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John Lee: Hong Kong’s new chief
John Lee
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John Lee: Hong Kong’s new chief

Former chief secretary takes top job in ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping
1 Jul 2022
What would happen if China invaded Taiwan?
Chinese troops on mobile rocket launchers during a parade in Beijing
Fact file

What would happen if China invaded Taiwan?

Beijing warns that it will ‘fight at all costs’ if anyone ‘dares to secede Taiwan’
13 Jun 2022
The origins of the Quad
Leaders of Australia, US, Japan and India meet in Tokyo
Getting to grips with . . .

The origins of the Quad

US, Japan, Australia and India accused of trying to form ‘Asian Nato’
25 May 2022
How Japan could tip Asia’s balance of power
The Japanese Self Defence Force during live fire exercises
In Depth

How Japan could tip Asia’s balance of power

Tokyo to double arms spending to counter threat from Beijing
28 Apr 2022
Why Australia is furious over China’s ‘secret’ deal
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare pictured in Beijing
Getting to grips with . . .

Why Australia is furious over China’s ‘secret’ deal

Beijing now ‘very likely’ to establish military presence in South Pacific, minister warns
28 Apr 2022
Are North Korea’s nuclear weapons a threat?
A news broadcast of the military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea
Fact file

Are North Korea’s nuclear weapons a threat?

Kim Jong Un warns secretive state is accelerating its atomic missile program
27 Apr 2022
A ‘gutter fight’: South Korea’s election plumbs new depths 
‘The fool’: Yoon Suk-yeol squeaked the win
Behind the scenes

A ‘gutter fight’: South Korea’s election plumbs new depths 

The election didn’t involve sober debate, but campaigns dominated by personalities and mud-slinging
18 Mar 2022

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Exploring South Korea’s new Covid strategy
South Koreans line up to get tested for Covid-19
In Depth

Exploring South Korea’s new Covid strategy

Government has changed tack to prioritise the elderly and vulnerable
21 Feb 2022
Why Hong Kong is in an Omicron ‘onslaught’
Healthcare workers wearing PPE in Hong Kong
Getting to grips with . . .

Why Hong Kong is in an Omicron ‘onslaught’

Government’s zero-Covid plan faces ‘critical test’ as record infections overwhelm city
15 Feb 2022
How has Japan’s border experiment worked?
People wearing face masks in Japan
Global lens

How has Japan’s border experiment worked?

Japanese government warned its isolationist Covid policy risks alienating allies
11 Feb 2022
Why is New Zealand shutting its borders again?
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adjusts her face mask following a press conference
In Depth

Why is New Zealand shutting its borders again?

Citizens unable to return home as quarantine boss warns of ‘unprecedented’ risk
19 Jan 2022
What next for Tonga after deadly volcano eruption?
Aerial footage provided by the New Zealand Defence Force shows heavy ash across Tonga
The latest on . . .

What next for Tonga after deadly volcano eruption?

Thick layers of ash hamper relief effort as scale of damage emerges
19 Jan 2022
Djokovic visa saga: game, set, match to Australian immigration?
Novak Djokovic takes a break from training at Melbourne Park
The latest on . . .

Djokovic visa saga: game, set, match to Australian immigration?

Defending champion’s visa is re-cancelled by the country’s immigration minister
14 Jan 2022
Djokovic’s next big battle: fighting deportation from Australia
Novak Djokovic is a nine-time Australian Open champion
The latest on . . .

Djokovic’s next big battle: fighting deportation from Australia

Serb’s visa is cancelled and his appeal has been adjourned until Monday
6 Jan 2022
Man who triggered Australia lockdown is jailed
A lockdown warning sign in Tasmania, Australia
Stranger than fiction

Man who triggered Australia lockdown is jailed

Tim Gunn tested positive for Covid-19 after breaching quarantine
22 Dec 2021
Hong Kong voters shun first post-crackdown election
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam casts her vote
In Brief

Hong Kong voters shun first post-crackdown election

Pro-Beijing candidates sweep controversial Legislative Council vote
20 Dec 2021
The rise and fall of Hong Kong’s Jimmy Lai
Jailed Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai
Profile

The rise and fall of Hong Kong’s Jimmy Lai

Founder of Apple Daily newspaper convicted of incitement over Tiananmen massacre vigil
9 Dec 2021
Rohingya launch $150bn Facebook lawsuit over genocide hate speech
A Rohingya refugee carries his mother in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp, Bangladesh
In Depth

