Chinese property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang jailed for 18 years after Xi critique

The outspoken property tycoon linked to an article criticising President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak

Gravediggers dig till midnight as Covid-19 cases rise again

Ambulances carrying victims snake around the entrance to Pondok Ranggon cemetery, which could be full within two months at the current rate of burials

Swedish Space Corporation will not renew space-tracking contract with China

Move regarding Australian station is a blow to Beijing’s navigational capabilities in Pacific region

China raises conflict risk with breaches of Taiwan buffer zone

Former defence adviser suggests aggressive probes by Beijing may be designed to provoke the Taiwanese air force to shoot first

BOJ vows to keep easing rates and co-ordinate with Suga government

BOJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda stresses that the Covid crisis shouldn’t stop structural reforms

Covid plunges New Zealand into worst recession in decades

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defends lockdown measures as GDP contracts 12.2% quarter on quarter

How the pandemic is fuelling xenophobia in Asia

Half of the respondents in a Red Cross survey blamed a specific group for the coronavirus

Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s new prime minister

Suga pledges to continue ‘Abenomics’ and give top priority to controlling the coronavirus pandemic

Robot Mitra connects Covid-19 patients with the outside world

The robot is being used in India, where it was created, using facial recognition technology for hospital patients to interact external visitors

Hong Kong’s social enterprises struggle to survive amid Covid-19

For-profit companies that do social good, many working with disabled people, say they may be out of business by the end of 2020

Whales take a wrong turn up crocodile-infested river in Australia

Three humpback whales turn up in a tropical muddy river, with a marine ecologist wondering, ‘What happens when they want to rest and take it easy’

Yoshihide Suga in decisive win to become Japan’s next leader

Behind-the-scene chief cabinet secretary has vowed to follow ‘Abenomics’, and his strong victory in a party election shows his political and negotiating skills

Chinese academic Chen Hong falls foul of Australia, but insists he is an ‘Australianist’

A decision by Australia’s national security agency to cancel the visas of two Chinese academics has embroiled the nations in a bitter diplomatic fight

How China’s forest campaign proved you can plant too many trees

The country’s long and expensive programme shows that creating a forest is a complex and subtle task

China plugs loopholes to curb risks in $49-trillion financial industry

Nonfinancial companies that do business across at least two financial sectors will require licences

Myanmar erases name of Rohingya village razed in 2017 ethnic cleansing

On maps produced in 2020 by the UN mapping unit in Myanmar, which it says are based on Myanmar government maps, the site of the destroyed village is now ...

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