Asia Briefs: Taiwan's live-firing drills start next week

Taiwan's live-firing drills start next week

TAIPEI • The live-firing phase of the annual Han Kuang military exercises will kick off on May 22 and include a simulation on May 26 of an attack on Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in central Taiwan by China's People's Liberation Army. The exercise aims to test the military's combat and defence capabilities, reported Channel News Asia.

Ex-residents visit disputed island

HOKKAIDO • Under a bilateral visa-free exchange programme between Japan and Russia, former Japanese residents of Kunashir island headed out yesterday to visit the island, one of four off Hokkaido that are held by Russia, reported Kyodo news agency. This is the first such trip since the two countries agreed to ease travel restrictions. The residents are scheduled to visit the sites of their former family homes.

Two tiger-poaching suspects arrested

BENGKULU • The Indonesian authorities have arrested two men on suspicion of poaching Sumatran tigers and seized skin and bones taken from one of the rare animals, a national park official said yesterday. The authorities acted on a tip-off from villagers, who said the men often hunted for protected species in the enormous Kerinci Seblat National Park, believed to be home to some 150 Sumatran tigers.


Wife chasing hubby's car causes pile-up

BANGKOK • In a scene straight out of a television drama, a woman driving a Toyota Fortuner chased a Mercedes-Benz carrying her husband and his mistress to confront them, and ended up crashing into four vehicles in the central Thai province of Pathum Thani, causing six people injuries. The pile-up on Saturday caused a severe traffic jam.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe