ANN Desk (Asia)

MANILA (Philippines Daily Inquirer/ANN) - A report from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has shown that democracy in Asia was “tumultuous” in 2019 as protests in Hong Kong escalated while China’s alleged discrimination against minorities intensified.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) –  The last of the first-generation founders of the Lotte Group and Honorary Chairman Shin Kyuk-ho passed away Sunday at age 97, leaving as his legacy a self-made business empire, marred by a family feud.

NAY PYI TAW (China Daily/ANN) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said he looks forward to renewing China's "pauk-phaw" (fraternal) ties with Myanmar in a signed articled published Thursday on Myanmese newspapers.

BEIJING (Dawn/Pakistan) - A Chinese court on Monday sentenced the scientist who claimed to be behind the world’s first gene-edited babies to three years in prison for illegal medical practice, state media reported.

BANGKOK (ANN Desk) - Will 2020 be a year of clear vision, or another 365 days of muddling through?  We are still wearing Cold War glasses of 1960s vintage tackling the quantum problems of the 21st century.  Get your eyes checked in 2020. 

BANGKOK (ANN Desk) - After the emphatic win of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan elections last month, there's a central question: Will he manage to pull a Sheikh Hasina on India and China?

SINGAPORE (ANN Desk) - Forget the Asian Century, the region is heading into its most dangerous decade.

BANGKOK (ANN Desk) -  In a study of Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Poland, Turkey and the United States, scientists attribute populism to the rise of decisive leaders who push nationalism, demonise opponents and stir up issues that further divide societies.

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Vietnam to become more competitive with the help of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) if the country reduces trading costs and improves its business environment.

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - There are different sets of relationships that each of India’s neighbours harbours towards the South Asian behemoth.