This Week in Asia3 min de lectureWorld
Singapore Opposition Politician Crowdfunds US$98,840 To Pay PM Lee Hsien Loong In Defamation Case
A lawyer for the Singapore opposition politician ordered by a court to pay Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong S$133,000 (US$98,840) for defamation said he had raised enough cash from donations to fully cover damages. Leong Sze Hian of the Peoples Voice P
This Week in Asia3 min de lectureInternational Relations
Japan, Germany's First '2 Plus 2' Dialogue Shows Extent Of Tokyo's Outreach Amid China's Rising Assertiveness: Analysts
The defence and foreign ministers of Japan and Germany are to hold their first "2 plus 2" discussions in mid-April, with security and the concept of a "free and open Indo-Pacific" heading the agenda.  The Yomiuri newspaper's Monday report, citing unn
This Week in Asia4 min de lecture
This Easter, 100 Years On, I'm Wondering If The Twenties Could Roar Again
KICKING OFF THE 20TH CENTURY The early part of the 20th century was an exciting time to be alive. With the development of electric railways, subway trains, and the mass production of double-decker buses, people could travel inexpensively and comforta
This Week in Asia5 min de lecture
Indonesia's Plans With China's Tsingshan Face Pressure To Uphold Green Standards
A new industrial estate for metal smelting that Indonesia plans to build with China's steel and nickel giant Tsingshan Holding Group in Borneo will provide the country with much-needed investment to develop its electric vehicles (EV) battery industry
This Week in Asia4 min de lectureCrime & Violence
Anti-Asian Hate: In South Korea, Reports Of Attacks On Asian-Americans Focus On Suspects' Race - A Lot
When news broke of the latest violent attack against an Asian-American in New York City on Monday, it ricocheted across the South Korean mediasphere, generating countless articles and news bulletins. Do you have questions about the biggest topics an
This Week in Asia3 min de lecture
India Begs Youths To 'Selfie Responsibly' Amid Efforts To Combat Killer Trend
Police officials say the number of selfie fatalities could be much higher, possibly in the thousands, as many cases go unreported and "death by selfie" is not recognised as an official cause of death. Around the world, the simple act of snapping phot
This Week in Asia4 min de lectureInternational Relations
India Joins French-led Naval Exercise, Revealing Clues About Quad's Plans To Contain China In Indo-Pacific
All four nations took part in the India-led Malabar exercises last November but adding France, which will lead the naval exercises, makes it a "Quad-plus" exercise that the four countries could use as a blueprint for further cooperation with countrie
This Week in Asia3 min de lecturePolitics
Amid Myanmar's Post-coup Violence, There Is One Township In Yangon That 'Scares The Military'
Zarni was 20 years old when he received a life sentence for his involvement in Myanmar's 1988 uprising, although he had his sentence commuted just in time to join the 2007 Saffron Revolution. He now runs a youth centre in North Okkalapa, which he say
This Week in Asia5 min de lecture
For India's Wealthy Singletons, Millionaire Matchmaking Services Promise Perfect Partners - For A Price
"I was abroad for seven years, so I hadn't really cultivated a circle of Indian friends back home. It was tough for me to figure out how and where to begin my search for a good wife," said the 33-year-old garment exporter, who asked to remain anonymo
This Week in Asia5 min de lectureWorld
Spratly Islands, Diaoyu, Bay Of Bengal: Is A Storm Brewing In Asia-Pacific Waters?
"There are certainly legitimate concerns on whether such incidents on the ground could potentially lead to escalation," said Collin Koh, a research fellow from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Do you have questions abou
This Week in Asia3 min de lecturePolitics
'Your Existence Is Reason Enough': In Modi's India, Muslim Journalists Face Harassment, Threats And Assault
Multimedia journalist Shahid Tantray does not tell people his name any more, unless he really has to. He stopped after being attacked by an angry mob in New Delhi last year for the "crime" of being Muslim. After realising he had a Koranic name, the m
This Week in Asia5 min de lectureWorld
One-eighth Of Singapore's Foreign Workforce Lost Jobs Last Year. Will They Ever Return?
Her employer did not want to increase her monthly salary by more than S$1,000 (US$742) - as was required to keep the same type of visa, given Wong's education and experience - and last October applied for the lower-tier "S pass" instead. But Wong, wh
This Week in Asia2 min de lectureInternational Relations
Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein Clarifies Controversial 'Older Brother' Remark During China Visit
The Malaysian foreign minister wrote on Twitter that he "was not referring to our bilateral relations, as strong [Malaysia-China] ties are based on mutual trust and equality.  "Respecting that Wang Yi is older, and a more senior foreign minister, hen
This Week in Asia3 min de lectureWorld
Britain Has Criticised Beijing's Changes To The Hong Kong Electoral System - But It Also Inspired Them
These changes are widely seen as the latest example of Beijing's attempt not only to tighten its political grip over Hong Kong, but also to push it to become another Chinese city that mirrors mainland ways. Do you have questions about the biggest to
This Week in Asia5 min de lectureMedical
Across Asia-Pacific And Europe, Covid-19 Has Thrown Up Another Risk - An Addiction To Lockdowns
"Populations have changed their views of the role of government and people's freedoms," said Lawrence Gostin, director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University in Washington. Do you have questions about the
This Week in Asia8 min de lectureWorld
South China Sea: Will The Whitsun Reef Dispute Come Between Beijing And Manila?
