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East Asia #6

  • Abe’s legacy
  • Gambling Meccas
  • RCEP talks
  • Vietnam tightens measures
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Foreign Policy

Southeast Asia is Ground Zero in the New U.S.-China Conflict — and Beijing Is Winning

‘Under Beijing’s Shadow’ lays out in compelling detail how China is working to dominate the region.

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BBC

Defining Shinzo Abe and his legacy

Revisionist nationalist or pragmatic realist? Defining Shinzo Abe and his legacy following his resignation as Japan’s longest serving post-war prime minister divides commentators both within Japan and internationally.

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Asia Sentinel

Party Could be Over for Asian Gaming Meccas

The good times may be about to come to a stop for the countries profiting from the millions of Chinese flying overseas to gamble, according to two industry newsletters, Asia Gaming Bulletin and GGR Asia, both of which are quoting a Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism bulletin announcing a “blacklist” system for some foreign gambling tourist destinations. The bulletin, according to the two publications, also announced possible travel restrictions on Chinese nationals traveling to Asian gaming industry countries beyond Macau.

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Bloomberg

TikTok assets can’t be sold without China’s approval

ByteDance Ltd. will be required to seek Chinese government approval to sell the U.S. operations of its short-video TikTok app under new restrictions Beijing imposed on the export of artificial intelligence technologies, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Straits Times

Chinese missile tests at sea a warning to US

In a muscular warning to the United States, China fired a series of missiles into the South China Sea earlier this week, just as the Trump administration sanctioned dozens of Chinese companies linked to China’s militarisation of the disputed waters.

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The Diplomat

Japan Seeks to Offset Chinese Influence in Cambodia

Foreign Minister Motegi’s recent visit underlines Tokyo’s sense of urgency.

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Nikkei Asian Review

Talks on Asian trade megadeal RCEP resume in COVID shadow

HANOI/NEW DELHI — The trade ministers of China, Japan, Association of Southeast Asian Nations members and other countries participating in talks on an Asia-wide free trade agreement are set to hold an online meeting on Thursday, hoping to remove the final obstacles to a deal by the end of the year.

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Asia Times

Vietnam tightens measures after rise in Covid-19 deaths

The latest wave in the pandemic has made the country more serious about containing the virus

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NY Times

With a wary eye on China, Taiwan moves to revamp its military

Jets, helicopters and artillery and missile batteries fired live ammunition at targets offshore, sending plumes of sea spray into the air. Then, a few hours later, a military helicopter taking part in the same exercise crashed at an airfield farther up the coast, killing two pilots and casting a shadow over the show of force.

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The Conversation

The Thousand Talents Plan is part of China’s long quest to become the global scientific leader

The Thousand Talents Plan is a Chinese government program to attract scientists and engineers from overseas. Since the plan began in 2008, it has recruited thousands of researchers from countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, Canada, Japan, France and Australia.

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