Indonesians use their smartphones during their commute. Internet users in the country have been stunned by a growing number of online beggars taking advantage of the gift-giving features on TikTok. Photo: Shutterstock
Indonesia

Indonesia’s ‘TikTok beggars’ spark concerns of exploitation

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Modern TikTok beggars, mostly elderly women, have taken to pouring dirty river water over themselves on demand, in exchange for virtual gifts.

Indonesians use their smartphones during their commute. Internet users in the country have been stunned by a growing number of online beggars taking advantage of the gift-giving features on TikTok. Photo: Shutterstock

Indonesia’s ‘TikTok beggars’ spark concerns of exploitation

Modern TikTok beggars, mostly elderly women, have taken to pouring dirty river water over themselves on demand, in exchange for virtual gifts.

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Japan downgrades Covid risk, but will social ‘pressure’ to wear masks fade?

Japan will downgrade Covid-19, putting it in the same category as seasonal flu from May 8, the same day it scraps requirements to wear masks in crowded places.

3 hours ago

Stock wipeout knocks Asia’s richest man Adani out of world’s top 10 wealthiest

Gautam Adani was the fourth richest person in the world last week, but is now 11th. And the losses in Indian markets have spilled over to his fellow billionaires.

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Japan will soon scrap mask requirements in crowded places. Photo: AP/File

Japan downgrades Covid risk, but will social ‘pressure’ to wear masks fade?

Japan will downgrade Covid-19, putting it in the same category as seasonal flu from May 8, the same day it scraps requirements to wear masks in crowded places.

3 hours ago
India

Stock wipeout knocks Asia’s richest man Adani out of world’s top 10 wealthiest

Gautam Adani was the fourth richest person in the world last week, but is now 11th. And the losses in Indian markets have spilled over to his fellow billionaires.

Gautam Adani was the fourth richest person in the world last week, but is now 11th. And the losses in Indian markets have spilled over to his fellow billionaires.

4 hours ago
South Korea

South Korea eyes early lifting of visa curbs on China arrivals

The government said it could consider removing the restriction on short-term visas for travellers from China before February-end if Covid cases in China is manageable.

The government said it could consider removing the restriction on short-term visas for travellers from China before February-end if Covid cases in China is manageable.

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‘There’s no shortage’: is hoarding the cause of Philippines soaring food prices?

With salt, sugar and now onions in short supply, the government and lawmakers blame greedy traders for hoarding food to create artificial shortages that allows them to jack up prices.

31 Jan 2023 - 11:02AM
‘There’s no shortage’: is hoarding the cause of Philippines soaring food prices?

Genocide charge aside, Myanmar gets a seat at US co-chaired Asean defence meet

Myanmar’s military has been invited to take part in a working group co-chaired by the US and Thailand – despite Washington last year declaring it had committed genocide.

31 Jan 2023 - 12:31PM
Genocide charge aside, Myanmar gets a seat at US co-chaired Asean defence meet

South Korea eyes early lifting of visa curbs on China arrivals

The government said it could consider removing the restriction on short-term visas for travellers from China before February-end if Covid cases in China is manageable.

3 hours ago

‘There’s no shortage’: is hoarding the cause of Philippines soaring food prices?

With salt, sugar and now onions in short supply, the government and lawmakers blame greedy traders for hoarding food to create artificial shortages that allows them to jack up prices.

31 Jan 2023 - 11:02AM

Genocide charge aside, Myanmar gets a seat at US co-chaired Asean defence meet

Myanmar’s military has been invited to take part in a working group co-chaired by the US and Thailand – despite Washington last year declaring it had committed genocide.

31 Jan 2023 - 12:31PM
Economics
People walk underneath lanterns in the Chinatown section of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on January 15, 2023, ahead of the Lunar New Year. Photo: AFP

Asia celebrates first post-Covid Lunar New Year amid inflation woes

Covid-19 remains a concern for some, even as many people spare no expense to celebrate while others mull cost-cutting measures for festivities.

21 Jan 2023 - 1:33PM

Can Malaysia afford to ban all palm oil exports to the EU?

European buyers are ‘terribly important’ to the industry and can’t be easily replaced, observers say, as Malaysia calls on Indonesia to join its proposed boycott.

European buyers are ‘terribly important’ to the industry and can’t be easily replaced, observers say, as Malaysia calls on Indonesia to join its proposed boycott.

