This Week in Asia6 min readTech
North Korean Cyberwarfare: As Big A Threat As Its Nuclear Weapons?
North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has for several years posed a growing threat to international security " to its neighbours in the South and to the rest of the world. However, the hermit kingdom has also been fashioning another weapon with whi
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For Vietnamese, The Trump-Kim Summit Is A Celebration Of The Country's Post-war Progress
After his capture while fighting for the communists during the Vietnam war, Nguyen Duc Gan endured four years of brutal captivity in a POW camp run by the US-allied South Vietnamese. Today, Nguyen, 72, holds no grudge against the Americans. In fact,
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China Must Choose: Growth Or Lasting Economic Health. It Can't Have Both
It is an irony of the so-called free economies that their governments are more constrained than China's when it comes to pursuing growth. China's central bank can print as much money as the economy needs; its government can order state-owned banks to
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Everyone Loves 'Daddy': Forget Thaksin, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit Is The Thai Junta's New Billionaire Rival
The law is after him, the ladies call him "daddy", and he's running in Thailand's impending elections promising a welfare state. As the March 24 polls draw nearer, the 40-year-old scion of Thailand's biggest auto-parts manufacturer is emerging as a d
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Royal Mess: From A Palace Murder To A Purged Princess, Asia's Aristocrats Have Been Rocked By Scandal
Members of the Nepalese royal family " Crown Prince Dipendra, King Birendra, Prince Nirajan, Queen Aiswarya and Princess Shuriti " pictured in 1990. Photo: Reuters MASSACRE IN THE PALACE It was the night of June 1, 2001 when Narayanhity Palace, the r
This Week in Asia4 min readPolitics
Who's Making China Look Ugly Now? Anger Over Zara's Ad Showing Freckle-faced Model Li Jingwen Only Puts Chinese People's Lack Of Confidence On Show
In the latest case, a new cosmetics advertisement for the Spanish fashion house Zara featuring a Chinese model has stirred up debate on the topic of "uglifying China". Since the ad "Beauty is Here" was released on Sina Weibo last week, a number of an
This Week in Asia6 min readSociety
The Invisible Struggle: How Thousands Of Female Migrant Workers Lose Their Money And Their Children Every Year
Lidia's son turned nine this month in Sri Lanka, but she did not have the chance to sing him a birthday song. From Hong Kong, where she works as a domestic worker, Lidia cries over the distance that grew between them. "My husband does not allow me to
This Week in Asia5 min readPolitics
Huang Xiangmo And Meng Wanzhou Today, Any Other Chinese Tomorrow?
According to Chinese tradition, the first day of the Lunar New Year is one of the most sacred occasions. It is when Chinese around the world gather with their loved ones to celebrate and pray for an auspicious year ahead. But the first day of the Yea
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Spurned By West, Saudi Crown Prince MBS Heads To China, Becomes Unlikely Peacemaker For India And Pakistan
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman created quite the buzz this week with his whirlwind weeklong Asian tour, starting in Pakistan on Sunday before moving to India and wrapping it up with a two-day stop in China that ended on Friday. Many
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Thai Elections: Thai Raksa Chart Party That Put Princess Ubolratana Forward As Candidate For PM Defiant Ahead Of Court Ruling On Controversial Move
The political party that stunned Thailand with its now-vetoed nomination of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's sister as its prime ministerial candidate has resumed campaigning following a temporary suspension, with its leaders putting up a defiant front ahe
This Week in Asia6 min readPsychology
Mikhy Farrera Brochez, American Man At Heart Of Singapore's HIV Data Scandal, Ran Hong Kong Centre For Special Needs Children
The American at the centre of Singapore's HIV data leak scandal ran education-related businesses in Hong Kong, charging as much as HK$8,000 for each assessment of a child with special needs, the South China Morning Post has found. Mikhy Farrera Broch
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Trump-Kim Summit 2019: US And North Korea Negotiating Terms Of Joint Statement From Hanoi Meeting
US and North Korean senior diplomats on Thursday began last-minute talks in Hanoi as official sources claimed both sides had not yet reached a consensus on the joint communique to be issued at next week's summit of the two countries' leaders. The mee
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Thailand's Junta Up In Arms Over Plan To Cut Military Outlay - As Neighbours Like Singapore And Indonesia Spend More
Slash defence spending and end conscription? Such proposals from Thailand's leading anti-junta political party have had the country's citizens cooing in agreement ahead of the first elections since a 2014 coup, but some industry analysts say the dras
This Week in Asia4 min readPolitics
Former New Zealand PM Jenny Shipley Distances Herself From Controversial Op-ed In Chinese State Media
Former New Zealand prime minister Jenny Shipley has distanced herself from a controversial op-ed published in China's People's Daily, saying the state-run newspaper constructed it from an interview she did during a visit to China last December. Publi
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Explained: Asean
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has 10 member states comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. A Rohingya refugee girl next to newly arrived refugees who fle
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Why Hong Kong Should Accept E-cigarettes If It Wants A Smoke-free Future
The Hong Kong government's plan to remove e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products from the market by prohibiting their sale, import and marketing is a regressive step in tobacco control. It is likely to hinder, rather than help, efforts to redu
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How South Korea's 2010 Ban On Cross-border Trade Burned One Man's Dream Of Building A Fried Chicken Empire In The North
Choi Won-ho had grand plans when he became the first person to introduce South Korean fried chicken to the North in 2007. The businessman, who made headlines when he opened the Rakwon Chicken Restaurant in Pyongyang's Moranbong district, hoped to eve
This Week in Asia6 min readPolitics
Can North Korea Copy Vietnam's Economic Miracle?
