BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) – The Philippines hit out at China on Sunday over the “increasing militarization” of the South China Sea as tensions between the neighbours flared amid slow-moving regional efforts to forge a compromise over one of Asia’s naval flashpoints.
The rebuke by Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario at a regional summit in Brunei came a day after China’s state media warned of an inevitable “counterstrike” against the Philippines if it continued to provoke Beijing.
Can really feel and taste the haze in KL today. Don’t know whether to trust the pollution index reading — a puny 76.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 (Reuters) – A deepening slump in
exports is sending tremors through Asia, threatening to
undermine some booming emerging economies that have surged ahead
in recent years on a heady combination of easy credit, buoyant
consumer demand and strong domestic investment.
Export growth throughout Asia has sagged in recent months,
hit by slackening demand from the United States, Europe and
China and by slumping commodity prices. Leading indicators are
also pointing to weaker factory activity in the coming months.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police arrested three opposition politicians and activists on Thursday and charged another with sedition, launching a crackdown on dissent three weeks after an election exposed deep divisions in the country and sparked a series of opposition protest rallies.
The arrests and the charging of a student activist under the country’s Sedition Act signal a hardening stance by the government after the May 5 poll, which it won in unconvincing style that has highlighted electoral system problems.