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How will history remember Shinzo Abe?

On July 8 former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot twice by an assailant with a homemade gun. Having suffered critical wounds, Abe collapsed and was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A not quite fine balance

Russia’s brutal invasion into Ukraine, which has led to the death and displacement of millions, has not come without a cost. As Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine border towns and Western powers began to apply economic sanctions in the hopes…

Tonga COVID-19 cases surge in wake of eruption

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga The Omicron coronavirus variant entered Tonga for the first time in the wake of last month's volcanic eruption, officials confirmed on Thursday (Feb 10), as the number of COVID-19 cases in the kingdom almost doubled to…

The hunt for Beijing’s wild cats

BEIJING Professor Luo Shu-Jin and her students from Peking University are rooting about in the bush in Yanqing district on the outskirts of Beijing, looking for signs of animal droppings. In the distance looms the alpine skiing slopes…

Asian markets close day in positive territory

Following positive figures from Asian countries, such as Chinese industrial production and Japan’s additional budget developments, Asian stock markets closed Thursday positive. The Asia Dow, which includes blue-chip companies in the…

Wuhan Marathon postponed after Covid-19 surge

Beijing China reported 26 new domestic Covid-19 instances on Sunday, in an outbreak that has become latest test of the country's zero-tolerance method with just over a hundred days until the start of the Games. Authorities have been…

How China flights near Taiwan inflame tensions

A recent spate of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the island, which Beijing claims as its own, and is increasing tensions in a region already on edge. The flights are one piece of a complex puzzle…

China, US officials hold meeting trade issues

BEIJING China and the U.S. held a virtual meeting on Saturday regarding the two countries’ fraught trade relationship, after a lengthy break in negotiations. China’s top trade negotiator Liu He referred to as U.S. Trade Representative…

US troops rotating into Taiwan for training

WASHINGTON The US special operations forces have been rotating into Taiwan on a brief basis to carry out training of Taiwanese forces, two sources acquainted with the matter said today, speaking on condition of anonymity. The…

China bans all cryptocurrency transactions

BEIJING China has banned all cryptocurrency transactions and vowed to stop illegal crypto mining, delivering the toughest blow yet to the trillion-dollar industry. Crypto-related transactions are going to be considered illicit…

US welcomes China end to coal funding

UNITED NATIONS The United States on Wednesday welcomed China's promise to end funding for coal projects overseas but voiced hope the world's largest emitter would also do more at home on climate change. President Xi Jinping told the…

Chinese hack targets Indian media, says Report

A U.S.-based private cybersecurity company said Wednesday it's uncovered evidence that an Indian media conglomerate, also as a police department and also the agency responsible for the country’s national identification database are hacked,…

China-India agree to safeguard border peace

DUSHANBE Chinese State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Thursday highlighted the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility within the border areas. During…

why is China cracking down on private schools?

Last Wednesday, significant reform of China’s private education sector, called the “Law on the Promotion of Private Education” (in Chinese, henceforth “Private Education Law”), went into effect. The law, signed by Premier Lǐ Kèqiáng 李克强…

Would you recognize the Taliban?

The Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan after two decades. Over the next few weeks and months, a host of foreign nations with a stake in the country's future will have to make a very tough choice: grant legitimacy to a regime that…

TikTok Is China’s Trojan Horse

More than one in three Americans believe that Joe Biden is weak on China. With the president recently opting to revoke a Trump-era attempt to ban Chinese-owned apps, their beliefs appear to be valid. TikTok, one of the apps Biden decided…

How China keeps US-UK relationship special

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson met for the first time on Thursday ahead of the  G7 summit, after much media discourse highlighted the White House’s concerns over Northern Ireland and the president’s scorn for the PM in the past. But as Biden’s…

Hong Kong lawmakers revamp electoral system

Hong Kong lawmakers on Thursday voted to revamp the city's electoral system. Forty lawmakers voted for the bill, while two opposed it, the state-run RTHK News reported. Opposition lawmakers were absent from the session. The overhaul,…

Can Asia reinvent global trade?

Bilahari Kausikan Let’s not believe our own propaganda. Asia reinventing global trade is a superficially attractive but problematic proposition. It assumes there once was a free international economy open to reinvention. It assumes there…

US envoy Kerry starts climate talks in China

Shanghai US climate envoy John Kerry met with his Chinese counterparts in Shanghai on Thursday, in the first visit to China by an official from a Biden administration seeking to re-establish America's leadership on the environment.…

Tibetans in exile facing new challenges

Robert Barnett and Allen Carlson The 150,000 Tibetans in exile represent only 2 per cent of the Tibetan population — about 6.3 million remain in China — but have nevertheless placed significant damage to China’s standing at home and…

India, China “Minor Face-Off” In Sikkim

New Delhi Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed along the Line of Actual Control near Naku La pass in Sikkim last week, the army said today, downplaying the incident as a "minor face-off". The clashes took place on January 20, when a…

China to allow WHO probe into COVID-19 origins

China announced Monday that a team of foreign experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) would be visiting the country to probe the origins of the novel coronavirus next Thursday. A 10-member team of international experts is due in…

Claims from Trump and Biden’s first debate

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden sparred Tuesday in their first of three debates, hoping to sway undecided voters planning to cast ballots by mail and in person in the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 3…

India and China in interesting times

Vivek Menezes Much controversy this week, after an odd and conspicuously dubious Newsweek report claimed: “Another brutal purge is coming” in Beijing, because the “People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has unexpectedly flopped” in its Himalayan…

Top US official’s Taiwan visit irks China

The second consecutive visit by a top US official to Taiwan has left Beijing seething with anger as the Chinese army kick-started yet another military drill in the Taiwan Strait. US Under-Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and…

Magnitude-6.6 quake jolts southwest China

A magnitude-6.6 earthquake jolted southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region early Thursday, according to official media. The Xinhua News Agency said the epicenter was recorded at 33.19 degrees north latitude and 86.81 degrees east…