Asia Pacific

ByteDance Said to Offer to Sell TikTok’s U.S. Operations

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 20:36:51 +0000 - asia-pacific

The Trump administration has said the video app poses security concerns because of its Chinese ownership.

In India, a Gay Prince’s Coming Out Earns Accolades, and Enemies

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 02:13:41 +0000 - asia-pacific

Prince Manvendra’s journey from an excruciatingly lonely child to a global L.G.B.T.Q. advocate included death threats and disinheritance.

Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won’t Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 16:41:55 +0000 - asia-pacific

In a televised speech, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, said that negotiating with Washington over his country’s nuclear program would only help President Trump get re-elected.

Indian Billionaires Bet Big on Head Start in Coronavirus Vaccine Race

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 13:19:13 +0000 - asia-pacific

The world’s largest vaccine producer, the Serum Institute, announced a plan to make hundreds of millions of doses of an unproven inoculation. It’s a gamble with a huge upside. And huge risks.

Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 02:47:50 +0000 - asia-pacific

The discussions come as TikTok’s ownership by a Chinese company is under scrutiny by the White House and lawmakers.

U.S. Adds Sanctions Over Internment of Muslims in China

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 06:27:32 +0000 - asia-pacific

The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on a powerful government entity that runs companies and farms in the Xinjiang region, where officials carry out the mass internment of Muslims.

With Security Law as a Cudgel, Beijing Cracks Down on Hong Kong

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 04:32:40 +0000 - asia-pacific

The spirit and the letter of the new law has been used to crush Hong Kong’s opposition. In the latest blow to the pro-democracy movement, the government postponed an election, citing the coronavirus.

Hong Kong Delays Election, Citing Coronavirus. The Opposition Isn’t Buying It.

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:44:25 +0000 - asia-pacific

Pro-democracy politicians, who had hoped to ride widespread discontent to big gains in the fall, saw the yearlong delay as an attempt to thwart their momentum.

Hong Kong Bans Eating in Restaurants. And Then It Doesn’t.

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:55:50 +0000 - asia-pacific

City officials did a quick U-turn in the face of public anger, after viral photos showed workers eating lunch on curbs and bridges in the hot sun.

Border Clashes With Pakistan Leave 15 Afghan Civilians Dead, Officials Say

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:15:47 +0000 - asia-pacific

Anger over the closing of the border because of coronavirus fears triggered demonstrations, and then artillery barrages.

Why Protest Tactics Spread Like Memes

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:51:14 +0000 - asia-pacific

When items like umbrellas and leaf blowers are subverted into objects of resistance, they become very shareable.

In Indonesia, False Virus Cures Pushed by Those Who Should Know Better

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:50:34 +0000 - asia-pacific

In the absence of a unified message from the national government, local officials and opportunists have filled the gap with misinformation and quack remedies.