ASIA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
China Media Slams Philippine Leader Comments on Disputed Waters

Chinese state media slam Philippine President over remarks that compared Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea to demands for land made by Nazi Germany.

West Denounces Repression of Bloggers, Religions in Vietnam

Western countries denounce Vietnam’s jailing of bloggers and curbs on the Internet, calling on its Communist government to respect basic freedoms of worship and expression.

Wide Gap Between New Delhi, Beijing Smog Policies

Beijing is taking steps to improve air quality but New Delhi hasn’t done much to tackle the problem, largely because there’s been little public outcry.

Japan Unease Over US Alliance Adds Fuel to Abe’s Security Shift

Concern that the United States may one day be unable or unwilling to defend Japan is driving a push by the latter for greater militarization.

Thai Central Bank Warns of Substantial Risk From Prolonged Unrest

Thailand’s central bank warns of “substantially increased” risk to economic growth after the weekend’s disrupted general election did nothing to restore political stability.

Sri Lanka Refuses Visa for US State Dept Official After War Crimes Accusations

Tensions between the United States and the South Asian nation have risen after an American official backed a third UN resolution over war crimes allegations.

Indonesian Minister Tried But Couldn’t Block His Own Mining Law

Indonesia’s Mining Minister failed to stop his ill-conceived policy of ending exports of unprocessed ores, a move that caused the mining industry to shut down.

Wary North Korea Struggles to Stay Afloat in Info Age

Access to the Internet is highly restricted by a regime that keeps its people in the dark about the outside world, but some North Koreans use a local Intranet called “Bright.”

Thai Opposition Challenges Poll in Court as Protest Numbers Dwindle

Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party challenges the weekend’s disputed ballot in court as the Election Commission probes possible campaigning irregularities.

With Election Disrupted, Thai Protestors Regroup and Refocus

After blocking voting across parts of Bangkok and much of the anti-government south of Thailand, the opposition-backed protest movement is marching again.

Obama’s Asia Policy Set Back by Democrat

US President Barack Obama’s Asia policy takes a hit, and it comes from a member of his own party.

Confident of Asean Relations, China Denounces Japan’s Air Defense Zone ‘Hype’

China doesn’t feel threatened by Southeast Asian countries, the Foreign Ministry says, warning Japan not to “spread rumors” it plans a new air defense zone.

Thai Elections Peaceful, But Crisis Far From Over

Protesters force thousands of polling booths to close in Bangkok and the south, and efforts are already underway to nullify the polls.

Global Watchdog Says Indian Cars Fail Safety Test

Several of India’s most popular car models crumpled in independent crash tests in ways that would likely lead to fatality or serious injury.

Thailand’s New Fault Line: The Right to Vote

As the country prepares to go to the polls on Sunday, opponents of the current government have put the electoral process itself in their sights

Thai Govt Officials Forced to Beg Access to Offices

Thai officials beg permission from anti-government demonstrators to let them into their offices, while public services have come to a halt during weeks of protest.

After Stunning Debut, India’s Anti-Graft Party Scrambles to Dispel Doubts

Anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal has shaken up India’s political landscape but is scrambling to dispel fears that his rabble-rousing populism could be a liability.

China Faces Obstacles on Road to Consumer Society

Chinese are reluctant to open their wallets amid rising living costs, but the country’s Communist Party leaders are trying to move away from an investment-led economy.

North Korea Warns of Tensions Over US-South Korea War Games

North Korea again voices increasingly shrill opposition to annual joint drills between the United States and South Korea, potentially raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Malaysia Navy Chief Denies Chinese Incursion

Malaysia’s navy chief has denied a report that three Chinese navy ships patrolled an area claimed by the Southeast Asian country.