Asia and the Pacific

Thai protest movement spreads across country’s northeast

By Owen Howell, 25 August 2020

Despite last week’s arrests of prominent student leaders, the protests are growing unabated around the country in the lead-up to a major rally planned in September.

Support historian Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders by CPP founder Jose Maria Sison!

By Peter Symonds, 24 August 2020

Communist Party of the Philippines founder Sison launched a menacing attack on Scalice, a respected authority on the history of the Philippine left, after the announcement of his lecture that will focus on the CPP’s record of betrayal.

Seven protest leaders in Thailand arrested by police

By Owen Howell, 22 August 2020

This week’s state crackdown on the student leadership of mass protests that have swept across the country reveals the Thai ruling elite’s fear of a broader movement.

Pakistani university workers oppose job cuts; Offshore gas platform workers strike in Western Australia; New Zealand health workers protest

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22 August 2020

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Millions of Indian workers strike to protest attacks by Modi government amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 August 2020

Millions of workers have joined strikes and protests opposing the government’s attacks on their wages and working conditions.

August 26 online lecture: “First as tragedy, second as farce: Marcos, Duterte, and the Communist Parties of the Philippines.”

Philippine Stalinists slander academic Joseph Scalice ahead of August 26 lecture

21 August 2020

Scalice, a postdoctoral researcher at Nanyang Technological University, will deliver his online lecture at 3 p.m. Singapore time (same time in Philippines, 3 a.m. New York, 9 a.m. Berlin, 12:30 p.m. Colombo, 5 p.m. Sydney)

Mass student protests in Thailand continue to grow

By Owen Howell, 19 August 2020

After a month of continuous protests, a demonstration in Bangkok on Sunday was the largest since the 2014 military coup.

Chinese prime minister: 600 million people earn less than $145 a month

By Lily Zhao, 19 August 2020

While almost half of its population earns less than $145 a month, China recorded 373 billionaires in 2020, the second highest figure in the world.

Support grows for SEP (Sri Lanka) defence campaign

By Saman Gunadasa, 19 August 2020

The petition opposing military harassment of Socialist Equality Party candidates in Jaffna continues to gather support, nationally and internationally.

India: Motherson’s “inquiry” rubber stamps sacking of strikers

By Arun Kumar, 17 August 2020

The ongoing persecution of Motherson autoparts strikers was facilitated by the Maoist Left Trade Union Centre’s betrayal of the 140-day walkout.

US-backed opposition in Solomon Islands opposes ties to Beijing

By Patrick O’Connor, 17 August 2020

A provincial administration in Malaita insists that it has the right to maintain its own relations with Taiwan and refuses to recognise Beijing.

Journalists in Malaysia persecuted for exposing treatment of migrant workers

By Owen Howell, 15 August 2020

The government’s investigation into seven Al Jazeera journalists, including a police raid of their offices, is part of a broader crackdown on press freedom.

Modi government intensifies repression one year after its constitutional coup against Kashmir

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 15 August 2020

The Modi government’s illegal abrogation of Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status and imposition of a state-of-siege in the Muslim-majority region have been conspicuously ignored by the US and other major imperialist powers.

Indian social health workers hold two-day national strike; South Korean hospital doctors walkout

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15 August 2020

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Sri Lankan prime minister admits US is behind Colombo Port deal with India

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 14 August 2020

The Colombo Port workers’ struggle has demonstrated that the US and India want Sri Lanka tied to their strategic and military moves against nuclear-armed China.

Former Malaysian prime minister’s conviction deepens political crisis

By John Roberts, 14 August 2020

The Najib conviction is a clear sign that the entire edifice centred on UMNO on which the ruling class has relied for decades is falling apart, opening up the prospect of further political upheavals.

South Asian governments ignore millions of monsoon flood victims

By Wimal Perera, 13 August 2020

While the suffering of flood-hit people mount amid the monsoon rains, South Asian governments refuse to provide them necessary assistance.

Hospital fire in southern India kills 10 COVID-19 patients

By Arun Kumar, 12 August 2020

With the pandemic spreading rapidly in the country, the circumstances of the fire point to criminal negligence on the part of governments and hotel and hospital authorities.

