Asia Briefs: Monsoon season poses huge threat to Rohingya

Monsoon season poses huge threat to Rohingya

COX'S BAZAR • For the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to south-east Bangladesh in the past nine months, the approaching monsoon season poses the most serious threat since they were violently expelled from Myanmar.

Close to one million of the stateless Muslim minority live in the Cox's Bazar district, but the new arrivals, stranded on unstable hills in bamboo and plastic shacks, are especially vulnerable.

A massive operation to shore up the camps against disaster is in overdrive, with bulldozers levelling hills and refugees hunkering down however they can.


China boosts efforts to develop industrial Web

GUIYANG • China is stepping up efforts to develop the industrial Internet as part of the nation's broader effort to advance the Made in China 2025 plan to bolster competitiveness in advanced manufacturing.

"As a power in both manufacturing and the Internet, we are expected to ramp up efforts in collaboration with Internet and manufacturing firms and will accelerate the research and development of core technologies," Mr Liu Jie, deputy head of the telecommunication management department at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said yesterday.


Ex-Japan PM turns 100, urges charter revision

TOKYO • Former Japanese prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, a World War II naval officer and one of Japan's longest-serving premiers, marked his 100th birthday yesterday with a call to revise the nation's post-war, pacifist Constitution.

Mr Nakasone, who trod the world stage with then United States President Ronald Reagan and then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during his 1982-1987 tenure, has long advocated amending the US-drafted charter to clarify the ambiguous status of the military - a goal shared by incumbent Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

He urged politicians to seriously tackle the matter, which remains a contentious topic among the Japanese public.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe