Asia in the News: April 19, 2021

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Daily news headlines about Asia from around the world (past 24 hours)

April 18: East Asia leads e-commerce and the digital trade revolution

Inclusive and sustainable East Asian digital platforms are leading the global e-commerce revolution.East Asia Forum13 hours ago

Bulls and bears tussle as China’s stock markets stumble

HONG KONG — Chinese stocks are displaying a contradiction. How is it that a market on which so many fund managers are so persistently bullish has plu.Nikkei Asia4 hours ago

Asia should be major engine for sustainable global recovery: report – Xinhua |

BOAO, Hainan, April 18 (Xinhua) — Asia should be a major engine for sustainable global recovery, according to a report released by the Boao Forum for Asia …Xinhua16 hours ago

Asia-Pacific stocks mixed; Ant Group denies report that it’s exploring ways for Ma to exit

Ant Group said in a tweet that a recent report by Reuters that the firm was looking at ways for Jack Ma to exit were “untrue and baseless.”CNBC1 hour ago

Tencent’s plans for Indonesia herald wave of Asian data centres

Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings is raising the stakes in the race against global competitors for the burgeoning cloud services market in Asia, …Financial Times3 hours ago

Is Southeast Asia waking up to need for unity in South China Sea?

Internal conflicts among Southeast Asian countries that are party to the dispute weaken the negotiations with Beijing, analysts say.South China Morning Post33 minutes ago

Your best photos of Asia from our Destinations Photo Contest

Asia holds significant beauty, and you captured it. Our Destinations Travel Photo Contest hosted some wonderful photos taken by travelers such as YOU!WiscNews3 hours ago

Live long and prosper: Challenges and lessons in aging Asia

Share. QR. Copied. Asia has been a global economic powerhouse in recent decades. But the region is well on track to a gray future, as Asian countries are …CGTN13 hours ago

Time to stop funding Asia’s costly addiction to LNG and coal power

Development banks should be funding Asia’s clean energy transition – not saddling countries with cripplingly expensive and outdated fossil fuel infrastructures.South China Morning Post12 hours agoOpinion

Post-virus fashion sector: Asia drives demand for luxury in Europe | Daily Sabah

The fashion sector received its share of suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as tearing a multibillion-dollar bite out of the fabric industry in Europe, …Daily Sabah16 hours ago

TVBET names its top three live games in Asia in 1Q21 – IAG

Live games provider TVBET says it has completed an analysis of its most popular games among Asian players, with statistics collected in 1Q21 showing Keno, …Inside Asian Gaming23 hours ago

L’Oréal propelled by gains in Asia Pacific | News

First-quarter growth at the French beauty giant L’Oréal was dominated by one region: Asia-Pacific. And obviously, China powered much of it and is likely to …Campaign Asia9 hours ago

Asia can grow fat on the West’s post-lockdown appetite

Neil Newman asks what’s on the menu after a year of lockdown; some traditional Chinese ramen, Portuguese tempura or octopus balls dipped in Kewpie mayo?South China Morning Post2 hours agoOpinion

Asian shares near short-term highs

Asian shares have hovered near one-and-a-half week highs helped by expectations monetary policy will remain accommodative the world over, while vaccine … minutes ago

Asia Stocks Set to Rise, U.S. Equity Futures Dip: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Asian shares opened mixed Monday and U.S. equity futures dipped after stocks ended the week at all-time highs, with investors focusing on the …Yahoo Finance3 hours ago

VOA Asia for Monday April 19

Japan and the United States strengthen alliance. Concerns rise about U.S. Afghan departure. Britain makes its exit from Afghanistan. A Cambodian silk craft is …Voice of America1 hour ago

Tourism seeks Asia bubble after New Zealand launch

Tourism bodies are urging the Morrison government to provide a road map for future travel bubbles as the nation takes its first steps to resume international …The Australian16 hours ago

Singapore-based TE Asia Healthcare looks to join US$1 billion club

SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) – TE Asia Healthcare Partners, backed by private equity firm TPG Capital, expects to achieve a valuation of US$1 billion (S$1.33 …The Straits Times1 hour ago

Boao reports outline opportunities, deficits for Asia’s economies

Share. QR. Copied. Boao Forum for Asia publishes two annual reports, in Boao, south China’s Hainan Province, April 18, 2021. Wang Tianyu/CGTN.CGTN20 hours ago

North Korea’s Nuclear Threat and East Asia’s Regional Security Stability

The East Asian region’s anarchy system is colored by mutual distrust, which makes the countries in this region constantly competitive.Modern Diplomacy18 hours ago

