Asia Briefs: EU sanctions Myanmar officials over abuses

EU sanctions Myanmar officials over abuses

LUXEMBOURG • The European Union imposed sanctions on seven senior military officials from Myanmar yesterday, including the general in charge of an operation accused of driving nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.

The seven face asset freezes and are banned from travelling to the EU, after the bloc extended an arms embargo and prohibited any training of, or cooperation with Myanmar's armed forces.

The sanctions also mark a shift in diplomacy by the EU, which suspended its restrictive measures on Myanmar in 2012 to support its partial shift to democratic governance in recent years.


Tsai calls on world to 'constrain' China

TAIPEI • Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen yesterday called on the international community to "constrain" China, which sees the island as its territory, by standing up for freedoms.

"This is not just Taiwan's challenge, it is a challenge for the region and the world as a whole, because today it's Taiwan, but tomorrow it may be any other country that will have to face the expansion of China's influence," Ms Tsai said in an interview with Agence France-Presse.

"We need to work together to reaffirm our values of democracy and freedom in order to constrain China and also minimise the expansion of their hegemonic influence."

Student's suicide sparks debate on social decay

BEIJING • The suicide of a Chinese student who threw herself off a building after complaining of sexual harassment by a teacher has sparked online anguish about social decay, particularly because some onlookers egged her on and clapped when she jumped.

The 19-year-old student, surnamed Li, jumped to her death from the eighth storey of a building in the city of Qingyang last Wednesday, state media reported. A rescuer worker screamed in distress when she jumped.

"How cold is society that people will ask her to jump?" one online commentator asked. "The sound of the rescue worker's heart being torn reflects the evil of humanity."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe