Bhavan Jaipragas

Hong Kong

Bhavan Jaipragas

Asia Correspondent

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.

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The hunt for Jho Low: is net closing on 1MDB’s billion-dollar whale?

2019 has been tough for the fugitive financier. He’s given up US$1 billion in assets and now his former BFF Najib Razak has thrown him under the bus. Still, he has his freedom … but for how long?

15 Dec 2019 - 12:30PM

2019 has been tough for the fugitive financier. He’s given up US$1 billion in assets and now his former BFF Najib Razak has thrown him under the bus. Still, he has his freedom … but for how long?

The hunt for Jho Low: is net closing on 1MDB’s billion-dollar whale?
Malaysia flags US-China rivalry and jihadist fighters as key threats in first ever defence white paper

Minister Mohamad Sabu unveils document to lawmakers with warning that competition between the US and China is likely to intensify.

2 Dec 2019 - 10:12PM

Minister Mohamad Sabu unveils document to lawmakers with warning that competition between the US and China is likely to intensify.

Malaysia flags US-China rivalry and jihadist fighters as key threats in first ever defence white paper
Facebook urges Singapore government to respect ‘free expression’ as it complies with fake news law

The website attached a notice on a dissident’s post that said it was ‘legally required’ to tell users ‘the Singapore government says this post has false information’.

30 Nov 2019 - 11:16PM

The website attached a notice on a dissident’s post that said it was ‘legally required’ to tell users ‘the Singapore government says this post has false information’.

Facebook urges Singapore government to respect ‘free expression’ as it complies with fake news law
Singapore orders Facebook to comply with fake news law and ‘correct’ dissident’s post

The Lion City demands social media giant correct a post by Australia-based blogger Alex Tan Zhi Xiang on his ‘States Times Review’ page.

29 Nov 2019 - 7:24PM

The Lion City demands social media giant correct a post by Australia-based blogger Alex Tan Zhi Xiang on his ‘States Times Review’ page.

Singapore orders Facebook to comply with fake news law and ‘correct’ dissident’s post
Singapore invokes ‘fake news’ law for first time over politician’s Facebook post

The island state has demanded the opposition’s Brad Bowyer correct a post questioning the independence of state investment firms GIC and Temasek.

25 Nov 2019 - 8:16PM

The island state has demanded the opposition’s Brad Bowyer correct a post questioning the independence of state investment firms GIC and Temasek.

Singapore invokes ‘fake news’ law for first time over politician’s Facebook post
Mahathir and Anwar: a timeline of Malaysian succession and speculation

It has been 18 months since Mahathir led his Pakatan Harapan coalition to election victory, but there is increasing anxiety about the country’s direction – and whether he will hand over power to his putative successor, Anwar Ibrahim.

25 Nov 2019 - 10:26AM

It has been 18 months since Mahathir led his Pakatan Harapan coalition to election victory, but there is increasing anxiety about the country’s direction – and whether he will hand over power to his putative successor, Anwar Ibrahim.

Mahathir and Anwar: a timeline of Malaysian succession and speculation
Malaysia’s KL Summit is ‘first step’ to solving Muslim world’s problems: Mahathir Mohamad

Turkey’s Erdogan, Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Pakistan’s Imran Khan are among the leaders expected to attend the KL Summit next month.

22 Nov 2019 - 2:57AM

Turkey’s Erdogan, Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Pakistan’s Imran Khan are among the leaders expected to attend the KL Summit next month.

Malaysia’s KL Summit is ‘first step’ to solving Muslim world’s problems: Mahathir Mohamad
Sri Lanka’s tilt towards China expected to be ‘low key’ as new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa takes the reins

Incoming leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he will not allow the island nation to be pulled into a proxy contest among the world’s major powers, but analysts foresee a cautious creep towards the pro-China policies of predecessor and brother Mahinda.

19 Nov 2019 - 8:12AM

Incoming leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he will not allow the island nation to be pulled into a proxy contest among the world’s major powers, but analysts foresee a cautious creep towards the pro-China policies of predecessor and brother Mahinda.

Sri Lanka’s tilt towards China expected to be ‘low key’ as new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa takes the reins
Beijing’s South China Sea stance and US ‘truancy’ set to headline Asean defence meeting

Tensions between Vietnam and China have risen over territorial disputes ahead of this weekend’s Asean Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus.

16 Nov 2019 - 4:48AM

Tensions between Vietnam and China have risen over territorial disputes ahead of this weekend’s Asean Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus.

Beijing’s South China Sea stance and US ‘truancy’ set to headline Asean defence meeting
China, Gandhi or RSS? The real reason India snubbed RCEP trade pact

Showman Modi invoked Gandhi as he pulled out of ‘the world’s largest trade deal’. Did he simply forget to mention the trade imbalance with China?

14 Nov 2019 - 1:06PM

Showman Modi invoked Gandhi as he pulled out of ‘the world’s largest trade deal’. Did he simply forget to mention the trade imbalance with China?

