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East Asia #7

  • China and Mongolian culture
  • E-payment dominance
  • “Technology fracture”
  • BTS’s “Dynamite”
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Channel News Asia

How Singapore’s mangroves can contribute in the battle against climate change

SINGAPORE: Think of mangroves as a bank account, but instead of storing money, this account stores carbon and actively takes in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Stock and Land

Australia-China relations likely to remain strained: diplomat

Australia-China relations at lowest point in recent history, warns academic.

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Nikkei Asian Review

China’s Ant eyes Southeast Asia e-payment dominance with IPO

SINGAPORE — These days restaurants, taxis and even vending machines in Singapore accept Chinese e-payment service Alipay — despite the fact that few Singaporeans use it.

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New York Times

The Work Diary of 88rising’s Pan-Cultural Hitmaker

For this year’s Coachella festival, the music mogul Sean Miyashiro planned to produce a groundbreaking festival showcase for 88rising. His Los Angeles-based pan-Asian music company scheduled performances for Joji, a lo-fi Japanese crooner; NIKI, an Indonesian singer-songwriter; and Rich Brian, a viral Chinese-Indonesian rap star — as well as a label showcase featuring nearly 100 performers on one stage.

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Bloomberg

WeChat Is China’s Everything App, and the ‘We’ Is Looking Suspicious

When the Trump administration issued executive orders on Aug. 6 that would essentially ban the Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok over national security concerns, executives at TikTok were quick to distance themselves from any user anxiety over the social media phenomenon’s relationship with the mother country and authorities there.

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Project Syndicate

The Coming Global Technology Fracture

CAMBRIDGE – The international trade regime we now have, expressed in the rules of the World Trade Organization and other agreements, is not of this world. It was designed for a world of cars, steel, and textiles, not one of data, software, and artificial intelligence. Already under severe pressure from China’s rise and the backlash against hyper-globalization, it is utterly inadequate to face the three main challenges these new technologies pose.

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The Atlantic

BTS’s ‘Dynamite’ Could Upend the Music Industry

The English-language single’s massive success is a career milestone for the South Korean pop group — and a reflection of America’s entertainment market.

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The Economist

Abe Shinzo has left an impressive legacy

When he was a boy, Abe Shinzo aspired to make films. His family history — he is the grandson of a prime minister and the son of a foreign minister — set him on a different path (see Books & arts section). Yet as a politician, he strived to change the stories that Japan tells about itself. “If the Japanese need one thing now, that thing is confidence — the ability to turn our faces to the sun, like the sunflower does when it blooms at the height of summer,” Mr Abe said after becoming prime minister for the second time, in 2012.

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The Diplomat

China’s Crackdown on Mongolian Culture

“Mongolia’s language is part of what makes a person Mongolian and if a person loses their language they lose their national identity.” So read a protest banner opposing the Chinese government’s recent decision to curtail bilingual education in Inner Mongolia.

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Nikkei Asian Review

Fear of crumbling US-Japan pact drove Abe’s defense expansion

TOKYO — Shinzo Abe leaves the post of Japan’s prime minister with many tasks unfinished, including the economic revitalization promised by Abenomics, but his achievements in diplomacy and security should be recognized by future generations.

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