Philippines not to join wargames in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 11 August 2020

Duterte’s announcement that the Philippines will not participate in US naval exercises in the disputed waters comes amid a dramatic escalation of Washington’s preparations for war with China.

Rising popular anger over Nepali government’s response to COVID-19

By Rohantha De Silva, 10 August 2020

The Kathmandu government has reacted to youth protests over its failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic by arresting demonstrators.

President Trump signs executive orders banning Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat

By Kevin Reed, 8 August 2020

On Thursday, the US president signed two executive orders that will ban the operation of TikTok and WeChat in the US unless they are acquired by US-based companies within 45 days.

US moves to delist Chinese companies from stock exchanges

By Nick Beams, 8 August 2020

The move has been couched in terms of protecting “investor safety,” but it is another component of the economic warfare being carried out by Washington.

Former Australian PM: Beware the Guns of August in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2020

Kevin Rudd argues that the danger of war between the US and China is greater than at any time since the 1950s and warns the risk “will be especially high” in the lead-up to the US presidential election.

Indian railway and Sri Lankan port workers oppose privatisation; Australian supermarket warehouse employees stop work over COVID-19 infection

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8 August 2020

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Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna wins election setting the stage for an eruption of working-class struggles

By K. Ratnayake, 7 August 2020

While President Rajapakse hopes that an absolute parliamentary majority and new dictatorial measures will allow him to take on the working class, the eruption of militant struggles will assume revolutionary proportions.

War crimes in Afghanistan covered up by UK Ministry of Defence

By Jean Shaoul, 6 August 2020

Documents, written by SAS officers and military personnel, provide evidence of war crimes.

75 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Bill Van Auken, 6 August 2020

The anniversary’s significance has never been greater. Behind the backs of the people of the United States and the world, US imperialism is steadily building up a massive nuclear arsenal and pursuing a doctrine of aggressive nuclear war.

Sri Lankan Trotskyists hold final online election meeting

By our correspondents, 6 August 2020

The Socialist Equality Party held its last meeting on August 2, after a determined election campaign that reached key sections of the Sri Lankan working class and youth.

US imposes new sanctions on China over alleged Uyghur abuses

By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2020

US propaganda now includes allegations of Uyghur “genocide,” based on sensational accounts of forced birth control and the sterilization of Uyghur women in Xinjiang province.

White House engineering a takeover of TikTok by Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 3 August 2020

Under the White House’s direction, Microsoft is preparing to acquire the video-sharing app TikTok in a forced-divestiture from its China-based company ByteDance.

Hong Kong delays legislative elections amid crackdown on democratic rights

By Ben McGrath, 3 August 2020

Beijing is driven above all by fears that renewed protests in Hong Kong could spread to the mainland.

Vietnam struggles to contain rapid resurgence of COVID-19

By Owen Howell, 3 August 2020

After three months of no confirmed cases, Vietnam is witnessing a nationwide spread of the virus due to a new outbreak in the city of Da Nang.

105 Philippines COVID-19 update

3 August 2020

Vote for SEP candidates in the Sri Lankan national elections! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and socialist internationalism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3 August 2020

The SEP is the only party in the elections advancing an international socialist program to fight the crisis created by COVID-19, defend democratic rights and oppose imperialist war.

COVID-19 infections rapidly spread across Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 1 August 2020

The worsening coronavirus crisis in Bangladesh is a direct result of inadequate public health spending by successive governments.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting to conclude its election campaign

1 August 2020

The SEP is the only party fighting for an international socialist perspective against deepening social inequality, the danger of imperialist war and the threat of dictatorship.

India: Punjab health workers strike for permanent jobs; Asahi auto glass-making workers strike in Chennai; Woolworths Distribution Centre workers locked out in Australia

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1 August 2020

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Japan raising tensions with Beijing in the East China Sea

By Ben McGrath, 31 July 2020

The US and Japan bear primary responsibility for upending the status quo in the East China Sea and fueling the dangerous stand-off over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

By John Braddock, 31 July 2020

The diplomatic rift, underpinned by a domestic anti-China propaganda campaign, echoes Washington’s increasingly aggressive operations against Beijing.

