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President Rodrigo Duterte fired a group of immigration officials linked to a bribery scheme where border control officers allegedly allowed Chinese nationals working in the booming online gaming industry to enter the Philippines illegally, his spokesman said Thursday. Sen. Risa Hontiveros exposed the scandal during a legislative inquiry earlier this week, when she charged that
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Confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Sichuan’s Tawu county are continuing to climb, with three new cases reported on Wednesday bringing the total to 60, all of them ethnic Tibetans, sources in the region say. In a Feb. 19 statement, the Health Commission of the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in which Tawu
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China on Wednesday said it was effectively expelling three Beijing-based journalists for the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), a day after Washington designated five Chinese state-run media organizations as representatives of a foreign government. Officials had revoked the press credentials of Josh Chin and Chao Deng, who are both U.S. nationals, and that of Philip Wen,
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Police in North Korea earlier this month issued a decree that warns of stronger punishments for smugglers—including the death penalty– amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in China and several of its immediate neighbors, RFA has learned. Sources in the country say that residents think that the decree is absurd because smuggling is important to
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The latest leaked official document detailing the incarceration of hundreds of ethnic Uyghurs in one county in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has “debunked” claims that the policy is part of a bid to fight extremism in the region, the person who made it public said Tuesday. Over the weekend, several media outlets
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Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday appeared to shrug off the European Union’s decision last week to suspend tariff-free access for around one-fifth of Cambodia’s exports to its market over rollbacks on democracy and human rights, saying his country will “continue to export” despite facing higher tariffs. The partial suspension of preferential trade status Cambodia
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Authorities in Hong Kong are stepping up coronavirus surveillance measures as experts warn the city is at high risk of infections spreading within the local community. The city’s government said testing for COVID-19 would expand to cover patients presenting with fever or respiratory symptoms in government-run hospital emergency rooms and primary care clinics. “We believe
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Deploying ethnic minority medical staff from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to dance for patients infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a tactic by the government to divert public attention from its mishandling of the outbreak, members of the Uyghur exile community said after a viral video caused outrage this week. On Wednesday,
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A treaty signed by China and Nepal in October 2019 that manages border controls between the two countries poses significant threats to Tibetans fleeing their homeland to escape Chinese rule, Tibetan advocacy groups and other sources say. The agreement on a Border Management System, signed during Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit last year to Nepal,
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The coronavirus outbreak could impede the construction of Beijing-backed infrastructure projects across Bangladesh, officials said, amid reports that thousands of Chinese working on them have been stranded in China as a result, after going home for Lunar New Year festivities. Bangladeshi health authorities so far have confirmed no cases of anyone being infected with the
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