a Bangladeshi photographer and social activist, for spreading anti-government propaganda. The arrest comes amid large student protests that have convulsed the country for over a week
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/06/famed-bangladeshi-photographer-held-over-road-protest-comments
https://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-arrests-top-photographer-amid-student-protests/a-44972531

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen seeks US$11 billion defence budget as China threat grows

Her proposal to increase the 2019 defence budget by 5.6 per cent to NT$346 billion (US$11.3 billion) will go before parliament after the summer recess
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158526/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-wants-us11-billion
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/08/07/2003698098
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201808060012.aspx

Taiwanese cruise missile capable of striking China’s coast now operational

Taiwan’s Wan Chien (萬劍, Ten Thousand Swords) air-to-ground cruise missile, which is capable of hitting southern China’s coastal bases, is now officially operational, Liberty Times cited a defense official as saying
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3500271

5 AUGUST 2018

Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim wins PKR presidency uncontested

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim won the presidency of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) uncontested after nominations for party polls closed at 5pm on Sunday (Aug 5), marking the next step in his journey to become Prime Minister in two years’ time as agreed by the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-wins-pkr-presidency-uncontested
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/anwar-ibrahim-set-to-become-pkr-president-after-uncontested-win-10590786
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-wins-party-presidency-uncontested

4 AUGUST 2018

115 students injured in clashes as Bangladesh teen protests turn violent

 More than 100 people were injured in Bangladesh Saturday (Aug 4) after police fired rubber bullets at students protesters, a doctor and witnesses said, a major escalation in a stand-off between the government and demonstrators
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/115-students-injured-in-clashes-as-bangladesh-teen-protests-turn-10589210
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=151686
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2158296/students-bangladesh-block-roads-seventh-day-over-road-safety

North Korea continues work on nuclear programme: UN report

North Korea continues to develop its nuclear programme and is violating international sanctions by clandestinely transferring weapons and fuel, a confidential United Nations report said
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/north-korea-continues-work-nuclear-programme-report-180804061716699.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-trump-weapons-programme-un-report-sanctions-us-china-summit-a8477136.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2158272/north-korea-has-not-abandoned-nuclear-programme-and-continues

3 AUGUST 2018

S Korean President Orders Reform of Defense Intelligence Unit

The country’s Defense Ministry announced a plan to reform the DSC amid allegations that the unit considered the possibility of introducing martial law last year to quell protests against then-President Park Geun-hye
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808031066921070-south-korea-defense-unit-reform/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/08/205_253291.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3051475

12 girls schools burnt down in Pakistan’s restive Gilgit-Baltistan

The schools in Chilas town, about 130-kilometre from Gilgit, were targeted late on Thursday night by the militants who set them on fire and damaged school property across Diamer district, police said
http://zeenews.india.com/world/12-girls-schools-burnt-down-in-pakistans-restive-gilgit-baltistan-2130100.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1424685/12-schools-burnt-down-overnight-in-gilgit-baltistans-diamer-district

China unveils new tariffs on $60bn of US goods in latest tit-for-tat trade war

China has announced retaliatory tariffs on $US60 billion ($81bn) worth of US goods ranging from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to some aircraft and warned of further measures, signalling it will not back down in a protracted trade war with Washington
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-04/china-says-its-latest-proposed-tariffs-on-us-goods-rational/10072296?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158225/china-slap-tariffs-25-cent-us60-million-us-goods

Chinese professor Sun Wenguang cut off mid-interview after authorities burst into his house

Speaking with Voice of America from his home in the eastern province of Shandong, retired professor Wenguang Sun was discussing Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Africa when security forces cut him off
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/03/asia/china-professor-wenguang-sun-voa-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/02/chinese-dissident-in-his-80s-arrested-at-home-during-live-tv-interview
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45054350

2 AUGUST 2018

Asean, China agree on text to negotiate Code of Conduct in South China Sea

Asean and China have agreed on a single text to negotiate the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, said Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday (Aug 2)
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-china-agree-on-text-to-negotiate-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158017/china-and-asean-reach-milestone-draft-deal-south-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/102/27/87/1533221289107.html

