Major Developments in East Asia Pacific, Friday, June 26, 2020

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. Protesters arrested in Hong Kong yesterday. About 50 pro-democracy protesters staged a peaceful “shopping protest” against the impending national security law in a shopping mall in Hong Kong yesterday. Police arrested at least 14 people at the Yoho Mall shopping centre in Yuen Long, primarily for unlawful assembly. The demonstration started […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Monday, June 22, 2020

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. (Update) Border tensions between India and China continue. Indian and Chinese armies have been in a six-week standoff in several border areas of eastern Ladakh. The ties between the two countries are strained after the Chinese military allegedly killed 20 Indian Army personnel and injured around 76 in a violent clash […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific, Monday, June 22, 2020

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. Indonesian President Widodo signs the new mining law. President Jokowi Widodo signed the new Coal and Mineral Mining Law on June 10. The new legislation is a revised version of the 2009 Coal and Mineral Mining Law. The proposed law is aimed at expanding and reviving Indonesia’s mining industry. However, it […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Friday, June 19, 2020

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. (Update) Nepal approves new political map. Nepal’s upper house yesterday unanimously approved the new political map to include disputed territories with India. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari gave her assent to the Bill within hours of its passage in the Rastriya Sabha (upper house) This will replace Nepal’s existing political map to […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Friday, June 12, 2020

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS A massive fire caused by a gas leak in India’s Assam. An uncontrolled release of gas from an Oil India Limited (OIL)-owned oil well in Baghjan, Assam caught fire on June 9. The oil well is situated near Assam’s Dibru Saikhowa National Park and the Maguri-Motapung wetland. The authorities are yet to […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific, Friday, June 12, 2020

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. Malaysia’s Pakatan Plus in political deadlock over PM candidate. The opposition coalition, ‘Pakatan Plus’ reached a political deadlock over the subject of potential prime ministerial candidate again yesterday. “Pakatan Plus” is an informal term that refers to the Pakatan Harapan coalition after Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and several PKR leaders left […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Tuesday, June 9, 2020

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS Nepal to pass a constitutional amendment on a new political map today. Nepal’s parliament will take up the controversial amendment on its map today, to include Kalapani and other disputed territories with India. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has decided to fast track the legislative process by shortening the period of public […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific, Tuesday, June 9, 2020

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS Philippines lawmakers withdraw support for anti-terror bill. At least 20 lawmakers in the Philippines withdrew their support as ‘co-authors’ from the anti-terror bill on June 7. The bill was initially approved with an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives on June 3. Many rallied in protest against the proposed law in […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Friday, June 5, 2020

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS Evacuations begin as India’s West Bengal braces for a spring tide. Thousands of people living in the cyclone-hit villages of south Bengal are likely to be evacuated as the water level in the rivers is expected to rise during the spring tide on June 6. While high tide and low tide are […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific, Friday, June 5, 2020

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. Hong Kong legislature passes the national anthem law. Hong Kong’s legislature officially passed the national anthem bill which criminalizes any insult to the Chinese national anthem yesterday. The bill was passed by an overwhelming majority, with 41 lawmakers voting in favor of the resolution. Only one lawmaker objected and no one […]
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