Britain’s planned naval base seen as ‘muscle-flexing’ against China – South China Morning Post

Britain’s planned naval base seen as ‘muscle-flexing’ against China – South China Morning Post

Britain’s plan to build a new military base in Southeast Asia is likely to further complicate the strategic landscape in a region already fraught with maritime disputes and geopolitical rivalry between Beijing and Washington, Chinese analysts warn. The plan was unveiled by British defence secretary Gavin Williamson during an interview with The Sunday Telegraph this […]

Clock is ticking for Imran Khan and the establishment – Asia Times

Clock is ticking for Imran Khan and the establishment – Asia Times

The game on the political chessboard has entered a new phase as a perception has been created that after using Asif Ali Zardari, the chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the country’s invisible forces are now getting rid of him as well. There is no doubt that Zardari has been involved in the massive […]

Indonesia interfaith figures call for fight against 'religious exclusivism' – The Straits Times

Indonesia interfaith figures call for fight against 'religious exclusivism' – The Straits Times

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A number of Indonesian religious, cultural and interfaith figures have formulated a document called the Jakarta Treatise in response to the rising tide of religious conservatism sweeping the country. The treatise, which consists of five points, was produced at the end of a two-day discussion on Friday and […]

ASIA SCENE: Birthday of Urdu poet observed – Daily Nation

ASIA SCENE: Birthday of Urdu poet observed – Daily Nation

By ALLAUDIN QURESHIMore by this Author The world of Urdu poetry last Monday, on the eve of Christmas Day, observed the birth anniversary of one of the greatest romantic poets of our times: Qateel Shifai. He is the bard who established a certain standard of the art of ghazals in films not only at home […]

Best of The Interpreter 2018: Press freedom in Southeast Asia | The Interpreter – The Interpreter

Best of The Interpreter 2018: Press freedom in Southeast Asia | The Interpreter – The Interpreter

The past 12 months have been particularly grim for press freedom in Southeast Asia.  Independent news outlets and critical journalists have faced censorship, arrests, and beatings as increasingly autocratic rulers crackdown on dissent. Several of these leaders have gleefully appropriated the US administration’s “fake news” in their crusade against the media. Cambodia’s government is energetically silencing […]

Tsunami displaces more than 40,000, Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Tsunami displaces more than 40,000, Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

The Indonesian authorities said yesterday that more than 40,000 people have been displaced by the devastating tsunami in the Sunda Strait, nearly double the figure quoted previously. The number of injured also leapt to more than 7,000, from just under 1,500, amid warnings that fresh activity at the Anak Krakatau volcano could trigger another killer […]

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks lifted as Wall Street extends comeback – Reuters

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks lifted as Wall Street extends comeback – Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asia stocks gained on Friday after Wall Street ended volatile trade in the green, adding to the big advances of the previous session, although lingering investor jitters helped support safe-haven currencies such as the yen. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic board showing stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, […]

Lost in Asia's deepest cave – BBC News

Lost in Asia's deepest cave – BBC News

Image copyright Yulia Ustinova Image caption Boybuloq cave is now recognised as the deepest in Asia Almost 50 years ago, Mustafaqul Zokirov left his drought-hit mountain village in a remote corner of Uzbekistan in search of water. He never returned. But his disappearance led to a discovery that now draws explorers to a Central Asian […]

Investors see value in Asia debt for 2019 READ MORE – Gulf Times

Investors see value in Asia debt for 2019 READ MORE – Gulf Times

The Asian dollar bond market is finishing its worst year since 2013. But strong fundamentals in many sectors and expectations for support from policy makers next year mean there are pockets of value, more investors are saying.Debt buyers are closely watching for any additional credit easing in China, which could reduce funding pressures for some […]