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Anti-independence ads accused of ‘profound racism’ against indigenous New Caledonians in court action

Urgent appeal lodged to stop the broadcast of cartoons calling on New Caledonians to vote against independence from France in this weekend’s referendumCartoons urging New Caledonians to vote no to independence from France in this weekend’s referendum have been accused of “profound racism and ridicule towards Pacific Islanders, especially the [indigenous] Kanak people”, in a legal submission lodged with France’s highest judicial body.An urgent appeal has been lodged against the broadcast of the a...
Tags: France, World news, Asia Pacific, Pacific Islanders, New Caledonia, Pacific Islands, Council of State, New Caledonians


Jimmy Lai among three Hong Kong democracy activists convicted over Tiananmen vigil

Former journalist Gwyneth Ho and rights lawyer Chow Hang-tung also found guilty of unlawful assembly chargesJailed Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai was among three democracy campaigners convicted of taking part in a banned Tiananmen vigil as the prosecution of multiple activists came to a conclusion.Lai, the 74-year-old owner of the now-closed pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper, was found guilty of unlawful assembly charges on Thursday alongside former journalist Gwyneth Ho and prominent rights ...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Asia Pacific, Freedom Of Speech, Lai, Apple Daily, Tiananmen, Jimmy Lai, Chow Hang tung, Gwyneth Ho, Chow Hang


New Zealand faces growing challenge from Chinese nationalism, defence report warns

Defence ministry says competition between US and China a ‘major driver’ of increased insecurity in the Pacific regionNew Zealand faces “a substantially more challenging and complex strategic environment”, in large part because of China’s rise and “increasingly strong nationalist narrative”, according to a stark report released by the country’s defence ministry.The remarkably explicit warning on Wednesday included a detailed discussion of China’s military modernisation and emphasised the importan...
Tags: China, US, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Australia Continue, United States United Kingdom Canada, Pacific regionNew Zealand


New Zealand to ban smoking for next generation in bid to outlaw habit by 2025

Legislation will mean people currently aged 14 and under will never be able to legally purchase tobaccoNew Zealand has announced it will outlaw smoking for the next generation, so that those who are aged 14 and under today will never be legally able to buy tobacco.New legislation means the legal smoking age will increase every year, to create a smoke-free generation of New Zealanders, associate health minister Dr Ayesha Verrall said on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Smoking, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, tobaccoNew Zealand, Ayesha Verrall


White Island anniversary passes quietly, with healing – and reckoning

Two years ago New Zealand’s Whakaari volcano eruption killed 22 people and changed the lives of many others foreverOn a pristine day two years ago, a group of mostly international day-trippers boarded boats and chugged over to Whakaari/White Island, a small active volcano and popular tourist destination 48km off New Zealand’s east coast. The guests roamed the moon-like landscape, observing the strangeness of a bubbling, living rock. But below the surface, pressure was building.At 2.11pm, while 4...
Tags: Asia Pacific, Volcanoes, New Zealand, White Island, White Island volcano, Whakaari White Island


White Island anniversary passes quietly, with healing – and reckoning – far from over

Two years ago New Zealand’s Whakaari volcano eruption killed 22 people and changed the lives of many others foreverOn a pristine day two years ago, a group of mostly international day-trippers boarded boats and chugged over to Whakaari/White Island, a small active volcano and popular tourist destination 48km off New Zealand’s east coast. The guests roamed the moon-like landscape, observing the strangeness of a bubbling, living rock. But below the surface, pressure was building.At 2.11pm, while 4...
Tags: Asia Pacific, Volcanoes, New Zealand, White Island, White Island volcano, Whakaari White Island


China’s indebted property sector highlights a fading economic revival

Xi Jinping’s mission is not only to control the housing bubble but rein in untethered industries and foreign capitalChina’s economy has become heavily dependent on property development over the last decade. High-rise apartments have mushroomed across hundreds of cities to house a growing white-collar workforce, while glass and steel office blocks are dominating city centres, mimicking Shanghai’s glittering skyline.Valued at more than $50tn after 20 years of rapid growth, Chinese real estate is w...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Technology, China, US, Economics, World news, Commercial Property, Stock Markets, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Shanghai, Alibaba, Technology startups, Evergrande


