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TOKYO (Bloomberg): When hundreds of protesters gathered outside Japan’s embassy in Yangon during the height of nationwide anti-coup protests in February, Ambassador Ichiro Maruyama emerged from the gates with a firm warning for the junta: Release the detained civilian leadership "immediately.”
YANGON (Bloomberg): As the death toll among Myanmar’s protesters rose dramatically last weekend, military air strikes against one of the country’s largest rebel groups stoked fears of another problem: Full-fledged civil war.
Jakarta’s efforts to help its South-East Asian neighbour are partly aimed at keeping it within Asean’s orbit rather than China’s, and the same time also hoping to impress its democratic credentials on US President Joe Biden, giving the country leverage in its strategic interests
PETALING JAYA: An expert on South-East Asian politics and security has described the charging of three extremists linked to the 2002 Bali bombings and 2003 Jakarta attack as a “sudden move” that was politically motivated by the previous Trump administration to make life difficult for his successor.
AMID the hand-wringing about what a Joe Biden administration in the United States could mean to the American posture in East Asia, here’s something of equal importance unspooling in another corner of the continent that could, at some point, tail back to us: last month’s murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist and the fallout from US President Donald Trump’s end-of-term moves towards that nation.
Pavin Chachavalpongpun - From exile in Kyoto, a social media leader in the fight for Thailand and with the young behind him
KYOTO: In the world of academia, Pavin Chachavalpongpun is known as an associate professor at one of Japan’s most prestigious universities, a sought-after expert on South-East Asian politics and a regular commentator for some of the West’s largest newspapers, writes Joel Tansey of the Japan Times.
In Thailand’s democracy, emoticons and retweets are becoming the new ballots.
BANGKOK (Bloomberg): In Thailand's democracy, emoticons and retweets are becoming the new ballots.