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.

Hong Kong lawmakers thwart Carrie Lam’s annual address

Hong Kong’s embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on Wednesday after she was heckled by opposition lawmakers during chaotic scenes inside the city’s legislature.

Japan typhoon death toll nears 70 as hopes for survivors fade

Rescuers in Japan worked into a third day on Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a powerful typhoon that killed nearly 70 people and caused widespread destruction.

Lady Liberty: Hong Kong protesters haul statue to mountain top

Protesters in Hong Kong have hauled a four-metre statue to the top of a mountain overlooking the city in an effort to inspire their fellow pro-democracy demonstrators to keep up the struggle.

Japan launches major rescue efforts after typhoon unleashes deadly floods

Japan’s military scrambled Sunday to rescue people trapped by flooding after powerful Typhoon Hagibis ripped across the country, killing at least 11 people and leaving more than a dozen missing.

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.

‘Worst typhoon in six decades’ hits Japan

A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan’s worst in six decades made landfall southwest of Tokyo, with streets, beaches and train stations deserted.

Japan Formula One’s Saturday qualifying cancelled as Typhoon Hagibis edges toward Tokyo

The Japanese Grand Prix’s entire Saturday track programme, including qualifying, has been cancelled as Typhoon Hagibis bears down on the Suzuka circuit, race organisers announced Friday.

‘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.