Move over Aussies, the Chinese are coming. And Indonesia can’t get enough of them

When Elsye Deliana first moved to Bali to work as a tour guide, she noticed visitors to the Indonesian island tended to hail from Hong Kong, Taiwan and other parts of Asia. But starting around 2010, the number of visitors from mainland China eclipsed those from Taiwan for the first time. From there they grew rapidly, doubling in four years and then doubling again two years after that.
Now the owner of her own agency – PT Star Cemerlang Wisata – Deliana says Chinese tourists are the…

US$5.2 billion first phase of China-Thailand railway project facing further delays, reports say

The US$5.2 billion first phase of a Sino-Thai high-speed railway project could be delayed until the new year due to problems with environmental approval in Bangkok.
Construction had been expected to start next month, but that is now unlikely to happen as Thailand’s environmental authorities have yet to give the project the green light, China’s CCTV reported on Friday, citing Thai media.
Experts need to evaluate potential areas of concern, and construction will not be allowed to…

UN slams Myanmar for lack of access to Rakhine state after convoy witnessed ‘unimaginable’ suffering

The lack of humanitarian access granted by Myanmar’s government to Rakhine state, where over half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled violence, was “unacceptable”, the UN said on Friday.
“The access we have in northern Rakhine state is unacceptable,” Mark Lowcock, head of the UN humanitarian office, told reporters in Geneva.
A small UN team visited the crisis-wracked region in majority Buddhist Myanmar in recent days and described witnessing “unimaginable…

Cambodian government files lawsuit to dissolve main opposition party

Cambodian government lawyers filed a lawsuit on Friday to demand the dissolution of Cambodia’s main opposition party after its leader was charged with treason last month.
Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said the ministry filed the lawsuit with the Supreme Court asking for the Cambodia National Rescue Party to be dissolved.
He said the ministry had found that the opposition party violated the law with its alleged involvement with plotting to topple the government.
The government…

Marcos son ‘Bongbong’ confident of being declared Duterte’s vice-president after Philippines vote recount

The son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared Thursday he was confident of ousting the current vice-president in a legal challenge, which would place him a heartbeat away from leading his country. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jnr also confirmed his family was in talks with President Rodrigo Duterte, a political ally, to end the government’s three-decade hunt for billions of dollars worth of national assets allegedly stolen by his father and…

Former medal winning New Zealand Olympian targeted in alleged cheque fraud

By Sam Hurley A New Zealand Olympic great and politician was the target of an alleged bank fraud scheme. Dick Quax has been named in court documents alongside his wife Roxanne Bakke as the complainants in a criminal case currently before the Manukau District Court. The silver medal-winning Olympic runner confirmed to the Herald he has been in contact with investigating police after an electrician was charged with using bank cheques in Quax and Bakke’s names. James Alexander…