China, Gandhi or RSS? The real reason India snubbed RCEP trade pact
China’s in, but, without India, is ‘world’s largest trade pact’, the RCEP, still such a big deal?

Modi’s shock move to abandon the RCEP has fed the cynics. But its fans are loyal, even in the face of research finding its impact on GDPs will be minimal.

9 Nov 2019 - 10:59AM

Modi’s shock move to abandon the RCEP has fed the cynics. But its fans are loyal, even in the face of research finding its impact on GDPs will be minimal.

China’s in, but, without India, is ‘world’s largest trade pact’, the RCEP, still such a big deal?
Seven years on, still no RCEP trade deal, and India pulls out

Hopes were high a regional summit could finally wrap up negotiations on the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. But despite claims of ‘significant progress’, India remains a stumbling block.

4 Nov 2019 - 11:50PM

Hopes were high a regional summit could finally wrap up negotiations on the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. But despite claims of ‘significant progress’, India remains a stumbling block.

Seven years on, still no RCEP trade deal, and India pulls out
US Commerce Secretary pledges ‘deep commitment’ to Asia as Trump invites leaders for summit

Wilbur Ross pointed to record trade and investment figures as a sign of how much Washington values the region, while Trump’s national security adviser invited Asean leaders to a summit with the US President in the first quarter of next year.

4 Nov 2019 - 10:11PM

Wilbur Ross pointed to record trade and investment figures as a sign of how much Washington values the region, while Trump’s national security adviser invited Asean leaders to a summit with the US President in the first quarter of next year.

US Commerce Secretary pledges ‘deep commitment’ to Asia as Trump invites leaders for summit
Malaysia’s Mahathir says talks on world’s biggest trade deal tough with so many parties involved

The veteran leader suggested negotiations on the mammoth 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership were continuing in an inclusive spirit, despite rising talk of disagreements and delays.

3 Nov 2019 - 9:02PM

The veteran leader suggested negotiations on the mammoth 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership were continuing in an inclusive spirit, despite rising talk of disagreements and delays.

Malaysia’s Mahathir says talks on world’s biggest trade deal tough with so many parties involved
Beijing pledges ‘long term peace’ in South China Sea where its Asean neighbours also stake claims

Premier Li Keqiang said China was hopeful of ‘progress’ with a South China Sea code of conduct as he met Asean leaders in Bangkok.

10 Dec 2019 - 4:27PM

Premier Li Keqiang said China was hopeful of ‘progress’ with a South China Sea code of conduct as he met Asean leaders in Bangkok.

Beijing pledges ‘long term peace’ in South China Sea where its Asean neighbours also stake claims
16 Asian countries close in on mammoth trade agreement at Asean summit, but will India be in?

Fears mount that New Delhi could be spurned from Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership after its negotiators issue fresh set of demands amid domestic pressure to protect local industries.

2 Nov 2019 - 10:55PM

Fears mount that New Delhi could be spurned from Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership after its negotiators issue fresh set of demands amid domestic pressure to protect local industries.

16 Asian countries close in on mammoth trade agreement at Asean summit, but will India be in?
India’s wobbling over Asean trade pact set to dominate Thailand summit as Trump’s America dials down its delegation

Eyes are on India as officials send mixed signals at the last minute on commitment to deal with 10-member bloc of Southeast Asian countries.

2 Nov 2019 - 3:57AM

Eyes are on India as officials send mixed signals at the last minute on commitment to deal with 10-member bloc of Southeast Asian countries.

India’s wobbling over Asean trade pact set to dominate Thailand summit as Trump’s America dials down its delegation
1MDB scandal: Jho Low not off the hook despite US$1 billion settlement

The US Justice Department says the fugitive Malaysian financier still faces criminal charges in the US, and it will not tolerate its financial system being used for ill gotten gains.

31 Oct 2019 - 10:13PM

The US Justice Department says the fugitive Malaysian financier still faces criminal charges in the US, and it will not tolerate its financial system being used for ill gotten gains.

1MDB scandal: Jho Low not off the hook despite US$1 billion settlement
Fugitive Malaysian tycoon Jho Low nears US$1 billion settlement with US over 1MDB scandal, reports say

Deal would be biggest recovery of funds under US government’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative and resolve more than dozen forfeiture lawsuits.

31 Oct 2019 - 10:02AM

Deal would be biggest recovery of funds under US government’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative and resolve more than dozen forfeiture lawsuits.

Fugitive Malaysian tycoon Jho Low nears US$1 billion settlement with US over 1MDB scandal, reports say
What does Donald Trump’s East Asia Summit absence mean for China’s regional influence?

Observers believe the president’s absence reflects his disdain for long-distance trips that do not culminate in blockbuster deals, while Southeast Asian nations seek to keep the US engaged to counter China’s increasing strategic assertions.

30 Oct 2019 - 11:26PM

Observers believe the president’s absence reflects his disdain for long-distance trips that do not culminate in blockbuster deals, while Southeast Asian nations seek to keep the US engaged to counter China’s increasing strategic assertions.

