Prominent Chinese commentator urges Covid-19 experts to ‘speak out’

BEIJING – Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin said on Sunday that as China ponders its Covid-19 policies, epidemic experts need to speak out and China ought to conduct comprehensive research and make any studies transparent to the public. Mr Hu’s unusual call on Chinese social media for candour and transparency earned him 34,000 likes on […]

Taiwanese independence is a charging rhino that must be stopped, says China

NEW YORK – China’s foreign minister compared the drive for Taiwanese independence to a charging rhinoceros that must be stopped in its tracks, and blamed the United States for speeding it along. Mr Wang Yi said legislation under consideration by US lawmakers threatens the foundation of US-China ties. He said voices advocating the independence of […]

Malaysia urges Asean to ‘buck up’ in enforcing Myanmar peace plan

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Monday called on the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) to act more urgently in its efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and spur a peace process in junta-ruled Myanmar. The 10-nation bloc has been pushing Myanmar’s military rulers to follow a peace “consensus” they agreed to […]

Japan PM Kishida risks political fight with vow to take up Abe’s legacy

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) – Three days after Mr Shinzo Abe’s murder, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed to honour his legacy by taking up a cause that had eluded the late former premier: Revising the country’s pacifist constitution. Minutes later, Mr Kishida was explaining how hard that might be. Successive leaders, including former prime minister Mr […]

Taliban must protect the lives of its citizens with support from international community: Japan News

TOKYO (THE JAPAN NEWS/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – All governments have a responsibility to protect the lives and livelihoods of their citizens. The Islamist Taliban that governs Afghanistan must cooperate with the international community to prevent a humanitarian crisis. More than 1,000 people were killed and many more were injured when an earthquake struck a […]