For Philippine defence officials, it was a replay of an old nightmare. Early last month, more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels were sighted anchored off the Whitsun Reef, a boomerang-shaped coral formation within Manila's exclusive economic zone (EEZ
This Week in Asia3 min de lectureDesign
Valentino's Kimono-belt 'Trampling' Ad Campaign Featuring Japanese Model Koki Causes Uproar Online
Photos for Valentino showing Japanese model Koki walking in high heels on a traditional obi kimono belt, and wearing shoes inside, have whipped up a storm of social media criticism amid accusations the luxury Italian fashion house was "trampling on"
This Week in Asia5 min de lectureWorld
How Middle-class Indonesian Millennial Zakiah Aini Became An Islamic Militant
Last Wednesday morning, 25-year-old Indonesian university dropout Zakiah Aini wrote a letter saying goodbye to her family and headed out of the house. As morning turned to dusk, the quiet millennial's parents began to worry - there had been no word f
This Week in Asia3 min de lecturePolitics
Filipino-Americans Despair At New York Stomping Attack But US Still Land Of Dreams For Many
At the heart of the matter is his 17-year-old daughter, who is finishing high school soon and is set to enter an American college later this year. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with S
This Week in Asia3 min de lectureInternational Relations
Myanmar Crisis: Don't Wait For UN Security Council Nod To Punish Junta, Suu Kyi Ally And Experts Say
Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. "It's
This Week in Asia4 min de lecture
Why Thailand's 10-day Coronavirus Quarantine Rule Is Sparking Hope For Tourism
It is the first Southeast Asian country to reduce quarantine restrictions to speed up the recovery of its tourism sector, which has so far seen millions forced out of work and has plunged the country's GDP to the lowest in the region. The announceme
This Week in Asia2 min de lectureWorld
Indonesia Needs More Women In Counterterrorism, Like Malaysia's Normah Ishak
After a recently married couple - the woman being four months pregnant - unleashed a pressure-cooker bomb at a cathedral in Makassar on Palm Sunday, killing themselves and injuring at least 20 others, three women were among those arrested for possibl
This Week in Asia2 min de lecture
Philippine Dish Lugaw, Inspired By Chinese Congee, Stirs Debate In Locked-down Manila
The incident happened in the early hours of March 30 when delivery man Marvin Ignacio was stopped in the city of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan province, north of Metro Manila. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the wo
This Week in Asia5 min de lectureInternational Relations
Myanmar Junta May Scapegoat Insurgents To 'Rain Hell' On Civilians, Warns UN Rights Expert
More than 500 unarmed civilians have been killed by security forces in daily protests since the February 1 coup, and Thomas Andrews, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, predicted that the figure would "increase exponentially" if the
This Week in Asia3 min de lecture
'Baby Jane Thanked Everyone': Sacked Filipino Domestic Worker Dies Despite Beating Cancer, As Hong Kong Friend Vows To Fight Her Legal Case
Her younger sister Mary Ann Allas told This Week in Asia: "On her last breath, Baby Jane thanked everyone for helping us." Baby Jane, a 40-year-old single mother of five, died last weekend in Narra, Palawan, from complications related to a kidney inf
This Week in Asia4 min de lectureWorld
US Analyst Claims China Is Backing Okinawa Independence Movement In Bid To Drive Wedge Between Tokyo, Washington
The Chinese government is encouraging the independence movement in Okinawa, according to a former political adviser for the US Marine Corps in Japan, and has deployed thousands of "agents provocateurs" in Japan's most southerly prefecture to rise up
This Week in Asia6 min de lectureWorld
Why Does China's Treatment Of Uygurs In Xinjiang Get More Attention In Australia Than Canberra's Detention Of Asylum Seekers?
But few mainstream media outlets covered the comments at the UN, including in countries seen as diligent on human rights issues - though in Australia there was mocking coverage pointing out North Korea's "totalitarian dictatorship" after its state me
This Week in Asia2 min de lectureInternational Relations
11 Things You May Not Know About Asia's Territorial Disputes
The neighbours share a great deal of culture but have had disagreements over their air space and maritime boundaries. Learn more Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (January 2019). Pho
This Week in Asia3 min de lecture
Indian Migrants Flock To Canada As Trump-era Rules Make US Less Attractive
The Mumbai-based couple "zeroed-in on Canada" after seeing how easily their friends and family members had adapted to life in the country - though they did have to brace themselves for "the extreme temperatures, snow and wind chills" of the frozen no
This Week in Asia3 min de lectureWorld
South China Sea: Philippine Military Vows To Continue Aerial Patrols After Plane Warned Off By Chinese Vessels Near Disputed Reef
Marine Major General Edgard Arevalo, spokesman for the Philippines' armed forces, dismissed Tuesday's warnings that came from Chinese military outposts on occupied artificial reefs in the disputed waterway and said that the military overflights would
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