Three foreigners kidnapped and murdered in Kabul

Three foreigners were kidnapped in Kabul and found shot dead in a car on Thursday in the latest sign of the capital’s declining security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/malaysian-among-3-foreign-workers-kidnapped-and-killed-in-afghan-10583392
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/three-foreigners-kidnapped-and-murdered-in-kabul/2018/08/02/916f643a-9644-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html?utm_term=.f92a294f10c2

1 AUGUST 2018

Japan asks Russia to reduce military activity on disputed islands

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Tuesday Tokyo had asked Russia to reduce its military activity on a disputed island chain in the Pacific after Moscow beefed up its forces there in response to what it sees as a potential threat
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-asks-russia-to-reduce-military-activity-on-disputed-islands/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update-1-japan-asks-russia-to-reduce-military-activity-on-disputed-islands

Beijing calls on Hanoi to remove Taiwanese flags from Vietnam

After convincing dozens of airlines to cancel Taiwan as a destination, Beijing is lobbying Vietnam to stop Taiwanese companies from flying their flag at their business locations in Vietnam
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-calls-on-Hanoi-to-remove-Taiwanese-flags-from-Vietnam-44568.html
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/08/01/Beijing-angry-over-Taiwanese-flag-flown-by-firm-in-Vietnam

China tops Nepal’s foreign direct investment list for third consecutive year

Nepal’s Department of Industry (DOI) said on Tuesday that China, for the third consecutive year, pumped the highest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country during the last fiscal year
https://gbtimes.com/china-tops-nepals-foreign-direct-investment-list-for-third-consecutive-year

China’s Wang Yi meets Malaysian PM Mahathir to discuss visit to Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday met Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for the first time since the 93-year-old’s toppling of his Beijing-friendly predecessor Najib Razak raised questions about the future of bilateral ties
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2157849/fears-china-malaysia-ties-ease-wang-yi-meets-mahathir-mohamad
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/chinas-wang-yi-meets-malaysian-pm-mahathir-to-discuss-visit-to-beijing

31 JULY 2018

North Korea is working on new missiles, say US spy agencies

US spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-spy-agencies-north-korea-is-working-on-new-missiles
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45015343

US, Japan and Australia sign infrastructure agreement to counter China’s belt and road

Australia and Japan have joined with the United States to create a scheme for investing in countries across Asia and the Pacific in an apparent attempt to counter the growing influence of China,  whose massive Belt and Road Initiative could involve as much as £760 billion of spending over the next decade
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/31/us-japan-australia-sign-infrastructure-agreement-counter-chinas/
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/31/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-u-s-australia-plan-infrastructure-push-counter-china-indo-pacific/#.W2E0m9IzY2w

Indonesia Bans Islamic State-Linked Group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah

An Indonesian court has disbanded Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), the country’s largest ISIL-linked group for « conducting terrorism » and affiliating itself with the foreign organisation
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2018/07/indonesian-court-bans-isil-linked-group-deadly-attacks-180731055025110.html
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-bans-islamic-state-linked-group-jamaah-ansharut-daulah/

Rival Koreas’ generals discuss easing military confrontation

Generals from the rival Koreas met Tuesday at their shared border for talks on easing their countries’ decades-long military standoff, the second such meeting since their leaders held a landmark summit in April and pledged to reduce the danger of another war on the peninsula
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/rival-koreas-generals-discuss-easing-military-confrontation/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221258

Japan removes PAC-3 missile units, citing eased tensions

The Defense Ministry, citing the diminished threat of a missile strike from North Korea, removed interceptor systems deployed in four western prefectures and Hokkaido on July 30
https://www.theepochtimes.com/japan-removes-missile-interception-systems-citing-eased-tensions-with-north-korea_2609751.html
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201807310039.html

