Asia Briefs: China offers leniency to Xinjiang 'terrorists'

China offers leniency to Xinjiang 'terrorists'

XINJIANG/BEIJING • Authorities in China's western region of Xinjiang yesterday offered leniency to "separatists, terrorists and religious extremists" who turn themselves in, as part of recent security measures in the violence-prone region.


Fresh charges for Taiwanese ex-president

TAIPEI • Taiwan's former president Ma Ying-jeou was slapped with new charges yesterday in a political leaks controversy, just weeks before he faces possible conviction in another related case.


Beijing wants answers over Japan warship

BEIJING • China has said it is waiting for official word on why Japan plans to send a warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea, but hopes Japan can be responsible.


Abe backs minister amid calls to resign

TOKYO • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe backed his defence minister after the opposition called for her to resign for misleading Parliament about ties to a controversial foundation.

He said Ms Tomomi Inada should explain the situation but stay in her job.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe