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Infections Continue to Climb in Sichuan’s Tawu County

Confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Sichuan’s Tawu county are continuing to climb, with three new cases reported on Wednesday bringing the total to 60, all of them ethnic Tibetans, sources in the region say. In a Feb. 19 statement, the Health Commission of the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in which Tawu (Daofu) county is located, described the new patients as an 18-year-old male, and two women aged 53 and 43. A..

The Significance of the First Cobra Gold Multilateral Cyber Exercise 

AdvertisementLast week, the United States, Thailand, and other key Asian states held the first multilateral iteration of a cyberspace field training exercise within the Cobra Gold exercises – the largest multilateral drill of its kind in the Indo-Pacific region. The exercise spotlighted the ongoing attention to this realm between Washington and Bangkok as well as broader regional collaboration in this respect. As I have observed before in these p..

North Korea’s Elite Have Developed a Fondness for Smuggled South Korean Eyewear

Elites in North Korea love South Korean eyeglasses smuggled into the country through China due to their purported higher quality over Chinese and North Korean counterparts. As North Korea’s wealthy are willing to pay, traders are going to great lengths to acquire prescription glasses made in the South, sources say. Eyeglasses are just one of many South Korean products that North Koreans prefer over their own. “South Korean products are popular ..

What Lies Ahead for Laos’ Economy Beyond Its Coming LDC Graduation?

AdvertisementPast policies that have enabled Laos to meet the UN’s least developed country (LDC) graduation thresholds are no longer adequate to ensure sustainable development. The focus of future policies should be on fostering greater productive capacity, increased economic diversification and enabling a stronger business environment. The UN’s 2018 triennial review of Laos’ LDC status found that the country is eligible for graduation for the fi..

A Lavish Bollywood Musical Is Fueling A Culture War In India

Enlarge this image A cyclist rides past a poster of the controversial film Padmaavat in Bangalore on Thursday. Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images Padmaavat, India's first 3-D IMAX spectacle, is a lavish, operatic Bollywood musical set in the 14th-century palaces and deserts of Rajasthan. It has elephant processions, kaleidoscopic tableaus of Indian palaces and gorgeous actors in bejeweled costumes. It was directed by one of India's most celebrated filmmakers, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and stars one of the country's most popular actresses, Deepika Padukone. The film opens in India on Thursday, but from the moment it went into production, it's been plagued by violent protests over its depiction of Padukone's character, Queen Padmavati, a legendary Hindu royal. "It's a historic film," Padukone told NPR in 2017. "And the character that I play is someone who, historically, there's a certain section of..

Skeptical Scholar Says Visit to Xinjiang Internment Camps Confirms Western Media Reports

An Albanian scholar and commentator who traveled to China at Beijing’s invitation this month to disprove what he believed was biased Western media coverage of mass incarcerations of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) said his experience there confirmed the reports as true. Olsi Jazexhi, a university lecturer with a PhD in nationalism studies, was selected by China to participate in a conference for journalists in the XUAR fro..

Chinese Media Campaign to Discredit Movement For Missing Uyghurs Will Fail: #StillNoInfo Founder

A campaign by official Chinese media to discredit a movement by Uyghurs seeking information about missing relatives back home in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) will fail, according to the movement’s organizer, because of Beijing’s intransparency over its policies there. In recent months, the hashtag #StillNoInfo has gained a following on social media platforms among Uyghurs in exile who say their relatives are likely d..

Trump Goes to India as Afghanistan’s Future Looms Large on the Agenda

AdvertisementU.S. President Donald J. Trump will embark on his maiden visit to India in coming weeks. Beyond mending the economic partnership through a possible signing of a trade deal which has been in pipeline for some months, the visit has larger geopolitical ramifications for both countries. The most significant of them all is Afghanistan. Under Trump, we have witnessed a renewed attempt to bring the Taliban to the table for talks. His envoy ..

Former North Korean Diplomat to Run for Seat in South Korea’s National Assembly

A high-profile North Korean diplomat who defected to South Korea has officially announced he is running for parliament in the South, in a move that has boosted the spirits of the marginalized North Korean refugee and defector community. Thae Yong Ho, who was deputy ambassador at the North Korean embassy in the United Kingdom prior to his 2016 defection, told a press briefing in Seoul’s National Assembly that he would run for a seat in the assemb..

Malaysia Drops Charge Against Ex-Prime Minister’s Stepson

AdvertisementMalaysian prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against The Wolf of Wall Street film producer and stepson of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak in a move slammed by Human Rights Watch on Friday as a “triumph for impunity and corruption.” Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he was worried the move could set a precedent in graft cases in which “thieves will be let off if they return the stolen money.” Riza Aziz reached a..

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