Georgia Attacks Prompt a Muted Reaction in Asia

Six of the eight victims were of Asian descent. But in China and South Korea, debate over the violence played out with far less intensity than it did in the United States.

#atlanta-ga, #china, #discrimination, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #singapore, #taiwan, #vietnam

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President Biden Takes 1st Tentative Steps to Address Global Covid-19 Vaccine Shortage

Under pressure to play catch-up on “vaccine diplomacy,” President Biden says he will help finance vaccine manufacturing capacity but is still resisting exports of doses.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Takes First Tentative Steps to Address Global Vaccine Shortage

Under pressure to play catch-up on “vaccine diplomacy,” President Biden says he will help finance vaccine manufacturing capacity but is still resisting exports of doses.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’: Chaos Strikes Global Shipping

The pandemic has disrupted international trade, driving up the cost of shipping goods and adding a fresh challenge to the global economic recovery.

#california, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delays-transportation, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jakarta-indonesia, #maersk-line, #north-america, #ports, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #southeast-asia, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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‘Like a Warm Hug From an Angel’

For a handful of cultures across the globe, the Arab world among them, these distinct blankets deliver not only an impossibly warm, soft hug but a great sense of belonging.

#beds-and-bedding, #design, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east, #muslim-americans, #north-africa, #qasimi-farah-al, #united-states

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Biden Inherits Growing Risks on Nuclear Arms Control

With Russia, China and North Korea all modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and Iran enriching, allies want U.S. reassurance. But they are less inclined to believe it.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #iran, #merkel-angela, #middle-east, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Future of Pacific Islands Forum Is in Doubt After Palau’s Exit

The future of an 18-nation group is in doubt after Palau abandoned it over a leadership dispute.

#cook-islands, #elections, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #global-warming, #international-relations, #pacific-islands-forum, #palau

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A Breakout Portrait Artist Invested in Asian Representation

Entirely self-taught, Jiab Prachakul has spent over a decade honing her practice and its purpose. Now, she’s gotten her first big show.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #lyon-france, #prachakul-jiab, #race-and-ethnicity, #thailand

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Biden’s Nightmare May Be China

Think dealing with Mitch McConnell will be tough? Managing a reckless Xi Jinping will be even harder.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Trump Administration Officials Who Resigned Over Capitol Violence

Several officials announced that they were stepping down after a mob of the president’s supporters disrupted the process of certifying the election results on Wednesday.

#far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #grisham-stephanie, #mulvaney-mick, #pottinger-matthew, #presidential-transition-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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With Concessions and Deals, China’s Leader Tries to Box Out Biden

Xi Jinping has been making trade agreements in Asia and now Europe, hoping to head off the incoming president’s efforts to rally a united front against China.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #forced-labor, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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In 2020, We Were There: The Year’s 13 Most Popular Dispatches

Even challenged by extraordinary travel restrictions, our correspondents explored the world’s most compelling places, in 49 countries, although their journeys often became more local, and personal.

#africa, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #latin-america, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #road-trips

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‘Box’ or Gem? A Scramble to Save Asia’s Modernist Buildings

Groups across the region are rallying to save buildings that officials consider too new, too ugly or too unimportant to protect from demolition.

#architecture, #cambodia, #design, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hong-kong, #hotel-okura-tokyo-japan, #japan, #la-scala-theater-paris-france, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #real-estate-commercial, #singapore, #thailand

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The Appealing and Potentially Lethal Delicacy That Is Fugu

Eating has been a perilous act for most of human history, but Western diners have lately become that much more obsessed with the idea that our meals might destroy us.

#far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #food, #fugu-fish, #japan, #japanese-food-cuisine, #poisoning-and-poisons, #seafood

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‘Trump Is Better’: In Asia, Pro-Democracy Forces Worry About Biden

The president-elect’s aim of restoring foreign policy norms has spooked human rights defenders in Asia, who praise President Trump as someone willing to confront dictators.

#ai-weiwei, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #faith-based-initiatives, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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Why Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan Have to Keep Beating Back Coronavirus

Hard-to-trace clusters, along with pandemic fatigue, have forced officials in Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan to keep recalibrating their responses.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #hong-kong, #japan

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Cooperative Competition Is Possible Between China and the U.S.

A former vice foreign minister of China proposes a way forward for the world’s two leading powers.

#afghanistan, #china, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #international-relations, #iraq, #libya, #national-peoples-congress-china, #politburo-standing-committee-of-the-communist-party-of-china, #taiwan, #territorial-disputes, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy

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Jan Myrdal, Swedish Author and Provocateur, Dies at 93

His father and mother were both Nobel winners. His most famous book was about how badly they had treated him.

#books-and-literature, #childhood-1982-book, #deaths-obituaries, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #myrdal-jan, #politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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A Festival of New Asian Art, Seeking a Direction

“We Do Not Dream Alone,” the first Asia Society Triennial of contemporary art, is in search of a reason for being.