NAR’s SCV Opens 2022 REACH U.S. Applications

Second Century Ventures (SCV), the strategic investment arm of the National Association of REALTORS®, opened applications for the 2022 U.S. REACH and REACH Commercial scale-up programs. SCV, the most active global venture fund in real estate technology, operates the award-winning REACH technology scale-up program across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. “The rapidly changing property technology industry looks to REACH as a crucial source for new innovation in real estate—the wor...
Tags: Technology, News, Radio, Asia Pacific, National, Latest News, Industry News, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Real Estate News, Real Estate Technology, North America Europe Australia, Bob Gillespie, SCV, Second Century Ventures, Bob Goldberg


Fresh jitters in China’s property sector after Kaisa shares suspended

Halt in trading comes amid concerns developer with huge offshore debts may not meet a $400m repayment deadlineTrading in shares of the embattled Chinese developer Kaisa Group Holdings have been suspended on the Hong Kong stock exchange, prompting fresh concerns about the financial stability of the country’s indebted property sector.The suspension on Wednesday comes after Kaisa was reportedly to be struggling to make a loan repayment of $400m (£301m) by the deadline of Tuesday night in the US, Re...
Tags: Hong Kong, Business, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Evergrande, Kaisa, US Reuters, Kaisa Group Holdings


China accuses Australia of ‘posturing’ over diplomatic boycott of Winter Olympics

Scott Morrison says athletes will compete in next year’s Games because sport and politics should not mixGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has confirmed his country’s officials will not attend the Beijing Winter Olympics, joining the US in a diplomatic boycott of next year’s Games and prompting accusations from Beijing of political posturing. Morrison told reporters in Sydney it was “not surprising”, given the deterioration in the ...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia, China, US, Australia news, US news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Sydney, Winter Olympics, Scott Morrison, Penny Wong, Morrison, Australian foreign policy


‘There is just a lake with crocodiles!’: hope and homkesickness for Kiribati nurses in the outback

A Pacific labour scheme has been transformative for Kiribati families but the loss of nurses has hit the country’s hospitals hardEvery night, sitting in her room in the remote Queensland town of Doomadgee, Bwerere Sandy Tebau calls her husband and daughter 4,300km away in Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati.“There is no sea!” Sandy says, when asked about the difference between her new home in the red desert of Australia and her island home in the central Pacific. “There is just a lake and in the lak...
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Queensland, Pacific, Kiribati, Sandy, Pacific Islands, Tarawa, Doomadgee Bwerere Sandy Tebau


New Regency Bolsters Asia-Pacific Leadership, Sells ‘Beast Must Die’ Around the World (EXCLUSIVE)

New Regency is expanding in Asia-Pacific with the hire of Ben Bishop as VP of international sales for the region, based out of Sydney. Prior to joining New Regency, Bishop served as president of international distribution at Vortex International, and international VP of TV sales for Asia-Pacific at “Narcos” producer Gaumont. Before Gaumont, he worked […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Asia Pacific, Sydney, Ben Bishop, The Beast Must Die, Vortex International, Gaumont Before Gaumont


‘Dream come true’: Japanese billionaire blasts off for ISS

Yusaku Maezawa fulfils childhood ambition with 12-day trip to International Space StationA Japanese billionaire has fulfilled his childhood dream of travelling to space, as one of two passengers onboard a Russian rocket that blasted off towards the International Space Station.Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of Zozo, a successful online fashion business, and his production assistant, Yozo Hirano, on Wednesday became the first space tourists to travel to the ISS for more than a decade. Continue readin...
Tags: Europe, Space, Japan, Science, Russia, World news, Asia Pacific, International Space Station, Iss, Yusaku Maezawa, Yozo Hirano


Whoops and grunts: ‘bizarre’ fish songs raise hopes for coral reef recovery

Vibrant soundscape shows Indonesian reef devastated by blast fishing is returning to healthFrom whoops to purrs, snaps to grunts, and foghorns to laughs, a cacophony of bizarre fish songs have shown that a coral reef in Indonesia has returned rapidly to health.Many of the noises had never been recorded before and the fish making these calls remain mysterious, despite the use of underwater speakers to try to “talk” to some. Continue reading...
Tags: Indonesia, Environment, World news, Fish, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Coral


