Hong Kong protests turned into laser light dance party

By Helene Fung, PICTURE by: Kwok Yee Shan Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Hong Kong Space Museum on Wednesday night and put on a light show using multi-coloured laser pointers, to protest the arrest of a university student for allegedly buying 10 laser pointers – or as the Hong Kong police called it in…

Indian PM to mainstreamise Kashmir region’s economy and halt terrorism

By Helene Fung Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a nationally broadcast address that he stripped Kashmir of its statehood and special constitutional status to free the disputed Himalayan region of “terrorism and separatism”. This follows a security lockdown and arrests of more than 500 people and near total communications blackout at the Muslim-majority…

King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned in Thailand 

 By Helene Fung, Photo Courtesy: Thai Royal Family King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been officially crowned as King Rama X, the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty on Saturday. In keeping with Thai royal traditions, before the coronation there was an extended mourning period for his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October 2016.…

Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lankan churches and hotels

By Helene Fung Bomb attacks on Easter Sunday (21st of April, 2019) have killed at least 138 people and injured more than 400. The bombs targeted six separate sites, three churches and three luxury hotels. The attacks come almost 10 years after the end of a hard-fought civil war. There were no immediate claims of…

Trump-Kim romance reverses North Korea sanctions

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he intends to reverse a decision by the US Treasury to impose additional sanctions on North Korea. The reason is because he “likes” North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and doesn’t think sanctions are necessary. Mr Trump did not specify which sanctions would be reversed.…

Asian Sport Strategy fund to boost overseas links

A new $500,000 dollar Asian Sport Strategy fund will forge stronger tourism and trade ties between WA and Asia. Promoting WA as a sports event and training hub will allow better engagement with overseas teams and encourage local sporting associations to build closer links for the benefit of local athletes and their Asian counterparts. Sports minister…

Priority Sector Funding to assist WA and Asian business

A new grant program is now accepting applications, with the aim of assisting Western Australian companies to engage with and develop international business capabilities in Asia. The Priority Sector Funding Program seeks applications from industry associations and bilateral businesses, running projects on behalf of WA’s priority trade and investment sectors. This comes as part of…

Trump heads to Japan to meet with Abe, discuss North Korea

US President Donald Trump is set to visit Japan and meet with Japanese President Shinzo Abe as the first part of his five-nation visit to Asia. The trip aims to present a united front with the US and its Asian allies in the region, including Japan and South Korea, against North Korea in the face…

North Korea fires missiles into Sea of Japan

In a move likely to continue the recent escalation of tensions between North Korea and the US, North Korea has test fired several missiles into the Sea of Japan. Three short-range missiles were fired into the sea off the east coast, likely in response to joint military exercises being conducted by South Korea and the…