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Australia’s Submarines Make Waves in Asia Long Before They Go to Sea

Positioning the hard-to-track submarines closer to seas near China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula could be a powerful deterrent against China’s military, said Drew Thompson, a former Pentagon official responsible for relations with China. “The Middle East wars have ended,” said Mr. Thompson, now a visiting senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore. “We are in an interwar period, and the next one will be a high-end, high-intensity…
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Hong Kong Shares Lead Asia Lower; Tokyo and Shanghai Closed – U.S. News & World Report

Hong Kong Shares Lead Asia Lower; Tokyo and Shanghai Closed  U.S. News & World Report…
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One of Asia’s most prestigious universities is on the frontline of a battle for democracy

The Democracy Wall at the University of Hong Kong (better known as HKU) — a pinboard where students once shared political thoughts — is gone. The student union, which once advocated for students, is all but defunct, with four of its members facing charges of advocating terrorism. Although many students and academics were happy to be back on campus — many for the first time since the start of the…
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The Sharp U.S. Pivot to Asia Is Throwing Europe Off Balance

There are deeper questions about America’s future reliability as a security partner, especially if the conflict with China turns kinetic, which is part of Mr. Macron’s argument, Mr. Lesser acknowledged. “For all the U.S. commitment to Europe, if things go wrong in the Indo-Pacific, that would change the force structure in Europe pretty fast.” In Poland, a strong American ally in the European Union and NATO, the reaction to the…
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Covid-19 Lockdowns in Asia Deepen Commodity Supply-Chain Pain

The recent surge in Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia has throttled ports and locked down plantations and processors, sparking extended disruptions of raw materials such as palm oil, coffee and tin. Restrictions in Malaysia, the world’s second-largest producer of palm oil, have prevented migrant laborers from traveling to plantations, raising prices of the ubiquitous edible oil used to make candy bars, shampoo and biofuel.…
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Why Australia Bet the House on Lasting American Power in Asia

Speaking Thursday, Mr. Morrison said the reinforced security alliance with the United States and Britain, which will include collaborations on artificial intelligence and other emerging technology, reflected the needs of a more dangerous dynamic in the Asia-Pacific region. “The relatively benign environment we’ve enjoyed for many decades in our region is behind us,” he said, without directly mentioning China. “We have entered a new era with new challenges for Australia…
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Poised to live with Covid-19, Southeast Asia relaxes restrictions – La Prensa Latina Media

By Gaspar Ruiz-Canela Bangkok, Sep 15 (EFE).- In its worst wave of the pandemic, Southeast Asia has resigned itself to living with Covid-19 and is committed to relaxing restrictions to revive the ailing economy and give its exhausted population a break. Countries such as Vietnam, Thailand or Malaysia, which kept Covid-19 low in 2020, have been facing an exponential increase in cases for months due to the contagious delta variant,…
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Asia-Pacific shares mixed; Evergrande shares tumble nearly 12% following property sales drop warning – CNBC

Asia-Pacific shares mixed; Evergrande shares tumble nearly 12% following property sales drop warning  CNBC…
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Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Foreign Ministry urged its citizens on Monday to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack. The ministry said it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as suicide bombings.” The warning applies to Japanese citizens in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. The advisory was met with puzzlement in several of those…
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Kuwait’s KPC lowers Oct crude pricing to Asia, holds US, Europe

Kuwait Petroleum Corp. lowered its official selling prices for October loading crude being sent to Asia, while keeping prices unchanged for cargoes bound for the US, Northwest Europe and the Mediterranean, according to a company pricing email on Sept. 12. Not registered? Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now KPC lowered its OSPs for Asia-bound barrels of Kuwait Super Light Crude by $1.20/b to a…
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