Asia Briefs: China alerts its citizens in Laos

China alerts its citizens in Laos

BEIJING • China's embassy in Laos has issued a safety warning to its citizens in the country after a Chinese national was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Xaysomboun province last Friday.

Chinese workers have increasingly come under attack as the country's companies expand abroad as part of President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road plan to build infrastructure with the rest of Asia and beyond.


Found: Tanker which sank off Johor

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia yesterday said it had found the wreckage of a tanker which sank last week with six crew members on board as officials battle to control an oil spill.

The MT Putri Sea went down last Thursday off the southern state of Johor and all six Indonesian crew are missing, feared dead.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said the four-day search-and-rescue operation for the crew was halted on Sunday after efforts to find them failed.


BJP picks Dalit for Indian president

NEW DELHI • India's ruling party yesterday named a lawyer from the lowest Dalit caste as its candidate for president, a move seen as an attempt to reach out to the marginalised community.

Mr Ram Nath Kovind, 71, is likely to take up the largely ceremonial post when Mr Pranab Mukherjee's term ends next month, becoming the second Dalit to be India's head of state.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has traditionally enjoyed the support of upper-caste Hindus but has been wooing low-caste voters to broaden its nationwide appeal.


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