Politics

#MilkTeaAlliance springs to life as Thai protesters march on Prayuth’s home

Ahead of the rally, memes, graphics and symbols of the #MilkTeaAlliance bounced across social media in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Myanmar and India.

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Chinese dams, pollution give Vietnamese the Mekong Delta blues

Local communities fear diminished prospects as the country’s agricultural powerhouse loses steam amid China’s upstream energy ventures.

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Why do Indonesians use English to talk about the Chinese?

The gentrification of the Indonesian lexicon through English may be part of a wider trend.

27 Feb 2021 - 5:13PM
Death of a Thai ‘pretty’ underscores dangers of life as a hostess

An activist lawyer said the 33-year-old woman had died of heart failure after consuming ketamine and Ecstasy, but no charges have been filed in the case.

27 Feb 2021 - 12:02PM
As Asia puts electric vehicle revolution in gear, are Musk & Co all hype?

Electric vehicle sceptics like Japan’s Toyota chief point out that on some measures electric vehicles produce more carbon dioxide than traditional cars.

27 Feb 2021 - 9:15AM
‘Difficult to conclude’ if firms should leave Myanmar: Singapore minister

Trade Minister Chan Chun Sing said at SCMP’s China Conference: Southeast Asia that investments into Myanmar had helped create jobs and grow the economy.

26 Feb 2021 - 10:14PM
Explainer | Japan’s territorial disputes: China, South Korea, Russia and more

The one with Beijing involving the Diaoyu Islands is viewed as the most volatile, while analysts see little likelihood of progress with Moscow over the Kuril Islands.

26 Feb 2021 - 2:01PM
Military men helped Indonesia’s democracy. Why not in Myanmar?

Indonesia’s TNI military gave up a role in politics and never tried to get it back. Myanmar’s Tatmadaw take note: TNI is now Indonesia’s most trusted institution.

26 Feb 2021 - 3:27PM
Is Sinovac’s Singapore shipment ‘unusual’ or part of China’s vaccine diplomacy?

Some health experts questioned China’s intent behind the move, suggesting that it might be ‘unhappy’ if Singapore is slow in approving the vaccine.

25 Feb 2021 - 9:36PM
China’s coastguard law understandably worrying for Asean nations: experts

SCMP’s China Conference: Southeast Asia hears of possibility of ‘dangerous encounters’ with China’s coastguard in South China Sea.

26 Feb 2021 - 11:53AM
Japan tells China it ‘can’t tolerate mass arrests’ in Hong Kong

‘Unusually forceful’ statement by Tokyo is seen as ‘returning a favour’ to the United States for its support in the East China Sea.

25 Feb 2021 - 7:00PM
Critics ask why Australian bill singles out China for forced labour

The bill, proposed by an Australian lawmaker, wants all items made by forced labour in China, including those from Xinjiang, to be banned. But rights groups suggest including all countries known to have cases of forced labour.

25 Feb 2021 - 11:34AM
Mother’s suicide highlights plight of Myanmar refugees in Malaysia

The woman’s death came a day before Malaysia, in defiance of a court order, deported more than 1,000 people to Myanmar.

25 Feb 2021 - 4:53PM
Philippines boosts vaccine roll-out with law giving drug firms legal immunity

New law will give public officials and drug makers immunity from civil and criminal suits except in cases of gross negligence and wilful misconduct.

25 Feb 2021 - 9:04AM
Malaysia’s king says parliament can sit despite national emergency

The king announced the national emergency on January 12 after being advised to do so by PM Muhyiddin, in a move critics say the embattled premier took to stay in power.

24 Feb 2021 - 6:27PM
Explainer | What is the Quad, and how will it impact US-China relations under Biden?

The belief that the informal security grouping of the US, India, Australia and Japan is targeting Beijing could be its weakness, analysts say.

25 Feb 2021 - 12:14AM
Opinion | Why has India still not condemned the Myanmar coup?

The hesitance comes from concerns over impinging strategic military interests, and a worry criticism will move Naypyidaw closer to China.

24 Feb 2021 - 11:35AM
China-India border dispute: Will troop pullback revive economic cooperation?

Latest figures show India still depends heavily on Chinese goods and investments. But its policy of ‘self-reliance’, fuelled by the border dispute, means trade and investment links with its neighbour may never be the same.

24 Feb 2021 - 11:21AM
Thai protest movement surges anew amid ‘Elephant Ticket’ police corruption scandal

Evidence of a list of police officers fast-tracked through the ranks based on favours and connections has given fuel to the country’s pro-democracy movement.

24 Feb 2021 - 10:58AM