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Thailand is entering a new phase of political uncertainty that threatens further damage to the nation’s fragile financial markets, with popular ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra facing a fresh indictment for an alleged lese majeste offense. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/30/asia-pacific/politics/thailand-turmoil-thaksin-indictment/ #asiapacific #politics #thaksinshinawatra #thailand

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A Hong Kong court will convene Thursday morning to deliver verdicts in the city's biggest case against pro-democracy campaigners since China imposed a national security law to crush dissent. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/30/asia-pacific/politics/hong-kong-democracy-verdicts/

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North Korea fired at least 10 apparent short-range ballistic missiles toward the waters off its eastern coast on Thursday, Seoul said, days after its attempt to put another spy satellite launch into orbit ended in a ball of fire. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/30/asia-pacific/north-korea-10-missiles-may-30/ #asiapacific #northkorea #missiles

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Militant Rohingya groups in Bangladesh have forcibly recruited hundreds of young Rohingya men and boys to battle the Arakan Army, a rebel outfit in neighboring Myanmar that has won a string of victories against the junta there. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/29/asia-pacific/rohingya-myanmar-army-tormentors/

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A massive landslide has buried a village in Papua New Guinea, with up to 2,000 feared dead. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/29/asia-pacific/papua-new-guinea-landslide-site/

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North Korea's rare swipe at China this week underscored how Beijing and Pyongyang do not entirely see eye-to-eye on the latter's illicit nuclear weapons arsenal, despite warming ties in other areas. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/29/asia-pacific/politics/china-north-korea-nuclear-weapons/

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Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Wednesday new rules outlined by China's coast guard that could result in the detention of foreigners in the South China Sea were an escalation and "worrisome." https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/29/asia-pacific/politics/philippines-president-china-coast-guard/

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Thai prosecutors decided to formally charge former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a royal defamation case, creating fresh legal risk for the head of the political dynasty that controls the country’s ruling party. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/29/asia-pacific/politics/thai-pm-thaksin-royal-insult-case/ #asiapacific #politics #thaksinshinawatra #thailand

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In all areas of life, Hong Kong is hewing closer to mainland China, blurring distinctions that once cemented the city’s status as mostly free from the politics of Beijing. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/29/asia-pacific/politics/business-hong-kong-beijing-politics/ #asiapacific #politics #china #hongkong

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Taiwan's parliament has passed a package of controversial bills to expand its power despite thousands of disapproving protesters who chanted "defend democracy." https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/29/asia-pacific/politics/taiwan-parliament-bills-protest/ #asiapacific #politics #laichingte #taiwan #dpp #kmt #tpp

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to continue building spy satellites, calling this an “essential task,” state-run media said Wednesday, his first comments after the nuclear-armed country’s latest attempt at orbit failed in a ball of fire. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/29/asia-pacific/politics/north-korea-kim-satellite-failure/

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North Korea’s fiery satellite launch failure Monday is being viewed as just a temporary setback in the country’s space ambitions, with more attempts at orbit expected. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/28/asia-pacific/politics/north-korea-satellite-launch-failure-analysis/ #asiapacific #politics #northkorea #southkorea #defense #defenseministry #missiles #usmilitary #sdf #nuclearweapons

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The U.S. and Europe are trying to catch up to China’s lead in industrial policy, a rival skilled in using all the levers of government and banking to dominate global manufacturing. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/28/asia-pacific/politics/china-ahead-industrial-policy/ #asiapacific #politics #us #europe #renewables #wind #solar #energy #oil #china #electricvehicles #manufacturing

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South Korea, historically an underdog in the space race, launches its new space agency, KASA, to catch up with global leaders. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/28/asia-pacific/south-korea-space-powerhouse/

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Protesters are gathering in Taipei as opposition lawmakers try to push through controversial legislation that would give them greater investigative powers and effectively curb the authority of Taiwan's new president, Lai Ching-te. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/28/asia-pacific/politics/taiwan-protesters-opposition-law/ #asiapacific #politics #laichingte #taiwan #dpp #kmt #tpp

Feature: Myanmar: Young insurgents changing the course of a forgotten war (www.bbc.com)

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville spent a month with revolutionary forces at jungle bases and on front lines in Myanmar....Two loudspeakers, as big as the men carrying them, are brought to the rocky hilltop. Some 800m below, in the town of Hpasang, lies a sprawling Myanmar army base....

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Japan said over its J-Alert broadcasting system that North Korea appeared to have fired a missile, sending out the alert to residents in Okinawa before lifting the warning. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/28/asia-pacific/north-korea-satellite-failure/ #asiapacific #northkorea #northkoreajapanrelations #satellites #rockets #space #defense #jalert #okinawa

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Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers have resettled in the United Kingdom since 2021, including prominent pro-democracy activists — and China has not forgotten them. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/27/asia-pacific/crime-legal/spying-britain-hong-kong-community/ #asiapacific #crimelegal #uk #china #hongkong #espionage

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Taking advantage of a unique system in which tenants fork out huge deposits for free housing, real estate scammers in South Korea are robbing victims of not just their money, but also their dreams and their very lives. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/27/asia-pacific/crime-legal/south-korea-real-estate-scams/

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, surveillance in China reached an unprecedented scale, and President Xi Jinping wants to make that expanded control permanent, or push it even further. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/27/asia-pacific/politics/xi-jinping-control-surveillance/ #asiapacific #politics #china #xijinping #surveillance

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Emergency crews in Papua New Guinea on Monday continued their rescue efforts to find survivors after a massive landslide flattened a remote village in the Pacific nation's northern region on Friday, with more than 670 feared dead. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/27/asia-pacific/papua-new-guinea-landslide/ #asiapacific #papuanewguinea #landslides

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Cyclone Remal is set to hit the southern coast and parts of neighbouring India on Sunday evening. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/26/asia-pacific/cyclone-approaches-bangladesh/

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"There are an estimated 150-plus houses now buried," said a U.N. representative, adding that "670-plus people are assumed dead." https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/26/asia-pacific/papua-new-guinea-landslide/ #asiapacific #papuanewguinea #disasters #mudslides #rain #weather

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North Korea on Sunday accused the United States and South Korea of conducting more aerial espionage around the peninsula, warning it would take "immediate action" if its sovereignty was breached. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/26/asia-pacific/north-korea-us-south-korea-spy-planes-ships/ #asiapacific #northkorea #southkorea #missiles #nuclearweapons #us #usmilitary

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Taiwan's president said Sunday he was still open to working with China on building "mutual understanding and reconciliation," days after Beijing launched military drills around the self-ruled island in response to his inauguration speech. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/26/asia-pacific/politics/taiwan-lai-china-cooperation/

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