#art, #asia-society, #east-asia, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #new-york-city, #tan-boon-hui, #we-do-not-dream-alone-exhibit, #yun-michelle-curator

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China Signs Asia Trade Deal. Will Biden Follow?

The deal sealed on Sunday stands as a potent symbol of Beijing’s growing economic sway in Southeast Asia at a time of uncertainty over Washington’s economic ties with the region.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #china, #customs-tariff, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #regional-comprehensive-economic-partnership, #trans-pacific-partnership, #united-states-international-relations

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To Recognize Misinformation in Media, Teach a Generation While It’s Young

There is no silver bullet to slay internet lies and fictions. But students can be taught to know when information is reliable.

#atlanta-ga, #australia, #boston-mass, #censorship, #clark-katherine-m, #computers-and-the-internet, #connecticut, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #illiteracy, #kim-jong-un, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #massachusetts, #news-and-news-media, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #social-media, #united-states

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The Rise of Child Labor in the Coronavirus Pandemic

With schools closed and families desperate for income, millions of children are being forced into work that is often dangerous, arduous and illegal.

#bihar-india, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-labor, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-nations

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From Asia to Africa, China Promotes Its Vaccines to Win Friends

With pledges of a coronavirus vaccine, China is on a charm offensive to repair strained diplomatic ties and bolster engagement with other countries.

#africa, #bangladesh, #china, #clinical-trials, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Work Diary of 88rising’s Pan-Cultural Hitmaker

Sean Miyashiro used to drive around listening to music, pretending it was off his own label. Now it’s come true.

#88rising-live-nation-entertainment-inc, #advertising-and-marketing, #asian-americans, #east-asia, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #k-pop, #los-angeles-calif, #miyashiro-sean, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop

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Why Did a Chinese Diplomat Walk All Over People on a Pacific Island?

The dispute over a welcome ceremony in Kiribati has put concerns about Chinese diplomacy and colonialism front and center.

#australia, #china, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #united-states-international-relations, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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China’s Claims to the South China Sea Are Unlawful. Now What?

Republican and Democratic administrations have failed to thwart aggressive expansion in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes. The solution isn’t flashy, but it could work.

#defense-and-military-forces, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-of-the-sea-un-convention, #presidential-election-of-2020, #spratly-islands, #united-states-international-relations

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The Two China Fires

Is America prepared for a Cold War with China?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #pompeo-mike, #south-china-sea, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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U.S. Says Most of China’s Claims in South China Sea Are Illegal

The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo portends more American military operations to push back Chinese maritime activity and sanctions on Chinese companies.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #law-of-the-sea-un-convention, #mischief-reef, #pompeo-mike, #south-china-sea, #spratly-islands, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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China’s Military Provokes Its Neighbors, but the Message Is for the United States

From the Himalayas to the South China Sea, China is pressing its territorial claims aggressively, raising the possibility of additional deadly clashes.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-china-sea, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #xi-jinping

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Johnson & Johnson Will Stop Selling Skin-Whitening Lotions

The Neutrogena and Clean & Clear products, which were advertised as dark-spot reducers and were sold in Asia and the Middle East, will soon come off the shelves, the manufacturer said.

#advertising-and-marketing, #aunt-jemima-milling-co, #black-people, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #johnsonjohnson, #race-and-ethnicity, #skin, #unilever-nv

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Eleven artists on what it means to be Asian-American

We asked 11 illustrators of Asian descent to create a self-portrait, reflecting on their heritage, their stories of immigration, and how they identify as an Asian-American.

#asian-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #race-and-ethnicity

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A New Museum Director’s First Challenge: Which Exhibits to Give Back

Figures on both sides of the restitution debate are hoping that Emmanuel Kasarhérou’s bicultural background will make him receptive to their views.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #france, #kasarherou-emmanuel, #museums, #new-caledonia, #sarr-felwine, #savoy-benedicte

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The Arrival of the ‘Murder Hornet’

We didn’t stop the coronavirus. But perhaps we can stop the giant hornets.

#bees, #deaths-fatalities, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #hornets-insects, #insects, #invasive-species, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #washington-state

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Naikon, Group Tied to China’s Military, Deploys Debilitating New Cyberattack Tool

An Israeli security company said the hacking software, called Aria-body, had been deployed against governments and state-owned companies in Australia and Southeast Asia.

#australia, #check-point-software-technologies-ltd, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #ministry-of-state-security-of-the-peoples-republic-of-china, #peoples-liberation-army-china

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How Italy Coped, and Will Keep Coping

As Italians move toward a less stringent regimen to minimize their exposure to the coronavirus, they can take pride in an unusual collective effort.

#bergamo-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cremona-italy, #cuba, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #france, #germany, #italy, #lombardy-italy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rome-italy, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-media, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

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U.S. Spy Agencies Weigh Tying Intelligence Sharing to Ending Bans on Gays

The move is part of an effort by the acting director of national intelligence to prod countries that outlaw homosexuality to instead decriminalize it.

#africa, #defense-intelligence-agency, #discrimination, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #foreign-aid, #grenell-richard, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #middle-east, #national-security-agency, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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