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Is Asia prepared for deglobalization? (February 27, 2024, The Korea Herald)
  • In 2021, the US Director of National Intelligence Report 2040 saw five future scenarios by 2040: shared global challenges, fragmentation, disequilibrium, contestation and adaptation.

  • Thu-02-2024
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25 ELECTIONS IN 2024 THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD (The Associated Press News)
  • There are more than 50 elections affecting half the planet’s population planned for this year. From Russia to Taiwan to India and more, the presidential and legislative contests have huge implications for human rights, the economy, international relations and prospects for peace in volatile times.

  • Thu-02-2024
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Sudan war: “This is not going to be over soon” (February 13, 2024, Mission Network News)
  • A massive communications blackout crippled life-saving aid deliveries in Sudan this week. The latest food security analysis shows the highest levels of hunger ever recorded during the four-month harvest season.

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Chinese New Year – state targets Christian families (February 8, 2024, Release International)
  • The Chinese New Year begins on February 10. Chinese Christians face a further year of surveillance, censorship and control, which is being extended right into the heart of the family.

  • Fri-02-2024
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A Political Settlement in Thailand’s Deep South: Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back (January 31, 2024, Fulcrum)
  • There are some grounds to be optimistic about the dialogue process in Thailand’s Deep South. But a more permanent solution is likely to be stymied by the kingdom’s powerful military.

  • Sun-02-2024
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Open Doors 2024 Watch List highlights persecution of sub-Saharan African Christians (January 17, 2024, Religion News)
  • This year’s report also raised the alarm on a degrading situation for Indian Christians amid attacks on Christian schools and hospitals in the country.

  • Fri-01-2024
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What went right this week: China smashed renewables records, plus more (January 12, 2024, Positive News)
  • A ‘gamechanger’ cancer test was developed, China smashed renewables records, and the US murder rate fell, plus more good news.

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On The Radar: 2024 elections in Asia (January 12, 2024, Asia Media Centre)
  • This year is shaping up as a major year for elections in Asia. Some of the region's (and the world's) biggest democracies will be going to the polls - so what should you be keeping an eye out for this year? We've rounded up some of the key races to keep an eye on.

  • Fri-01-2024
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Japan earthquake: 30 killed, several feared trapped as rescue op continues (January 3, 2024, The Statesman)
  • At least 30 people died and several others feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings after a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.5 tore down houses, ripped off road surfaces and triggered a tsunami threat in Japan.

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Five cities where your travel cash goes further (December 28, 2023, BBC)
  • Prices have been rising rapidly in cities across the world, driving the cost of living higher than ever before. In fact, the average price of goods and services rose 7.4% year over year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) recently released 2023 Worldwide Cost of Living Report. That's marked a huge jump from the 2.9% average over the past five years.

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  • Thu-02-2024
Brunei expects over 400,000 tourists in 2026 (February 20, 2024, The Star)

In the short term, the tourism industry in the Sultanate anticipates that there will be over 400,000 tourist arrivals by air in 2026, bringing in an estimated BND300 million in tourism receipts from the arrivals.

  • Thu-02-2024
Sri Lanka ends visas for hundreds of thousands of Russians staying there to avoid war (February 27, 2024, Independent UK)

Investigation launched into order asking Russians to leave country amid blacklash over ‘whites only policy’

  • Thu-02-2024
Uzbekistan's Skyward Surge: A Glimpse into the Aviation Sector's Ambitious Overhaul (February 22, 2024, BNN Breaking)

Delve into Uzbekistan's aviation sector journey, from privatizations and fleet expansions to challenges like high airfare prices and underutilized airports. Explore the roadmap for future growth in this dynamic industry.

  • Thu-02-2024
Green hydrogen: Jordan's path to climate action (February 20, 2024, Jordan News)

On Monday, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dr. Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, announced that the Jordanian government has signed 12 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for green hydrogen production in Jordan, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

  • Thu-02-2024
The Hidden Rivalry of Saudi Arabia and the UAE (January 25, 2024, Foreign Policy)

The two countries look like allies—but are increasingly regional competitors.

  • Thu-02-2024
Visualizing The World’s Failure to Halt Deforestation (February 20, 2024, Visual Capitalist)

Global deforestation in 2022 rose by 4%, reaching 6.6 million hectares. This number is 21% higher than the 2022 target needed to end deforestation by 2030.

  • Thu-02-2024
In Horror Year for Dengue, Laos Capital sees Major Drop in Cases (February 27, 2024, Save the Children)

In a year that saw a rise to at least 5 million cases and 5,500 deaths from dengue fever globally across most continents, Vientiane – the capital of Laos – reported a drop of nearly 60% of cases of the mosquito-borne illness between 2023 and 2022, which may in part be due to a new pilot initiative between Ministry of Health, Save the Children and the World Mosquito Program (WMP).

