BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

CHINA-IVANKA'S SECRETS — The Chinese supply chains of Ivanka Trump's brand have become more opaque, raising questions about who the company's business partners are in a country where most commerce has government connections. By Erika Kinetz. SENT: 1,600 words, photos, graphic; abridged version of 890 words available.

NKOREA-THREATS — Military experts say North Korea has neither the capability nor intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets. They view a video simulating such an attack and the foreign minister's comment that North Korea has the right to shoot down approaching U.S. warplanes as a tit-for-tat response to Trump's fiery rhetoric. By Kim Tong-hyung. UPCOMING: 750 words, photo by 900 GMT. With UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA — North Korean diplomat says tweet by Trump "declared war."

CHINA-FOOD IMPORT CONTROLS — China has delayed enforcing sweeping new controls on food imports following complaints by the United States, Europe and other trading partners that they would disrupt billions of dollars in trade. By Joe McDonald. Sent 530 words.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR — Japan's government approved a revision to its 30-to-40-year plan to decommission the Fukushima nuclear plant, delaying by two more years the removal of radioactive fuel rods in two of the three reactors damaged in the 2011 disaster. By Mari Yamaguchi. Sent 430 words, photo.

INDONESIA-BALI-VOLCANO — More than 57,000 people have fled the surrounds of a Bali volcano where shallow tremors are increasingly frequent, indicating magma moving toward the surface. By Firdia Lisnawati. Sent 440 words, photos.

VANUATU-VOLCANO — An erupting volcano on one of Vanuatu's islands has forced 6,000 people — more than half the island's population — to flee their homes for safer places on the island out of fear of a bigger eruption. By Nick Perry. Sent 360 words.

CHINA-INTERPOL — China is hosting an Interpol meeting amid concerns Beijing is using the police network to pursue political foes overseas. By Christopher Bodeen. Sent 570 words, photos.

JAPAN-POLITICS-Q&A — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to call an election more than a year before it's due, a move widely seen as an attempt to hold power. A look at the timing and what's at stake. By Mari Yamaguchi. Sent 670 words, photos.

MONGOLIA-PRIME MINISTER — Mongolia's ruling party chose a replacement for the prime minister dismissed over allegations of corruption, as the resource-rich Asian nation struggles with an economic crisis. By Ganbat Namjilsangarav. Sent 380 words.

INDIA-US — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis makes the first visit to India by a Cabinet-level official from Trump's administration. He's expected to discuss security in Afghanistan, military technology and a possible deal on fighter jets. By Nirmala George. Sent 400 words, photos.

CHINA-ONLINE CENSORSHIP — WhatsApp is suffering intermittent disruptions in China as authorities tighten censorship controls ahead of a major ruling party meeting. By Joe McDonald and Gillian Wong. Sent 490 words.

ASIA-ECONOMY — The Asian Development Bank raised its growth forecast for Asia's developing economies because global trade and conditions in the world's biggest economies are improving more than expected. By Kelvin Chan. Sent 310 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stocks declined as investors watched U.S.-North Korean tensions after a fall in tech shares dragged down Wall Street. By Joe McDonald. Sent 510 words, photos.



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Updated : 2021-03-06 04:01 GMT+08:00