China accuses Australia of ‘political posturing’ over diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Scott Morrison says athletes will compete in next year’s Games because sport and politics should not mixGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe prime minister, Scott Morrison, has confirmed Australian officials will not attend the Beijing Winter Olympics, joining the United States in a diplomatic boycott of next year’s Games and prompting accusations from Beijing of political posturing. Morrison told reporters in Sydney it was “not surprising”, given the deterioration in the dip...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia, China, Australia news, US news, Beijing, United States, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Sydney, Winter Olympics, Scott Morrison, Penny Wong, Morrison, Australian foreign policy


South Korea hospitals under intense pressure amid record 7,175 Covid cases in a day

Rise in infections attributed to young people who have yet to be fully vaccinated and older citizens who have not received boostersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Korea has reported a record daily total of 7,175 new Covid cases as officials urged people to complete their vaccinations.The prime minister, Kim Boo-kyum, warned that hospitals were coming under intense pressure amid a rise in serious cases, days after the government announced a return to stricter res...
Tags: South Korea, Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Korea, Coronavirus, Kim Boo kyum


Drone footage reveals damage from Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano eruption – video

Drone footage has captured some of the devastation following the eruption of Mount Semeru on the Indonesian island of Java. Dozens of people have been killed and thousands remain displaced. The volcano continues to spew hot gas and ash, hampering rescue effortsIndonesia president vows to rebuild after volcano eruption as death toll rises to 34 Continue reading...
Tags: Indonesia, Asia Pacific, Volcanoes, Natural Disasters, Mount Semeru


Indonesia president vows to rebuild after volcano eruption as death toll rises to 34

More fatalities expected as search for survivors continues following eruption at Mount Semeru on SaturdayIndonesia’s president has visited areas devastated by a powerful volcanic eruption that killed at least 34 people and left thousands homeless, and vowed that communities would be quickly rebuilt.Clouds of hot ash shot high into the sky and an avalanche of lava and searing gas swept as far as 11 kilometers (7 miles) down Mount Semeru’s slopes in a sudden eruption Saturday triggered by heavy ra...
Tags: Indonesia, Asia Pacific, Volcanoes, Mount Semeru


IOC says it ‘respects’ US boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Organisation also defends its handling case of Chinese tennis player, Peng Shuai, as ‘quiet diplomacy’The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that it respects the United States’ decision to diplomatically boycott the forthcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, while defending its “quiet diplomacy” in handling the case of Chinese tennis player, Peng Shuai.“We always ask for as much respect as possible and least possible interference from the political world,” said Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr, t...
Tags: China, US, Sport, World news, Beijing, United States, Asia Pacific, Winter Olympics, Olympic Games, Ioc, Organisation, International Olympic Committee IOC, Peng Shuai, Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr


Covid, mourning and the spectre of violence: New Caledonia prepares for blighted independence vote

Pro-independence groups have called for Indigenous voters not to take part in Sunday’s long-awaited ballot, saying proper campaigning has been prevented New Caledonia is set to hold a referendum on independence from France this weekend, the third and final poll meant to conclude a decolonisation process initiated 30 years ago.For anyone who witnessed the first two referenda, the contrast with the vote set for 12 December is striking: instead of the countless Kanaky flags or the red, white and bl...
Tags: Europe, France, World news, Asia Pacific, New Caledonia, Pacific Islands, Nouméa


Japanese fashion tycoon to blast off for ISS as Russia revives space tourism

Yusaku Maezawa to become first space tourist sent to space station by Russia in more than a decadeThe Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has said he can barely contain his excitement on the eve of blasting off to the International Space Station in a prelude to a more ambitious trip around the moon with Elon Musk’s SpaceX planned in 2023.The 46-year-old fashion magnate and art collector has been training at a space centre outside Moscow before becoming the first space tourist to travel to the IS...
Tags: Europe, Space, Japan, Elon Musk, Science, Russia, World news, Asia Pacific, International Space Station, Moscow, Iss, Yusaku Maezawa