  • Thu-02-2024
Real vs fake islands in the Maldives and beyond (February 27, 2024, The Star)

The Maldives is an archipelago that is constantly expanding, with new human-made islands being constantly added to the area’s 1,192 natural islands.

  • Thu-02-2024
Though Fading In Turkmenistan, The Russian Language Is Still In Demand (February 25, 2024, RadioFreeEurope)

In an online post on the tiny Turkmen corner of TikTok earlier this month, a user introducing herself as a female singer complained of being language-shamed during an interview for a gig at a restaurant in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

  • Thu-02-2024
What’s the Impact of Asbury’s Outpouring? John the Baptist Offers 3 Lessons (February 7, 2024, Christianity Today) (Subscription Required)

At Arise Asia, a conference which brought together 1,700 students from nearly every Asian country, Asbury Theological Seminary’s president Timothy Tennent shared a message, which included extended times of worship and prayer for revival.

  • Thu-02-2024
How Chinese Netizens Navigated the Lunar New Year (February 27, 2024, The World of Chinese)

Despite challenges like packed trains and nosy relatives, young Chinese used creative ways to ensure a peaceful Lunar New Year at home.

  • Thu-02-2024
Just Listen (February 28, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)

Talking with a Christian from China who serves cross-culturally in Asia, I was struck by the contrast he drew between colleagues in foreign organizations with whom he seeks to partner and his fellow Chinese workers in the field. I had asked about how these organizations were coming alongside China’s emerging mission movement as it engages with unreached peoples abroad. “Usually their help hurts.”

  • Thu-02-2024
China is Open—For Business and More (February 27, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)

First, what do people mean by “closed”? I believe what most people mean by this is something like: We can no longer do things in China the way we used to do them. This is true. Full stop. But it absolutely does not mean that we can’t do anything. Christians are coming here from around the world, to live and share the love of Christ with the people here, right now!

  • Thu-02-2024
Crossing Cultures: Ethnocentric Conversion (February 23, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)

Ministering cross-culturally requires what Darrell Whiteman calls ethnocentric conversion, the kind of transformation Peter experienced in Acts 10. The Apostle Peter’s ethnocentric conversion exploded into fullness through an unanticipated personal interaction with Cornelius, a gentile military officer who lived out his fear of God in household leadership, generosity, and constant prayer (Acts 10:1–2).

  • Thu-02-2024
China broadens law on state security to include 'work secrets' (February 28, 2024, Reuters)

Chinese lawmakers have expanded a state secrets law for the first time since 2010, widening the scope of restricted sensitive information to "work secrets", according to a full text of the law published online. China's top legislative body passed the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets on Tuesday, Xinhua state news agency reported. It will take effect from May 1.

  • Thu-02-2024
Disappeared ex-foreign minister Qin Gang ‘steps down’ as lawmaker (February 27, 2024, Radio Free Asia)

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress announced on Tuesday that the Tianjin Municipal People’s Congress had "decided to accept" Qin's resignation as a delegate.

  • Thu-02-2024
It’s Grim out There: China’s Economy in the Year of the Dragon (February 16, 2024, China File)

Some observers have been predicting an economic collapse in China for decades. Others have long predicted that China would be stuck in a middle-income trap or some other type of economic stagnation. Might some of these predictions come true this time? What does the Year of the Dragon have in store for consumers, companies, and markets? What should we look out for this year to understand both China’s real economy and its financial sector?

  • Thu-02-2024
China’s Biggest Spring Festival in Years, by the Numbers (February 19, 2024, Sixth Tone)

The Year of the Rabbit didn’t go quietly, as a rare blizzard struck central China in early February, freezing many travelers in place. But by the time the holiday officially kicked off on Feb. 10, the weather had cleared and conditions were set for a record box office and travel period.

  • Thu-02-2024
A Social Scientific Study of the Chinese Christian Community in Britain (1): Key Characteristics and Trends (February 21, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)

Approximately 191,000 individuals from Hong Kong submitted applications for the visa program between its initiation in January 2021 and September 2023. The UK Home Office’s Impact Assessment of the BN(O) visa initiative forecasts that between 258,000 and 322,400 Hong Kong residents will migrate to the UK during the initial five years of the program.

  • Thu-02-2024
Yearning (February 20, 204, ChinaSource Blog)

The poem “Yearning” speaks of the deep groaning out of a longing to be in communion with the creation in wonder and awe. It is an invitation to embrace the beauty and sacredness of the creation with the very life God has given us—eyes, ears, lungs, and hands.