Today's news: protests continue in Pakistan over alleged electoral fraud; Tension between Taiwan and China after a fatal accident involving a Chinese boat; As lessons in South Korea approach, Kim Jong Un increases missile tests; The war against Hamas erodes Israel's economy; Japan, in recession, loses its place as the world's third largest economy to Germany; In Leningrad, all open-air demonstrations are banned, including ecological and sports events.

Today's news: China tries to push Iran to curb Houthi attacks in the Red Sea; Under threat of going underwater within the next 25 years, elections are held in Tuvalu;Taiwan initiates compulsory conscription extended to one year in response to the Chinese threat; The earth continues to shake on the border between Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China; The precision landing of its space lander on the Moon boosts the ambitions of Japan's space programme.

| 26/01/2024

Today's news: In Pakistan, suspected bombing led to the closure of schools and universities in Islamabad; A 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China. Large-scale attacks by the United States and Britain against the Houthis in Yemen; Relatives of hostages break into parliament in Jerusalem, 21 Israeli soldiers killed in a single day in Gaza. In Russia over 400 attacks on military bases and logistical facilities to sabotage the war in Ukraine.

| 23/01/2024
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Žaparov's administration would like full power to refuse state registration to undesirable media without even having to go through the judgment of a court. Alarm from representatives of the news media at home and abroad.

| 17/01/2024
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Scholar Anna Matveeva's analysis of the fast-growing authoritarian trend in all five countries of the region: from the "January of Blood" in 2022 in Kazakhstan to the increasingly harsh restrictions on freedom of information in Kyrgyzstan. More than changes in the political system, it is the variants of "modernizing the economy" of the Asian giants that are imposing themselves.

| 10/01/2024
by Vladimir Rozanskij

With the war in Ukraine the business moved to Georgia, Chinese couples among the "clients." The women who lend themselves are mostly from Central Asia, in need of money. Now Tbilisi assumes a restrictive law, but many agencies already plan to move to Belarus or Azerbaijan.

| 18/12/2023
by Vladimir Rozanskij

In the local press of Kyrgyzstan, but also on social networks, materials supporting Beijing and criticizing democratic values are multiplying. China imposes itself with a global rhetoric of "union of Eurasia" which must "free all the new energies of the East", always in harmony with Moscow.

| 11/12/2023
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by Mathias Hariyadi
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| 14/02/2024
by Gianni Criveller 柯毅霖
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| 12/02/2024
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| 11/02/2024
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| 06/02/2024
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| 05/02/2024
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| 02/02/2024
by Daniele Frison
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| 01/02/2024
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| 01/02/2024
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”