News from Asia
- The War in Ukraine: Lessons for Mongoliaby Tuvshinzaya Gantulga (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 4:03 pm
The war reminded Mongolians that they now have no choice but to prepare for all eventualities, because no other country will step in to save them.
- Will Reform of Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority Ever Take Off?by Santosh Sharma Poudel (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 3:57 pm
The country’s aviation safety and tourism sector will remain grounded so long as vested interests stand in the way of necessary legislation.
- China Extends Threatening Military Exercises Around Taiwanby Associated Press (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 3:27 pm
Exercises near Taiwan were scheduled to end on August 7, but China’s military has announced new drills for the next week.
- Energy Crisis From Ukraine War: Impacts on China and Indiaby Mercy A. Kuo (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 1:54 pm
Insights from Craig Kennedy.
- China’s Low-Growth Zero-COVID Policy Signals Transition Away From Reform Periodby Sara Hsu (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 1:46 pm
China’s days of encouraging economic growth at any cost are over.
- North Korea Slams Pelosi’s Visit to Seoulby Mitch Shin (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 1:24 pm
For a second time, North Korea criticized Pelosi’s visit to the Asia-Pacific region, defining her as “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability.”
- Officials: Pakistani Militant Leader Killed in Afghanistanby Munir Ahmed (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 1:17 pm
The death of Abdul Wali, also widely known as Omar Khalid Khurasani, deals a heavy blow to the Pakistani Taliban.
- Amid Russia-Ukraine War, China Could Dominate the Value Arms Marketby Vasabjit Banerjee and Benjamin Tkach (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 12:44 pm
If Russian arms exports decline in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine, China stands to benefit – unless the U.S. moves to prevent it.
- What Are the Implications of Uzbekistan’s Rapprochement With the Taliban?by Akram Umarov and Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 12:38 pm
Tashkent has sought to serve as a broker between the Taliban and the world to keep Afghanistan on the global agenda.
- China cuts tariffs, cosies up to 16 of world’s poorest nations with US, Australia trade ties strainedby Ralph Jennings (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 8, 2022 at 11:00 am
China will cut import tariffs on almost all taxable items shipped from 16 of the world’s poorest countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Djibouti, Rwanda and Togo, amid strained relations with the likes of the United States and Australia.
- ASEAN (Minus Myanmar) Gets Its Act Togetherby Luke Hunt (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 9:54 am
Myanmar's military junta was put on notice as ASEAN held its line against China and Russia.
- China-Australia relations: Penny Wong urges ‘restraint, de-escalation’ amid Taiwan Strait tensionsby Associated Press (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 8, 2022 at 7:32 am
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said on Monday that ‘the whole region is calling for stability to be restored’, after Beijing had accused her of ‘finger-pointing’ for criticising military drills near Taiwan.
- South Korea’s Yoon plays down concerns over intention to join US-led chip allianceby Park Chan-kyong (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 8, 2022 at 7:20 am
Seoul will aim to preserve national interests in any course of action on Chip 4 alliance and people do not have to worry about it ‘too greatly’, President Yoon Suk-yeol says.
- Myanmar envoy becomes 4th ambassador to die in China in less than a yearby Reuters (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 8, 2022 at 6:16 am
U Myo Thant Pe died in Kunming on Sunday of a suspected heart attack. Since September, a German, a Ukrainian and a Philippine ambassador have also died while in China.
- Wang Yi Describes Bangladesh as Strategic Development Partnerby Julhas Alam (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 5:30 am
During his visit to Dhaka, the Chinese foreign minister raised duty-free access of Bangladeshi products and services to Chinese markets.
- Facebook, Instagram Purged Millions of Posts During Philippine Electionby Sebastian Strangio (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 5:24 am
The scale of Meta's content removals points to the sheer deluge of hate speech and disinformation that is flowing through the country's social media networks.
- Australia’s Qantas asks top execs to become baggage handlers for 3 months amid labour crunchby Bloomberg (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 8, 2022 at 5:04 am
Australia’s national airline is looking for at least 100 volunteers to help out at Sydney and Melbourne airports amid a stubborn labour shortage that’s disrupting flights.
- Bangladesh seeks China’s help on Rohingya refugees’ repatriation: ‘we need the situation to come to an end’by Associated Press (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 8, 2022 at 3:11 am
Beijing has used its influence in Myanmar to broker a repatriation agreement before, Bangladesh’s foreign minister noted, but the Rohingya refugees previously refused to return.
- Opportunity Opens Up For India to Regain Influence in South Asiaby Sameer Patil and Don McLain Gill (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 2:13 am
Back-to-back economic crises induced by Chinese investments raises questions about the effectiveness of China’s role as a development partner in the region.
- Tit for Tat: The Fall-out From the US Approach to Politics and Policy in Cambodiaby Alex Palmer (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 1:54 am
Washington was right to censure Phnom Penh in its latest Trafficking in Persons Report. But the U.S. government risks entangling legitimate criticism with geopolitical tensions.
- ASEAN Envoy Warns Myanmar Junta Against Further Prisoner Executionsby Sebastian Strangio (The Diplomat) on August 8, 2022 at 1:42 am
The comments came a day after an ASEAN joint communique lamented the "lack of progress" in resolving the country's political crisis.
- North Korea offers Russia ‘100,000 volunteers’ to fight Ukraine: state mediaby Business Insider (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 8, 2022 at 1:23 am
A Russian military pundit said on state television that tens of thousands of North Korean troops were ‘prepared to come and take part in the conflict’ in Europe.
- Even in exile, Thailand’s former leader Thaksin Shinawatra tries to sway redshirts in bid to oust Prayuth Chan-ocha in 2023 electionby Jitsiree Thongnoi (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 8, 2022 at 12:30 am
Thaksin Shinawatra, from his base in Dubai, has raised the redshirt members from their dormancy, calling on supporters to vote strategically next year to give the Pheu Thai Party a landslide win and effectively end Prayuth Chan-ocha’s eight-year tenure.
- What Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Can Learn from Fidel Ramosby Mong Palatino (The Diplomat) on August 7, 2022 at 9:48 pm
The late president's political legacy offers a blueprint for what the Marcos administration should do – and what it should avoid.
- 10 Sri Lankans disappear from Commonwealth Games in suspected bid to remain in UKby Agence France-Presse (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 7, 2022 at 11:24 am
Nine athletes and a manager went missing after completing their events.
- Sri Lanka crisis: India leads aid efforts but US ‘could do more’ as strategic interests convergeby Maria Siow (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 7, 2022 at 6:00 am
Washington could take on stronger role in Sri Lanka’s economy after Colombo reaches a debt restructuring agreement with the International Monetary Fund.
- Alibaba, Perennial consortium to redevelop AXA Tower into Singapore’s tallest skyscraper in bet on office space, hotel marketby Cheryl Arcibal (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 7, 2022 at 5:30 am
Alibaba is working with a group of investors and developers including the Perennial group to redevelop the 50-storey AXA Tower in Tanjong Pagar into Singapore’s tallest building.
- Is Singapore still a ‘tenant’s haven’ as rents heat up and more Hong Kong expats arrive?by Kok Xinghui (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 7, 2022 at 3:00 am
Rents in Singapore’s private residential market rose by double-digits in the first half of this year, a rate not seen since 2007.
- US warns Pacific islands of ‘struggle’ against coercive regimes in veiled shot at China, Russiaby Agence France-Presse (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 7, 2022 at 2:52 am
With China’s military carrying out war drills around Taiwan and Russia bombarding Ukraine, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman hit out at a new crop of world leaders reviving “bankrupt” ideas about the use of force during a visit to the Solomon Islands on Sunday.
- Why ‘people power’ figure Fidel Ramos’ presidency was the ‘high point’ of a now lost liberal reformist era in the Philippinesby Mark R. Thompson (Asia - South China Morning Post) on August 7, 2022 at 1:00 am
During his term from 1992 to 1998, Ramos achieved democratic stability and undertook major financial reforms and infrastructure projects that initiated nearly three decades of growth but dramatic changes since then suggest this liberal reformist era is over.