30 JULY 2018

4 million people in India’s Assam state excluded from national register

India has stripped four million people of citizenship in the northeastern state of Assam under a controversial draft citizenship list that has sparked fears of deportation of largely Bengali-speaking Muslims
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/4-million-people-in-india-s-assam-state-excluded-from-national-register-19244
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/30/india-strips-four-million-people-citizenship-assam-modis-bjp/
https://www.livemint.com/Politics/JMtrayTccGZpeAgxTB7vDL/Over-4-million-people-left-out-of-final-draft-of-Assam-citiz.html

Julie Bishop’s new Timor-Leste chapter

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop arrived in Timor-Leste at the weekend, on her first official visit and the first by any Australian minister to the country in five years. Bishop arrived with the promise of a beatific “new chapter” in the two nations’ previously fraught relationship
https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/julie-bishops-new-timor-leste-chapter
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/bishop-rejects-timor-leste-bullying-suggestions

China’s prosecutors charge former top internet censor with corruption

China’s former internet tsar Lu Wei has been charged with taking a “huge amount” of bribes, the top prosecutor’s office announced on Monday
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2157427/chinas-prosecutors-charge-former-top-internet-censor
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-45009047

Malaysia drops sedition case against political cartoonist Zunar

Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque – who goes by the pen-name Zunar – was repeatedly targeted under the former government for his cartoons, which often mocked ex-prime minister Najib Razak and his luxury-loving wife. Some of his collections were banned
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2157492/malaysia-drops-sedition-case-against-political-cartoonist
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-drops-sedition-case-against-political-cartoonist-zunar

Hun Sen’s full house: Ruling party claims it has won every seat in Cambodia election

 Cambodia’s next parliament looks set to consist only of members of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party after it said that it swept all 125 seats being contested in the general election on Sunday (Jul 29)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hun-sen-s-full-house-ruling-party-claims-it-has-won-every-seat-10574494
http://www.france24.com/en/20180730-hun-sen-cpp-party-claims-sweeping-victory-cambodia-elections-funcinpec
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180730_29/

29 JULY 2018

Cambodia: Hun Sen re-elected in landslide victory after brutal crackdown

Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has won a landslide election victory, a result that was seen as a foregone conclusion after a months-long brutal crackdown destroyed all opposition
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/29/cambodia-hun-sen-re-elected-in-landslide-victory-after-brutal-crackdown
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/07/death-of-democracy-hun-sen-sweeps-to-victory-in-cambodia-election/#4iEbkrBtiXF0HzMK.97
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hun-sen-easily-wins-every-province-in-cambodian-election-10572630

27 JULY 2018

Korea’s defense ministry unveils comprehensive military reform plan

It aims to use technology to build a more versatile, efficient and effective fighting force.
It’s a comprehensive plan called « Defense Reform 2.0 » that’ll cost around 240 billion dollars over the next five years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221070
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/07/205_252937.html

North Korea hands over the possible remains of American war dead

A US Air Force plane carrying what are believed to be the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War some 65 years ago arrived Friday morning at Osan Air Base in South Korea
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/26/asia/north-korea-remains-american-troops-intl/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221069
http://www.france24.com/en/20180727-north-korea-returns-usa-war-dead-korean-war-trump-kim-jong-un

26 JULY 2018

Pakistan election: Imran Khan’s victory confirmed by officials as ex-cricket star falls short of majority

Imran Khan has won Pakistan’s general election, official results finally confirmed, although he has fallen short of an outright majority and will need a coalition to form a government
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-election-2018-imran-khan-win-results-official-victory-pti-a8465741.html
http://ednews.net/en/news/politics/303933-populist-imran-khan-set-to-become-new-premier
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-election-results-live-imran-khan-wins-in-pakistan-but-needs-support-to-form-government-1.2257370
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/346862-pti-allies-can-form-govt-without-support-of-other-parties

25 JULY 2018

India to open 18 embassies in Africa

India plans to open 18 new embassies in Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, in the latest sign that the Asian state is seeking to strengthen its presence on the continent
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-44922404?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=5b58496ea08104067893363e%26Indian%20to%20open%2018%20embassies%20in%20Africa%26&ns_fee=0#post_5b58496ea08104067893363e
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/in-visit-to-africa-modi-outlines-plans-for-partnerships-1.2256883

