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

Hundreds of shops destroyed as Hong Kong protesters defy rally ban

Hong Kong police and protesters exchanged tear gas and petrol bombs as an illegal anti-government march that attracted tens of thousands descended into chaos, with hundreds of shops trashed and Chinese banks and metro stations targeted.

Fierce typhoon paralyses Tokyo, causes floods, damage across Japan

One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit Tokyo paralysed the Japanese capital on Saturday, leaving millions confined indoors and streets deserted as fierce rain and wind killed two, flooded rivers and threatened widespread damage.

‘China is anxious about its place in the world’

Wrapping up seven centuries of Chinese history in 13 stories, historian and China expert Timothy Brook has published a book that he says would surprise most Chinese. In “Great State: China and the world”, he argues that China did not originally set out to be a vast nation or great state, but rather that today’s China is the result of successive foreign invasions. This helps shed light on the current situation, where “China is anxious about its place in the world”. Brook joined us for Perspective to tell us more.

Meet Lilly, Thailand’s answer to Greta Thunberg

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has inspired students all around the world to call on leaders to do more to fight climate change. In Thailand, she’s had a major influence on a 12-year-old girl named Lilly. Every Friday, instead of going to class, Lilly paddles down a dirty Bangkok canal, fishing out rubbish and plastic bags. We tell you more.

North Korea: No more talks until US ends ‘hostile policy’

North Korea said Sunday that it won’t meet with the United States for more “sickening negotiations” unless it abandons its “hostile policy” against the North, as the two countries offered different takes on their weekend nuclear talks in Sweden.

Thousands protest in Hong Kong as court rejects mask ban appeal

Shouting “Wearing mask is not a crime”, tens of thousands of protesters braved the rain Sunday to march in central Hong Kong as a court rejected a second legal attempt to block a mask ban aimed at quashing violence during pro-democracy rallies.

Thousands of protesters march to border in Pakistani Kashmir

Thousands of people in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir have begun marching toward the highly militarized Line of Control that divides the territory between Pakistan and India to protest the lockdown in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Hong Kong protesters return to streets as transport is paralysed

Hong Kong’s metro system stayed shut on Saturday, paralysing transport in the Asian financial hub after a night of chaos in which police shot a teenage boy and pro-democracy protesters torched businesses and metro stations.