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The ruling Communist Party uses a "social credit" system it says will improve civic behavior. Slated for a nationwide roll-out by 2020, the system marks another example of China's controversial use of technology to control and penalize its citizens.
Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration. Media watch dogs decried her arrest as the government's latest attempt to muzzle press freedom.
Following a defeat for the Australian government in Parliament, where it passed a bill to grant easier hospital access to asylum seekers, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's conservative government announced the decision to reopen an island detention camp.
As North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's regime becomes aware that the public is increasingly familiar with foreign pop culture despite severe restrictions, producers of domestic media and consumer goods have been instructed to study global samples to "learn from their example."
The prospect of Thailand's Princess Ubolratana Mahidol standing in the election for prime minister was quickly dashed after the king called the move inappropriate and unconstitutional. It is unlikely that what had happened behind the scenes will ever be known.
Princess Ubolratana Mahidol became the first member of the royal family to enter party politics on Friday in a bid to be prime minister. Ms. Ubolratana was stripped of her royal titles more than 40 years ago when she married an American, but is still called and regarded a princess.
After a year of mostly fruitless talks, South Koreans have mixed feelings about whether tangible steps can be achieved to reduce the North's nuclear threat when President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet in Vietnam at the end of the month.
Following Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for unification with Taiwan earlier this month, Tsai Ing-wen's firm stance on maintaining the self-governing island's democratic freedoms has earned her a surge in popular support.
Kim Bok-dong, who died Monday, was one of the first sexual slavery victims to speak out and break the silence over Japan's wartime atrocities. Hundreds of protesters turned out in South Korea to pay their respects and demand reparations from Japan.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for blasts at a church in southern Philippines on Sunday where Abu Sayyaf militants have carried out violence for years. The country's defense secretary has called the attack an act of terror, not a religious war.
A Chinese court sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to a jail term of 4-1/2 years on Monday. Mr. Wang was charged with subversion of state power, a vaguely defined crime in China.
Malaysia is one of more than a dozen countries in the Asia-Pacific region that doesn't have an anti-stalking law, but organizations are pressuring the government to introduce it to protect primarily its female citizens from threats and intimidation.
As China and the United States struggle over the fate of Meng Wanzhou – a top executive at tech giant Huawei arrested in Canada and whom the US wants to stand trial for alleged crimes – critics around the globe call for China to release the two Canadians detained in retribution.
‘Social harmony’ has been prized by Chinese leaders for millennia. To achieve that vision, they’ve experimented with reengineering people’s behaviors and beliefs – often forcefully.
Beijing has cast itself as a global leader, trumpeting connectivity and trade and spearheading the $1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative. But its policies at home underscore a different reality, and more of China’s partners are taking note.
Two Canadians were arrested this week in China on national security charges in response to the potential extradition of Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese tech executive, to the US for violation of sanctions and bank fraud. The move further complicates US-China trade negotiations.
Dec. 12 marks the one-year anniversary of the imprisonment of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Myanmar. Many believe the journalists were framed by the government in retaliation for reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.
Some say midterm elections that sharply boosted the China-friendly KMT party give China confidence about its growing influence ahead of Taiwan's 2020 presidential poll. But others paint a much more nuanced picture.
Confronted by a booming tourism industry and new efforts by the government to preserve marine ecosystems, the Chao Lay, one of Thailand's many nomadic and aboriginal groups, are facing new challenges to preserve their traditional way of life.
The Cambodian parliament will consider legislation that reverses a previous decision to ban all opposition party members from political participation for five years. Some believe Cambodia is looking to improve it's democratic reputation with the US and European nations.
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