Today's headlines: A 20-year-old Hong Kong student activist Tony Chung will have to serve three years and seven months in prison; China's birth rate plummeted in 2020, marriages also at a low; Pakistan grants transit to Indian aid to Afghanistan; Tokyo and Hanoi strengthen military cooperation to counter Beijing. 

| 24/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Taiwanese companies that finance separatist groups and personalities will be punished "according to law," the Chinese government says, targeting those present also in China. Taiwanese multinational Far Eastern Group seems to be the first victim. Tensions high: US warships continue to pass through the Taiwan Strait.

| 23/11/2021
| CHINA - TAIWAN

Today's headlines: former dictator Chun Doo-Whan, the butcher of Gwangju, died at the age of 90 in Seoul; the first of three trials for the 2019 Easter massacres opened in Sri Lanka; Burma's shadow government raises money to fund the fight against the military junta; the IAEA chief in Tehran for nuclear talks; Kiev services: Russia ready to invade Ukraine between January and February. 

 

| 23/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY
by Emanuele Scimia

Xi Jinping told ASEAN countries that China does not seek hegemony in the South China Sea. For Washington, Vietnam "will define the future of Asia". Like the Chinese, the Vietnamese are boosting their presence on disputed atolls in the region. For expert Carlyle Thayer, conflict between Hanoi and Beijing is extremely unlikely.

| 22/11/2021
| VIETNAM – CHINA - UNIETD STATES

Democratic representation reduced to zero after electoral reform. Only 11 candidates out of 153 declare themselves unrelated to pro-Beijing forces. A candidate committed to the democratic protests of 2019-2020 suceeds in being admitted. The problem of voter turnout.

 

 

| 20/11/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

China needs coal to end its energy crisis. Given its stagnant economy, Russia is betting on China’s needs. While Beijing is encouraging the use of "clean" coal, its efforts to break from the polluting material are in danger. Putin’s Russia is now playing second fiddle to Xi’s China.

| 19/11/2021
| CHINA – RUSSIA

Today's headlines: Burmese junta arrests former Democratic MP and hip-hop star. Japan launches record 431 billion euro stimulus. Military talks between China and India on border issue resume. Alibaba's stock market plunge. Moscow wants to send prisoners to work at the North Pole. Collapse of the Turkish lira: the opposition calls for early elections.

| 19/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY
by Lu Haitao

The document, which was approved by the 6th plenary session of the Chinese Communist Party on 11 November, reveals its ambitious long-term project. The narratives of the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen have not changed. The Party’s mistakes are papered over.

 

| 18/11/2021
| CHINA

Today's headlines: Chinese coast guard blocks Philippine ships in the South China Sea. Gang smuggling lumber between Russia and China busted. Taiwan launches upgraded version of F-16 fighter jet. Covid-19 infection spike in South Korea. Explosion with riots in Shiite neighborhood of Kabul. Egypt and Qatar in aid of Gaza.

| 18/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

The pro-democracy activist defends in court the annual march in remembrance of the massacre of 4 June 1989. Police banned it in the past two years because of COVID-19. For Lee, the people of Hong Kong don't need to be encouraged to participate; the real provocateur is the regime, which “fired at its own people”.

| 17/11/2021
| HONG KONG
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The World Uyghur Congress calls for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. Violence also against Kazakh citizens. Tales of forced sterilisations. Prisoners tortured to death in Chinese concentration camps.

 

 

| 17/11/2021
| CHINA-CENTRAL ASEAN

Today's headlines: UAE announces purchase of South Korean anti-missile system. US and China agree on visas for journalists. Japan tests first self-driving superfast train. Protests in Kazakhstan over high prices. India reopens export of Covid vaccines. Tensions between Indonesia and Vietnam over fishing rights.

| 17/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Today's headlines: Kuwait "pardons" three political dissidents; China imprisons a blogger for "insulting" dead Chinese soldiers on the border with India; Journalist Danny Fenster freed in Myanmar; Hindu radicals attack the home of former Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid.

| 16/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

The two leaders held their first direct, albeit virtual meeting since the US president took office. In exchange for cooperation, Beijing does not want US meddling in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Tibet, the South and East China Seas, and especially Taiwan. Wide-ranging negotiations are difficult to open.

| 16/11/2021
| CHINA – UNITED STATES
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