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Bangladesh and UNHCR to survey Rohingya regarding return to Myanmar after earlier repatriation bid failed

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Rohingya refugees shout slogans against repatriation at the Unchiprang camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh last fall. Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday. | AP

Bangladesh will work with the United Nations refugee agency to determine if more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees will accept Myanmar’s offer to return home, an ...

Twitter and Facebook find China-backed interference in Hong Kong protests, dismantle operations

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Riot police officers detain an anti-extradition bill protester during a demonstration in the Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood in Hong Kong Aug. 11. | REUTERS

Twitter said Monday it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement ...

Chinese pop stars from mainland and elsewhere toe Beijing’s line on Hong Kong

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Lay, a member of South Korean K-pop group EXO, speaks during a news conference in March 2015 in Seoul. At least eight K-pop stars from China and even one from Taiwan and one from Hong Kong are publicly stating their support for the

At least eight pop stars from mainland China and one each from Taiwan and Hong Kong are publicly stating their support for Beijing’s “One China” ...

Britain ‘concerned’ by reports Hong Kong Consulate employee detained in China

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

A pedestrian walks past a plaque outside the British Consulate building in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Britain's Foreign Office said the same day that it was

Britain’s Foreign Office said Tuesday it was “extremely concerned” by reports that a Hong Kong Consulate employee had been detained by mainland Chinese authorities on ...

Singapore needs at least $72 billion to bolster coastal defenses against rising sea levels: Lee

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks in Singapore in June. | REUTERS

Singapore needs at least $72 billion to build defenses against rising sea levels, its leader said Sunday as the low-lying city-state gears up against the ...

At least 4,000 detained since Kashmir was stripped of autonomy: government sources

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

A Kashmiri woman walks past an Indian paramilitary soldier who prepares to block a road with barbed wire during a security lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday. | AP

Thousands of people have been detained in Indian Kashmir over fears of unrest after New Delhi stripped the region of its autonomy two weeks ago, ...

Eager to exit Afghanistan, Trump says U.S. is having ‘very good’ discussions with Taliban

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, Sunday. | AP

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday hailed progress in negotiations on an Afghanistan peace deal, saying that talks with both the Taliban and the Afghan ...

Chinese embassy tells Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

People gather in Lafayette Square in front of the White House in Washington Sunday in solidarity with the

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa warned Canada on Sunday to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs a day after the country issued a joint statement ...

China e-commerce sites block sales of protest gear to Hong Kong

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

An anti-extradition bill protester stands in front of graffiti outside the People's Liberation Army headquarters during a rally to demand democracy and political reforms in Hong Kong on Sunday. | REUTERS

Hong Kong demonstrators will need to look beyond mainland China for supplies of protest gear that’s defined the look of the movement.Queries on Chinese e-commerce ...

Beijing wants Shenzhen to play ‘key role’ in tech innovation for planned Greater Bay Area

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

Chinese paramilitary forces' vehicles are seen parked at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, across the border from Hong Kong, on Sunday. | REUTERS

China plans to let Shenzhen City, which borders Hong Kong, play “a key role” in science and technology innovation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay ...

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