US adopts policy of regime-change in Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2020

By declaring the defeat of Chinese “tyranny” the aim of American foreign policy, the Trump administration has greatly intensified confrontation with China, with an all-but explicit call for regime-change.

US secretary of state sets out case for conflict with China

By Peter Symonds, 25 July 2020

By ruling out a return to the policy of “containment,” Pompeo’s speech marks a strategy aimed at regime change in Beijing.

US demands even greater support from Australia in confrontation with China

By Mike Head, 25 July 2020

Despite the intensifying COVID-19 danger in the US, Australia’s foreign and defence ministers will personally attend the annual AUSMIN talks in Washington next week.

SEP election campaign in Sri Lanka: Workers denounce establishment parties

By our reporters, 25 July 2020

Over the past weeks, SEP campaigners have discussed with workers and youth the need to politically fight on the basis of a socialist program.

Indian health workers protest over COVID-19 treatment discrimination and wages; Western Australian caterers and cleaners strike on offshore gas platforms

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25 July 2020

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South Asian floods kill hundreds and displace millions

By Arun Kumar, 24 July 2020

The flooding comes as Indian and Bangladeshi residents were attempting to recover from Cyclone Amphan, which destroyed or damaged 260,000 houses in May.

Sosyalist Eşitlik condemns threats against Şiar Rişvanoğlu

By Sosyalist Eşitlik, 24 July 2020

This attack is part of a drive by Turkish state and paramilitary forces to intimidate all expressions of opposition.

Letter from a student in China on the COVID-19 pandemic

By a correspondent, 22 July 2020

“People are worried that on top of the hardship they have already gone through, they would face more unknown, long-term, and negative consequences from the pandemic.”

COVID-19 cases surging again in Japan

By Ben McGrath, 22 July 2020

As during the earlier stages of the pandemic, the government is refusing to make the necessary resources available to properly protect people and their livelihoods.

Sri Lankan SEP election meeting discusses working-class response to COVID-19 pandemic

By our correspondents, 22 July 2020

More than 2,000 people—in Sri Lanka and internationally—have watched SEP’s online event, posting comments and questions about the party’s program.

Driver plunges bus into a Chinese reservoir, killing 21

By Lily Zhao, 20 July 2020

The tragedy is a product of the social crisis confronting millions of workers throughout the country.

US escalates economic warfare against Russia and China

By Nick Beams, 18 July 2020

After securing a decision by the UK government to ban the Chinese firm Huawei from its 5G rollout, the US is pressuring the Merkel government in Germany to take the same decision.

US moving to ban China-based TikTok social media app

By Kevin Reed, 18 July 2020

There is bipartisan support in Congress for the Trump administration’s aggressive efforts against the Chinese app.

India: Over 40,000 Karnataka health workers begin indefinite state-wide strike; Pakistani doctors protest and Sri Lanka nurses demand overtime pay

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18 July 2020

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As India approaches 1 million COVID-19 cases, Modi government continues to deny community transmission

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 17 July 2020

The absurd claim that India is not experiencing significant community transmission is part of the government’s reckless back-to-work drive and its criminal “herd immunity” policy.

Tamil National Alliance offers to support Sri Lankan president’s autocratic rule

By Paramu Thirugnanasambanthar—lead SEP candidate for Jaffna district, 17 July 2020

The TNA is offering to support Rajapakse’s moves to dictatorial forms of rule as long as he makes concessions, no matter how small, to the interests of the venal Tamil elites.

US secretary of state denounces China over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 15 July 2020

The Trump administration formally adopts the 2016 Hague ruling against Chinese claims in the sensitive, strategic waters, as it ramps up US naval provocations there.

UNICEF report: COVID-19 exacerbating hunger and other maladies facing South Asia’s children

By Naveen Dewage, 15 July 2020

According to the UNICEF report, close to 1 million more South Asian children could die in the coming year due to lack of access to food, vaccines, and timely medical care.

