High-Rise Apartments Built With Illegal Chinese Materials All the Rage in North Korea

New high-rise apartment buildings in North Korea constructed with Chinese building materials are causing a major shift in the North Korean real estate market, RFA has learned. In the past, prospective home buyers would shy away from living in buildings more than three-stories, because frequent blackouts and low water pressure would make living on ..

President Tsai Wraps up Election Campaign With Clarion Call to Taiwan’s Youth

On the eve of crucial elections that could set the course for Taiwan's future, incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen issued a rallying call to voters to turn out in support of their hard-won freedoms, after months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. “Every one of us must vote!” Tsai told a rally in the island's capital late on Friday, wrap..

Lhasa Parents Told to Keep Students Away From Religious Activities During School Break

Parents of students in the Tibetan capital Lhasa have been ordered to keep their children away from any religious activities during winter vacation, the third year in a row such restrictions have been imposed, International Campaign for Tibet said. The ICT said that a Dec. 31, 2019 directive sent by Lhasa Chengguan Haicheng Elementary School conta..

Indonesia Deploys Fighter Jets to Natunas Amid Tensions with China

Indonesia sent four F-16 fighter jets to patrol its Natuna Islands, officials said Tuesday, as President Joko Widodo prepared to visit the area after asserting that Jakarta’s sovereignty in waters off the chain in the South China Sea was “non-negotiable.” Tensions between Jakarta and Beijing have risen since last week after reports that dozens of ..

Experts: North Korea Can Use Iran to Justify Nuclear Deterrent Strategy

North Korea experts say that Pyongyang will likely try to use the tension between the U.S. and Iran to justify a strengthening of its nuclear deterrence, in the wake of the U.S. drone-strike-assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani. Two days after the drone strike, North Korea condemned the attack through state-run media. Thae Yon..

Malaysia Stands by Claim to Increase South China Sea Territory

Malaysia stands by its request to extend its boundary farther into the South China Sea, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah told reporters Friday, acknowledging Chinese opposition to the move and the potential for the case to lead to arbitration before the United Nations. The government submitted a claim to the U.N. on Dec. 12 to increase Malaysia..

China’s Jinghong Dam Runs ‘Tests’ Dropping Water Levels in Downstream Laos

Equipment testing at China’s Jinghong Dam in the first week of January will reduce water it releases into the Mekong River by more than 50 percent, dropping water levels even further in a region already hit by a severe drought, sources say. The move, announced by China’s Ministry of Water Resources on Dec. 30, has already affected villagers in the ..

Authorities Release Chinese Woman Sent to Psychiatric Hospital After Ink-Splash Protest

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hunan have released a woman incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital for splashing ink on a poster of China's President Xi Jinping in a live-streamed protest on social media. Dong Yaoqiong was sent for "compulsory treatment" after she streamed live video of herself splashing ink on a poster of Presi..

4th round relief to keep battered sectors afloat

4th round relief to keep battered sectors afloat Updated: 2019-12-04 07:38 By Gu Mengyan and Pamela Lin in Hong Kong(HK Edition) New measures will add to over HK$21 billion to aid businesses hardest-hit by violent protests The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced on Tuesday it will soon unveil a new round of relief measures, one day after the city recorded its biggest plunge in retail sales. It will be the fourth round of such me..

Former Vietnamese Government Minister Draws Life Term in Corruption Case

A former Vietnamese government minister and his deputy were sentenced on Saturday to a life term and 14 years in prison respectively in a case of corruption that is said to have cost the state budget almost U.S. $3 million, media sources said. Son Bac Nguyen, former Minister of Information and Communications, and his deputy Tuan Quoc Tran were conv..

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