What does Donald Trump’s East Asia Summit absence mean for China’s regional influence?
China, US, India ill-prepared for disruptions to global economy: new report

Bloomberg’s New Economy Drivers and Disrupters Report puts the Asian giant at 50th out of 114 economies in terms of preparedness to deal with disruptive forces such as climate change, populism and protectionism.

30 Oct 2019 - 11:07AM

Bloomberg’s New Economy Drivers and Disrupters Report puts the Asian giant at 50th out of 114 economies in terms of preparedness to deal with disruptive forces such as climate change, populism and protectionism.

China, US, India ill-prepared for disruptions to global economy: new report
Singapore’s PM-in-waiting Heng Swee Keat and 4G leaders visit China for high-level talks

Prime minister-designate Heng Swee Keat will co-chair the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation, the highest-level annual forum between Singapore and China.

14 Oct 2019 - 10:17PM

Prime minister-designate Heng Swee Keat will co-chair the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation, the highest-level annual forum between Singapore and China.

Singapore’s PM-in-waiting Heng Swee Keat and 4G leaders visit China for high-level talks
India’s concerns about RCEP remain the major obstacle to world’s largest trade deal

The RCEP involves the 10 Asean countries and the six major economies to have formed free trade pacts with the bloc: China, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

13 Oct 2019 - 9:25PM

The RCEP involves the 10 Asean countries and the six major economies to have formed free trade pacts with the bloc: China, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

India’s concerns about RCEP remain the major obstacle to world’s largest trade deal
In new budget, Malaysia targets Chinese investments as tariff war rages on

Measures to attract investments include a ‘special channel’ for firms from China, and packages to entice Fortune 500 companies, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.

11 Oct 2019 - 10:39PM

Measures to attract investments include a ‘special channel’ for firms from China, and packages to entice Fortune 500 companies, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.

In new budget, Malaysia targets Chinese investments as tariff war rages on
Singapore opposition leaders liable for damages in US$24 million civil suit

Judge rules that Pritam Singh breached ‘duties of skill and care’, while Low Thia Khiang and Sylvia Lim breached ‘fiduciary duties’

11 Oct 2019 - 10:39PM

Judge rules that Pritam Singh breached ‘duties of skill and care’, while Low Thia Khiang and Sylvia Lim breached ‘fiduciary duties’

Singapore opposition leaders liable for damages in US$24 million civil suit
Singapore poets have a few choice words as minister Ong Ye Kung criticises Alfian Sa’at

Singapore’s education minister has hit out at playwright Alfian Sa’at by quoting verse he suggests shows disloyalty.

9 Oct 2019 - 12:25PM

Singapore’s education minister has hit out at playwright Alfian Sa’at by quoting verse he suggests shows disloyalty.

Singapore poets have a few choice words as minister Ong Ye Kung criticises Alfian Sa’at
Malaysia’s Mahathir lauds Huawei deal with telecoms giant Maxis as vital collaboration

Beleaguered Chinese tech giant inks agreement with one of Malaysia’s biggest telecoms firms to supply equipment for 5G cellular technology.

4 Oct 2019 - 2:17PM

Beleaguered Chinese tech giant inks agreement with one of Malaysia’s biggest telecoms firms to supply equipment for 5G cellular technology.

Malaysia’s Mahathir lauds Huawei deal with telecoms giant Maxis as vital collaboration
Top Mahathir adviser to recover US$2 billion from Chinese firm over axed pipelines

Daim Zainuddin will lead talks with a Chinese state-owned firm that received large payments from the previous government, despite little evidence of work done to build two gas pipelines.

3 Oct 2019 - 10:28AM

Daim Zainuddin will lead talks with a Chinese state-owned firm that received large payments from the previous government, despite little evidence of work done to build two gas pipelines.

Top Mahathir adviser to recover US$2 billion from Chinese firm over axed pipelines
As Singapore gears up to fight foreign interference, could political critics be caught in the cross hairs?

Law and home affairs minister K. Shanmugam has indicated the island nation is ready to combat external influence in its domestic politics, but the proposed legislation is ringing alarm bells for critics of the ruling PAP.

29 Sep 2019 - 12:20PM

Law and home affairs minister K. Shanmugam has indicated the island nation is ready to combat external influence in its domestic politics, but the proposed legislation is ringing alarm bells for critics of the ruling PAP.

As Singapore gears up to fight foreign interference, could political critics be caught in the cross hairs?
Top UK lawyer who defeated Boris Johnson’s government advises Singapore PM’s estranged nephew Li Shengwu

Facing contempt charges in the Lion City, the US-based economist has revealed that David Pannick QC is ‘advising’ him in a politically charged case.

26 Sep 2019 - 11:17AM

Facing contempt charges in the Lion City, the US-based economist has revealed that David Pannick QC is ‘advising’ him in a politically charged case.

Top UK lawyer who defeated Boris Johnson’s government advises Singapore PM’s estranged nephew Li Shengwu