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Sanctions drive Iranian students away from US, UK and towards Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines

Top US and British universities are losing favour with ambitious young Iranians as Washington’s increasingly hostile ties with Tehran push them towards Asia.

15 Jun 2019 - 2:54PM

Top US and British universities are losing favour with ambitious young Iranians as Washington’s increasingly hostile ties with Tehran push them towards Asia.

Sanctions drive Iranian students away from US, UK  and towards Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines
Oil tanker attacks: did Iran’s ties with China just go up in smoke?

Washington has blamed Tehran for an attack on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, putting pressure on Iran’s allies like China. Beijing usually backs its trade partner, but its trade war with the US may have changed the equation.

16 Jun 2019 - 10:44AM

Washington has blamed Tehran for an attack on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, putting pressure on Iran’s allies like China. Beijing usually backs its trade partner, but its trade war with the US may have changed the equation.

Oil tanker attacks: did Iran’s ties with China just go up in smoke?
Amid US-China trade war, could EU be next to join the CPTPP?

To hedge against future disruptions, the 11-nation trade bloc known as CPTPP could join forces with the EU, suggest regional experts in an Asia Society paper.

7 Jun 2019 - 10:15PM

To hedge against future disruptions, the 11-nation trade bloc known as CPTPP could join forces with the EU, suggest regional experts in an Asia Society paper.

Amid US-China trade war, could EU be next to join the CPTPP?
US-China battle for influence prompts Donald Trump to welcome leaders of South Pacific island nations to the White House

The presidents of Palau, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia are making the historic visit as the US tries to shore up its power base in the Indo-Pacific. Experts say Beijing’s growing economic ties with those states have Washington worried.

22 May 2019 - 2:58PM

The presidents of Palau, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia are making the historic visit as the US tries to shore up its power base in the Indo-Pacific. Experts say Beijing’s growing economic ties with those states have Washington worried.

US-China battle for influence prompts Donald Trump to welcome leaders of South Pacific island nations to the White House
Australian election: was the Labor Party’s loss a setback for China’s interests?

Even though Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stayed in power, experts say US-China tensions mean Canberra will soon have to decide between its strategic ally and its largest economic partner.

21 May 2019 - 4:12PM

Even though Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stayed in power, experts say US-China tensions mean Canberra will soon have to decide between its strategic ally and its largest economic partner.

Australian election: was the Labor Party’s loss a setback for China’s interests?
Trump’s Huawei ‘ban’ gives Asian tech firms 70 billion reasons to worry

The move has sent suppliers scrambling to see how they will be affected, particularly those who rely on Huawei as their main customer. More than half of its core suppliers are from Asia, and many see their shares tumble.

21 May 2019 - 3:45PM

The move has sent suppliers scrambling to see how they will be affected, particularly those who rely on Huawei as their main customer. More than half of its core suppliers are from Asia, and many see their shares tumble.

Trump’s Huawei ‘ban’ gives Asian tech firms 70 billion reasons to worry
The spoils of trade war: Asia’s winners and losers in US-China clash

Tiger economies like Hong Kong will feel the bite from Trump’s trade war with China, but Asia’s low-cost manufacturers stand to gain. Still, it’s a fleeting victory – in the long term, everyone’s a loser.

19 May 2019 - 2:31AM

Tiger economies like Hong Kong will feel the bite from Trump’s trade war with China, but Asia’s low-cost manufacturers stand to gain. Still, it’s a fleeting victory – in the long term, everyone’s a loser.

The spoils of trade war: Asia’s winners and losers in US-China clash
The Chinese-Australian community’s votes are a hot ticket, so why are politicians keeping them at arm’s length?

The growing number of ethnic Chinese voters means Australia’s Labor and Liberal parties are courting them actively but cautiously, for fear of being labelled as pro-Beijing.

17 May 2019 - 9:11AM

The growing number of ethnic Chinese voters means Australia’s Labor and Liberal parties are courting them actively but cautiously, for fear of being labelled as pro-Beijing.

The Chinese-Australian community’s votes are a hot ticket, so why are politicians keeping them at arm’s length?
Fears of China and WeChat as Australia heads to the polls

As Australia goes to the polls and the two main political parties woo the growing group of ethnic Chinese voters, concerns are growing over Beijing’s influence on local Chinese-language media.

16 May 2019 - 3:53PM

As Australia goes to the polls and the two main political parties woo the growing group of ethnic Chinese voters, concerns are growing over Beijing’s influence on local Chinese-language media.

Fears of China and WeChat as Australia heads to the polls
Can China become the wine world’s next California?

The US state took 40 years to become one of the world’s great wine regions. China wants to do it in 10.

13 May 2019 - 11:47AM

The US state took 40 years to become one of the world’s great wine regions. China wants to do it in 10.

Can China become the wine world’s next California?
Regional investors bet big on China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s first bond. Can it deliver?

International development bank’s US$2.5 billion inaugural bond helps secure place among global financial institutions, but critics remain sceptical AIIB can achieve real results.

11 May 2019 - 6:25AM

International development bank’s US$2.5 billion inaugural bond helps secure place among global financial institutions, but critics remain sceptical AIIB can achieve real results.

Regional investors bet big on China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s first bond. Can it deliver?
China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank raises US$2.5 billion from bond sale in London

British capital, US dollar ‘made sense’ for first issue, but lender will consider local currency issuances elsewhere in the world in the future, president says.

11 May 2019 - 3:16AM

British capital, US dollar ‘made sense’ for first issue, but lender will consider local currency issuances elsewhere in the world in the future, president says.

China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank raises US$2.5 billion from bond sale in London
Snapshots of Ramadan across Asia reveal changing lives of Muslims

From Hong Kong to Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Muslims in the region have begun the holy month of fasting from dawn till dusk, with communal bonds and traditions binding their communities amid changing societies.

10 May 2019 - 6:42PM

From Hong Kong to Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Muslims in the region have begun the holy month of fasting from dawn till dusk, with communal bonds and traditions binding their communities amid changing societies.

Snapshots of Ramadan across Asia reveal changing lives of Muslims
Jakarta is bursting at the seams. So where should the new capital be, Jokowi asks Indonesians on social media

President Joko Widodo has revived a decades-old discussion about relocating the nation’s administrative heart from overcrowded, polluted Jakarta. It’s a possible though lengthy and expensive endeavour, experts say.

1 May 2019 - 10:23AM

President Joko Widodo has revived a decades-old discussion about relocating the nation’s administrative heart from overcrowded, polluted Jakarta. It’s a possible though lengthy and expensive endeavour, experts say.

Jakarta is bursting at the seams. So where should the new capital be, Jokowi asks Indonesians on social media
US threat to rethink sharing information with nations using Huawei has implications for Thailand and Philippines

Cybersecurity official Robert Strayer says Washington would consider the insertion of such an ‘untrustworthy vendor’ into another country’s network – including those in Southeast Asia – as a security risk.

30 Apr 2019 - 9:52AM

Cybersecurity official Robert Strayer says Washington would consider the insertion of such an ‘untrustworthy vendor’ into another country’s network – including those in Southeast Asia – as a security risk.

US threat to rethink sharing information with nations using Huawei has implications for Thailand and Philippines
Huawei ban: Australia becomes increasingly isolated among Five Eyes partners if UK includes Chinese firm in 5G network

Australian election is scheduled for May 18, creating an opening for Beijing to lobby new government to abandon hardline policy.

26 Apr 2019 - 9:59PM

Australian election is scheduled for May 18, creating an opening for Beijing to lobby new government to abandon hardline policy.

Huawei ban: Australia becomes increasingly isolated among Five Eyes partners if UK includes Chinese firm in 5G network
Business leaders across Asia like Beijing’s belt and road vision. But China’s rising influence is giving some the jitters

The country’s influence is only expected to expand, despite earlier predictions that it would be overtaken by India, according to two new surveys.

24 Apr 2019 - 12:14PM

The country’s influence is only expected to expand, despite earlier predictions that it would be overtaken by India, according to two new surveys.

Business leaders across Asia like Beijing’s belt and road vision. But China’s rising influence is giving some the jitters
Who’s afraid of Huawei? Where Asia stands on China’s 5G tech giant

A whole host of Asian nations have embraced the Chinese tech giant, but there are still a few outliers that have looked to hedge their bets.

20 Apr 2019 - 2:36PM

A whole host of Asian nations have embraced the Chinese tech giant, but there are still a few outliers that have looked to hedge their bets.

Who’s afraid of Huawei? Where Asia stands on China’s 5G tech giant
My way or the Huawei: how US ultimatum over China’s 5G giant fell flat in Southeast Asia

5G technology is coming to Southeast Asia, and the odds are Huawei’s technology will be driving it. That’s despite the US trying to poison the well against its Chinese competitor. So why is no-one listening to Uncle Sam?

29 May 2019 - 1:53PM

5G technology is coming to Southeast Asia, and the odds are Huawei’s technology will be driving it. That’s despite the US trying to poison the well against its Chinese competitor. So why is no-one listening to Uncle Sam?

My way or the Huawei: how US ultimatum over China’s 5G giant fell flat in Southeast Asia
Indonesia’s chocolate dream: sustainable cocoa farming

Asia’s biggest producer of cocoa beans is looking to diversify and make more top-quality beans. But a decline in crop quantity and quality threatens the industry.

26 Apr 2019 - 6:51PM

Asia’s biggest producer of cocoa beans is looking to diversify and make more top-quality beans. But a decline in crop quantity and quality threatens the industry.

Indonesia’s chocolate dream: sustainable cocoa farming
By land, air, sea or elephant: 1 billion people across India, Indonesia and Australia prepare to vote by any means

Indonesia is made up entirely of islands, India has 1 million voting stations to disperse and Australia has to reach extremely remote communities. But officials in all three have a plan to include everyone in the democratic process.

12 Apr 2019 - 8:00AM

Indonesia is made up entirely of islands, India has 1 million voting stations to disperse and Australia has to reach extremely remote communities. But officials in all three have a plan to include everyone in the democratic process.

