Impacts of Chinese DWF on the Asian countries

Impacts of Chinese DWF on the Asian countries Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Download the complete report THE ILLEGAL CHINESE FISHING FLEETS REPORT China’s Distant-water fishing fleet, which operates on the high seas and also in the Exclusive Economic Zones of other countries, is the biggest fleet in the world with an estimated 2,700 ships. The distant-water fishing sector is infamous for being secretive and unregulated as many countries fail to publish their fishing data. This is not surprising given the fact that it is often found guilty of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices, targeting prohibited species and causing…

Xi steals the limelight at APEC, showcasing China’s regional clout

Xi steals the limelight at APEC, showcasing China’s regional clout Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com UPDATED at 5:45 a.m. EST on 11-19-2022. Even as host Thailand passes the APEC baton to its successor the United States, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been busy using the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum to highlight China’s growing clout and push back against U.S. influence in the region. Having secured an unprecedented third term as leader at the Chinese Communist Party’s Congress last month, Xi embarked on his first major foreign tour since the pandemic struck nearly three years ago – to the Group of 20…

Leaked documents reveal Myanmar junta’s plans to strike in Chin state

Leaked documents reveal Myanmar junta’s plans to strike in Chin state Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com The Myanmar junta is preparing to launch airstrikes against the Chin National Front in the country’s western Chin state, a spokesperson for the ethnic armed organization told Radio Free Asia, citing leaked internal military documents. According to the documents, which the Chin National Front, or CNF, acquired earlier this month, the airstrike is intended to target the organization’s headquarters on Mt. Victoria, in Thantlang township. “We cannot reveal where we got this intelligence information, but we are preparing the best we can for the defense…

Nearly 1.7 million new refugees of conflict in Myanmar since coup

Nearly 1.7 million new refugees of conflict in Myanmar since coup Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Nearly 1.7 million people have been displaced by conflict in Myanmar since last year’s military coup, bringing the total number of refugees who have fled fighting in the country to more than 3 million and putting a heavy strain on aid resources in the Southeast Asian nation. The Institute for Strategy and Policy, an independent research group, said in a report earlier this month that as of Nov. 2, at least 1,650,661 people had been forced to escape conflict in regions that include Sagaing, Magway,…

Lao preacher arrested previously for evangelism found dead and badly beaten

Lao preacher arrested previously for evangelism found dead and badly beaten Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com A Lao Christian preacher who had previously been arrested for evangelism was found dead and badly beaten a few days after disappearing, villagers told Radio Free Asia. A few days before his body was found with signs of torture, two men believed to be district authorities visited Sy Seng Manee, 48, they said. His corpse was found on Oct. 23 with his motorbike in a forest near a road to Donkeo village in Khammouane province. Local residents said they believe Sy was murdered because of…

Analysis: Biden-Xi summit delivers calmer tone, reminders of US-China fault lines

Analysis: Biden-Xi summit delivers calmer tone, reminders of US-China fault lines Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Highly anticipated yet viewed with low expectations, the summit Monday between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping improved the tone in bilateral contacts after years of tensions while underscoring how Taiwan looms over efforts to keep a strategic rivalry from spiraling into conflict. After three hours of talks at a resort hotel on the Indonesian island of Bali on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, Biden said he and Xi were “very blunt with one another,” while a Xi spokesperson…

Biden gets political boost on eve of key meeting with Xi

Biden gets political boost on eve of key meeting with Xi Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Leaders of half the world’s population gathered in Phnom Penh on Sunday but for the traveling White House press corps the big news was breaking half a world away as President Joe Biden’s Democrat Party re-secured control of the Senate in mid-term elections. That provided a political boost to Biden ahead of Monday’s face-to-face meeting in Bali, Indonesia, with China’s President Xi Jinping, which the American leader predicted would be defined by straight-talking between leaders of two rival powers. While the Democrats are still expected…

Biden steps up engagement with ASEAN amid China rivalry and global conflict

Biden steps up engagement with ASEAN amid China rivalry and global conflict Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com UPDATED AT 06:15 p.m. ET OF 11-12-2022 U.S. President Joe Biden offered rare praise for Cambodia’s authoritarian premier as he encouraged diplomatic support for ending the war in Ukraine and bringing peace to Myanmar at a summit with Southeast Asian leaders on Saturday. Although the control of U.S. Congress lies in the balance back in Washington, Biden signaled commitment to the region by attending an annual gathering of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. His appearance in Phnom Penh, a day after…

Well-heeled Chinese plan to flee amid COVID lockdowns, economic shift

Well-heeled Chinese plan to flee amid COVID lockdowns, economic shift Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com A growing share of wealthy and middle class Chinese are making plans to leave the country, citing the government’s stringent zero-COVID policies and a perceived return to the planned economy of the Mao era under leader Xi Jinping, according to online data and Chinese nationals with experience of the phenomenon. The WeChat Index, which publishes search statistics from the social media giant, on Thursday showed around 38.3 million searches using the keyword “emigration.”  While the #emigration hashtag wasn’t blocked on Weibo on Thursday, the number of…

Cambodian asylum-seekers in Thailand fear forced repatriation ahead of APEC summit

Cambodian asylum-seekers in Thailand fear forced repatriation ahead of APEC summit Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Cambodian asylum-seekers in Thailand fear they could be forcibly repatriated as Thai authorities tighten security ahead of next week’s APEC summit in Bangkok, they told Radio Free Asia. “If the Thai government supports the cause of democracy…, they should help protect us, which means that they are also protecting their own country,” said Sao Pulleak, who once led the former main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party’s operations in Banteay Meanchey province. Sao Pulleak has been seeking refuge in Thailand the past four years after Cambodia’s…

Putin confirms he won’t travel to Bali for G20 summit

Putin confirms he won’t travel to Bali for G20 summit Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Russian President Vladimir Putin officially confirmed he won’t be coming to Bali to attend the G20 summit next week, a senior official of host country Indonesia said Thursday, adding the decision was for “the best for all of us.” Minister Luhut Pandjaitan was echoing analysts’ comments that Putin’s presence could cause tensions with Western leaders who oppose Russia’s war in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will go to Bali in Putin’s place, said Luhut, the coordinating minister of maritime and investment affairs “We have been…

Police arrest 7 farmers in land-use dispute in Vietnamese highlands

Police arrest 7 farmers in land-use dispute in Vietnamese highlands Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com In the latest clash over land-use rights in Vietnam, police have detained seven residents in the Central Highlands for trying to prevent men from cutting down a farmer’s coffee and durian trees amid a contract dispute, residents said. The five men had been sent to cut down the trees because the farmer, identified as Nguyen Thanh Giang, hadn’t given Thang Loi Coffee Joint Stock Co., the company he was leasing the land from, the amount of coffee beans stipulated in his contract.  Since 2019, Giang had…