Archive List for Asia-Pacific

China’s birth rate drops to record low

New figures from China show the population is in decline for the first time in more than sixty years. The national birth rate hit a record low – 6.77 births per 1,000 people. If these trends continue, a shrinking number of workers will have to support a growing number of retirees. Labour shortages and a smaller tax base could majorly impact the economy. Economists say strict Covid-19 rules are partly to blame. They expect a low birth rate and a rapidly ageing population to have far-reaching effects. The latest data comes as government implores people to have more children after decades of doing the opposite. Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu reports […]

Rohingya refugees tell stories of harrowing sea crossings

Rohingya Muslims who have arrived in northern Indonesia are telling stories of their harrowing sea crossings. At least 185 people are receiving medical care, after arriving in Aceh on Monday. They were onboard one of four boats that left Bangladesh in November. More than a million Rohingya are in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, after fleeing persecution in Myanmar. Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports. Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/ #RohingyaRefugees #RohingyaRefugeeCrisis #Indonesia

Anwar Ibrahim named Malaysia’s new prime minister

Anwar Ibrahim has been named Malaysia’s new prime minister, marking an incredible comeback for a man who was first lined up for the job in the boom years of the 1990s before he was suddenly sacked and jailed. Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition won the most seats in the weekend’s election, but no one party or coalition emerged with the 112-seat parliamentary majority necessary to form a government. Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi joins us live from Kuala Lumpur for the latest updates. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/ #Malaysia #MalaysiaElection2022 #AnwarIbrahim […]

Malaysian media says Israel’s Mossad behind kidnapped Palestinian

Malaysia has detained suspected operatives working for Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad. They are accused of snatching a Palestinian man from a street in the capital Kuala Lumpur and beating him as he was being driven to a house. Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/ #Malaysia #Mossad #spyring #Hamas #Palestinian #Israel #abduction #Malaysianpolice

US-China defense chiefs meet for first time

The defence chiefs of the US and China have met for the first time, as tensions between the two countries continue to rise. The Chinese Minister of Defence General Wei Fenghe says the discussions went smoothly. Defense leaders from around the Asia-Pacific are in Singapore this week to debate the pressing security issues facing the region. Al Jazeera’s @Jessica Washington reports from Singapore. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #AlJazeeraEnglish #China #UnitedStates

Rebel groups in eastern Myanmar join forces against the gov’t

In the year since Myanmar’s coup, many opposed to military rule have joined the ranks of ethnic armed groups fighting the government. Kayah State in the east has seen some of the heaviest fighting as the conflict escalates. Thousands have come to the border with Thailand to seek safety from the violence, but not all of them are getting through. Al Jazeera’s Tony Cheng reports from the Thailand-Myanmar border. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #Myanmar #MyanmarCoup #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

World accused of ‘sitting and watching’ as Myanmar slides to war

One year since the military coup in Myanmar, calls for international action are growing louder, notably from the National Unity Government (NUG), made up of elected politicians who were thrown out of office by the generals. “The world is doing nothing but just sitting and watching,” NUG Foreign Minister Zin Mar Aung told Al Jazeera. Attacks against civilians, protesters and political activists have escalated in recent months. What began as tear-gassing and beatings have now turned into air assaults, the burning of villages, and targeted shootings across the country. Al Jazeera’s Tony Cheng reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on […]

Xi’an outbreak: Anger in Chinese city over COVID lockdown

There is anger in the Chinese city of Xi’an over how residents have been treated by authorities during its strict COVID lockdown. Leaders in the city of 13 million say an outbreak of the virus has now been brought under control. Al Jazeera’s @Katrina Yu reports from Beijing, China. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #AlJazeeraEnglish #China #COVID19

Thailand sends aid to Myanmar as violence eases near border

Aid is being sent from Thailand to people displaced by fighting in Myanmar after violence eased near the border in the past two days. But ethnic Karen fighters in Myanmar say they will only negotiate a ceasefire if Myanmar’s military leaves areas where fierce fighting has been taking place. The Karen National Union (KNU) said the area under its control in Karen state was hit last week by air raids and artillery rounds. Al Jazeera’s @Tony Cheng reports from the Thai-Myanmar border. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #AlJazeeraEnglish #Myanmar #Thailand

Myanmar military reverts to scorched earth tactics, massacres

The spokesperson for the National Unity Government of Myanmar is accusing the military in northwest Myanmar of carrying out massacres of civilians and destroying their homes. The destruction in the hilltop town of Thantlang, in Chin State, northwestern Myanmar, caused by artillery shells and fires set by Myanmar’s military, appears part of a concerted policy of scorched earth. The military has not commented on the allegations. Most of the town’s 10,000 residents have fled across the nearby border into India – powerless to do anything to save their homes. Drone video – which matches satellite images – shows smoke billowing from the town of Thantlang in Chin State. Al Jazeera’s […]