This Week in Asia4 min lettiWorld
In South Korea, Will Growing Anti-China Views Come Between Seoul And Beijing?
Lee, who asked to be identified by her initials, is among some 500,000 South Koreans who have signed the online petition calling on the government to cancel the tourist attraction, which has been planned since 2017 and aims to showcase Chinese cultur
This Week in Asia2 min lettiWorld
Biden's US$50 Billion For US Chip Industry Puts South Korea On The Spot With China
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This Week in Asia3 min lettiInternational Relations
Engage But Don't Recognise Myanmar's Ruling Junta, Suu Kyi's UN Envoy Tells Asean
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This Week in Asia3 min lettiMedical
Coronavirus: India Sees Melting Crematorium, Overflowing Graveyards And Overwhelmed Hospitals As Infections Surge
Whatever extra beds and facilities were added last year to cope with the first wave of contagion have been overwhelmed by the more than tenfold spike in case numbers India has seen over the past month. The country reported a record 184,372 new corona
This Week in Asia4 min lettiIntelligence (AI) & Semantics
US-China Tech Rivalry Is Playing Out In The Middle East And 5G Is At The Core Of Region's Balancing Act
The reality is murkier, as few details of the pact have been made known. In any case, such deals are par for the course in ties between China and Middle Eastern countries. More importantly, excessive focus on the agreement means missing a much more i
This Week in Asia3 min lettiWorld
Singapore Posts Surprise Economic Growth In First Quarter, With GDP Expanding 0.2 Per Cent Year On Year
The growth was driven primarily by the manufacturing sector, which expanded 7.5 per cent year on year, propped up by output expansions in the electronics, precision engineering, chemicals and biomedical manufacturing clusters, the trade ministry said
This Week in Asia4 min lettiWorld
Whitsun Reef Row: Could The Philippines Lose Another South China Sea Feature To Beijing?
Officials from the two countries have traded acrimonious remarks since some 200 Chinese vessels, including some believed to be maritime militia, moored around the reef in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) last month, an incident Beijing
This Week in Asia4 min lettiMedical
Coronavirus: Rodrigo Duterte Reappears Amid Anger Over Surging Cases, Lack Of Hospital Beds In Philippines
Duterte appeared in a pre-recorded "Talk to the People" address televised late on Monday evening following speculation about his health or possible death. He had not been seen since his former aide-turned senator Christopher "Bong" Go released a vide
This Week in Asia3 min lettiPolitics
Is India Planning To Spy On Chinese Submarines From The Andamans, With A Little Help From Japan?
The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago of 524 islands, only 38 of which are inhabited, stretches across some 1,000km (620 miles) of Indian Ocean by the western entrance to the Malacca Strait, through which an estimated 80 per cent or more of China's sea
This Week in Asia4 min lettiPolitics
Why Is A Singapore Firm Suing The Children Of Indonesian Dictator Suharto Over A Theme Park?
Mitora Pte Ltd filed a lawsuit at a South Jakarta court on March 8 against Siti Hardiyanti Hastuti Rukmana, Bambang Trihatmodjo, Siti Hediati Hariyadi, Sigit Harjojudanto, and Siti Hutami Endang Adiningsih. Other defendants in the case include the ad
This Week in Asia4 min lettiChemistry
Is Japan Downplaying The Danger Fukushima Water Poses To Human Health?
He said the water would be released into the Pacific "while ensuring that safety standards are cleared by a wide margin and firm steps are taken to prevent reputational damage" to the local fisheries industry. Do you have questions about the biggest
This Week in Asia2 min lettiWorld
South China Sea, Diaoyus And North Korea To Top Agenda As Japan And Germany's Foreign, Defence Ministers Meet With China On Their Mind
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This Week in Asia4 min letti
Thailand's 'Father' Of Cannabis Wants Small-time Growers To Be Part Of Medical Marijuana Industry
When Aram Limsakul's son and daughter came down with dengue fever two years ago, he gave the children, then aged five and four, a vaporiser to inhale the smoke from his own home-grown marijuana. Within a few days, "their fever reduced, they stopped v
This Week in Asia5 min letti
If Disneyland Dies And Hong Kong's Port Shrivels, An Alternative 'Lantau Tomorrow Vision' Could Emerge
Taking the ferry back and forth between Lantau and Central these days is pretty boring. But when I first moved out there seven years ago, the voyage wasn't quite so uneventful. Slowing down for a container ship coming into port was a common occurrenc
This Week in Asia4 min lettiMedical
Three Women In India Get Rabies Shot Instead Of Covid-19 Vaccine As Cases Surge, Overtaking Brazil
Officials said the women in Kandla village, instead of going to the floor where the vaccine was being administered, entered the outpatient wing on April 9, a day when anti-rabies shots were being given. The pharmacist on duty had left, and in his abs
This Week in Asia4 min letti
Malaysia's AirAsia Aims To Be 'More Than An Airline' As Coronavirus Cripples Aviation
As the pandemic's true extent became apparent last May, the Malaysia-based regional budget carrier launched a food delivery business in Kuala Lumpur that gained traction among citizens who were at the time under a strict partial lockdown. Do you hav
This Week in Asia4 min lettiInternational Relations
Why Did The US Conduct A Freedom Of Navigation Operation Against India, And What Will The Fallout Be?
Feathers were ruffled in New Delhi after the US Navy on Wednesday sent a warship into India's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP), without seeking prior approval. The patrol came while US presidential climate e
This Week in Asia3 min lettiCrime & Violence
'I Still Get Nightmares': Myanmar Student Protesters Traumatised After Beatings In Prison
The journalism student stayed locked up for more than three weeks, alongside some 300 other university students who took part in the demonstration on March 3, before the military junta released them all without explanation on March 24. Do you have qu
This Week in Asia4 min letti
Ambani, Tata, Hinduja: How India's Family-run Business Empires Battle Over Their Billions
Last month saw the culmination of one of India's ugliest courtroom dramas that pitted billionaire industrialist Ratan Tata, 83, against his relative and former protege Cyrus Mistry, the erstwhile executive chairman of the US$106 billion salt-to-softw
This Week in Asia3 min lettiCrime & Violence
'The Price Of Justice' Highlights Legal Hurdles Hong Kong's Domestic Workers Face In New Documentary
The 55-minute film, titled The Price Of Justice, highlights "the difference between being a local and being a migrant who becomes unemployed, and how difficult it is to access justice," said Robert Godden, the documentary's producer and co-founder of
This Week in Asia5 min lettiMedical
Rise Of Flesh-eating Ulcers In Australia's Victoria State Leaves Scientists Searching For Answers
Australian property stylist Ali Waight thought she had a mosquito bite when a red welt appeared on her left leg in early 2018. But within days, the mark had "developed into a massive hole". What followed was almost a year of fatigue and misery for t
This Week in Asia14 min lettiMedical
Coronavirus Origins: How Unseen Wuhan Research Notes Could Hold The Answers - And Why Lab-leak Rumours Refuse To Die
The fun and festivities have a serious side, too: introducing younger generations to the science of fighting disease. Among the ice cream and balloons, children can examine live ticks under a magnifying glass; learn how vaccines work using teddy bear
This Week in Asia5 min lettiWorld
US-China Rivalry: Is The Pressure On For Asean Countries To Choose Sides?
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This Week in Asia9 min lettiMedical
How Did The AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Go From 'Game Changer' To 'Under Review'?
Months after it was first approved for use in Britain in December, a public relations crisis over extremely rare side effects threatens to derail vaccination efforts in numerous Asia-Pacific and lower-income countries. Countries across the European U
This Week in Asia6 min lettiPolitics
With Heng Swee Keat Out Of The Running, Who Will Be Singapore's Next Prime Minister?
Besides, it was only in July, following Heng's surprisingly narrow electoral victory, that his contemporaries in the next-generation cabal of ministers - known as the 4G leadership - reassured the country that Heng was still PM-designate. Foreign min
This Week in Asia4 min lettiCrime & Violence
China Has A Privacy Problem. New Data Laws Could Help Curb The Worst Abuses - But Not All Of Them
Fans of James Bond will be familiar with scenes showing the British spy sauntering into a hotel room, before looking around and using a handheld counter-intelligence device to sweep for bugs and hidden cameras. One of the most egregious examples of
This Week in Asia3 min lettiMedical
No Jab, No Job? Asia's Employers Should Think Beyond Carrot And Stick To Encourage Covid-19 Vaccine Take-up
Mandating vaccines is the exception, not the rule, a recent Mercer survey of more than 1,300 companies found. Across the Asia-Pacific, only 6 per cent of employers who responded to the survey have decided to implement a mandate, with a further 14 per
This Week in Asia3 min lettiWorld
Chinese Social Media Set Abuzz As Singapore PM-designate Steps Aside, Upending Leadership Transition
"We need a leader who will not only rebuild Singapore post-Covid-19, but also lead the next phase of our nation-building effort," Heng said, adding that he stood ready to support whomever the ruling People's Action Party chose as the next leader. Do
This Week in Asia4 min lettiWorld
With Malaysia, UAE Soon To Make Chinese Vaccines, Does Beijing Have An Edge In Vaccine Diplomacy?
Indonesia's Bio Farma has also signed a deal to manufacture the Sinovac jabs, which it currently imports from China and puts into vials. This is similar to Malaysian pharmaceutical group Pharmaniaga, which in January signed an agreement with Sinovac
This Week in Asia3 min lettiMedical
Thailand's 'Hi-So' Elite Blamed For New Covid-19 Cases Forcing Closure Of Nightspots
While the cases are small in comparison to nations from Brazil to the UK hammered by the virus, Thai authorities are desperate to avoid the double calamity of a public health crisis and economic ruin - the kingdom's GDP slumped by 6.1 per cent last y
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