By land, air, sea or elephant: 1 billion people across India, Indonesia and Australia prepare to vote by any means
Asia Briefing: Elections in Thailand and Indonesia, and the resurgence of measles in Southeast Asia

Analysing the recent Thai election result, assessing the players and politics driving the Indonesian election, and a look at the Southeast Asian factors behind the recent measles outbreak

10 Apr 2019 - 9:22AM

Analysing the recent Thai election result, assessing the players and politics driving the Indonesian election, and a look at the Southeast Asian factors behind the recent measles outbreak

Asia Briefing: Elections in Thailand and Indonesia, and the resurgence of measles in Southeast Asia
‘Asia loves jackfruit’: Britain's Guardian newspaper told to stop maligning ‘silky-sweet’ delicacy

Asian social media users have been up in arms over a British columnist’s hot take on the much beloved tropical fruit.

6 Apr 2019 - 4:38AM

Asian social media users have been up in arms over a British columnist’s hot take on the much beloved tropical fruit.

‘Asia loves jackfruit’: Britain's Guardian newspaper told to stop maligning ‘silky-sweet’ delicacy
Measles cases spike in Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines as anti-vaxxers take to social media

The Philippines and Indonesia have had the world’s second- and third- highest rates of measles, behind India, for the past two years. Mistrust, fraud, religious and ethical concerns are fuelling anti-vaccine sentiment.

1 Apr 2019 - 11:05AM

The Philippines and Indonesia have had the world’s second- and third- highest rates of measles, behind India, for the past two years. Mistrust, fraud, religious and ethical concerns are fuelling anti-vaccine sentiment.

Measles cases spike in Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines as anti-vaxxers take to social media
In Philippines, support mounts for South China Sea ‘crimes against humanity’ case against Xi Jinping

More than 25,000 people have signed a statement of support for two former officials who claim China’s artificial island building has blocked 320,000 Filipinos from their fishing grounds. But Beijing has no plans to respond

27 Mar 2019 - 10:54AM

More than 25,000 people have signed a statement of support for two former officials who claim China’s artificial island building has blocked 320,000 Filipinos from their fishing grounds. But Beijing has no plans to respond

In Philippines, support mounts for South China Sea ‘crimes against humanity’ case against Xi Jinping
Armed with lessons from Theranos fraud, whistleblower Erika Cheung takes aim at Hong Kong’s start-up scene

Five years after exposing the flaws in the famous Silicon Valley fraud’s main product, Erika Cheung wants to revolutionise Hong Kong’s start-up scene – and ensure entrepreneurs keep a strong sense of ethics.

27 Mar 2019 - 8:14AM

Five years after exposing the flaws in the famous Silicon Valley fraud’s main product, Erika Cheung wants to revolutionise Hong Kong’s start-up scene – and ensure entrepreneurs keep a strong sense of ethics.

Armed with lessons from Theranos fraud, whistleblower Erika Cheung takes aim at Hong Kong’s start-up scene
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing amid tensions over Huawei

A discussion on upgrades to the free trade agreement is on the agenda in Jacinda Ardern’s first trip to China since taking office in 2017.

25 Mar 2019 - 11:39PM

A discussion on upgrades to the free trade agreement is on the agenda in Jacinda Ardern’s first trip to China since taking office in 2017.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing amid tensions over Huawei
Hong Kong or Singapore: who to trust on China’s belt and road disputes?

As the two cities vie to be the destination of choice for settling legal disputes over Xi Jinping’s signature project they face an uneasy task: keeping China comfortable while assuring foreign parties they won’t be unduly influenced

25 Mar 2019 - 11:51AM

As the two cities vie to be the destination of choice for settling legal disputes over Xi Jinping’s signature project they face an uneasy task: keeping China comfortable while assuring foreign parties they won’t be unduly influenced

Hong Kong or Singapore: who to trust on China’s belt and road disputes?
US ‘keen’ for Thailand to return to elected government, top diplomat says

W. Patrick Murphy says democracy has served Thais well and the US is hopeful the March 24 poll will produce such results, amid expectations civilian rule will help normalise bilateral ties, which chilled after the junta seized power in 2014.

22 Mar 2019 - 10:44PM

W. Patrick Murphy says democracy has served Thais well and the US is hopeful the March 24 poll will produce such results, amid expectations civilian rule will help normalise bilateral ties, which chilled after the junta seized power in 2014.

US ‘keen’ for Thailand to return to elected government, top diplomat says
Thailand’s princess Ubolratana attends wedding of Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter in Hong Kong

The princess, whose bid to run as a prime ministerial candidate was vetoed by her brother the king last month, was greeted by the Shinawatra family as she entered the Rosewood Hotel.

22 Mar 2019 - 11:48PM

The princess, whose bid to run as a prime ministerial candidate was vetoed by her brother the king last month, was greeted by the Shinawatra family as she entered the Rosewood Hotel.

Thailand’s princess Ubolratana attends wedding of Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter in Hong Kong