Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Photo: Reuters

Brunei’s adoption of hardline sharia laws signals shift to China, turn away from West: observers

  • The country’s implementation of strict sharia laws during a weakening economy signals a shift towards investments from China, observers say
  • As in many other parts of Asia, Chinese companies are investing huge sums in the absolute monarchy, part of an infrastructure drive aimed at extending Beijing’s economic and geopolitical clout
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Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Photo: Reuters
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Hassanal Bolkiah, sultan of Brunei. Photo: EPA

Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

  • Tiny sultanate will implement the harsh new penal code – which also prescribes amputation of a hand and foot for theft – next Wednesday
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Hassanal Bolkiah, sultan of Brunei. Photo: EPA
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