Taiwan tensions: Is war imminent?
Tensions are running high over Taiwan after President Joe Biden said the US will defend the island if it is attacked. In our latest edition of ST Asian Insider, ST correspondents report on the mood in Taipei, and how Washington’s interference is testing Beijing’s policy on relations with Taiwan.
A fraught farewell
Thousands gathered in Tokyo this week to pay their last respects to former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, while thousands more peacefully protested his state funeral. Walter Sim reports on the fraught farewell, why it divided the nation and plans to avoid such controversy in future.
India’s role in US clean energy drive
The US drive to embrace clean energy and reduce its dependence on China’s renewable energy supply chains has found a willing partner - India. Both countries have mutual anxieties about China’s rise, writes Debarshi Dasgupta in this latest edition of Power Play, and India’s extensive renewable energy portfolio could hold the answer.
Umno president re-energised by acquittal
Zahid Hamidi, president of Malaysia’s largest party Umno, was acquitted of bribery charges last week, a development that experts say has strengthened his hand to push harder for an early general election and wrest the top job from Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Still, Zahid is not out of the woods yet, and faces another set of criminal charges relating to his charitable foundation.
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Not just another weed
What happens when you wolf down tasty soup noodles while on holiday in Thailand, only to later discover the vegetables in it were cannabis leaves? Our correspondent in Bangkok, Tan Tam Mei, reports on the rapid rise of weed-infused products since Thailand legalised medical cannabis, and how to avoid accidentally consuming it.