24 JULY 2018

Hundreds missing after dam collapses in Laos

The collapse of a dam in Laos has reportedly left hundreds of people missing and an unknown number dead. Some 5 billion cubic meters of water were released onto villages
https://www.dw.com/en/hundreds-missing-after-dam-collapses-in-laos/a-44800846
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44935495

23 JULY 2018

Ex-Philippine president Gloria Arroyo gets House Speaker job

Former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was elected Speaker of the lower house of Congress on Monday (July 23), following a dramatic move by lawmakers to replace a loyalist of President Rodrigo Duterte with one of his most influential allies
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/ex-philippine-president-gloria-arroyo-gets-house-speaker-job
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1013538/its-official-gloria-macapagal-arroyo-elected-as-house-speaker

22 JULY 2018

ISIS claims suicide bombing targeting returning Afghan vice president

A suicide bomb blast has rocked Kabul airport shortly after Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum returned from self-imposed exile
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44917583
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isis-claims-suicide-bombing-targeting-returning-afghan-vice-president-1.752918
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/suicide-attack-near-kabul-airport-leaves-several-dead-officials-19076

21 JULY 2018

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/sri-lanka-indias-special-trusted-partner-modi-1502663823.html

Singapore navy takes leadership roles in largest global maritime exercise

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has again taken up leadership roles in the Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) Exercise, the world’s largest international maritime exercise hosted by the United States Navy
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-navy-takes-leadership-roles-in-largest-global-maritime-exercise

20 JULY 2018

Details emerge of EU sanctions on Maldives

The European Union has urged the Maldives to allow the “normal function” of parliament and the judiciary, as details emerged of the sanctions to be imposed over the worsening political and rights situation
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/details-emerge-of-eu-sanctions-on-maldives-139429

South Korea court hands ex-president Park 8 more years in jail

The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Park, who already received a 24-year jail term over separate corruption charges, colluded with her former aides to cause the loss of government funds worth 3.3bn won ($2.91m) from the National Intelligence Service
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/south-korea-court-hands-president-park-8-years-jail-180720062410283.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/07/356_252587.html

North Korea economy shrank sharply in 2017

North Korea’s economy contracted at the sharpest rate in two decades in 2017, South Korea’s central bank estimated Friday, in a sign international sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs have hit growth hard
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257704068/north-korea-economy-shrank-sharply-in-2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/20/north-korean-economy-sees-sharpest-decline-in-20-years-as-sanctions-bite
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180720000444

China lends Cambodia $351 million for road, as leaders mark 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties

China has lent Cambodia $351 million to build a new road in the capital Phnom Penh with Cambodia describing relations between the two countries as being at the « best stage » ever
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-20/china-lends-cambodia-350-million-dollars-for-new-road/10018924?section=world
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/10218-2018-07-20-03-28-48.html

19 JULY 2018

State-run Vietnamese news website suspended by Vietnamese state

 The website of widely-read Vietnamese newspaper Tuổi Trẻ has been banned from publishing content for three months and fined US$10,000 after being accused by the government of publishing false information
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/07/tuoi-tre-online-vietnam-news-website-suspended/#qMDTgoiPK3oHuB2V.99
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20180717/vietnam-ministry-suspends-tuoi-tre-online/46716.html

Malaysian police arrest 7 suspected ISIS militants, including man who threatened to kill King, PM Mahathir

Malaysian police have arrested seven suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants including a man who threatened to assassinate the Malaysian King and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-who-threatened-to-kill-king-among-seven-suspected-militants-arrested-in-four
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-5969157/Malaysia-arrests-seven-people-suspected-militant-links.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

18 JULY 2018

China sets up unmanned weather station in Tibet for help in ‘live-fire conflict’ with India

China has set up an unmanned weather station in Tibet which can be used for military purpose in the event of an armed conflict with India, according to a report
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/china-sets-up-unmanned-weather-station-in-tibet-for-help-in-live-fire-conflict-with-india-2125400.html

17 JULY 2018

EU, Japan sign deal eliminating nearly all tariffs in one-thirds of world’s trade volume

Japan and the EU signed a sweeping free trade deal Tuesday saying they were sending a « clear message » against protectionism, as Washington puts up barriers and threatens a trade war
http://ednews.net/en/news/economy/301160-eu-japan-sign-deal-eliminating-nearly-all-tariffs-in-one-thirds-of-worlds-trade-volume
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2155573/japan-signs-eus-biggest-ever-trade-deal-donald-trump-puts
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180717/p2g/00m/0in/099000c

Duterte now banned from running in 2022 presidential elections under draft federal charter

« The incumbent President is prohibited from running as President in the 2022 elections under the Constitution, » read Section 2 of the revised Article XXII or « Transitory Provisions » under the proposed federal Constitution
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/duterte-now-banned-running-2022-presidential-elections-under-draft-federal-charter

Malaysian king calls for unity amid racial tensions

Malaysia’s king has appealed for calm amid growing racial tensions in the Muslim-majority country after an electoral earthquake in May toppled the Malay-dominated coalition that had ruled the country for decades
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysian-king-calls-for-unity-amid-racial-tensions-10537894

16 JULY 2018

Malaysian lawmakers take oath, including indicted ex-leader

Malaysian lawmakers took their oath in Parliament on Monday, including former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has been charged in a massive corruption scandal that led to his coalition’s electoral defeat
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5957781/Malaysian-lawmakers-oath-including-indicted-ex-leader.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-swears-in-new-lawmakers-in-historic-parliament-sitting

South Korea explores business opportunities in the North

Amid a thaw in relations, the two Koreas have started discussions on reopening special economic zones that allow companies from the South to operate in the North
https://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-explores-business-opportunities-in-the-north/a-44696825

15 JULY 2018

North Korea, U.S. held general-level talks on return of American war dead

Repatriating the remains of American troops killed in the Korean War was a promise made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=220383
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/15/north-korea-resume-search-remains-us-soldiers-korean-war/

14 JULY 2018

Japan, France to cooperate on maritime security

The foreign ministers of Japan and France have agreed to launch a framework for dialogue on maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180715_01/
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/14/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-france-sign-agreement-share-defense-supplies/#.W0pZLdIzY2w

Amid pomp and pageantry, PM Lee gets front-row seat to Bastille Day parade  

In a first for a Singapore leader, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a front-row seat to the French National Day parade on Saturday (July 14), joining a select group of world leaders accorded the rare honour
https://www.todayonline.com/world/amid-pomp-and-pageantry-pm-lee-gets-front-row-seat-bastille-day-parade
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/rsaf-takes-part-in-flypast-at-french-national-day-parade-with-pm-lee-as-guest-of-honour

13 JULY 2018

Pakistan, Iran, China, Russia spymasters discuss anti-IS steps

In a raremeeting, heads of intelligence agencies of Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran have discussed counter terrorism cooperation, with particular focus on the build-up of the Islamic State (IS) in turmoil-hit Afghanistan
https://nation.com.pk/13-Jul-2018/pak-iran-china-russia-spymasters-discuss-anti-is-steps

Suicide bomber kills 128 in Pakistan attack as ousted Sharif returns and is arrested

At least 128 people, including politician Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and more than 200 injured in a deadly suicide blast in Balochistan’s Mastung district
https://www.dawn.com/news/1419812/mastung-bombing-128-dead-over-200-injured-in-deadliest-attack-since-aps-is-claims-responsibility
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/nawaz-sharif-daughter-maryam-arrested-after-arriving-in-lahore-1.2250708
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2155199/pakistan-readies-return-disgraced-ex-pm-nawaz-sharif

China to send strategic bombers, fighter jets for war games in Russia

China’s air force will send strategic bombers, fighter jets and transport aircraft to take part in war games in Russia this month, as Beijing tries to boost defence ties with Moscow
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2155224/china-send-strategic-bombers-fighter-jets-war-games

Xi Jinping meets with Taiwan delegation led by Lien Chan

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday met a delegation of people from various sectors in Taiwan, led by former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) party Lien Chan
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/157/206/53/1531493222302.html
https://chinapost.nownews.com/20180713-376844
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/07/14/2003696647
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201807130019.aspx

12 JULY 2018

North Korea snubs US at planned meeting to discuss the returns of soldiers’ remains

North Korean officials did not turn up to Thursday’s scheduled meeting with the US military about repatriating the remains of the war dead, according to a US official with knowledge of the situation
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2155041/north-korea-snubs-us-planned-meeting-discuss-returns-soldiers
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3050537

11 JULY 2018

Myanmar opens peace conference with ethnic rebels

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military commander on Wednesday opened a major conference with representatives of ethnic minority groups in the hope of reaching lasting peace after seven decades of strained relations and armed conflict
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-opens-peace-conference-with-ethnic-rebels-18827
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/peace-conference-opens-amid-low-expectations-and-calls-for-reform
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/analysis-military-chief-says-tatmadaw-wants-peace-not-weak.html

Beijing sentences dissident Qin Yongmin to 13 years in prison

The 64-year-old activist has already served 22 years in prison. The dissident was formally condemned for the first time only in 1998, on charges of having founded the China democracy party. He is a leading exponent of pro-democracy movements. The sentence was announced the day after the release of Liu Xia
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activist-07112018112618.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/11/asia/qin-yongmin-china-intl/index.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/11/chinese-democracy-activist-qin-yongmin-sentenced-13-years-subversion/

Britain to almost double troops in Afghanistan after US request

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will send an extra 440 troops, which would bring Britain’s total to about 1,100, to help Afghan troops fighting Taliban and Islamic State insurgents
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/britain-to-almost-double-troops-in-afghanistan-after-us-request/

China vows retaliation for latest $200bn US tariff threat

China and the United States face a wider trade war after Beijing vowed on Wednesday to retaliate over Washington’s threat to impose $200bn in additional tariffs on Chinese goods
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/china-vows-retaliation-latest-200bn-tariff-threat-180711055648748.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/65/14/129/1531291961278.html
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/china-vows-to-hit-back-over-new-us-tariffs

10 JULY 2018

Thai cave: Entire soccer team rescued

Thailand: All 12 boys from the « Wild Boar » football team and their coach were rescued on Tuesday evening (Jul 10) from a flooded Thai cave complex where they had been trapped for more than two weeks
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-cave-rescue-13-wild-boars-rescued-from-on-third-day-10517142
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5807497302001/?#sp=show-clips
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-44785305/cave-rescue-celebrations-as-final-ambulances-arrive-at-hospital

Liu Xia leaves China for Germany after eight years of house arrest

Liu Xia, the widow of late Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, left China on Tuesday after growing international pressure for her release from eight years of house arrest, an extrajudicial confinement that took a huge toll on her physical and mental health
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/liuxia-germany-07102018100158.html
https://www.dw.com/en/widow-of-chinese-dissident-liu-xiaobo-leaves-china/av-44597845
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-44776687
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/liu-xia-wife-late-china-dissident-left-berlin-report-180710052434027.html

India and South Korea look to boost military ties

India and South Korea on Tuesday (July 10) agreed to boost defence ties through more military exercises and training as part of efforts to expand their relationship beyond economic partnership
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-and-south-korea-look-to-boost-military-ties
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180710000860
http://www.sify.com/finance/india-south-korea-agree-to-deepen-economic-strategic-partnership-news-economy-shktqOcbebhjj.html

US, Vietnam to Cooperate on Freedom of Navigation in Disputed South China Sea

The U.S. top diplomat reaffirmed America’s commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region during his first trip to Vietnam, saying Washington and Hanoi will work together to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/us-vietnam-to-cooperate-on-freedom-of-navigation-in-disputed-south-china-sea/

Taiwan donates another US$1m to counter terrorism

The government yesterday donated US$1 million to minesweeping operations in Syria under the US’ Operation Inherent Resolve, bringing its total contributions to counter the rising threat from Islamic State operations to US$25 million in cash and goods
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/07/11/2003696467
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-lauds-taiwan-for-aiding-areas-once-under-islamic-state-control/4476502.html

