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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.

  • Fri-01-2024
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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
Indian migrants reshape Armenia's labor market (February 21, 2024, Eurasianet)

It's an ironic development for a country with high levels of out-migration.

  • Thu-02-2024
Singapore and Zurich share top spot as most expensive cities in the world 2023 (December 1, 2023, Lifestyle Asia)

Singapore and Zurich have jointly dethroned New York City as the most expensive cities in the world to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Worldwide Cost of Living 2023 report. Hong Kong, at fifth place, is the only other Asian city in the top 10.

  • Thu-02-2024
The internet asked ‘Is Macao safe?’ and we answered (February 15, 2024, The Macao News)

While the dust has certainly settled in recent decades, Macao has historically been a haven for miscreants ranging from marauding pirates to triad gangsters.

  • Thu-02-2024
Children in Malaysia inhaling ‘energy sticks’: Experts urge outright ban to nip problem in the bud (February 20, 2024, Channel News Asia)

These cheap inhalers come in candy flavours, appealing to the young. Malaysia should draw lessons from the vaping scourge and tackle the problem early, experts say.

  • Thu-02-2024
[News Focus] Why do Korean doctors oppose having more physicians? (February 20, 2024, The Korea Herald)

Thousands of medical doctors, the essential force for the care and treatment of critical patients, left their hospitals Tuesday in protest of the government’s policy to expand the number of medical school students.

  • Thu-02-2024
The Mindfulness City by BIG is based on Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index (February 21, 2024, STIR World)

The Gelephu masterplan is envisioned as a 1000+ sq km proposal with 11 neighbourhoods shaped by the flow of 35 rivers and connected with inhabitable bridges.

  • Thu-02-2024
More than half the world faces high measles risk: WHO (February 20, 2024, Dawn)

More than half the world’s countries will be at high or very high risk of measles outbreaks by the end of the year unless urgent preventative measures are taken, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Tuesday.

  • Thu-02-2024
Meet the Iranian Christians Crafting an Evangelical Alliance (February 19, 2024, Christianity Today) (Subscription Required)

Introducing 11 of the dozens of diaspora ministries working to unite one of the world’s fastest-growing gospel movements.

  • Thu-02-2024
Christian Sentenced to Life in Prison under Blasphemy Law (February 19, 2024, Morning Star News)

A judge sentenced a Christian to life in prison under Pakistan’s blasphemy statutes for a social media message that relatives say was posted using a phone stolen from him, sources said.

  • Thu-02-2024
Family, Dumplings, and Jesus? Christians Navigate Mongolian New Year (February 9, 2024, Christianity Today) (Subscription Required)

Believers are learning how to celebrate and evangelize amid Tsagaan Sar's Buddhism-infused rituals.

  • Fri-02-2024
China: Snowstorms spoil Lunar New Year travel for millions (December 6, 2024, BBC)

Snowstorms and freezing rain have disrupted transportation in large parts of China as millions of people travel for the Lunar New Year holiday. Hundreds of flights and train services have been cancelled while motorists have been stranded on frozen highways for days. The holiday sets off the "largest annual human migration" as millions in China travel to their hometowns.

  • Fri-02-2024
Job worries sour mood for Chinese heading home for holidays (February 5, 2024, Reuters)

Chinese workers packed into trains on Monday, heading home for the Lunar New Year holidays with worries about their jobs and a stuttering economy overshadowing the build-up to the long-awaited family reunions. People are expected to make a record 9 billion journeys before and after the Feb. 10-17 break - usually a time for celebration and relaxation. But this year, many said they were worried what they might find when, or even if, their employers call them back.

  • Fri-02-2024
Reassessing Digital Engagement, Part II (February 7, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)

We are called for and to ministry modeled after the Word, who showed us what God was like by living among us in the flesh. Jesus could have been born in a king’s palace, and sent out a royal decree to all corners of the world, so that all might hear the good news. Instead, he chose the least “effective” or “efficient” modes of ministry.

  • Fri-02-2024
The Gift of a Special Needs Son (February 6, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)

After several church services, I was full of passion and excitement. Looking back, it must have been the moving of the Holy Spirit that compelled me to ask Yanfei and my daughter to join me in being baptized on the evening of December 24, 2003, and taking on the name of Christian. This “great fortune” made me forget the glory, fame, wealth, and pleasure in Beijing, and I no longer wanted to return to Beijing as I had planned. At that time, the feeling in my heart was like Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

  • Fri-02-2024
Can the Gospel Come in a Red Envelope? (February 5, 2024, Christianity Today) (subscription required)

Chinese church leaders consider how to use the Lunar New Year tradition as an opportunity for evangelism.

  • Fri-02-2024
The First and the Last Sacrifice 最初和最后的献祭 (February 2, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)

Isa came to be Allah’s sacrifice to pay off our sin debt. Therefore, Isa surrendered himself to evil people. They crucified him, and his blood poured out. Before Isa died, he said, “It is finished.”

  • Fri-02-2024
China’s Quiet Move Toward Moderation (February 6, 2024, The Diplomat)

Rhetorically, China is standing firm as the U.S. leads a hardening of policy toward Beijing. But its actions reveal a new willingness to compromise.

  • Fri-02-2024
What Will Newly Increased Party Control Mean for China’s Universities? (February 5, 2024, China File)

This latest move may be even more dramatic: Although all universities have Party branches and committees, the Party has never directly controlled administrative offices. How are China’s universities going to change under the new system? Why is the Party doing this now?

  • Sun-02-2024
China overtakes Japan as world's biggest vehicle exporter (January 31, 2024, AFP)

Japanese giants such as Toyota and Nissan have been much more cautious than their Chinese counterparts like BYD on electric vehicles (EVs), banking instead on hybrid models. Figures released Wednesday by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association showed shipments of cars, trucks and buses rising 16 percent to 4.42 million last year.

  • Sun-02-2024
Hong Kong’s economic quagmire continues (January 25, 2024, East Asia Forum)

Problem areas including changes in consumer preferences, weak investor confidence, high interest rates and geopolitical risks.