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Another Incident on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border

AdvertisementThree weeks after fresh clashes near a problematic portion of the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border, shots were fired again over the past weekend and again on May 27. According to local media, shots were fired in the contentious and exclave-dotted border area of Kyrgyzstan’s Batken region and Isfara district in Tajikistan’s northern Sughd province. As with all previous incidents in the area, there are two slightly different versions of e..

Survivors of 2018 Dam Collapse in Laos Begin Receiving Compensation

Nearly two years after the worst dam collapse in Laos in decades, survivors whose villages were washed away are finally being offered land in compensation, district-level authorities in the province told RFA Lao Service. On July 23, 2018, water surged over a saddle dam in Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy (PNPC) hydropower project following heavy rains, inundating 12 villages and killing at least 40 people in Attapeu ..

COVID-19 and Cashmere: Rethinking One of Mongolia’s Largest Industries

AdvertisementFrom an early decision to close its schools and borders in late January 2020, to its close monitoring and containment of citizens returning from abroad, Mongolia’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been markedly successful, with zero fatalities reported thus far. The Mongolian government’s close coordination with multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and UNICEF bolstered these efforts by securing funding for essential..

What’s Changed in Kazakhstan’s New Protest Law?

AdvertisementOn Monday, May 25, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed into law legislation aimed at updating Kazakhstan’s protest policies. When the draft of the new law was released in February 2020, it was heavily criticized by rights activists; the final law retains many of the features that had drawn criticism. The law’s most significant change flips what had been an approval process to a notification process for holding demonstration..

Vietnamese Blogger Nguyen Tuong Thuy Arrested For Holding ‘Anti-State’ Documents

Police in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi arrested RFA blogger Nguyen Tuong Thuy Saturday, accusing him of “making, storing, and disseminating documents and materials for anti-state purposes,” his wife told RFA. Nguyen, 70, was vice chairman of the Vietnam Independent Journalists Association and is the third member of the group arrested in the past year. His wife, Pham Thi Lan, confirmed the arrest in a brief telephone interview with RFA’s Vietnam..

India Voices Unusual Criticism of China’s Conduct in South China Sea

India has voiced a rare note of criticism of China’s assertive actions in the South China Sea, amid a tensions between the two Asian powers on their long land border. A New Delhi-based analyst said India is concerned over China pressuring South China Sea claimant nations that India considers partners. India is also wary that China could seek to assert itself in the Indian Ocean. On Thursday, India’s Ministry of External Affairs commented on the..

North Korean Founder Kim Il Sung Did Not Have the Ability to Teleport, State...

North Korean state media have issued a report denying that the country’s leaders have mythical powers, a possible signal that current leader Kim Jong Un is attempting to undo the deification of his predecessors. In North Korea, Kim Jong Un, his father Kim Jong Il and his grandfather Kim Il Sung enjoy god-like status built up by a state-driven cult of personality. Countless myths tell of their purported exploits, some of which are taught to child..

Vietnamese Military Shelters Remain in Disputed Border Area Despite Cambodian Diplomatic Protest

Vietnam has yet to dismantle a string of military shelters set up in a disputed area along its border with Cambodia more than a week after Phnom Penh lodged a diplomatic protest through its embassy in Hanoi, Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Kuy Kong said Friday. The dispute stems from the April 26 discovery of nine shelters, housing from five to six armed Vietnamese soldiers each, by Cambodian police patrolling the border in Kanda..

Agile Governance Crushing COVID-19: Taiwan and South Korea

AdvertisementCOVID-19 continues to ravage the global economy, setting forth the path to a new normal. As an unprecedented health crisis, it has been a litmus test of sorts — challenging the efficacy of conventional regulatory approaches while giving rise to interactive models like “agile governance.” The success of Taiwan and South Korea in combating COVID-19 showcased the viability of agile governance in mitigating a the pandemic by harnessing t..

South Korean Politician Adds China Interference Charge to Election Rigging Claim

AdvertisementIn recent years, there have been growing suspicions among South Korean online users over China’s interference operations in the country. Although the issue has attracted quite a bit of online discussion, it has never broken into a mainstream debate in South Korea. That might change soon, however, with the latest suspicions raised by Min Kyung-wook, a journalist-turned-politician with the country’s conservative United Future Party (UF..

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