This Week in AsiaLeitura de 4 minsCrime & Violence
In India, Was A High-profile Sexual Assault Case Let Down By Poor Policing And Victim-blaming?
When an Indian journalist took her editor to court in 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting her in a hotel lift, she hoped the case would be a measure of justice in a country where sexual harassment by men often goes unreported and survivors seldom
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Coronavirus: Can Japan Counter China's Vaccine Diplomacy With Southeast Asian Donations?
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This Week in AsiaLeitura de 3 minsPolitics
Malaysian King Says Urgent Parliamentary Debate Needed On Covid-19 Exit Strategy
Concurrently, the heads of the country's nine hereditary royal households said in a collective statement that an ongoing state of emergency that expires on August 1 should not be extended. Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah's statement followed an a
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As Vietnam Fights Climate Change, Has It Missed The Wood For A Billion Trees?
In 2017, 258 trees that had dated back to the French colonial period were removed from a major street in central Ho Chi Minh City for the construction of a bridge. Last month, city officials announced that 178 trees on the same road would be cut down
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 5 minsCrime & Violence
Arrests Within Months If ICC Crimes Against Humanity Probe Into Rodrigo Duterte's Drug War Goes Ahead: Rights Lawyer
In a 57-page document, the ICC's outgoing chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said her office's review had found "a reasonable basis to believe" the Duterte government had "deliberately" killed 12,000 to 30,000 Filipinos between 2016 and 2019. It said th
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Coronavirus Vaccines: Will Hong Kong Answer The Philippines' Plea For City's Excess Supplies?
Specialists interviewed for this article were surprised by Locsin's claim that a manufacturer would ban the sale or donation of its vaccines to a third party - though they said that liability would be a concern once the jabs had left a company's temp
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 3 minsCrime & Violence
Singapore Academic Dickson Yeo, Who Spied On The US For China, Detained By Island Nation's Authorities
Dickson Yeo, 40, was arrested in Singapore in December last year, according to a Tuesday statement from the island nation's Internal Security Department (ISD), following his deportation from the US, where he had served a 14-month prison term. He was
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Indonesia To Buy 8 Italian Frigates And Hike Defence Spending As China Tensions Rise
Analysts say the deal highlights the Southeast Asian nation's concerns over violations of its territory by Chinese vessels and its ability to defend its interests with its current fleet of ageing vessels. According to a leaked document, the Indonesi
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Take The Pressure Off Hong Kong's Musicians
THE WILD BOYS I have memories of travelling around in the back of an exhausted 10-year-old Bedford CF van with the band back in 1982. It was a cheap heap bought from a dodgy mate of our keyboardist, John. "Final Academy" was the name of the band, and
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 4 minsPolitics
Indonesian Politician's Mid-flight Death Sparks Probe, Casts Spotlight On Threats To Environmental Activists
When Indonesian politician Helmud Hontong boarded a flight from Denpasar in Bali to the city of Makassar in South Sulawesi last week, he was in good spirits. The Vice-Regent of the remote Sangihe Islands in North Sulawesi province was on his way home
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Will Tourism Reopenings And More Stimulus Be Enough To Kick-start Thailand's Post-pandemic Economic Recovery?
Last week Thaisho, a small bar in Bangkok, got rid of its tables, chairs, glasses and cutlery, and closed its doors for good. "There is no way to foresee how our business can return," said owner Em, 31. "There is not a single relief measure from the
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 4 minsWorld
Cambodian Officials Accuse Washington Of Interference After Denying US Attache Full Access To Ream Naval Base
Lieutenant General Suon Samnang, deputy general director of policy and foreign affairs at the Cambodian defence ministry, on Friday said outgoing US defence attache Colonel Marcus Ferrara had wanted to inspect a site at the Ream Naval Base where Amer
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 4 minsMedical
From Cheap Biryani To Free Beer, Indian Stores Offer Covid-19 Deals For Vaccinated Customers
Facebook's Covid-19 Symptom Survey puts the rate of India's vaccine hesitancy - defined by the World Health Organization as a "delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite availability of vaccination services" - as high as 28.7 per cent, fuelle
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 6 minsCooking, Food & Wine
Has The Filipino Diaspora Fuelled Jollibee's International Growth?
When Ireland-based Philippine migrant Ramon Borje and his daughter were on holiday in Italy in 2018, they broke away from their tour group in Rome to make a side trip to Milan, three hours away. The draw? A meal at Jollibee, a giant Philippine fast f
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 5 minsCooking, Food & Wine
Why Didn't The Rest Of Asia Get A Taste For Chinese Hero Yuan Longping's Hybrid Rice?