9 JULY 2018

Reuters reporters charged under Myanmar colonial-era Official Secrets Act

Myanmar Judge Ye Lwin has decided to proceed to trial with charges against two Reuters journalists accused of violating Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act in their coverage of the Rakhine crisis
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/09/asia/myanmar-reuters-journalists-intl/index.html
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/reuters-reporters-charged-under-colonial-era-official-secrets-act
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/tragic-turn-screw-jailed-reuters-journalists-case-goes-trial

China launches two satellites for Pakistan

The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) was launched by Pakistan on Monday morning from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Centre, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a press release
https://www.dawn.com/news/1418966/pakistan-launches-remote-sensing-satellite-in-china
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/339575-china-launches-two-satellites-for-pakistan

7 JULY 2018

North Korea slams ‘regrettable’ US attitude at nuclear talks

The US and North Korea diverged on the outcome of two days of talks on Saturday (July 7), with Pyongyang terming the US attitude at meetings on denuclearisation with Mr Mike Pompeo « extremely regrettable », hours after the Secretary of State cited progress on central issues
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-slams-regrettable-us-attitude-at-nuclear-talks
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/nuclear-talks-with-north-korea-very-productive-pompeo-10508580
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/north-korea-slams-us-rapacious-demands-after-pompeo-talks-10508870

US sends two warships through Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with Beijing

The destroyers, USS Mustin and USS Benfold, sailed into the narrow waterway separating Taiwan and mainland China on Saturday morning and were expected to continue on a northeast course, Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a statement
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2154260/us-sends-two-warships-through-taiwan-strait-amid
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/07/08/2003696303

6 JULY 2018

Japanese cult leader Shoko Asahara executed for Tokyo sarin attack

AUM Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara, 63, who orchestrated the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack and other murders and six former members of the cult were executed on the morning of July 6
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180706/p2a/00m/0na/003000c
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/05/asia/japan-aum-shinriyko-leader-executed-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2018/jul/06/shoko-asahara-and-the-cult-behind-the-tokyo-sarin-attack-video-explainer

Japan becomes second country after Mexico to ratify TPP-11 trade deal

Japan became the second country to ratify the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal on Friday (July 6), the same day the United States imposed the first round of prohibitive tariffs on some Chinese goods in a move many fear will lead to a drawn-out trade war
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-becomes-second-country-after-mexico-to-ratify-tpp-11-trade-deal

Court hands former Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif 10-year term over purchase of expensive London properties

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party’s troubled campaign ahead of July 25 elections
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/ousted-pakistani-premier-sharif-sentenced-to-10-years-in-prison-18706
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/06/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/court-hands-former-pakistan-prime-minister-sharif-10-year-term-purchase-expensive-london-properties/#.Wz92CdIzY2w
https://www.dawn.com/news/1418326/guilty-nawaz-to-serve-10-years-in-jail-for-owning-assets-beyond-income-maryam-7-for-abetment

5 JULY 2018

Malaysia halts $22 billion China-backed deals

Malaysia on Thursday suspended three major China-backed projects worth billions of dollars, the latest big-ticket items to be axed by the new government as it reviews deals signed by former Prime Minister Najib Razak
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/malaysia-halts-22-billion-china-backed-deals-180705140537453.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2153984/malaysian-prime-minister-mahathir-mohamad-plans-visit-china

Cambodia restores railway link to Thailand after 45 years

Cambodia on Wednesday (Jul 4) reopened the final stretch of a railway running from the capital Phnom Penh to the border with neighbouring Thailand, the first time the line has been operational in 45 years
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/cambodia-restores-railway-link-to-thailand-after-45-years-10499412
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2153859/cambodia-restores-rail-link-thailand-border-after-45-years

Trump trade war to become reality as China tariffs hit

The United States is « opening fire » on the world with its threatened tariffs, the Chinese government warned on Thursday (Jul 5), saying Beijing will respond the instant US measures go into effect as the two locked horns in a bitter trade war
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-05/china-says-u-s-tariffs-to-backfire-damaging-the-whole-world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/trump-trade-war-to-become-reality-as-china-tariffs-hit-10500896
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1109642.shtml

