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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Mahathir, Anwar, the king: who are the key players in Malaysia’s political shake-up?

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is interviewing every MP to ascertain which leader has majority support in the 222-member house.

26 Feb 2020 - 2:08PM

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is interviewing every MP to ascertain which leader has majority support in the 222-member house.

Mahathir, Anwar, the king: who are the key players in Malaysia’s political shake-up?
Coronavirus: US outbreak now inevitable, leading American health official warns

‘It is not so much a question of if, but when,’ says Nancy Messonnier of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

26 Feb 2020 - 8:59AM

‘It is not so much a question of if, but when,’ says Nancy Messonnier of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Coronavirus: US outbreak now inevitable, leading American health official warns
As Namaste Trump meets Howdy Modi in India, common threat China looms large

Deepening US-India ties seem almost inevitable, given China’s power projection in the region, but differences exist over trade, Russian weapons and Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist agenda.

23 Feb 2020 - 1:00AM

Deepening US-India ties seem almost inevitable, given China’s power projection in the region, but differences exist over trade, Russian weapons and Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist agenda.

As Namaste Trump meets Howdy Modi in India, common threat China looms large
WHO coronavirus team at ground zero in Wuhan to work out next containment step

Central Chinese city added to international group’s trip as UN health body warns that epidemic could go either way.

22 Feb 2020 - 11:29PM

Central Chinese city added to international group’s trip as UN health body warns that epidemic could go either way.

WHO coronavirus team at ground zero in Wuhan to work out next containment step
Malaysia, China and Vietnam in ‘dangerous, ongoing game of chicken’ in South China Sea

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has detailed a ‘dangerous, ongoing game of chicken’ over energy exploration in the disputed South China Sea, centred on a vessel contracted by Malaysian state energy firm Petronas.

22 Feb 2020 - 10:13PM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has detailed a ‘dangerous, ongoing game of chicken’ over energy exploration in the disputed South China Sea, centred on a vessel contracted by Malaysian state energy firm Petronas.

Malaysia, China and Vietnam in ‘dangerous, ongoing game of chicken’ in South China Sea
Coronavirus: US faces ‘tremendous public health threat’ as imported infections rise; World Health Organisation to start Wuhan inquiry

The number of US infections stands at 34, including 21 ‘repatriated cases’. Separately, the WHO is sending a medical team to Wuhan on Saturday.

22 Feb 2020 - 7:46AM

The number of US infections stands at 34, including 21 ‘repatriated cases’. Separately, the WHO is sending a medical team to Wuhan on Saturday.

Coronavirus: US faces ‘tremendous public health threat’ as imported infections rise; World Health Organisation to start Wuhan inquiry
WHO urges caution as omnibus coronavirus study shows decline in China cases

More than 70,000 confirmed or suspected infections analysed by Chinese scientists in broadest study to date into spread of virus.

18 Feb 2020 - 11:34PM

More than 70,000 confirmed or suspected infections analysed by Chinese scientists in broadest study to date into spread of virus.

WHO urges caution as omnibus coronavirus study shows decline in China cases
Coronavirus: China, Asean foreign ministers to hold emergency meeting

It will be the first major multilateral meeting seeking to coordinate a response to a crisis that public health experts say could drag on for months.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:03PM

It will be the first major multilateral meeting seeking to coordinate a response to a crisis that public health experts say could drag on for months.

Coronavirus: China, Asean foreign ministers to hold emergency meeting
Coronavirus: US will test people with flu symptoms, in expansion of government response

Testing will initially be carried out by labs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York, but more sites are planned, CDC says.

15 Feb 2020 - 7:36AM

Testing will initially be carried out by labs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York, but more sites are planned, CDC says.

Coronavirus: US will test people with flu symptoms, in expansion of government response
Coronavirus: US announces 15th confirmed case, as Wuhan evacuee in Texas tests positive

The patient had been flown from mainland China to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

14 Feb 2020 - 3:32AM

The patient had been flown from mainland China to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Coronavirus: US announces 15th confirmed case, as Wuhan evacuee in Texas tests positive
Coronavirus: US health officials defend strict travel ban amid criticism

Restrictions bought the US vital time to ‘prepare for the potential of us having a worse pandemic’.

13 Feb 2020 - 2:21PM

Restrictions bought the US vital time to ‘prepare for the potential of us having a worse pandemic’.

Coronavirus: US health officials defend strict travel ban amid criticism
Coronavirus: WHO still urges quarantine and other ‘containment measures’ despite rising doubts

‘Our objective remains containment,’ says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organisation director general.

13 Feb 2020 - 6:59PM

‘Our objective remains containment,’ says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organisation director general.

Coronavirus: WHO still urges quarantine and other ‘containment measures’ despite rising doubts
Coronavirus: US reiterates call for Beijing to allow CDC experts in; Pompeo offers US$100 million in aid

Health and Human Services Secretary says he ‘expects fully’ that Xi Jinping will allow US experts in, while Pompeo says US$100 million is earmarked for China and other countries fighting contagion.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:34PM

Health and Human Services Secretary says he ‘expects fully’ that Xi Jinping will allow US experts in, while Pompeo says US$100 million is earmarked for China and other countries fighting contagion.

Coronavirus: US reiterates call for Beijing to allow CDC experts in; Pompeo offers US$100 million in aid
Coronavirus: Chinese data shows 82 per cent of cases are deemed mild, WHO says

Top US public health officials says he has ‘a lot of confidence’ in the data being provided by Chinese authorities.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:33PM

Top US public health officials says he has ‘a lot of confidence’ in the data being provided by Chinese authorities.

Coronavirus: Chinese data shows 82 per cent of cases are deemed mild, WHO says
Coronavirus: World Health Organisation plays down dip in daily infection rate, saying it might not mean outbreak has peaked

It is ‘too early to predict’ whether the outbreak is peaking, based on just one data point, says Michael Ryan, head of health emergencies programme. ‘We are still in the middle of an intense outbreak and we need to be very careful about making any predictions.’

14 Feb 2020 - 5:44PM

It is ‘too early to predict’ whether the outbreak is peaking, based on just one data point, says Michael Ryan, head of health emergencies programme. ‘We are still in the middle of an intense outbreak and we need to be very careful about making any predictions.’

Coronavirus: World Health Organisation plays down dip in daily infection rate, saying it might not mean outbreak has peaked
Coronavirus: WHO chief again deflects criticism of China and seeks US$675 million in aid for developing nations

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said China should only be criticised for its handling of the coronavirus emergency if a review justifies it. He appealed to member countries to contribute US$675 million in support of nations with weak health care systems.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:52PM

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said China should only be criticised for its handling of the coronavirus emergency if a review justifies it. He appealed to member countries to contribute US$675 million in support of nations with weak health care systems.

Coronavirus: WHO chief again deflects criticism of China and seeks US$675 million in aid for developing nations
Coronavirus: Wuhan to US military base airlift underway; passengers quarantined on arrival

Four flights over two days will arrive at bases in California, Texas and Nebraska, US public health agency says.

6 Feb 2020 - 4:38AM

Four flights over two days will arrive at bases in California, Texas and Nebraska, US public health agency says.

Coronavirus: Wuhan to US military base airlift underway; passengers quarantined on arrival
Coronavirus: Bans on travellers from the mainland a risky ‘overreaction’, China’s UN envoy in Geneva tells WHO

‘Isolation is not beneficial to international collaboration and may interfere with prevention and control efforts,’ Chen Xu says, echoing World Health Organisation Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:06PM

‘Isolation is not beneficial to international collaboration and may interfere with prevention and control efforts,’ Chen Xu says, echoing World Health Organisation Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Coronavirus: Bans on travellers from the mainland a risky ‘overreaction’, China’s UN envoy in Geneva tells WHO
Coronavirus: US says Beijing will allow its health experts into China to help combat outbreak

American public health agency also says US actions are ‘science based’ and aren’t an overreaction to the contagion.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:10PM

American public health agency also says US actions are ‘science based’ and aren’t an overreaction to the contagion.

Coronavirus: US says Beijing will allow its health experts into China to help combat outbreak
Coronavirus: US bars entry to foreigners travelling from mainland China, declares public health emergency

Foreign nationals arriving in the US from mainland China will be denied entry starting Sunday, and US citizens who have been in Hubei province will be quarantined for two weeks.

1 Feb 2020 - 11:12PM

Foreign nationals arriving in the US from mainland China will be denied entry starting Sunday, and US citizens who have been in Hubei province will be quarantined for two weeks.

Coronavirus: US bars entry to foreigners travelling from mainland China, declares public health emergency
China coronavirus: US reports first case of person-to-person transmission, while France announces its sixth confirmed infection

US patient had not been to China, but is married to Chicago woman who got sick after returning from trip to Wuhan. Case is sixth reported in the country.