19 Jan 2023 - 5:30PM

Both China and the UK want in, so why is the US reluctant to join the CPTPP?

A ‘weak’ Joe Biden doesn’t have the political capital to force through what would essentially be a reversal of a Trump-era decision to abandon the trade pact, analysts say, as the focus shifts to China’s application for membership instead.

A ‘weak’ Joe Biden doesn’t have the political capital to force through what would essentially be a reversal of a Trump-era decision to abandon the trade pact, analysts say, as the focus shifts to China’s application for membership instead.

19 Jan 2023 - 2:02AM

Will Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki’s electric push be too little, too late?

India’s top carmaker says it’s optimistic about demand for electric vehicles as the government aims for 30 per cent of auto sales to be EVs by 2030. But the company faces stiff competition from rivals such as China’s MG Motors.

India’s top carmaker says it’s optimistic about demand for electric vehicles as the government aims for 30 per cent of auto sales to be EVs by 2030. But the company faces stiff competition from rivals such as China’s MG Motors.

24 Jan 2023 - 1:23PM
Economics
People walk underneath lanterns in the Chinatown section of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on January 15, 2023, ahead of the Lunar New Year. Photo: AFP

Asia celebrates first post-Covid Lunar New Year amid inflation woes

Covid-19 remains a concern for some, even as many people spare no expense to celebrate while others mull cost-cutting measures for festivities.

21 Jan 2023 - 1:33PM

Can Malaysia afford to ban all palm oil exports to the EU?

European buyers are ‘terribly important’ to the industry and can’t be easily replaced, observers say, as Malaysia calls on Indonesia to join its proposed boycott.

European buyers are ‘terribly important’ to the industry and can’t be easily replaced, observers say, as Malaysia calls on Indonesia to join its proposed boycott.

19 Jan 2023 - 5:30PM

Both China and the UK want in, so why is the US reluctant to join the CPTPP?

A ‘weak’ Joe Biden doesn’t have the political capital to force through what would essentially be a reversal of a Trump-era decision to abandon the trade pact, analysts say, as the focus shifts to China’s application for membership instead.

A ‘weak’ Joe Biden doesn’t have the political capital to force through what would essentially be a reversal of a Trump-era decision to abandon the trade pact, analysts say, as the focus shifts to China’s application for membership instead.

19 Jan 2023 - 2:02AM

Will Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki’s electric push be too little, too late?

India’s top carmaker says it’s optimistic about demand for electric vehicles as the government aims for 30 per cent of auto sales to be EVs by 2030. But the company faces stiff competition from rivals such as China’s MG Motors.

India’s top carmaker says it’s optimistic about demand for electric vehicles as the government aims for 30 per cent of auto sales to be EVs by 2030. But the company faces stiff competition from rivals such as China’s MG Motors.

24 Jan 2023 - 1:23PM
Asia | OPINION
From the left, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as they arrive for the Quad leaders’ summit at Kantei Palace in Tokyo on May 24, 2022. Photo: AP

Opinion | As Australia repairs its ties with China, what of the Quad?

Beijing’s economic coercion drove Australia to seek alliance in earnest with the US, Japan and India to counter the ‘China threat’. Now with the China-Australia trade relationship improving by the day, questions will be raised about Canberra’s commitment to Quad objectives.

29 Jan 2023 - 1:00AM

Asian Angle | As Asean chair, Indonesia must proactively manage ties between US and China

Indonesia’s success as Asean chair will be assessed partly based on how it manages the strategic implications of the US-China competition on Southeast Asia.

Indonesia’s success as Asean chair will be assessed partly based on how it manages the strategic implications of the US-China competition on Southeast Asia.

28 Jan 2023 - 9:00AM
As Asean chair, Indonesia must proactively manage ties between US and China

As I see it | Lunar New Year traditions in Singapore aren’t disappearing, they’re evolving

Many Singaporeans are shunning traditional Lunar New Year’s customs like visiting family, and are instead choosing to travel to ‘escape’ seeing some relatives.

Many Singaporeans are shunning traditional Lunar New Year’s customs like visiting family, and are instead choosing to travel to ‘escape’ seeing some relatives.

27 Jan 2023 - 10:34AM
Lunar New Year traditions in Singapore aren’t disappearing, they’re evolving

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