Asia News

  • Taiwan must protect its sovereignty, know its own history: President Lai
    on July 22, 2024 at 1:52 am

    TAIPEI — Taiwan must protect its sovereignty and know its own culture and history, said President Lai Ching-te on July 21, rejecting what he said was the previous mistaken belief that the island could serve as a base to "retake" China. Lai, who took office in May, and his ruling Democratic Progressive […]

  • China, Philippines agree on 'provisional arrangement' for South China Sea resupply missions, Manila says
    on July 22, 2024 at 1:31 am

    MANILA — The Philippines and China have "reached an understanding on the provisional arrangement" for resupply missions to a beached naval ship in the South China Sea, Manila's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on July 21. The ministry did not provide details on the arrangement for the Philippines' resupply […]

  • North Korea floats trash balloons towards South
    on July 21, 2024 at 5:24 am

    SEOUL - North Korea on Sunday (July 21) floated balloons carrying trash towards South Korea, South Korea's military said, declaring it would respond with "full-scale" loudspeaker broadcasts. The South Korean military said the North's actions raising tensions near the heavily armed border could have fatal […]

  • Economy booms but India's young hanker for government jobs
    on July 21, 2024 at 5:18 am

    PRAYAGARAJ, India/MUMBAI - Sunil Kumar, a 30-year-old, has spent the last nine years of his life chasing a job in the Indian government. Packed with scores of others in makeshift classrooms under tin roofs with barely enough light and air, Kumar has spent years cramming for a variety of tests, including the […]

  • Vietnam to hold state funeral for late communist party leader Nguyen Phu Trong next week
    on July 21, 2024 at 2:35 am

    HANOI - Vietnam will hold a state funeral next week for Nguyen Phu Trong, the leader of its ruling Communist Party who died on July 19, the government has said. There will be two days of national mourning on July 25 and 26, a government statement said, with the state funeral on the second day. During the mourning […]

  • Bangladesh shuts offices, imposes curfew to curb deadly job quota protests
    on July 21, 2024 at 1:59 am

    DHAKA - Soldiers patrolled the deserted streets of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Saturday (July 20) and the government ordered all offices and institutions to stay closed for two days after at least 114 people were killed this week during student-led protests against government job quotas. At least four people […]

  • Japan women's gymnastics captain out of Paris Games for smoking
    on July 20, 2024 at 4:44 am

    TOKYO- Shoko Miyata, the 19-year-old captain of the Japan women's artistic gymnastics team, has withdrawn from the squad for the Paris Games after violating the team's code of conduct by smoking, the Japanese Gymnastics Association said on Friday (July 19). JGA officials said Miyata arrived in Japan on Thursday after […]

  • Bangladesh to impose curfew, deploy army as protests widen, communications disrupted
    on July 20, 2024 at 4:38 am

    DHAKA - The Bangladesh government has decided to impose a curfew across the country and deploy the army, BBC Bangla reported on Friday (July 19), citing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's press secretary, amid widening student-led protests against government job quotas. An official decision regarding the curfew would be […]

  • Myanmar's figurehead president suffering severe health problems, adding to uncertainty
    on July 19, 2024 at 8:30 am

    The nominal president of military-ruled Myanmar is suffering from serious illnesses, state media reported on Friday (July 19), in a rare statement on the health of a key junta figure just weeks before an ongoing state of emergency expires. Myint Swe, 73, a former army officer, was vice president under Myanmar's […]

  • Bangladesh TV news off air, communications widely disrupted as student protests spike
    on July 19, 2024 at 8:06 am

    DHAKA — Television news channels in Bangladesh were off the air and telecommunications were widely disrupted on Friday (July 19) amid violent student protests against quotas for government jobs in which nearly two dozen people have been killed this week. There was no immediate word from the government. […]