China unveils package to boost economy as Evergrande teeters

Beijing to increase business lending and build more affordable housing, but reports say property giant has missed a key bond repaymentChina’s politburo has signalled measures to kickstart the faltering economy as the crisis gripping the country’s debt-laden property sector continued to blight prospects for growth.President Xi Jinping’s senior leadership committee rubber-stamped a plan from the central bank on Monday for more targeted lending to businesses and outlined support for the housing mar...
Tags: Business, China, Economics, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Global Economy, Evergrande


Asia Airlines Hope Omicron Setback Will Be Short-Lived

By Jamie FreedSYDNEY (Reuters) - A nascent recovery in Asia-Pacific international travel demand has been set back by the Omicron variant as...
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Worldwide: Global Solutions, Episode 28: Remote-Work Considerations For Employers Doing Business In The Asia-Pacific Region (Podcast) - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

In this episode of our Global Solutions series, Mami Kato and Skye Hao provide an overview of the latest trends and requirements related to remote-work arrangements in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region...
Tags: News, Asia Pacific, Stewart, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak, Skye Hao


China's middle class is starting to look a lot like America's, and that's not a good thing

In both China and the US, it's now hard for the middle class to do better than their parents.buzbuzzer / Getty Images Housing is increasingly unaffordable for China's middle class, and household debt levels are rising. China's middle class faces the real possibility of not being able to do better than their parents. In other words, China's middle class is starting to look a lot like America's. China's middle class has grown explosively in the past twenty years.In 2000,...
Tags: China, Berlin, US, America, Trends, Beijing, Canada, Asia Pacific, Goldman Sachs, Pew Research Center, Shenzhen, Wright, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Shanghai Beijing, Rand Corporation, Shanghai Shenzhen


China attacks US diplomatic boycott of Winter Games as ‘travesty’ of Olympic spirit

Beijing dismisses no-show and says American officials had not been invited in the first place, as other countries consider their positionsChina has reacted angrily to the US government’s diplomatic boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics, as more countries said they would consider joining the protest over Beijing’s human rights record and New Zealand announced it would not send representatives to the Games.Chinese officials dismissed Washington’s boycott as a “posturing and political manipulation...
Tags: Washington, China, US, Sport, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Winter Olympics


China unveils package to boost economy amid IMF growth warning

Beijing to increase business lending and build more affordable housing as post-Covid recovery faltersChina’s politburo has signalled measures to kickstart the faltering economy as the crisis gripping the country’s debt-laden property sector continued to play havoc with growth forecasts.Amid a warning from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that a slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy could hurt the global recovery from Covid-19, President Xi Jinping’s senior leadership committee rubb...
Tags: Business, China, Economics, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Global Economy, Imf, International Monetary Fund IMF, Evergrande, COVID


US confirms it will stage diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Decision is response to what is described as China’s ‘genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang’ and other abusesThe White House has confirmed it will stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, in the latest move that will further widen the rift in an already strained bilateral relationship.“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and ...
Tags: White House, China, US, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Foreign Policy, Winter Olympics, Biden, Xinjiang, PRC


Pacific nurses in the desert: Kiribati brain drain is outback Australia’s gain

A Pacific labour scheme has been transformative for Kiribati families but the brain drain has hit the country’s hospitals hardEvery night, sitting in her room in the remote Queensland town of Doomadgee, Bwerere Sandy Tebau calls her husband and daughter 4,300km away in Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati.“There is no sea!” Sandy says, when asked about the difference between her new home in the red desert of Australia and her island home in the central Pacific. “There is just a lake and in the lake a...
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Queensland, Pacific, Kiribati, Sandy, Pacific Islands, Tarawa, Doomadgee Bwerere Sandy Tebau


China denounces possible US Olympic boycott as ‘provocation’

Spokesman accuses Washington of ‘hyping diplomatic boycott without even being invited’China has said a potential diplomatic boycott of the forthcoming Beijing Winter Olympics by the Biden administration is “a stain on the spirit of the Olympic charter” and “sensationalist and politically manipulative”, in what appears to be a further rift in the already strained bilateral relations.CNN reported on Monday that the Biden administration was expected this week to announce a diplomatic boycott of the...
Tags: Washington, China, US, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Cnn, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Foreign Policy, Winter Olympics, Biden, China Continue