As a guest professor at the Institute of Food and Nutrition Development in Beijing, Suresh Babu often finds himself eating out at Chinese restaurants after his lectures. Fortunately for him, Babu is a "rice lover". "Whenever I go to China, I find hyb
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After Gojek's Merger, Are Indonesian Delivery Riders Getting A Worse Deal?
Hot on the heels of a multibillion-dollar merger between Indonesia's tech behemoths Gojek and Tokopedia is not the much-anticipated public listing by their parent, GoTo Group, but a strike from drivers of Gojek's same-day parcel delivery service. The
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Geisha Company In Japanese City Of Niigata Bets On Crowdfunding To Survive Coronavirus Downturn
An ultra-modern online crowdfunding campaign has come to the rescue of one of the most traditional and uniquely Japanese businesses in the north coast city of Niigata - its geisha community. Niigata's geisha quarter has a long and storied history, bu
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 4 minsWorld
If China's Leaders Want To Engage The International Media, Learn From Mao, Deng And Jiang
Back in 2016 in a speech to the country's top media officials, Xi lamented that despite China's rising national strength, its international image was to a great degree moulded by "others" rather than "itself". He added China was often unable to expre
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For Lust And Money: When Online Sexual Encounters End In Despair And Death
This is the third and final piece in a series of stories on image-based abuse supported by the Judith Neilson Institute's Asian Stories project, in collaboration with The Korea Times, Indonesia's Tempo magazine, the Philippine Center for Investigativ
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 3 minsInternational Relations
The Real Test Of US Power May Be When Biden Meets Erdogan, Not Putin
Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. That
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 4 minsWorld
India's Tokyo 2020 Olympics Quest Overshadowed By Controversy Over Chinese Sponsor Li-Ning
The decision has now become a diplomatic irritant for New Delhi, after the Chinese foreign ministry said it expected India to view bilateral cooperation in an "objective and fair manner", rather than "politicising" it. Do you have questions about the
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Tombs From South Korea's Lost Kingdoms Of Gaya Stand As A Monument To Human Sacrifice
The clusters of cone-shaped burial mounds dotting the hills of Goryeong in South Korea have endured since the era of Gaya, the loosely knit federation of six or seven small kingdoms that prospered between the first and sixth centuries. They are also
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Can China Boost Its Birth Rate By Adopting The Nordic Position? Scandinavian Baby-making Secrets May Need A Change In Mindset
With China's recent announcement of a three-child policy to increase its fertility rate, some Chinese analysts and social commentators have cited the relative success of Nordic countries in raising birth rates. But while efforts by Scandinavian state
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 3 minsInternational Relations
As US Withdraws, Afghanistan's Lure Returns For Southeast Asian Extremists - Women And Children Included
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This Week in AsiaLeitura de 5 minsBiology
'0 Per Cent' Chance: Former French Official Who Oversaw Safety Standards At Wuhan Lab Dismisses Leak Theory
In his first interview with English-language media, Gabriel Gras, a virology researcher and biosecurity expert who was employed as a technical expert at the French embassy in China, said he did not believe SARS-CoV-2 originated or escaped from the WI
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Covid-19 Grounded Planes, So Drug Traffickers In Southeast Asia Took To The Seas: New Report
"All these countries in the lower Mekong, except Vietnam, seized record quantities of methamphetamine despite Covid-19," he said. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, ou
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Hey TikTok, It's Been A Year. Now It's Time To Come Back To Hong Kong
The short-form video app, as those of you on it will know, is deeply addictive with its supply of choreographed dances, animal videos, and the occasionally clairvoyant, straight-to-camera wisdom offered by its mostly Gen Z and millennial users. Go d
This Week in AsiaLeitura de 4 minsMedical
Japan Accused Of 'Massaging' Coronavirus Figures Ahead Of Tokyo Olympics
Previously, the total bed occupancy rate for people with the virus included inpatients in hospitals as well as people quarantining at home as they waited to be admitted to a hospital for treatment. It also included people who were not in hospital bed
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Land Clearing For Palm Oil Plantations Jeopardises Indonesia's Climate Commitments, Harms Rural Communities: Report
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This Week in AsiaLeitura de 5 minsWorld
Japan, South Korea Join Growing Backlash Against China's Confucius Institutes
A growing backlash against China's Confucius Institutes, which offer a form of cultural outreach and Chinese language teaching overseas, has spread to South Korea and Japan as activists and politicians call for the state-backed learning centres to be
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