Asia Briefs: Tencent's WeChat travel pass plan

Tencent's WeChat travel pass plan

HONG KONG • Tencent Holdings is working with the Chinese government to create an electronic pass system that smooths travel between Hong Kong, Macau and the southern province of Guangdong.

The unusual proposal would see multiple travel documents linked to Tencent's WeChat app to streamline border crossings, the Shenzhen, Guangdong-based company said.


Abducted Pakistani journalist freed

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD • A Pakistani journalist and rights activist who openly criticised the military and its alleged meddling in politics was freed early yesterday, several hours after being abducted.

Journalist Gul Bukhari, a dual Pakistani-British national, was intercepted in her vehicle and abducted by unidentified men while on her way to record a television programme late on Tuesday in the city of Lahore.

A statement posted on Twitter by a family member following her release said she was well and asked for privacy.


Ensure safety for returning Rohingya: UN

YANGON • Safety and "identity" need to be in place for Rohingya Muslim refugees who return to Myanmar, the head of the United Nations in the country said yesterday, as Myanmar and UN agencies signed an outline deal on returns. Mr Knut Ostby said he hoped UN staff would be able to travel to the Rakhine state "almost immediately" to assess the situation and - over time - help the refugees in Bangladesh make an informed decision about potential returns.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe