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East Asia #5

  • Thai protests
  • Rohingya diaspora
  • Foreign students in Taiwan
  • Noodle boost
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Al Jazeera

Why are Thai students protesting against King Vajiralongkorn?

Young activists take on powerful monarchy and pro-army leaders in a ‘new turning point’ for Thai politics, say analysts.

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Ten countries kept out Covid. But did they win?

Covid-19 has infected almost every country in the world – apart from 10. So what do they do now?

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Rohingya diaspora take determined steps to regain their rights

Neither repressive regimes nor the coronavirus pandemic can hold back the persecuted Muslim community from seeking a dignified and respectful return to their homeland

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Washington Examiner

North Korea’s nuclear weapons pose a greater threat than meets the eye

Seventy-five years ago, the United States discovered the atomic bomb, fundamentally changing the strategic calculus of war. By espionage, the Soviet Union quickly developed their own nuclear weapons, leading to the world’s first nuclear stalemate. War planners soon realized that nuclear stalemates were unexpectedly stable, a development that later became known by the rather terrifying name of “mutually assured destruction.”

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Financial Times ($)

Covid-19 proves globalisation is not dead

The writer, a professor of globalisation and development at Oxford university, is co-author of ‘Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years’

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Myanmar Times

How Myanmar silk could stem tide of cheap imports

Weavers of traditional textiles in Mandalay Region are uniting to create a trade association to protect their industry, which has been seriously affected by cheap, low-quality silk copies of traditional Myanmar designs from China and India. The recognition of the unique silk designs of Amarapura and Wundwin townships in Mandalay, including lun yar kyaw silk fabric, will be assisted by the trademark law taking effect this year.

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Taipei Times

Virus Outbreak: Foreign students to be allowed back – Taipei Times

NEW SEMESTER: The new policy would affect 232 current students and 2,300 freshmen, who would be allowed into Taiwan in groups of 50 to 100 per day

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Nikkei Asian Review

Asian instant noodle makers see boost from pandemic-driven demand

HONG KONG — The coronavirus pandemic has battered a wide variety of companies and industries across the globe, but makers of instant noodles have been an apparent beneficiary of countrywide lockdowns. With people in Asia the biggest consumers of the staple, manufacturers in the region are emerging as outperformers in an otherwise downbeat earnings season.

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The Guardian

‘It’s terrifying’: can anyone stop China’s vast armada of fishing boats?

The recent discovery by the Ecuadorean navy of a vast fishing armada of 340 Chinese vessels just off the biodiverse Galápagos Islands stirred outrage both in Ecuador and overseas.

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War remains at Tarawa Atoll in Pacific identified as Japanese via DNA testing

TOKYO — At least one Japanese individual was identified from among the remains of the war dead at Tarawa Atoll in Kiribati in the central Pacific, which became a fierce battleground during the Pacific War, by way of DNA testing conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, sources close to the ministry have revealed to the Mainichi Shimbun.

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