Asia Briefs: Beijing, Jakarta officials in talks

Beijing, Jakarta officials in talks

JAKARTA • Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Mr Darmin Nasution, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, co-chaired the second China-Indonesia High-level Economic Dialogue in Jakarta yesterday.

The two sides hailed the progress achieved in bilateral cooperation after the first meeting in January last year, had an in-depth exchange of views and reached a comprehensive agreement on cooperation in trading, investment, financing, infrastructure, energy and agriculture.

Both officials agreed that the two countries, which share development goals, should work together to deal with global economic challenges.


Bombs found in KL condo; four arrested

SHAH ALAM (Malaysia) • Malaysian police have arrested four people, including two women, who are allegedly connected with the discovery of home-made bombs in a condominium unit on the edge of Kuala Lumpur last month.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that the bombs were used in burglary and illegal money-lending activities.

The four suspects, aged between 31 and 40 years were arrested in Ampang on Saturday.


Pakistan censors feminist's article

ISLAMABAD• A feminist author hit back yesterday at Pakistan for censoring her article on Muslim women and sex, saying the ban exposed the depth of gender discrimination in the deeply conservative Islamic country.

Egyptian-American Mona Eltahawy, an award-winning journalist who is a vocal public speaker on women's rights, penned an opinion column, headlined "Sex talk for Muslim women", that ran in Friday's edition of the International New York Times.

The article was available online in Pakistan, but the newspaper version, published by the local Express Tribune, featured a blank spot in the opinion pages where Ms Eltahawy's article was slated to have been published.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe