Cambodian Tycoon Kong Kroeng Detained Over Suspected Illegal Logging Operation

Powerful business tycoon Kong Kroeng was detained on Thursday after being questioned by authorities in eastern Cambodia’s Kratie province over his alleged involvement in an illicit timber operation, according to the National Military Police. Kong Kroeng, a colonel in the military who owns the Mat Naseat timber-processing facility in Kratie’s Snuol district, was questioned at the Kratie provincial military police headquarters by officers from the ..

Tibetan Horse-Race Festival Draws Large Crowds, Undercover Police

A traditional Tibetan horse-race festival opened this week in northwestern China’s Gansu province with official approval, but with large numbers of plainclothes police officers deployed around the festival grounds to monitor the crowd and discourage anti-China protests, according to a local source. The festival opened on Aug. 13 in the Kanlho (in Chinese, Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Machu (Maqu) county and drew participants from areas..

Sri Lankans Up in Arms Over US Military Pacts

Two defense cooperation agreements between the United States and Sri Lanka, the already signed Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and the under-negotiation Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), are triggering concern, criticism, and controversy in the Indian Ocean island. Neither pact is new. SOFA was first signed in 1995. Apparently, the United States asked Sri Lanka for a new pact and sent a draft to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreig..

Tibetan Monk Sentenced, Two Others Missing in Detention

A Tibetan monk enrolled in Sichuan’s restive Kirti monastery has been sentenced to four years in prison, with his present whereabouts and the charges made against him still unknown, Tibetan sources in exile say. Lobsang Thamke, age about 37, was sentenced on July 30 after being arrested last year, Kanyag Tsering—a monk living at Kirti’s branch monastery in Dharamsala, India—told RFA’s Tibetan Service on Wednesday. “But other than that, no detai..

North Korea’s Missile Tests Fail to Impress at Home

A recent series of North Korean missile tests ordered by national leader Kim Jong Un has left citizens of the nuclear-armed state unimpressed, with many calling the expensive launches wasteful in a country short of food. Meanwhile, others say the tests are only a bluff aimed at the U.S. that puts the North Korean people’s livelihoods at risk. In a bid to project an image of national strength, Kim Jong Un has personally supervised seven missile te..

Chinese Survey Ship, Escorts Return to Vietnam Waters: Reports

A Chinese survey ship has returned to Vietnam’s territorial waters in the South China Sea, according to media reports, days after leaving the disputed Spratly Islands, where it had been involved in a nearly month-long standoff with Vietnamese ships that prompted rare protests in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The Haiyang Dizhi 8, a ship operated by the China Geological Survey, had in July conducted a 12-day survey of waters near the Spratlys, with C..

Chinese Survey Ship, Escorts Leave Vietnam Waters, Hanoi Says

A Chinese survey ship and vessels sailing in support have left Vietnam’s territorial waters, a Vietnamese foreign ministry spokeswoman said late this week, according to media reports. The Haiyang Dizhi 8, a ship operated by the China Geological Survey, had earlier conducted a 12-day survey of waters near the disputed Spratley Islands, with Chinese Coast Guard ships following in support. At one point, China’s survey intruded into an offshore oil..

Uyghur Mother, Daughters Deported to China From Turkey

At least three ethnic Uyghurs have recently been deported to China from Turkey via Tajikistan, according to sources, and now face persecution from authorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Zinnetgul Tursun and her two toddler daughters, Hilal Shehinur and Banu Abdullah, were first sent from Istanbul, Turkey to Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, and then taken by Chinese police officers on a June 31 flight from Dushanbe to the XUAR ..

Dashed Hopes for Myanmar’s Women

Having women play a central role in political activism and robust leadership is not unknown in Myanmar. In fact, as early as 1992, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s present de facto leader, came to be popularly known as an international symbol of democracy and resilience due to her untrammelled moral rectitude, dignity, and immense determination. Yet patriarchal, cultural, and institutional constraints have continued to distort women’s participatio..

Uyghur Arrived in US Cites Deportations, Frozen Assets in Pakistan as Impetus For Asylum...

A Uyghur man facing deportation to China from Qatar last week said Wednesday that his decision to flee Pakistan was prompted by claims that nine members of his ethnic group had been forcibly returned home from the South Asian nation, where he ran a company with ties to a Beijing-backed infrastructure plan. Ablikim Yusup, 53, arrived safely in the U.S. on Tuesday with the help of U.S. Embassy officials after initially trying to reach Europe by way..

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