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India Blocks Krafton’s Game on Concerns Over Data Sharing in China

By Aditya Kalra, Munsif Vengattil & Joyce Lee | Reuters

India’s government blocked a popular battle-royale format game from Krafton Inc., a South Korean company backed by China’s Tencent, as it was concerned about its data sharing and mining in China, an Indian government source said.

Myanmar Executions Expose Regime’s Desperation

By Nicholas Coppel | The Strategist (free)

The killings represent a new low point in Myanmar’s human rights record and raise the question, why now?

More from WPR: Myanmar’s Resistance Fights On—With or Without International Support

India Says It Will Protect Its Interests as Chinese Boat Heads to Sri Lanka

By Krishna N. Das & Waruna Cudah Nimal Karunatilake | Reuters

India, which is trying to expand its influence in crisis-hit Sri Lanka after China made deep inroads there, said Thursday it was aware of reports about the planned visit of a Chinese vessel to a Sri Lankan port built with money from Beijing.

More from WPR: Two Years After Border Clashes, India Still Lacks a Coherent China Policy

Japan Discusses Regional Defense in Rare Visit to Taiwan

By Huizhong Wu | Associated Press (free)

A group of Japanese lawmakers including two former defense ministers met with Taiwan’s president Thursday in a rare high-level visit to discuss regional security.

Kim Threatens to Use Nukes Amid Tensions With U.S., South Korea

By Hyung-Jin Kim | Associated Press (free)

“Our armed forces are completely prepared to respond to any crisis, and our country’s nuclear war deterrent is also ready to mobilize its absolute power dutifully, exactly and swiftly in accordance with its mission,” Kim said in Wednesday’s speech, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

More from WPR: The Challenge of a Nuclear North Korea

Bangladesh Seeks I.M.F. Loan as Inflation Rocks South Asia

By Saif Hasnat & Emily Schmall | The New York Times

Just a week after introducing scheduled power outages in response to the soaring cost of fuel in Bangladesh, the government said it was seeking help from the International Monetary Fund, joining two other nations in South Asia to do so in recent months.

Pacific Defense Chiefs Meet Against Backdrop of Rising China

Lolita C. Baldor | Associated Press

Defense chiefs from across the Indo-Pacific gathered this week to bolster their connections against a backdrop of China’s ongoing campaign to expand its influence and military presence in the region.

Japan to Join 'Garuda Shield' Military Drills for First Time

Elaine Lies & Stanley Widianto | Reuters

Japanese defense forces will participate for the first time in military exercises in Indonesia next month alongside the United States and Australia, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday after talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

For Hong Kong’s Beijing-Backed Officials, Xi’s All That - The New York Times

Austin Ramzy & Tiffany May | The New York Times

The city’s leaders are rushing to embrace Xi Jinping, China’s leader, a performance of devotion that is a jarring shift for Hong Kong’s once rambunctious political culture.

China's Pacific Push Is Backfiring

Derek Grossman | Foreign Policy

An aggressive diplomatic strategy hasn’t produced many results.

South Korea Launches Bid to Resolve Compensation for Wartime Slave Laborers

By Christian Davies & Kang Buseong | Financial Times

South Korea has launched an initiative to resolve longstanding compensation claims from the victims of Japanese wartime forced labor practices.

More from WPR: For Japan-South Korea Relations, What Comes After ‘All-Time Low’?

China’s Wang Meets Lavrov in Bali Ahead of G-20 Talks

By The Editors | AFP (free)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Bali on Thursday for talks ahead of a G-20 ministerial meeting overshadowed by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

More from WPR: A War-Weakened Russia Has No Strategic Value to China

Why Has North Korea Stopped Boasting About Its Missile Tests?

By Yan Zhuang | The New York Times

North Korea has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year as it expands its weapons program. Until recently, it usually boasted about each test in state media — sometimes with dramatic flair. But since April, that information has dried up.

More from WPR: North Korea’s Latest Missile Tests Reflect Kim’s Shifting Priorities

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