East Asia

China Denies Responsibility for Opioid Epidemic

China Denies Responsibility for Opioid Epidemic

A report published by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission last February classified China as the primary source of fentanyl, a synthetic drug, in the United States. With President Trump’s recent declaration of the opioid epidemic as a national health crisis, the United States […]

China and South Korea End Dispute Over Missile Defense System

China and South Korea End Dispute Over Missile Defense System

On October 31, 2017, China and South Korea ended their year-long diplomatic dispute over a missile defense system deployed by the United States in South Korea. Gone into operation this May, the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) unit can intercept medium-range intermediate ballistic missile […]

Increasing Chinese Internet Censorship

Increasing Chinese Internet Censorship

Recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping has increased China’s already aggressive Internet censorship. The new advances in China’s Great Firewall attack the popular Chinese messaging app “Wechat”, used by millions of Chinese citizens. Qiao Mu, a former journalism professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University who recently emigrated […]

Violent Attacks from the Taliban Group Increase Dramatically

Violent Attacks from the Taliban Group Increase Dramatically

In this past week, multiple violent attacks done by the Taliban group have been executed against the Afghan military. By the end of this week, 120 people were killed by this group – Taliban militants attacked an Afghan army base in the Kandahar province only […]

A Revival of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement?

A Revival of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement?

While the People’s Republic of China celebrated its 68th anniversary last October 1st, 4,300 protesting Hong Kongers flooded the streets, fighting for the release of “political prisoners.” Among these were Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow, leaders of the Umbrella Movement in 2014. The […]

Hong Kong Citizens Report: Traditional Medicine Isn’t Helping

Hong Kong Citizens Report: Traditional Medicine Isn’t Helping

Recently, there have been reports in Hong Kong that many hospitalized patients in the pathology department have fallen victim to adulterants hidden in doses of traditional Chinese medicine and supplements. These products, despite being illegal and banned in Hong Kong, still manage to find their […]

Saubhagya’s Initiative to Bring Power to Those Without Electricity

Saubhagya’s Initiative to Bring Power to Those Without Electricity

In a 2.5 billion dollar initiative, Prime Minister Modi introduced the Saubhagya scheme to bring power to 300 million living without electricity. Currently, 25% of India’s population live without electricity, most of whom are poor and live in rural areas. Modi’s scheme prioritizes the poor, […]