Woman who splashed ink on a poster of Xi Jinping in Shanghai goes missing

Chinese activists are concerned about the fate of a young woman missing since yesterday after she splashed ink on a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Her Twitter account has been deleted and nothing has been heard from her since
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/05/video-concerns-whereabouts-shanghai-woman-splashed-ink-xi-jinping-poster-twitter-account-disappears/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Woman-who-splashed-ink-on-a-poster-of-Xi-Jinping-in-Shanghai-goes-missing-44356.html
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/ink-07052018111115.html

Indonesia arrests ex-rebel turned governor in Aceh over graft

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has arrested the governor of Aceh province over accusations that he took illegal fees for projects funded from more than $500 million of state funds, the latest high-profile target in a battle on graft
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116485/kpk-arrests-aceh-governor-on-charge-of-corruption
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-arrests-ex-rebel-turned-governor-aceh-over-graft
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/07/05/why-aceh-governor-wont-be-charged-under-sharia-for-his-alleged-crime.html

Under pressure from US, Japan’s Shinzo Abe cancels Iran trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly cancelled his planned trip to Iran. He would have been the first Japanese leader to visit Tehran in 40 years, but he chooses US security umbrella over need to secure oil supplies
https://www.dw.com/en/under-pressure-from-us-japans-shinzo-abe-cancels-iran-trip/a-44538603
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/984061/Iran-US-tensions-Shinzo-Abe-cancels-visit-Tehran-escalating-tensions-Donald-Trump-demands

4 JULY 2018

Inter-Korean basketball friendlies held in Pyongyang for first time in 15 years

The rival Koreas on Wednesday began two days of friendly basketball games in Pyongyang in their latest goodwill gesture amid a diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/two-koreas-hold-friendly-basketball-match-pyongyang
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/koreas-begin-basketball-friendlies-in-latest-peace-gesture/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219897

Indonesian Islamic State leader in Syria killed in drone strike: Security source

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-islamic-state-leader-in-syria-killed-in-drone-strike-10499142
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35316915

3 JULY 2018

Malaysia 1MDB scandal: Ex-PM Najib Razak arrested

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested in Kuala Lumpur, state media reported, as part of a probe into alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-03/najib-razak-arrested-by-police/9936612
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/former-malaysian-pm-najib-arrested-over-huge-graft-probe
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/najib-razak-pre-recorded-video-arrest-not-perfect-apology-10496432

2 JULY 2018

The Chinese Communist Party has 89.6m members

The Communist Party of China (CPC) had 89.56 million members with 4.57 million primary-level Party organizations at the end of 2017, the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee announced Saturday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/181/252/208/1530421848915.html

Amnesty: Indonesian forces behind unlawful killings in Papua

Indonesia’s police and military are responsible for at least 95 unlawful killings in the easternmost Papua region since 2010, including targeted slayings of activists, Amnesty International said Monday, condemning a near-total absence of justice for the mainly indigenous victims
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/amnesty-indonesian-forces-behind-unlawful-killings-in-papua/
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/killings-security-forces-rife-papua-amnesty-international/

1 JULY 2018

Hong Kong’s annual July 1 pro-democracy march turnout hits three-year low, estimated at 50,000

The annual protests take place on the anniversary of the city’s return to China by colonial power Britain in 1997 but saw one of the lowest turnouts in history this year
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/thousands-pro-democracy-demonstrators-march-in-hong-kong-18593
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2153284/hong-kongs-july-1-march-kicks-controversy-over-police-orders
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/01/pictures-end-one-party-dictatorship-50000-join-march-democracy-hong-kong-say-organisers/

South Korea officially drops its maximum workweek to 52 hours to promote work-life balance

South Korea officially dropped its maximum workweek to 52 hours on Sunday (July 1), in an effort to improve the quality of life among its citizens by tackling the country’s notoriously long work hours
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-officially-drops-its-maximum-workweek-to-52-hours
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180701000048

 



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