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Japan, France seek to deepen security ties amid China’s rise
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Japan, France seek to deepen security ties amid China’s rise

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France held talks on Thursday as the two countries seek to deepen security ties in the Indo-Pacific region, where tensions have been rising amid China’s military buildup and North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, accompanied by Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, described France as an indispensable partner in achieving the goal of a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” Japan, the United States, Australia and India are promoting the goal as a counter to China’s growing influence and assertiveness in pushing its territorial claims in the region, which has some of the world’s busiest sea lanes. The talks among the four ministers, including French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defe
Pall hangs over China’s Games
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Pall hangs over China’s Games

Pall hangs over China's Games The Beijing Winter Olympics begin on Feb 4 -- and not without controversy given they are taking place as Beijing wrestles with human rights issues. Despite sending their athletes to compete in Beijing, Western countries including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and most recently Denmark are simultaneously conducting diplomatic boycotts in protest of China's human rights record in Xinjiang. Beijing has been rebuked by Western countries and the United Nations for its assimilation policy and treatment of Uyghurs, ethnic Muslims, in the autonomous region. UN rights experts voiced concerns regarding one million Uyghurs having been sent to "concentration camps". The Chinese regime disputes the allegation, saying the camps are "re-education centr...
China will continue to ‘modernise’ nuclear arsenal: foreign ministry
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China will continue to ‘modernise’ nuclear arsenal: foreign ministry

China will continue to 'modernise' nuclear arsenal: foreign ministry Beijing said it would continue to 'modernise' its nuclear arsenal, a day after joining the four other major nuclear powers in pledging to prevent such weapons spreading. BEIJING: China Tuesday said it will continue to "modernise" its nuclear arsenal and called on the United States and Russia to reduce their stockpiles a day after global powers pledged to prevent such weapons spreading. In a rare joint statement setting aside rising West-East tensions, the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France reaffirmed their goal of creating a world free of atomic weapons and avoiding a nuclear conflict. The five nuclear powers also committed to full future disarmament from atomic weapons, which have only been used in conf...
Online media newspaper “Aisha Daily” shuts down in Macau, questions on freedom of media raised
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Online media newspaper “Aisha Daily” shuts down in Macau, questions on freedom of media raised

Macau, unlike Hong Kong is an interesting experiment within the Chinese political landscape, which has since the late 1990s been reclaimed by China from Western nations in promise of civil liberties alongside China’s authoritarian regime. Macau has largely been obedient to the Chinese diktats, unlike Hong Kong where pro-democracy protests have been raging regularly since the last few years. However, dissenting voices within Macau are now facing heat as independent online media houses are either shutting down or operating on borrowed time. Aisha Daily, an independent critical media outlet stood out for 16 years within the sphere of pro-organized media. Found in November 2005, Aisha Daily has now ceased operations in Macau allegedly due to “unprecedented environmental changes and
CHINA TRYING TO GAIN HOLD ON HONGKONG THROUGH PLA
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CHINA TRYING TO GAIN HOLD ON HONGKONG THROUGH PLA

By :PushkarSinha The People's Liberation Army's garrison in Hong Kong will be led by the former chief of internal security in the Xinjiang province, according to China's military, in the latest of a series of actions intended at bringing the semi-autonomous city under Beijing's tight control. According to a brief article on the Defense Ministry's website on Monday, Xi Jinping, China's President, Communist Party head and PLA commander, had signed Major General PengJingtang's appointment. Peng promised to "perform defence responsibilities in accordance with the law, fiercely protect national sovereignty, security, and development interests, and firmly preserve Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability," according to the statement. According to a govt. press releasePeng met ...
China to appoint Horn of Africa envoy amid Ethiopia crisis
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China to appoint Horn of Africa envoy amid Ethiopia crisis

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — China’s foreign minister says his country will appoint a special envoy to the Horn of Africa region, where Ethiopia and Eritrea have been fighting forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region and Somalia is in the grip of a political crisis caused by a long-delayed election. Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in comments to reporters during his Thursday visit to Kenya, didn’t say when the appointment would be made. He urged countries in the Horn of Africa, a strategic but at times turbulent region, to hold a peace conference and said China’s envoy could provide “necessary support” for that process. China’s interests in the region include a military base in the tiny nation of Djibouti, tucked between Somalia and Eritrea. China also is the largest foreign direct investor in Ethiopia,
Slovenia shifts its office in Taiwan from China
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Slovenia shifts its office in Taiwan from China

Ljubljana, Slovenia: "Lithuania and Slovenia are members of NATO and plan to set up their own representative offices in Taiwan, a close US ally. Their move has left China shocked and fuming," reports The Singapore Post. Ahead of winter Olympic games Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Jansa disclosed his plans to establish a representative office in Taiwan, the newspaper reported. The Slovenian prime minister stated that he had visited Taiwan four or five times, and that Taiwanese should have the right to determine their future.  China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. However, Taiwan considers itself as an independent state.
Clap, don’t chant: China aims for ‘Zero COVID’ Olympics
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Clap, don’t chant: China aims for ‘Zero COVID’ Olympics

Athletes will need to be vaccinated — or face a long quarantine — take tests daily and wear masks when not competing or training. Clapping is OK to cheer on teammates, not chanting. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be sent into isolation and unable to compete until cleared for discharge. Welcome to the Beijing Olympics, where strict containment measures will aim to create a virus-proof “bubble” for thousands of international visitors at a time when omicron is fueling infections globally. The prevention protocols will be similar to those at the Tokyo Games this summer, but much tighter. That won’t be a stretch in Beijing, with China having maintained a “Zero COVID" policy since early in the pandemic. Still, China’s ability to stick to its zero-tolerance approach nationally is
Cambodia internet soon to be like China
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Cambodia internet soon to be like China

Cambodia internet soon to be like China PHNOM PENH: The day Kea Sokun was arrested in Cambodia, four men in plainclothes showed up at his photography shop near Angkor Wat and carted him off to the police station. Kea Sokun, who is also a popular rapper, had released two songs on YouTube, and the men said they needed to know why he had written them. "They kept asking me: 'Who is behind you? What party do you vote for?'" Kea Sokun said. "I told them, 'I have never even voted, and no one controls me.'" The 23-year-old artist, who says his songs are about everyday struggles in Cambodia, was sentenced to 18 months in an overcrowded prison after a judge found him guilty of inciting social unrest with his lyrics. His case is part of a crackdown in which dozens have been sent to jail for postin...
Trying times ahead for Thai leadership
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Trying times ahead for Thai leadership

Trying times ahead for Thai leadership Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, centre, is surrounded by a crowd while attending a groundbreaking ceremony for a monument honouring the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great at a memorial park in Bangkok on Dec 5. AFP In the Year of the Tiger, three prominent issues will determine Thailand's future and its position in the region and among the international community. These three are the leadership crisis and political developments on the homefront, Thailand's perceived regional role, and its pro-active engagement with great powers. For more than a decade, domestic factors have dragged the country down. Day-to-day political meddling and brinksmanship by leaders continue without any real prospect for tangible reform or progress in sight. Interna...