During the same time, revenues exploded tenfold to over 20 billion dong (US$860 million) and the regular workforce more than doubled to 180 employees. "In the past, as a state-owned company, we worked according to the state's plan, meaning we just ca
This Week in Asia6 min readSociety
India's Informal Workforce Has No Money, More Problems - Despite Modi's Promises
Yasar Arafat, 23, has a bachelor's degree in engineering, and dreams of being like Tesla founder Elon Musk, some day inventing a product that will help mankind. For now, he is employed by Swiggy - an online food delivery service in New Delhi valued a
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Fake Degrees: Have Malaysia's Politicians Not Learnt Their Lesson?
At least six politicians have come under fire so far for not possessing the academic credentials previously attributed to them. It all began with Deputy Foreign Minister Marzuki Yahya, after it was revealed that his business degree was not obtained f
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New Zealand Bans Huawei, China Has Message For New Zealand
From offering mobile payment services such as WePay and Alipay to hiring front-desk staff proficient in Mandarin, the New Zealand Chinese Travel and Tourism Association was not short of advice for Kiwi tourism operators on how to benefit from an infl
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Will Thailand's Election Turmoil Hit China-backed US$54 Billion Eastern Economic Corridor?
Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya's abortive prime ministerial bid last weekend had stunned investors and political observers, as it brought to the fore questions about differences in the palace - King Maha Vajiralongkorn vetoed the move - and whether th
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Explained: How The Korean Peninsula Was Divided
Korea was annexed by Japan in 1910 and liberated in 1945 at the end of the second world war. The US and the Soviet Union agreed to partition the Korean peninsula into two occupation zones. This division was meant to be temporary but cold war rivalry
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Explained: The CPTPP Trade Deal
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was an ambitious trade agreement involving 12 countries that encompassed 40 per cent of the world's economy and over 800 million consumers. The member countries were Japan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Aus
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Forget The Junta: Does King Vajiralongkorn Hold All The Cards In Thai Politics?
THE THAI DRAMA lasted ostensibly less than a day. But the shock waves of the February 8 political earthquake triggered by Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya's abortive prime ministerial candidacy " vetoed by her younger brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn wi
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As US-China Trade War Talks Enter The Final Stretch, Is Beijing Ready To Tackle Its Structural Issues?
As top Chinese and American negotiators huddled in Beijing on Thursday and Friday to haggle over a comprehensive agreement to defuse the trade war, international reactions have been a mixed bag of trepidation and optimism. Following the conclusion of
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Princess To Prayuth: Who's Who In Thai Election's Game Of Thrones
"I have been born, from the first second of my life, as a prince," he said. "It is difficult to say what it's like to be a fish when you are a fish. Or what it's like to be a bird when you are a bird." Today, the king splits his time between Germany
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Singapore's Giant Reserves: A Taxing Question For Its Next Prime Minister, Heng Swee Keat
It's a mouthful, but in the coming weeks the term is likely to be on the lips of many of the Lion City's lawmakers as they debate the national budget Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will unveil on Monday. The NIRC is the amount of Singapore governmen
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Explained: South China Sea dispute
The South China Sea, one of the world's busiest waterways, is subject to several overlapping territorial disputes involving China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. The conflict has remained unresolved for decades but has emerged
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Fallen NBA Star Lamar Odom's Post-Kardashian Philippine Rebound
Lamar Odom, two-time NBA champion and former member of the Kardashian family, recently launched his latest comeback bid in the Philippines, where he won over diehard basketball fans, earned the praise of a prominent coach " and found time to launch a
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