Rohingya launch $150bn Facebook lawsuit over genocide hate speech

Victims in UK and US legal action claim social media giant failed to prevent incitement of violence
7 Dec 2021
What the ‘One China’ principle means for future of Taiwan
Taiwanese people wave their national flag during celebrations in capital Taipei to commemorate the foundation of the Republic of China
Expert’s view

What the ‘One China’ principle means for future of Taiwan

The policy has cast the government in Taipei out into the diplomatic wilderness
6 Dec 2021
Investing in Asia: what the experts think
Vietnam: ‘set for a big leap’
Expert’s view

Investing in Asia: what the experts think

China Plus One, Viet opportunity and India’s stealthy bull
18 Nov 2021
Everything we know so far about the Tokyo ‘Joker’ knife attack
Emergency services arrive on the scene of the knife attack
Getting to grips with . . .

Everything we know so far about the Tokyo ‘Joker’ knife attack

Suspect reportedly told police he wanted to murder to get ‘death penalty’
1 Nov 2021
Singapore hit by ‘mystery’ blip surge in Covid cases
Health workers take a nasal swab in Singapore
In Depth

Singapore hit by ‘mystery’ blip surge in Covid cases

City-state forced to pause shift away from zero-coronavirus policy
29 Oct 2021
How New Zealand’s new vaccine plan will create a ‘two-tier society’
Jacinda Ardern
In Depth

How New Zealand’s new vaccine plan will create a ‘two-tier society’

Jacinda Ardern unveils traffic-light system that will grant more rights to fully jabbed people
26 Oct 2021
Ben Roberts-Smith: the soldier accused of killing ‘helpless Afghans’
Ben Roberts-Smith arrives in court in Sydney
Profile

Ben Roberts-Smith: the soldier accused of killing ‘helpless Afghans’

The former special forces corporal is suing newspapers for defamation in case that renews spotlight on alleged military abuses
5 Oct 2021
Manny Pacquiao: from king of the ring to the presidency?
Manny Pacquiao lost to Yordenis Ugas in the final fight of his career
Profile

Manny Pacquiao: from king of the ring to the presidency?

After retiring from boxing the Filipino legend is facing his biggest battle yet
29 Sep 2021
North Korea and the limits of missile diplomacy
South Koreans watch the North Korean missile launch
The latest on . . .

North Korea and the limits of missile diplomacy

After ‘duelling’ missile tests on the Korean peninsula, North Korea’s intentions are harder than ever to read
24 Sep 2021
How Asia’s leaders triggered the world’s most rapid arms race
A 2015 military parade in Beijing, China
In Depth

How Asia’s leaders triggered the world’s most rapid arms race

North Korea dominates headlines but neighbouring nations are also stockpiling arms
16 Sep 2021
What we know about North Korea’s long-range cruise missile test
A North Korean missile test in 2019
Fact file

What we know about North Korea’s long-range cruise missile test

US says the weapon may have nuclear capabilities and poses ‘threats’ to neighbouring nations
13 Sep 2021
Kim Jong Un’s sister warns of US and South Korea ‘invasion’ plot
Kim Yo-Jong pictured with Kim Jong-Un in 2018
Unreported world

Kim Jong Un’s sister warns of US and South Korea ‘invasion’ plot

Kim Yo Jong says military rehearsals are ‘undesirable self-destructive act’
10 Aug 2021
What the first national security law verdict means for Hong Kong
Tong Ying-kit arrives in court
Getting to grips with . . .

What the first national security law verdict means for Hong Kong

Man aged 24 found guilty of secession and terrorism in landmark trial ruling
28 Jul 2021
Should the Tokyo 2020 Olympics be cancelled? 
The Japan and Australia women’s softball teams line up ahead of the opening match at Tokyo 2020
Today’s big question

Should the Tokyo 2020 Olympics be cancelled? 

Just days before the opening ceremony a cancellation has not been ruled out 
21 Jul 2021
How the Delta variant broke through Australia’s Covid defences
A drive-through testing centre in Perth
The latest on . . .

How the Delta variant broke through Australia’s Covid defences

More than ten million Australians put under lockdown as highly contagious new strain spreads
30 Jun 2021
Why a Pacific trade deal may be risky
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss
Expert’s view

Why a Pacific trade deal may be risky

Complex geopolitics and costly negotiations may mean the deal will not rank as a post-Brexit benefit
24 Jun 2021
What Britain can learn from Japan and Germany’s social care systems
Elderly people
In Depth

What Britain can learn from Japan and Germany’s social care systems

In both countries new taxes were introduced to pay for comprehensive care
13 May 2021
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