Coronavirus vaccination rate now on investors’ radar

TOKYO — Investors in global financial markets are starting to put their money in places where rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines have made the most progre.Nikkei Asia17 hours ago

Shanghai Auto Show, Biden climate summit, Luxshare results

Welcome to Your Week in Asia.The environment will be on the agenda Thursday as leaders from 40 of the world’s top greenhouse gas-emitting countries ma.Nikkei Asia16 hours ago

Hong Kong students learn new lesson: respect China’s laws

HONG KONG — Hong Kong has been renowned for its liberal education system aimed at fostering free, intellectual and critical thinking,Nikkei Asia13 hours ago

Asia-Pacific Currencies Rise after US Benchmark 10-year Treasury Yield Dipped to One-Year Low

The U.S. Dollar posted losses against the Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollars amid an extended retreat in Treasury yields.FX Empire3 hours ago

BMT’s Marine Survey and Consulting Services Poised for Further Growth

Over the course of more than 20 years of operations in the Asia Pacific region, BMT has increased industrial collaboration and strategic partnerships to position …The Maritime Executive13 hours ago

‘We’re fighting to end age-old prejudice’

Invisible Asia is a weekly series of stories, videos and podcasts in which The Straits Times’ correspondents cast the spotlight on people and communities around …The Straits Times4 hours ago

Grab’s SPAC adventure tells bigger tale of our FOMO times

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of “Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan’s Lost Decades.”Even the lea.Nikkei Asia5 hours agoOpinion

Huawei unveils HarmonyOS-based EV developed with BAIC

SHANGHAI — Huawei Technologies launched five automated-driving solutions Sunday, including one that runs on its HarmonyOS operating system.The produc.Nikkei Asia9 hours ago

Weekly Digest of Central Asia

BISHKEK (TCA) — The Publisher’s note: Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Central Asia was the scene of intense geopolitical struggle and the Great …Times of Central Asia12 hours ago

Gospel For Asia Rebrands And Expands Ministry – Vision Christian Radio

One of the world’s largest mission agencies is launching compassion projects in Africa. GFA World, formerly known as Gospel for Asia, expects to begin work in …Vision Christian Media6 hours ago

This Army is the Hope of China and Asia — Agnes Smedley, a War Correspondent from the United States

In the library of Arizona State University, one may see the handwriting of the renowned American journalist Agnes Smedley — “Who & What are Chinese …Global Times22 hours ago

Red Sands: a journey through the flavours of Central Asia

More travelogue than conventional cookbook, writer Caroline Eden chronicles the food she has eaten, the people she has met and the sights she has seen in …South China Morning Post7 hours ago

Global Forecast-Asia

Global Forecast – Asia as of 13:30 GMT Sunday, April 18, 2021. Minimum and maximum temperatures in Celsius, precipitation in centimeters and weather …Taiwan News12 hours ago

Posco cuts ties to Myanmar junta as multinationals face scrutiny

BANGKOK/SEOUL — Multinationals in Myanmar face growing calls from shareholders to sever business ties with the junta, with South Korean steelmaker Po.Nikkei Asia22 hours ago

Asia’s tycoons pile into SPACs just as US eyes tighter rules

(April 18): Asia’s billionaires had only just started taking to blank-cheque companies, but now the SPAC boom is deflating on Wall Street. After a frenzy of listings …The Edge Markets MY12 hours ago

Opinion | China’s third phase of genocide denial: Attacking those who speak the truth

Radio Free Asia reporters such as Gulchehra Hoja and her colleagues have been attacked as liars, criminals, terrorists and persons of “bad morality” by the …The Washington Post5 hours agoOpinion

India back in Asia/Oceania zone after loss

New Delhi, April 17 Ankita Raina’s gallant fight ended in defeat again as she went down to world No. 47 Anastasija Sevastova in India’s must-win playoffs match …The Tribune India23 hours ago

Asian-American Artists, Now Activists, Push Back Against Hate

Early in the pandemic, word started to travel among Asian-American artists: racist attacks were on the rise. Jamie Chan told a fellow artist, Kenneth Tam, about …The New York Times5 hours ago

Evidence of exposure to coronaviruses in East Asia 25,000 years ago is found

People in East Asia may have been exposed to coronaviruses …The National14 hours ago

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, April 18

KABUL — Three Taliban militants were killed by their own bomb in Afghanistan eastern Logar province on Saturday according to a local independent war …Big News Network9 hours ago

Facebook reaches sustainability goal with 100% renewable energy | Press Releases | Asia | Sustainable Business

Announces new partnership with leading renewable energy provider in India. Facebook today announced two sustainability and renewable energy milestones.Eco-Business9 hours ago

Japan gears up for US defense cooperation in ‘all domains’

TOKYO — Japan will push to increase defense spending and capabilities to broaden cooperation with the U.S. in regional security as laid out in Friday.Nikkei Asia5 hours ago

GLOBAL-LNG -Asian spot prices rise as China replenishes inventories

Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) rose this week as China, Japan and South Korea sought supply in an early move to stock up for winter, industry …Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide7 hours ago

Survey: Asian Women less open to having children outside marriage than Nordic counterparts

According to an international survey by the Nippon Foundation of female attitudes, East Asia women showed a tendency to view giving birth out of wedlock …ScandAsia.com10 hours ago

Army aims to create ‘Jason Bourne-like’ super soldiers

Fans of the Jason Bourne movies, are familiar with the scenario. Bourne, a rogue deep cover agent, boasts near superhuman powers, thanks to his highly.Asia Times9 hours ago

Jordanian student selected as sole Arab representative to Asia World Model United Nations in Indonesia

AMMAN — Al Hassan Al Fakih, 21, a student from the University of Jordan, was selected as the sole Arab representative to the upcoming Asia World Model …MENAFN.COM3 hours ago

Ultra-rich Asians eye Singapore luxury homes amid Covid-19 pandemic

The city state’s effective handling of Covid-19 has piqued the interest of those looking for investment homes.South China Morning Post21 hours ago

Ramada by Wyndham Playford Adelaide North breaks ground

The Ramada by Wyndham Playford ground-breaking event was attended by Matt Holmes, Head of Development – South East Asia & Pacific Rim at Wyndham …The Hotel Conversation19 hours ago

Japanese journalist detained in Myanmar: media

YANGON (Kyodo) — A Japanese freelance journalist was detained by security forces in Myanmar’s largest city Yangon on Sunday, local media report.Nikkei Asia10 hours ago

South Korea, US show differences over Japan’s Fukushima plans

SEOUL: South Korea raised concerns over Japan’s decision to release contaminated water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea with …CNA22 hours ago

Weather information for Asia-Pacific

HONG KONG, April 18 (Xinhua) — The following is the temperature and weather forecast of Sunday for Asia-Pacific cities dispatched Sunday by the Hong Kong … hours ago

New Strategic report on Asia Pacific Kimchi Market Growth Outlook Trends, and Forecast 2020-2026 | CJ, Daesang – The Courier

The recently published analysis study on Asia Pacific Kimchi Market Report covers major key segments, regional breakdowns, competitive landscape, mark.The Courier19 hours ago

Myanmar unity government says it must be part of any ASEAN bid to end crisis

Myanmar’s newly formed government of national unity urged neighbouring countries to not recognise the junta that seized power in February and to negotiate …Reuters9 hours ago

China-Iran pact boosts Pakistan’s trade hub dream

PESHAWAR – When China and Iran recently announced their landmark 25-year economic and security agreement, Pakistan’s military leadership was …Asia Times22 hours ago

Planet Zoo Southeast Asia Animal Pack Overview: Climb All The Trees

This pack features eight brand new animals, many of which love climbing trees. Here’s what you can expect from the first animal-focused DLC.TheGamer3 hours ago

World’s Best & Worst Passports: Asian Countries Hog Limelight With ‘Top & Bottom Spots’ On The Table

The two Asian countries top the list of the world’s best and worst passports. At the same time, two other nations from the region earn the dubious distinction of …EurAsian Times18 hours ago

Delhi govt files complaint against IndiGo, Vistara, SpiceJet and AirAsia for flouting Covid norms

The Delhi government has lodged a complaint against four airlines including IndiGo, Vistara, Spice Jet and Air Asia for flouting Covid norms. The action against …India TV News11 hours ago

China and US pledge climate change commitment

The US and China announced actions to tackle climate change following meetings in Shanghai last week.BBC News17 hours ago

West Papua action group raises human rights issues with Taieri MP

Asia Pacific Report newsdesk. The local West Papua action group in Dunedin has met Taieri MP Ingrid Leary and raised human rights and militarisation issues …Asia Pacific Report18 hours ago

Despite uncertainties, SBP ‘fully committed’ to hosting FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers

The SBP is working with relevant agencies to ensure a successful hosting of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Clark, Pampanga this June.ABS-CBN News18 hours ago

QFC, Labuan to boost economic growth between Asia, Middle East

Qatar Financial Centre Authority and Labuan International Business and Financial Centre are in the the process to maximise regional economic growth.Doha News11 hours ago

Taiwan says never sought to use exchange rate for trade advantage

TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan has never sought to use foreign exchange rates to gain an unfair trade advantage, the central bank said on Sunday, aft.Nikkei Asia17 hours ago

Images of the Fitbit Luxe fitness tracker leak | Retail News Asia

This past January, Google closed on its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit. Today, Germany’s WinFuture published some photos of the next Fitbit fitness tracker, the …Retail News Asia14 hours ago

‘I wanted to escape this life by hiding who I was’

Japan’s “untouchables” are still ostracised in modern times purely because of their lineage.. Read more at Straits Times4 hours ago

Pfizer agreed to supply additional COVID-19 vaccines, says Japan’s vaccine minister

Pfizer (PFE.N) CEO Albert Bourla has agreed to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s request to supply additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the …Reuters19 hours ago

Vietnam’s largest wind power plant enters operation | Retail News Asia

HCMC-based energy firm Trungnam Group Friday has put its wind power plant in central Ninh Thuan Province into operation, considered the country’s largest.Retail News Asia14 hours ago

Trump looms over Senate’s anti-Asian hate crimes battle | TheHill

Ninety-two senators voted last week to advance an Asian American hate crimes bill.The Hill9 hours ago

India’s Jhilli Dalabehera wins her maiden gold medal at Asian Weightlifting Championship

India’s Jhilli Dalabehera clinched the gold medal in the 45kg category at the Asian Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Sunday. It was only a …India Today16 hours ago

Two quakes rattle Taiwan, no reports of damage

The transport ministry said operations on the high-speed rail line were unaffected.. Read more at Straits Times10 hours ago

China and India claim world records at Asian Weightlifting Championships

China’s seemingly unbeatable weightlifters finished the opening weekend of the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent with three gold medals, two …Insidethegames.biz3 hours ago

Pakistan police and rangers taken hostage in anti-France protests

LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) – At least seven Pakistan police officers and special rangers were taken hostage Sunday (April 18) by supporters of a radical Islamist …The Straits Times10 hours ago

Chapman Tripp Named 2021 Chambers Asia Pacific NZ Law Firm of the Year

Chapman Tripp has been recognised at the 2021 Chambers Asia Pacific Awards as New Zealand Law Firm of the Year.Lawfuel22 hours ago

Cambodia uses wedding halls for COVID patients as cases surge

Cambodia began setting up thousands of hospital beds in two wedding party halls on Sunday to cope with an influx of COVID-19 patients in a country that up …Reuters12 hours ago

Watch | Understanding ‘India and Asian Geopolitics’ with Shivshankar Menon

Dr Happymon Jacob interviews Ambassador Shivshankar Menon (National Security Advisor to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh) on his new book – India …The Wire17 hours ago

India, Thailand see record highs in new infections

NEW DELHI/BANGKOK • India reported 261500 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the tally to nearly 14.8 million infections, according to the Indian Health …The Straits Times4 hours ago

Man charged with attacking undercover Asian NYPD cop released without bail

The man charged with trying to shove an Asian undercover cop onto Queens subway tracks was cut loose without bail Sunday — as the judge claimed, “My …New York Post 7 hours ago

Iran and Kazakhstan claim double gold on final day of Asian Wrestling Champs

Iran and hosts Kazakhstan both claimed two more gold medals in the men’s freestyle wrestling as the United World Wrestling 2021 Asian Wrestling …Insidethegames.biz7 hours ago

Philippine Troops Kill Egyptian, 2 Filipino Militants

Philippine troops killed a suspected Egyptian would-be suicide bomber and two local Abu Sayyaf militants in what military officials said Saturday was a setback that would make it harder for gunmen linked to the Islamic State group to stage suicide attacks. Army troops gunned down the three militants in a 10-minute firefight Friday night near a hinterland village off the mountainous Patikul town in southern Sulu province. They also recovered three assault rifles and bandoliers of ammunition, army brigade commander Col. Benjamin Batara Jr. said. Military officials did not indicate how the thr…VOA Asia21 hours ago

Former Apple executive “rips” the App Store | Retail News Asia

Over the last few days, we’ve passed along some interesting horror stories about the Apple App Store and certain iOS apps. These were discovered by.Retail News Asia14 hours ago

How the second-largest container shipping company in the world is helping to meet global demand amid turbulent times

The pandemic has not stopped the MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company from expanding its services to deliver necessities, from life-saving pharmaceutical …The Business Times3 hours ago

Hidilyn Diaz confirms qualification at Tokyo Olympics

Hidilyn Diaz has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in summer 2021 at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Diaz lifted a 90kg …ampOlympic Channel13 hours ago

Asian dad slugged in apparent Lower Manhattan hate crime

An Asian dad was slugged in the face in Lower Manhattan on Saturday as his assailant yelled, “dumb f—-g c—k!” in front of the victim’s two young children, …New York Post 9 hours ago

One step closer to a Taliban walkover in Afghanistan

Latest US troop withdrawal vow raises *fresh* concerns of a bloody and destabilizing next chapter of the nation’s ‘endless war’. by Salman Rafi Sheikh April 18, …Asia Times20 hours ago

Indonesia rolls out ‘blow in the bag’ COVID-19 tests with results in three minutes

Singapore: Indonesian authorities have defended the use of a locally developed COVID-19 breathalyser at airports and train stations despite *fresh* questions …Sydney Morning Herald6 hours ago

Sea crew member who preliminarily tested positive for B117 strain is Singapore’s sole community case

Singapore reported 23 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Apr 18).CNA10 hours ago

East Asia witness high growth at 11% in modular cleanroom solutions market owing to increasing demand in manufacturing clusters – The Courier

The global modular cleanroom solutions market is set to experience rapid growth at a CAGR over 10% from 2020 to 2030. Over the past years, the market.The Courier18 hours ago

US removes Vietnam from currency manipulator list | Retail News Asia

The U.S. has removed Vietnam from the list of economies it considers currency manipulators, reversing a decision made by the Trump administration in.Retail News Asia14 hours ago

Soccer-Bayern unhappy with coach Flick’s announcement

Bayern Munich are unhappy about coach Hansi Flick’s surprise announcement that he wanted to leave the club at the end of the season, the German …CNA12 hours ago

Philippines warns of floods as Surigae becomes a super typhoon

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) – The Philippines warned of flash floods and landslides as Surigae intensified while on water to become the first super typhoon of 2021.The Straits Times23 hours ago

No final resting place yet for Covid-19 victim

It has been a year since he died but Dr Simon Hercules is yet to find his final resting place. The Catholic neurosurgeon, who died of Covid-19 in Chennai on …The Straits Times4 hours ago

Margaret Cho, Tommy Chong share stories of anti-Asian hate

Anti-Asian hate crimes reported to the NYPD skyrocketed 833% last year compared to 2019, with three anti-Asian crimes reported in 2019 and 28 in 2020.New York Daily News23 hours ago

P&G campaign asks consumers to get sustainable | News

Procter & Gamble is trying to do what it needs to do to become a more environmentally sustainable company. But it won’t make much of a difference unless …Campaign Asia9 hours ago

Dragon soars to top spot in kite contest

This high-flying black and gold dragon won Quek Chin Poh, 17, the top prize in a kite competition at East Coast Park in August 1979. He won a trophy and $75 …The Straits Times4 hours ago

Pakistan supports `orderly`, `responsible` troop pullout from Afghanistan: Qureshi

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said that Islamabad supports an “orderly and responsible” pullout of foreign troops from …WION8 hours ago

2019 ADCC Asia Trials Winner Jacob Malkoun Defeats Abdul Razak Alhassan At UFC Vegas 24

Jacob Malkoun, who won gold at the 2019 ADCC Asia Trials, impressed the judges with his takedowns and ground control in his dominant fight against Abdul …Jiu-Jitsu Times21 hours ago

WTI struggles to regain $63.00 amid quiet Asian session

WTI holds lower ground, extends Friday’s pullback from monthly top. Challenges to US President Joe Biden’s stimulus, lack of *fresh* positives for oil back.Forex Crunch1 hour ago

Meet these South-Asian beauty influencers promoting skin positivity

These South Asian beauty influencers are here to tell us that we don’t have to hide our so-called ‘flaws’, rather celebrate those pores, scars, blemis.Times of India2 hours ago

Asian Wrestling Championships: Deepak Punia reaches final

Showing tremendous skills in defence, Olympic-bound Deepak Punia earned himself a shot at a maiden Asian Championship title by reaching the 86kg final, …Sportstar16 hours ago

Australia’s Crown Resorts offered $2.3 bln to buyout James Packer

Australia’s Crown Resorts Ltd (CWN.AX) said on Monday it will assess a A$3 billion ($2.32 billion) offer by U.S. private equity firm Oaktree Capital to buy James …Reuters1 hour ago

A month later — has UF addressed its own Asian hate?

UF’s AASU discusses the implications of UF administration’s promises to support the Asian American community on campus.The Independent Florida Alligator11 hours ago


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