210 YouTube censors WSWS Tamil podcasts

15 July 2020

Indonesia records over 1,000 COVID-19 cases every day for three weeks

By Owen Howell, 14 July 2020

The government’s aggressive back-to-work policy has accelerated the spread of the virus.

999 Tamil National Alliance reiterates its support for Rajapakse government

13 July 2020

India: Airport workers in Kerala oppose sackings; Telangana private school teachers hold state-wide demonstrations

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11 July 2020

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Neyveli Thermal plant explosion in southern India kills 13 workers

By Arun Kumar, 10 July 2020

The explosion at the government-owned mine and power plant is a result of the corporation’s refusal to replace outdated and dangerous facilities and equipment.

Surge in infections gives India third highest COVID-19 cases worldwide

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 9 July 2020

The surge is a direct result of the Modi government’s homicidal “herd immunity” policy, which prioritizes the profit interests of big business over the lives of workers and their families.

Letters demand Sri Lankan defence secretary stop military harassment of SEP candidates

By our correspondents, 9 July 2020

This campaign is part of broader struggle to defend the democratic rights of all working people against dictatorial measures.

UK set to ban Huawei from 5G network

By Nick Beams, 8 July 2020

The key factor in the decision was the move by the Trump administration in May to ban the use of US software in Huawei’s operating systems.

India takes economic reprisals against China as border frictions continue

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 8 July 2020

Although several rounds of talks have been held, both New Delhi and Beijing continue to maintain an enhanced military presence along their disputed border.

Duterte signs draconian anti-terrorism law in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 8 July 2020

The new law authorizes surveillance and arrests without warrant of anyone the administration terms ‘a terrorist’

US war drive against China accelerates

By Peter Symonds, 8 July 2020

Confronting crisis at home, with growing opposition among workers to the reckless back-to-work drive, Trump is seeking to divert these immense social tensions outward at an external enemy.

Two US aircraft carriers in war games in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2020

The “high-end” exercises sought to test US naval capabilities in a conflict with China involving both offensive operations using war planes and the defence of the ships from any counter-attack.

More than 170 killed in accident at Myanmar jade mine

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 July 2020

The disaster has highlighted the perilous conditions confronting oppressed miners in the industry, which provides large profits to sections of the country’s military-dominated regime.

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) to hold second online election rally

6 July 2020

The SEP’s online meeting will discuss critical political developments in Sri Lanka and internationally and the tasks facing the working class.

Pandemic spirals out of control in South Africa, India, Brazil

By Bryan Dyne, 4 July 2020

The official tallies in each country of daily confirmed coronavirus cases have become exponential, indicating that whatever containment measures were implemented to halt the spread of the virus have essentially collapsed.

Australian government seeks to place country on war footing

By Mike Head, 4 July 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has identified the Indo-Pacific as the likely arena for another world war, directed against China.

Sri Lankan president orders Central Bank to give more credit to big business

By Saman Gunadasa, 4 July 2020

While providing huge financial concessions to the banks and big business, the government is imposing greater economic burdens on workers and the poor.

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4 July 2020

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COVID-19 danger persists in South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 3 July 2020

The inability of Seoul to fully address the pandemic is a result of keeping workers on the job and businesses open.

Hundreds of thousands of Indian coal miners launch three-day strike against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 3 July 2020

Facing an economic crisis that has been greatly exacerbated by the pandemic and the ruling elite’s selfish class response, the Modi government is pushing through a “quantum jump” in pro-investor “reforms.”

US anti-China campaign intensifies factional conflicts within Canada’s ruling elite

By Roger Jordan, 3 July 2020

Terming China “a real threat to Canada,” former Tory Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has called for the striking of a “blue-ribbon” committee to redefine Canada’s China policy.

British government ramps up campaign against China

By Jean Shaoul, 3 July 2020

The Tories’ aim is to open another front in US imperialism’s economic, diplomatic, and military-strategic offensive that threatens military war against the world’s second largest economy.

Pandemic rages across South Asia as total cases near 1 million

By our correspondents, 1 July 2020

The governments of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are rushing to “reopen” their economies even as COVID-19 cases and deaths are growing exponentially.

