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Major Developments in North Asia, Thursday, October 22, 2020

CHINA 1. The mainland reported 14 new imported COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 3,167. Of the new imported cases, eight were reported in Shanghai, three in Guangdong, two in Sichuan and one in Fujian, the National Health Commission said in its daily report. 2. A notice issued by the Ministry […]
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Major Developments in Southeast Asia, Thursday, October 22, 2020

EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING OPERATIONS Protesters give ultimatum for prime minister’s resignation in Thailand. Anti-government activists in the ongoing protest movement gave Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha a three-day deadline to submit his resignation yesterday. They also demanded the drafting of a new constitution and reforms to the monarchy. Otherwise they warned that they will step up the […]
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October 21, 2020 – Pakistan: Second explosion in Karachi in last 24 hours

At least three people were killed and 13 others were injured in an explosion at Maskan Chowrangi – a locality in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi earlier today. This is a second explosion to take place in the last 24 hours in the city. The explosion is suspected to have taken place on the second […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Wednesday, October 21, 2020

EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. Water transport workers go on strike in Bangladesh. Workers from the Bangladesh Water Transport Workers’ Federation (BWTWF) went on an indefinite strike at 12:01 AM (local time) yesterday. They are demanding food allowances, health care equipment, appointment letters, identity cards, security, and workplace compensation in the event of accidents. They are […]
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Major Developments in Australasia & Pacific Islands, Wednesday, October 21, 2020

AUSTRALIA 1. South Australia is joining New South Wales and Northern Territory in opening its borders to New Zealanders. The state’s Police Commissioner, Grant Stevens, announced the move yesterday with immediate effect. The decision was made at a meeting of the state’s Transition Committee yesterday morning. 2. The state of Victoria today recorded three new cases […]
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Major Developments in Southeast Asia, Wednesday, October 21, 2020

EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. Thousands protest against omnibus law in Indonesia. Thousands of people held protests against the recently passed omnibus law on job creation in Indonesia yesterday. Student groups and labor unions participated in the protests. Over 2,000 people gathered at the State Palace in Jakarta. Authorities deployed additional personnel to the area and […]
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Major Developments in North Asia, Wednesday, October 21, 2020

CHINA 1. Hong Kong opposition activists plan to hold a virtual rally on October 25. The planned online protest is an attempt to keep alive their campaign for the return of 12 fugitives who were caught at sea while fleeing to Taiwan and who are now being held in mainland China. The activists will also set […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Tuesday, October 20, 2020

EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. Women healthcare workers continue to protest in Pakistan. Hundreds of women healthcare workers continued their sit-in protest near the Parliament in Islamabad for the fifth day yesterday. They are calling for salary increases and the creation of a service structure, amongst other demands. The workers were among thousands of government employees […]
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Major Developments in North Asia, Tuesday, October 20, 2020

CHINA 1. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.9% in the third quarter of the year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed yesterday. The economy grew 3.2% in the second quarter and 0.7% in the first nine months. 2. The country denied yesterday that foreign nationals are under threat of arbitrary detention. The denial […]
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Major Developments in Australasia & Pacific Islands, Tuesday, October 20, 2020

AUSTRALIA 1. Defense Minister Linda Reynolds has confirmed Australia will participate next month in Exercise Malabar 2020, which she described as a “milestone activity”. The military exercises involve the US, Japan and India. The Australian Defense Force last took part in Exercise Malabar in 2007, before the Australian Government withdrew from the naval drills the following […]
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