Japan and Australia wary of China as RCEP talks enter last stretch

With India, Australia and Japan intent on pursuing their arrangement in parallel, the road looks relatively clear for an RCEP accord in November. Even if there are still a few points of contention, the 15 countries may sign an "agreement in principle," predicted a Southeast Asian official close to the talks.

Treasury Sanctions Chinese Entity in Cambodia Under Global Magnitsky Authority

the United States again took action by imposing sanctions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-owned Union Development Group, Ltd. (UDG) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, for its role in corrupt activities in Cambodia.

India bans PUBG, Baidu and more than 100 apps linked to China

A further 118 Chinese mobile apps have been banned by the Indian government, as tensions between the two countries continue to rise.

Thailand delays US$724m China submarine deal after public anger

Thailand delayed on Monday (Aug 31) its US$724 million purchase of two submarines from China, following public outrage over the controversial deal as the kingdom's economy flatlines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Xi Jinping plans to control Pakistan’s politics, economy via CPEC authority: Report

According to an article by Ali Salman Andani published in the Asia Times, Khan, a puppet of the military establishment, was able to manipulate the law to fulfil Xi Jinping’s desires to control the planning ministry of Pakistan.

India says 20 soldiers killed in hours-long brawl with Chinese military at disputed border

India's army says 20 of its soldiers have been killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site in the western Himalayas, in a major escalation of a weeks-long standoff between the two Asian giants.

India opposes rejoining RCEP over China concerns

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced India’s decision to quit the grouping, which includes the 10 ASEAN nations, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea in November, citing lack of protection for India’s agricultural and other sectors.

Philippine capital to undergo curfew, mall closures as coronavirus deaths rise to eight

Mayors of Metro Manila's 16 cities announced nighttime curfews on Saturday (Mar 14) and urged shopping malls to close for one month, in a bid to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, as the Philippines reported its eighth death.

Philippines’ Duterte announces ‘lockdown’ of Manila to fight coronavirus

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans Thursday for a sweeping lockdown of the capital's 12 million people, including a halt to domestic travel, in a bid to contain the deadly new coronavirus.

The coronavirus crisis could wipe out $211 billion across Asia Pacific, S&P Global says

The coronavirus crisis could wipe out $211 billion from economies across Asia Pacific, according to a Friday report from S&P Global Ratings.

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