Tag: Asia & Pacific

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North Korea Shoots SKorean Official, Burns His Body: Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea said Thursday North Korean troops shot a South Korean government official and set his body on fire after they found him on a floating object in waters near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary. According to Seoul’s announcement, the man disappeared from…
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South Korean President Says Korean War ‘Must End, Completely and for Good’

South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a Sept. 22 speech called on world leaders to put a formal end to the 70-year-old Korean War.…
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Asian Firm May Fund Rex to Compete With Qantas and Virgin

Regional Express (Rex) is one step closer to servicing Australia’s lucrative “golden triangle” market after signing a deal with an Asian firm for $150 million to launch its major city jet operations starting in March 2021. Rex and PAG Asia Capital (PAG) are in advanced…
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Pentagon Planning for Possibility of Total Withdrawal From Afghanistan by May 2021

U.S. military officials are planning out the possibility of fully withdrawing from Afghanistan by May of next year, a top official confirmed Tuesday, though Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has not yet issued orders for the total withdrawal. U.S. officials are aiming at drawing down…
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Pakistani Court Rules Deadly 2012 Blaze Was Arson, Sentences 2 to Death

KARACHI, Pakistan—Pakistan’s deadliest industrial fire, which killed more than 260 garment factory workers in 2012, was a case of arson and not an accident, a court ruled on Tuesday as it sentenced two former political party activists to death for starting it. The Anti-Terrorism Court…
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Australia at Risk of Losing Ground to China in Pacific: Expert

One of Australia’s highest foreign policy priorities, the Pacific Step-up, is at risk of losing ground to China if the federal government ignores the region’s needs, a strategic expert has claimed. Beijing is moving to control vital trans-Pacific sea lines of communication under the guise…
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HSBC, StanChart Shares Fall to 22-year Lows on Reports of Illicit Money Flows

HONG KONG/LONDON—HSBC’s shares in Hong Kong and Standard Chartered’s in London fell on Monday to their lowest since at least 1998 after media reports that they and other banks, including Barclays and Deutsche Bank, moved large sums of allegedly illicit funds over nearly two decades…
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Relatives of 12 Hong Kong People Arrested by China Demand Access for Own Lawyers

HONG KONG—Relatives of some of the 12 Hong Kong people arrested by China at sea last month demanded the city’s government check on their condition and ensure that lawyers appointed by the families and not the Chinese regime can meet with them. The 12 were…
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Thai Protesters Challenge Monarchy as Huge Protests Escalate

BANGKOK—Openly challenging the monarchy of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, thousands of protesters marched in Bangkok on Sunday to present demands that include a call for reforms to curb his powers. Protesters have grown ever bolder during two months of demonstrations against Thailand’s palace and military-dominated…
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Taiwan President: Drills Show China Is Threat to Region

TAIPEI—Two days of Chinese military aircraft approaching Taiwan demonstrate that Beijing is a threat to the entire region and have shown Taiwanese even more clearly the true nature of the Chinese communist regime, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday. Multiple Chinese aircraft flew across the…
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Dozens of Hong Kong People Write Postcards to Fugitives Arrested by China

HONG KONG—Dozens of people in Hong Kong braved heavy rain on Friday evening to write postcards to 12 fugitives arrested by the Chinese regime at sea last month to offer comfort during the upcoming mid-Autumn festival. The 12 were arrested on Aug. 23 accused of…
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Russian Military Says US Flights Near Crimea Fuel Tensions

MOSCOW—The Russian military on Friday accused the United States and its allies of provoking tensions in the Black Sea region with a sharp increase in the number of bomber patrols and intelligence flights. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, head of the Russian General Staff’s main operational…
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Flurry of Activity Fuels Speculation of North Korea Test

SEOUL—Analysts and security officials say they are watching for signs that North Korea may use an upcoming holiday to unveil new weapons or test fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), after a flurry of activity was detected at a key base. Formations of troops have…
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China Flies 18 Warplanes Near Taiwan During US Envoy’s Visit

TAIPEI, Taiwan—China’s military sent 18 planes including fighter jets over the Taiwan Strait in an unusually large show of force Friday as a U.S. envoy held a day of closed-door meetings on the self-governing island claimed by China. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, who…
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Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Scrap US Adoption of ‘One China Policy’

TAIPEI, Taiwan—U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.) has introduced legislation calling on the U.S. government to resume formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, while dropping the “one-China policy.”  “For more than 40 years, American presidents of both political parties have repeated Beijing’s bogus lie that Taiwan is…
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Taiwan’s KMT Pulls out From Cross-Strait Forum Due to CCTV’s ‘Beg for Peace’ Comment

