Last update: 2016-12-06 11:40:02
- Myanmar’s Rakhine Advisory Commission Meets With Top Leaders, Lawmakers
The government-appointed body will submit an interim report on prospects for conflict resolution, humanitarian assistance, and development in the troubled state.
- Tibetan Woman Freed From Prison in Poor Health After Serving Three-Year Term
She had been convicted of 'homicide' after trying to prevent a self-immolation protester from being seized by police.
- Cambodian Prime Minister Uncorks U.S. Criticisms at Coca-Cola Plant Ceremony
Hun Sen berates the U.S. for being a hypocrite as he celebrates the decision by one of America’s most storied brands to expand in Phnom Penh.
- Interview: ‘We have the good will to find a solution to the current political tension.’
Senior Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker sees positive signs in recent political moves.
- Lao Gamblers Betting on the ‘Cat’ Wonder Why Their Number Never Comes Up
A series of picks in the country’s national lottery raise new questions over the integrity of the game.
- China Protests Trump's Taiwan Presidential Phone Call, Media Issues Warnings
China's official media say Trump shouldn't 'speak irresponsibly,' or cross China's 'bottom line.'
- Malaysia's Najib Leads Rally Against Rohingya Violence in Myanmar
Prime Minister calls on U.N., Indonesia to join efforts to bring end to 'ethnic cleansing.'
- Parents Protest Curbs on Mongolian Language Teaching in Chinese Schools
Mongolian dissident Hada says the move is part of Beijing's 'policy of cultural genocide' targeting the minority group.
- China Currency Slide Risks Trade Retaliation
New U.S. administration will cite currency manipulation.
- Cambodia's King Grants Royal Pardon to Kem Sokha
Compromise could ratchet down tensions after a year of arrests and harassment of opposition and critics by Hun Sen government.
- Talks Between Myanmar Government And Ethnic Militias in Shan State Break Down
China’s foreign ministry arranges for the parties to meet, though Myanmar’s Peace Commission has no plans to speak with all four armed groups.
- Dalai Lama Receives Tibetans Ordered Home by China
The pilgrims, most of them elderly, had hoped to attend the Kalachakra teachings scheduled for January in India.
- Interview: 'They Humiliate You, And Treat You Like Animals, Worse Than a Dog'
A recently freed Chinese democracy activist says he was tortured in prison and describes present concerns for his family.
- Train Overturns in North Korea, Killing at Least 40 Who Worked on Flood Recovery
Hundreds more were injured in the accident blamed on poor maintenance of rail lines.
- Chinese Dissident Warned of 'Accidents' Years Before His Sudden Death in Prison
Peng Ming's family issue a statement demanding an autopsy, saying they want to establish the cause of death.
- Tweets, Phone Call Shake China's View of Trump Presidency
Many in China initially welcomed the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, viewing it as a win for Beijing and believing that as a businessman his approach would be more straightforward than that of his contender. But a phone call and a few Tweets later, that view is starting... [full post]
- 50th Anniversary Celebrated for Rice That Prevented Asia Famines
Back in 1966, Nekkanti Subha Rao, a farmer in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh planted a semi-dwarf rice variety developed by the International Rice Research Institute on 1,000 hectares of land. Crossbred from a tall variety in Indonesia and a dwarf variety in China, IR8 was the world’s first high yielding rice and is... [full post]
- Palm Oil Giant Accused Of Using Child Labor
Palm oil's rapid growth has spawned huge plantations, especially in Southeast Asia. Amnesty International's Meghna Abraham says the burgeoning demand also is driving widespread labor abuses.
- Cambodia, Vietnam to Ask France’s Help to Draw Up Border Map
In late August a committee set up to discuss the issue decided to draft a letter to France asking the former colonial power to assist in resolving the dispute.
- ADB Launches $40m Scheme to Promote Lending in Cambodia
The program is intended to enhance the infrastructure of existing financial sectors to create new products and services that will bring in more people to the formal financial system.
- Oil Becoming Code for Sovereignty in Contested South China Sea
The search for oil and natural gas is seen as a driving factor in rival claims to the South China Sea, with many of the countries in the region currently reliant largely on fuel imports. Yet no one has struck a head-turning deposit of oil or gas in the 3.5-million-square-km (1.4-square-mile) sea, which stretches from... [full post]
- On Myanmar-China Border, 'Rebel Radio' Extends Reach of Kachin
Inside his small studio, Maram Bawk La adjusts a playlist of Kachin-language songs on his computer and checks the microphone to prepare for a broadcast of the Laiza FM radio station. The simple set up, with its bright red carpet, improvised soundproof walls and basic studio equipment, belies its impact. Connected to a powerful radio... [full post]
- If Trump Kills TPP, China Gains, Experts Say
President-elect Donald Trump said in a video message this week that he would pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement on his first day in office. During the campaign, Trump had called several trade deals "disasters" and said flawed agreements had cost millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [full post]
- Trump's Decision to Abandon TPP Could Benefit China
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, abandons a massive trade deal that was a key plank of President Barack Obama's re-engagement with Asian nations. Trump says instead of one agreement that accounts for 40 percent of world trade, he plans to negotiate one-on-one trade deals that will... [full post]
- Obama to Trump: US Leadership ‘Indispensable’
U.S. President Barack Obama finished his final foreign tour in Peru the same way he began it in Europe, trying to reassure other world leaders who are anxious about a possible sharp shift in U.S. foreign policy under President-elect Donald Trump. Obama met with the leaders of the 21 Asia Pacific Economic Conference in Lima... [full post]
- More Alarms Over Next Hydropower Dam in Laos
The Laos government is pressing ahead with a new dam on the Lower Mekong River, leading scientists and activists to warn of growing threats to regional food security. Laos informed the four-nation inter-governmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) earlier this month that preparatory work was under way on the 912-megawatt Pak Beng Dam in the northern... [full post]
- Philippine President Duterte Joins Cambodia in Asean’s Growing Pro-China Bloc
Manila’s realignment would have negative consequences for US influence in the Asean region diplomatically and economically, analysts said.