15 Feb 2020 - 6:10PM

US patient had not been to China, but is married to Chicago woman who got sick after returning from trip to Wuhan. Case is sixth reported in the country.

China coronavirus: US reports first case of person-to-person transmission, while France announces its sixth confirmed infection
China coronavirus: 195 evacuated Americans healthy but are being isolated voluntarily in California, US says

‘They want to make sure that they are protecting themselves and their communities,’ US health official says.

15 Feb 2020 - 7:08PM

‘They want to make sure that they are protecting themselves and their communities,’ US health official says.

China coronavirus: 195 evacuated Americans healthy but are being isolated voluntarily in California, US says
China coronavirus: patients are infecting two or three other people, research estimates

Transmission rates are considered a moving target because of gaps in information, and the number can change quickly based on quarantines and public awareness.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:09PM

Transmission rates are considered a moving target because of gaps in information, and the number can change quickly based on quarantines and public awareness.

China coronavirus: patients are infecting two or three other people, research estimates
Doctors warn China coronavirus carriers may show no symptoms of illness

CAT scan revealed signs of pneumonia on 10-year-old Shenzhen boy’s lungs even though he had no outward signs of infection.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:18PM

CAT scan revealed signs of pneumonia on 10-year-old Shenzhen boy’s lungs even though he had no outward signs of infection.

Doctors warn China coronavirus carriers may show no symptoms of illness
Mahathir, set a retirement date or we’ll do it for you: Anwar ally Rafizi on Malaysia’s power transition

A smooth transition of power is needed if Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan government is to stay in office, says one of the men behind the former rivals’ succession pact.

9 Jan 2020 - 8:25PM

A smooth transition of power is needed if Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan government is to stay in office, says one of the men behind the former rivals’ succession pact.

Mahathir, set a retirement date or we’ll do it for you: Anwar ally Rafizi on Malaysia’s power transition
In New Year message, Singapore PM Lee allays globalisation fears as election looms

Lee invoked Hong Kong, Chile and France as societies that are ‘under stress’ due to a loss of faith in economic and political systems.

1 Jan 2020 - 4:33PM

Lee invoked Hong Kong, Chile and France as societies that are ‘under stress’ due to a loss of faith in economic and political systems.

In New Year message, Singapore PM Lee allays globalisation fears as election looms
Malaysia’s Mahathir hits foreign policy speed bump after controversial Kuala Lumpur Summit

The event managed to upset Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the prime minister of India, but not all of the premier’s diplomatic efforts this year have been so divisive.

31 Dec 2019 - 8:55AM

The event managed to upset Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the prime minister of India, but not all of the premier’s diplomatic efforts this year have been so divisive.

Malaysia’s Mahathir hits foreign policy speed bump after controversial Kuala Lumpur Summit
Malaysian court bans Chinese-education lobby group’s protest against ‘Islamisation’ of schools

The protest by the Dong Jiao Zong group was against the plan to teach the Arabic script khat in vernacular schools, which had roused ethnic tensions in the multiracial country.

28 Dec 2019 - 1:35AM

The protest by the Dong Jiao Zong group was against the plan to teach the Arabic script khat in vernacular schools, which had roused ethnic tensions in the multiracial country.

Malaysian court bans Chinese-education lobby group’s protest against ‘Islamisation’ of schools
Malaysian ministers’ perks under scrutiny as Mahathir delays cuts to civil service cash allowance

Malaysia’s government came under fire after a decision to cut allowances for newly hired civil servants, as it emerged cabinet ministers receive cash perks amounting to US$6,000 a month, plus first class flights as part of a holiday allowance.

27 Dec 2019 - 8:33PM

Malaysia’s government came under fire after a decision to cut allowances for newly hired civil servants, as it emerged cabinet ministers receive cash perks amounting to US$6,000 a month, plus first class flights as part of a holiday allowance.

Malaysian ministers’ perks under scrutiny as Mahathir delays cuts to civil service cash allowance
Malaysia scraps civil service cash allowance, prompting backlash

Tens of thousands have signed a petition calling on the government of Mahathir Mohamad to reverse its decision, which will reduce the take home pay of newly hired nurses, doctors and others by as much as 15 per cent.

26 Dec 2019 - 9:52PM

Tens of thousands have signed a petition calling on the government of Mahathir Mohamad to reverse its decision, which will reduce the take home pay of newly hired nurses, doctors and others by as much as 15 per cent.

Malaysia scraps civil service cash allowance, prompting backlash