Li Hong, the host of “Cross the Strait” program of Beijing’s official mouthpiece CCTV made a comment on the show on Sept. 10 that drew strong backlash among Taiwan’s political parties. She said on the show that Wang Jinping, who would lead the Kuomintang (KMT)…
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HK Pro-Democracy Legislator Sets Up Organization to Support Imprisoned Activists 

Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator “Bottle” Shiu Ka-chun established Wall-fare, an online community platform where people can voice their concern and show support for the imprisoned Hong Kong activists. Shiu set up the organization in April, and he believes it’s his special calling to help the…
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Australia to Become a ‘Clean Energy Superpower’

The Australian government is looking to make the country a world leader in renewable energy with a billion-dollar investment package for new energy technologies. Announcing the package on Sept. 17, Prime Minister Scott Morrison explained that the government would be providing $1.9 billion in investment…
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US Envoy Begins 2nd Recent High-Level Visit to Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan—U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for the second visit by a high-level American official in two months, prompting a stern warning and threat of possible retaliation from China. Beijing considers Taiwan its own and opposes all official…
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Taiwanese Businesswoman Thanks Local Epoch Times for Truthful Coverage of Pandemic 

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Japan’s economy, crippling businesses, especially in the restaurant industry. Tse-Min Chin (also known as Tammy Kawamura), wife of the chairman of Japanese restaurant giant Tentsusaikan Group, told The Epoch Times the difficulties faced by the restaurant industry and what people…
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#SaveMongolianLanguage Movement Attracts Worldwide Attention and Support

As the Chinese regime tightens its methods of oppression and orders the merciless repression of protests against a new policy of banning the Mongolian language in Southern Mongolian schools, Mongolian nationals and non-nationals around the world have voiced support and started a movement. Several prominent…
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Alien Huang, Taiwanese Actor and Singer, Dead at 36

Taiwanese singer and actor Alien Huang has died at the age of 36. According to Taiwan’s state Central News Agency (CNA), the former host of variety show “100 percent Entertainment” was found unresponsive by his father in his apartment in the capital, Taipei, around 11…
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Japan’s Hitachi Pulls Out of UK Nuclear Project

LONDON—Work on a major new nuclear power station in Britain will stop after Japanese company Hitachi pulled out of the project. Hitachi halted work on the Horizon Project, located in Wylfa, on the Welsh island of Anglesey. It will also end work on another site…
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Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe Resigns, Clearing Way for Successor

TOKYO—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet resigned, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later Wednesday. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down because of health problems. “I devoted my body and…
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US Sanctions Chinese State-Owned Firm Over Land Seizure, Corruption in Cambodia

The U.S. Treasury Department on Sept. 15 sanctioned a Chinese state-controlled firm for seizing land from Cambodians for projects aimed at advancing Beijing’s geopolitical ambitions. Union Development Group Co., or UDG, is constructing a $3.8 billion resort called Dara Sakor, a state-backed investment zone spanning…
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Qantas HQ up for Grabs Amid Post-COVID Downsizing

Sydney’s long-term hold on Qantas’ headquarters is under threat as Australia’s premier airline downsizes during the pandemic. Qantas may vacate its 49,000 sqm head office in the Sydney suburb of Mascot and consolidating its Qantas and budget brand Jetstar office (currently in Melbourne) into one…
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Senator Urges Additional Ban on Tencent-Owned Mobile App Over Security Threats

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is urging the U.S. administration to extend a transaction ban to WeChat’s sister app, QQ, in a bid to counter “hazards posed by high-risk Chinese telecommunications hardware and software.” Like WeChat, the instant messaging app QQ is developed by Chinese tech…
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Indonesia’s Capital Under Virus Order, Hospitals Nearly Full

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Main streets were less crowded as Indonesia’s capital began 2 weeks of social restrictions on Monday to curb the rise of coronavirus infections that has pushed its critical-care hospital capacity to unsafe levels. Police at checkpoints imposed sanctions on bikers that did not wear…
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Vietnam Jails Four Over Migrant Deaths in British Truck

HANOI—A court in Vietnam on Monday sentenced four Vietnamese people to between 2-1/2 and 7-1/2 years in prison for their role in the deaths of 39 migrants whose bodies were discovered in the back of a truck near London in October last year. The deaths…
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More Than 35,000 Australians Spied on by Military-Linked Chinese Company

A Chinese company with links to Beijing’s military and secretive intelligence arm has amassed the personal details of more than 35,000 Australians as part of a giant global database targeting influential figures and their families, The company, Zhenhua Data, is tied to the People’s Liberation…