Reopening in the Philippines causes coronavirus surge

By Owen Howell, 30 June 2020

While overseeing a woefully inadequate response to the pandemic, the Duterte administration is expanding police-state measures to suppress mounting discontent.

Pandemic surpasses 10 million COVID-19 cases and over 500,000 deaths globally

By Benjamin Mateus, 29 June 2020

COVID-19 cases in the United States have careened out of control, with health care systems in Texas, Florida and Arizona nearing collapse.

Indonesia passes 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 27 June 2020

Indonesia’s coronavirus crisis is accelerating disastrously, even as the government pursues its criminal plans to reopen businesses and risk workers’ lives for profit.

Indian and Pakistani health workers strike over coronavirus safety; Australia Paper maintenance workers locked out

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27 June 2020

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Sri Lankan SEP to hold first election rally online on June 28

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 June 2020

The SEP meeting will discuss the crucial political developments in Sri Lanka and internationally and the tasks before the Sri Lankan working class.

India and China rush troops, weaponry to disputed border region

By Keith Jones, 22 June 2020

India has placed on the “highest alert” the 300,000 troops it has arrayed along its 3,500-kilometer border with China.

COVID-19 flares again in China

By Peter Symonds, 22 June 2020

While still relatively small, the outbreak is a warning that the highly infectious coronavirus can rapidly re-emerge if restrictions are removed.

Sri Lankan SEP holds online meeting on global protests against police murders

By Wije Dias, 22 June 2020

Wije Dias, General Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, delivered the main speech at an online meeting on the global protests against the police killings and moves towards autocratic methods of rule.

US stokes India-China conflict, blames Chinese “aggression” for border clash

By Keith Jones, 20 June 2020

Senior US official David Stilwell provocatively told a press briefing that the Chinese army had “invaded” the “contested area” between India and China.

India: Bihar rural health workers demonstrate to defend jobs; Coimbatore textile workers protest over pay cuts

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20 June 2020

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India and China remain on knife edge as war tensions continue

By Shuvu Batta and Keith Jones, 19 June 2020

While proclaiming they want to de-escalate, India and China are each demanding the other stand down and pouring additional troops and weapons into their border regions.

Australian government alleges cyber-attack to ramp-up provocations against China

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 June 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison failed to provide any evidence of a cyber-attack, but the media rushed to proclaim that China was responsible.

Sharp spike of coronavirus deaths in India

By Saman Gunadasa, 19 June 2020

Right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi has categorically ruled out a second lockdown even after India registered more than 2,000 deaths on Tuesday and over 13,000 new infections on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Dozens die in India-China border clash

By Keith Jones, 17 June 2020

It is the enmeshing of the India-China rivalry with the strategic confrontation between China and US imperialism that makes the border dispute so combustible and incendiary.

North Korea blows up liaison office to send message to Trump

By Peter Symonds, 17 June 2020

While nominally directed at Seoul, Pyongyang’s action expressed its deep frustration with the failure of the Trump administration to conduct any meaningful negotiations.

Over 1,170 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic surges in Bangladesh

By Wimal Perera, 15 June 2020

The Awami League government ignored warnings by medical experts who publicly opposed any lifting of the lockdown.

US Navy deploys three aircraft carriers to Pacific against China

By Peter Symonds, 13 June 2020

The deployments underscore the strategic shift by the Pentagon from the so-called “war on terror” to great power competition that heightens the danger of conflict between nuclear-armed powers.

India: A massive explosion in Gujarat chemical plant kills 10 workers

By Arun Kumar, 13 June 2020

The tragic loss of life and terrible injuries are a direct result of government and company indifference towards mandatory work safety measures.

India: Telangana coal mine workers strike against privatisation; Queensland hospital workers walkout over pay freeze

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13 June 2020

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Trump confers with Modi over explosive India-China border dispute

By Shuvu Batta and Keith Jones, 8 June 2020

Intensifying the US strategic offensive against China, the Trump administration has publicly sided with India, and is goading New Delhi on in its border standoff with Beijing.