Category Archives: Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas

Police clash with Hong Kong demonstrators protesting China extradition bill

Hong Kong police fired tear gas and pepper spray Wednesday at bottle-throwing demonstrators in a major escalation of public anger against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Turle: Hong Kong protesters may have won battle, but not the war

Tens of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong surrounded the city’s legislature on Wednesday, forcing it to postpone a second round of debate on an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Hong Kong government stalls debate on China extradition bill amid protests

The secretariat of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council says it has delayed the start of a legislative session on a contentious extradition bill as protesters massed outside to block entry to the chamber and government headquarters.

Hundreds of thousands rally in Hong Kong against China extradition bill

Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to voice their opposition to government-sponsored legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges.

Hundreds arrested as Kazakhs vote for first new leader in decades

Police in Kazakhstan arrested about 500 opposition protesters Sunday at presidential polls set to confirm Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as the successor to strongman veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev.

China’s Xi makes nice with Putin – but Russia still ‘second-best’ after US

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping at Russia’s top business forum on Friday, showing his country’s desire to supplant the US as China’s trading partner of choice. But for China, it seems that Russia is only second-best.

Junta leader elected Thai prime minister

Thailand’s junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha was elected late Wednesday as the kingdom’s first civilian prime minister since the 2014 coup he led, in a vote by a parliament stacked with appointed allies of the conservative, arch-royalist army.

Tiananmen then and now: What’s left of China student protests?

“A regime that shoots on its own youth has no future”, said France’s then president François Mitterrand in reaction to the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. Back then, Tiananmen seemed like a prelude to what could only be the irreversible drive of history towards universal liberal multiparty democracy. But today, China has gone from strength to strength without the reform the youth demanded. A sizable portion of mainland China’s population is even completely unaware of what happened.

Tiananmen, a Chinese taboo

It’s the most taboo subject in modern Chinese history; a trauma for an entire generation of students, intellectuals and democrats who protested for seven weeks in the spring of 1989, demanding an end to corruption and a start to political reforms. Today, 30 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which thousands of students were killed by the army in the heart of Beijing, the Chinese authorities continue to deny the facts and prevent any commemorations. Our correspondents report.

Silence, high security in China on 30th anniversary of Tiananmen

China marked 30 years since the deadly Tiananmen crackdown on Tuesday with a wall of silence and extra security, as it traded barbs with the United States over its human rights record.

US-Afghan operations kill record number of civilians in Afghanistan

In the first quarter of 2019, and for the first time ever, US and Afghan forces killed more civilians than the Taliban or the Islamic State group did, according to UN figures. These deaths mostly occurred during air strikes. For victims’ relatives, investigations into the bombings are slow, if they happen at all. FRANCE 24’s Margaux Benn and Sonia Ghezali report from Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.

Gone but not forgotten: Kazakhstan after President Nazarbayev

As Kazakhs prepare to elect their new president on June 9, following the surprise resignation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev after three decades in power, FRANCE 24 reporters travelled to this rapidly changing Central Asian country.

North Korea ‘executed’ officials after failed Trump summit: report

North Korea executed its special envoy to the United States following the collapse of the second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.

India’s Modi sworn in for second term after landslide poll win

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his historic second term at a solemn ceremony in front of cheering supporters Thursday, as he prepared to unveil a drastically revamped Hindu nationalist government.