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Indonesia Seeks to Win US and Japanese Investment Fleeing China

AdvertisementIndonesian policymakers and top-level officials charged with implementing the country’s policies on foreign direct investment have been in a frenetic state of activity in recent months. In spite of a national lockdown to contain the coronavirus spread, the government has been hurriedly preparing to host what they hope will be a surge in foreign companies setting up factories across the nation’s vast archipelago. The origin behind thi..

Seoul Mayor’s Death Shocks South Korea

AdvertisementThe sudden death of Seoul’s mayor, reportedly implicated in a sexual harassment complaint, has prompted an outpouring of public sympathy even as it has raised questions about a man who built his career as a reform-minded politician and self-described feminist. Park Won-soon was found dead on a wooded hill in northern Seoul early Friday, about seven hours after his daughter reported to police he had left her a “will-like” verbal messa..

China’s Banking Sector Faces Multiple Challenges After COVID-19

AdvertisementIn April 2020’s Global Financial Stability Report, the IMF praises China for its financial stability throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and ascribes its stability to “still limited external financial linkages, a strong role of government-owned financial institutions and firms, and early proactive efforts by the authorities that helped stabilize market conditions and sentiment.” Indeed, China’s commercial banks remained healthy and post..

Globalization and Trade in a Post-Pandemic World: India’s Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan

AdvertisementEver since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, the world’s economy has been in tatters due to the resulting health and economic shocks. To deal with the pandemic, countries around the world imposed strict lockdowns on the movement of people, on international travel, and on the transportation of goods and services to minimize the threat to health and safety. This has resulted in many industries and organizations either being sh..

Rohingya-based Party Urges Myanmar to Allow The Muslim Minority to Vote And Run For...

A political party representing Myanmar’s persecuted ethnic Rohingya is pressing election authorities to allow members of the Muslim minority who hold temporary “white card” IDs to vote and to run in November nationwide elections. Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya — more than 740,000 of whom were driven out of their communities in northern Rakhine state in a military-led crackdown and took refuge in Bangladesh in 2017 — has brought Western sanc..

‘It’s Been Years, But There’s Been No News’: Uyghur Missing 35 Family Members in...

Memetrusul Hesen an ethnic Uyghur from Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) who is currently living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, has not had any form of contact with 35 members of his family, all of whom live back in Kashgar’s Kargilik (Yecheng) county, for more than four years. Hesen, who is now a Kyrgyz citizen along with his mother, 92-year-old Halimihan Ahun, left Kargilik for Kyrgyz..

New to Myanmar’s Rakhine Conflict, Landmines Claim Rising Toll

A 66-year-old man who died after stepping on a landmine while tending cattle in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state last week joined a growing list of mine victims in the 19-month armed conflict between government forces and the rebel Arakan Army. The hostilities in northern Rakhine and one township of adjacent Chin state have killed 266 civilians and injured 576 others between December 2018 and June 29 of this year, according to a tally by RFA’s My..

‘Virus Free’ North Korea Fires Health Officials for Quarantine Failures

North Korea has fired senior health officials responsible for the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic after a meeting called by leader Kim Jong Un last week assessed their failures, even as the country officially claims to be virus free, sources in the country told RFA. Experts who doubt Pyongyang’s assertion that there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases within its borders point to extensive measures Pyongyang has taken since late winter..

US Levels Long-Awaited Sanctions on Chinese Officials For Abuses in Xinjiang

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration leveled long-awaited sanctions Thursday against several top Chinese officials deemed responsible for internment camps and other human rights violations against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had barred Chen Quanguo, the Party Secretary of the XUAR; Zhu Hailun, Party Secretary of the Xinjiang..

US Enacts Magnitsky Sanctions on Chinese Officials for Xinjiang Abuses

AdvertisementOn July 9, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it was sanctioning Chinese government officials “for their connection to serious human rights abuse against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, which reportedly include mass arbitrary detention and severe physical abuse.” “The United States is committed to using the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world,” Treasur..

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