Politics

In Myanmar, faiths and ethnic groups unite to defy junta

In a country in dire need of a shared dream, unprecedented unity across most ethnicities is emerging.

6 Mar 2021 - 1:22PM
Why a highlight of Two Sessions could be a double-edged sword for Asean

Asean members stand to benefit as Beijing secures its supply chains. But amid the US-China competition smaller countries risk getting ‘trapped’ in China’s orbit.

6 Mar 2021 - 9:04AM
Australia’s SBS suspends Chinese state media content after rights complaint

The decision was made after rights group Safeguard Defenders expressed its concern over the Chinese channels’ history of airing allegedly forced confessions.

5 Mar 2021 - 6:23PM
Will BrahMos missiles give Manila an edge in South China Sea?

Analysts say Manila’s planned acquisition of the world’s fastest supersonic missiles will boost its ability to defend its coastal areas.

5 Mar 2021 - 9:58AM
As Myanmar death toll rises, can a sterner Singapore make a difference?

Foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan’s tougher language on the killings has earned plaudits, though rights groups point out the island nation still has ties to the junta.

4 Mar 2021 - 7:51PM
Singapore police investigate MP over alleged illegal public assembly

Louis Ng of the People’s Action Party visited a hawker centre last June and posted photographs of himself holding a placard that read ‘support them’.

3 Mar 2021 - 6:58PM
Pakistan’s belt and road offer to Sri Lanka stokes India’s China concerns

Pakistani leader Imran Khan’s trip to Colombo – and his offer of a role in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – has caused some alarm in New Delhi.

3 Mar 2021 - 12:38PM
Wary of China, Japan is training diplomats who can lead world bodies

Tokyo has undertaken the initiative amid fears it is being overtaken by Beijing and Seoul, whose citizens have been considered for top UN and World Trade Organization roles.

3 Mar 2021 - 8:02AM
Chinese-Australians feel they belong, but discrimination a factor: survey

Close to four in 10 say they have been treated ‘differently or less favourably’ due to their heritage, while some in the community have criticised the survey’s approach.

5 Mar 2021 - 10:43AM
Australian media made ‘panda hugging’ a sin: Chinese diplomat

‘It used to be a word of appreciation but now it carries derogatory meanings. It seems that being friendly to China has become a sin and mistake in Australia.’

3 Mar 2021 - 10:08AM
Myanmar military urged not to ‘invite’ foreign intervention

Malaysia and other Asean states have urged Myanmar to return to the negotiating table, rather than escalate the situation.

2 Mar 2021 - 11:23PM
Is China behind mystery Kashmir ceasefire between India and Pakistan?

‘The real question is why did India agree to this now?’

2 Mar 2021 - 10:52AM
Can Asean, the US or China help as Myanmar’s protesters and military dig in?

Analysts say the international community has to coordinate their response to the coup and put pressure on the junta, while regional efforts are also seen as vital, particularly from the likes of India or Japan.

1 Mar 2021 - 10:45PM
Scepticism over Sinovac jab as Philippines’ vaccination drive begins

Workers at Philippine General Hospital among first to receive jab, but physicians’ group says 95 per cent are opposed to it.

1 Mar 2021 - 8:36PM
Asean foreign ministers to meet Myanmar military on Tuesday, Singapore confirms

Top diplomat Vivian Balakrishnan says the 10-member bloc can still play a role in facilitating ‘a return to normalcy and stability in Myanmar’.

1 Mar 2021 - 6:51PM