Well-Connected Chinese-American Woman’s Death Suspicious
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by Asia Sentinel
2d ago
By: Toh Han Shih US authorities have declared that Angela Chao, the younger sister of Elain Chao, the wife of US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, might not have died by accident or suicide, but possibly in a homicide. The death of the high-flying 50-year-old Chinese-American occurred amid dire Sino-US relations, although a source said it’s unlikel… Read more ..read more
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Singapore's Social Engineers Run Out of Ideas on Population Decline
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by John Berthelsen
3d ago
The news earlier this week that Singapore’s total fertility rate has dropped to a record low of 0.97 in 2023, a decline against even last year’s record low of 1.04, and another record decline to 1.12 in 2021, is depressing testimony to the fact that the government has been trying to raise without success total fertility for 40 years -- since 1984, when officials suddenly cottoned to the fact that the city-state’s women no longer wanted to have children. (Total fertility is measured as the average number of children born to a woman over her lifetime.) At the same time, as the prime minister ..read more
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Hong Kong’s Budget: The Music Stops
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by Our Correspondent
4d ago
Hong Kong, once famous for its budget surpluses, is set to have another HK$100 billion (US$12.77 billion) deficit for the fiscal year beginning April 2024. This would make three out of four recent years of such HK$100 billion-plus deficits. Three of these could reasonably be attributed to the impact of the pandemic and the need for economic stimulus ove… Read more ..read more
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Singapore Opposition Leader Calls for Asset Declaration Law
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by Our Correspondent
5d ago
Kenneth Jeyaratnam, the head of Singapore’s Reform Party, is arguing that after bribery charges were filed against S. Iswaran, the former Minister of Transport in the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), the government needs to formulate a requirement that cabinet ministers make a public declaration of their assets, an issue that in recent months has bec… Read more ..read more
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Hong Kong’s International Litfest Avoids Gratuitous Trouble
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by John Berthelsen
1w ago
The Hong Kong International Literary Festival, previously described as one of Asia’s most notable literary gatherings with thousands of participants and scores of events and authors, will diffidently kick off its 24th annual opening on March 4 amid a tightening grip on freedom of expression in the city by Beijing, with the willing aid and abetment of the city’s government.  There seems an absence literary stars who characterized the litfests of the past, and a vacuum among books that might be provocative, such as the missing “Red Memory: The Afterlives of China's Cultural Revolution” b ..read more
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Tunku Abdul Rahman’s enduring legacy in foreign affairs
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by Asia Sentinel
1w ago
By: B A Hamzah Had he lived, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Alhaj, Malaysia’s founding leader, would have been 101 years old on February 8. He was born in 1903 in the northern state of Alor Setar where he chose as his final resting place, unlike other premiers Tun Razak Husin and Tun Hussin Onn, who were buried at the National Mausoleum, in the compound of the… Read more ..read more
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Hindutva Threat to Indian Mosques Grows
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by Asia Sentinel
1w ago
By: Jyoti Malhotra A provincial court in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency has allowed a makeshift Hindu temple to come up in the cellar of a 17th-century mosque that is fast becoming the face of a new dispute between Hindus and Muslims, as the Babri Masjid did in Ayodhya some 35 years ago, finally giving way to a grand temple to the Hindu god … Read more ..read more
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China Using Kinmen Drownings to Add Pressure on Taiwan
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by Asia Sentinel
1w ago
By: Jens Kastner Coast Guard Administration photo shows rescue attempt The drownings of two Chinese fishermen on February 14 after their boats capsized when chased by Taiwan’s coast guard in waters surrounding Taiwan’s frontline island of Kinmen appear set to further erode Taiwan’s sovereignty to the benefit of China’s territorial claims. The incident occurred in an area that China has for decades tacitly recognized as “prohibited or restricted” for Chinese vessels, but China’s Taiwan Affairs Office on February 17 stressed that there has never been such a thing as a “prohibited or restricted ..read more
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No ‘Brave New World’ on Pakistan’s Horizon
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by Asia Sentinel
2w ago
By: Salman Rafi Shiekh Don’t worry, we’ll take charge here Pakistan’s February 8 elections have produced a severely divided mandate, with no party able to win a majority and with universal claims of rigging. While such political situations usually eventually produce coalition governments, this is proving to be extremely difficult: whichever party comes to… Read more ..read more
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Havana Stuns Kim by Opening Ties with Seoul
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by Asia Sentinel
2w ago
By: Shim Jae Hoon Photo from Yonhap It amounted to a staggering diplomatic blow. While North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been riding high on global headlines with his multiple missile firings in recent weeks, Cuba – probably his third most important global backer behind China and Russia – announced it was opening full diplomatic relations with South Kor… Read more ..read more
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