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Kusu News 2-Apr-2021

 

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi faced a court hearing Thursday, after a UN envoy warned of the risk of civil war and an imminent “bloodbath” as the junta represses pro-democracy protests.

More than 535 people have died in daily demonstrations since the military overthrew Suu Kyi on February 1, halting Myanmar’s decade-old experiment in democracy.

The UN Security Council held an urgent closed-door session on the escalating crisis on Wednesday, and special envoy Christine Schraner Burgener urged it to act.

“I appeal to this council to consider all available tools to take collective action and do what is right, what the people of Myanmar deserve,” she said, in remarks obtained by AFP.

She said she remained open to dialogue with the junta but added: “If we wait only for when they are ready to talk, the ground situation will only worsen. A bloodbath is imminent.”

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Taiwan condemns convictions of Hong Kong democracy activists

1-Apr-2021 Focus Taiwan

Taipei, April 1 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday condemned Beijing for infringing on Hong Kong people's freedom of peaceful assembly after seven prominent pro-democracy campaigners in the special administrative region were convicted of unlawful assembly relating to a series of anti-government protests in 2019.

The Presidential Office expressed regret and condemnation over a Hong Kong court decision that media tycoon and Apple Daily chief Jimmy Lai (黎智英) and 82-year-old Martin Lee (李柱銘), chairman of the Democratic Party -- Hong Kong's largest and most popular political party -- along with five others, were found guilty of organizing and participating in an unauthorized march in 2019.

The march was against a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited from Hong Kong to mainland China for trial.

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Chinese diplomat calls Justin Trudeau ‘running dog of US’ as tensions escalate

1-Apr-2021 The Guardian

A Chinese diplomat has dismissed Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau as a “boy” in a social media attack marking a new low in the fractured relationship between the two countries.

China and Canada have clashed repeatedly in recent months, and last week the two countries imposed sanctions on each other in a growing row over Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur minority.

A Chinese diplomat dismissed the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, as a ‘boy’ in a social media attack. Photograph: Blair Gable/Reuters

A Chinese diplomat dismissed the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, as a ‘boy’ in a social media attack. Photograph: Blair Gable/Reuters

But on Sunday, Trudeau was singled out for insult by China’s consul general to Rio de Janeiro, Li Yang in a tweet blaming him for the diplomatic crisis.

“Boy, your greatest achievement is to have ruined the friendly relations between China and Canada, and have turned Canada into a running dog of the US,” he tweeted

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Strong rebound ahead for short-haul, leisure travel soon: AirAsia chief

27-Mar-2021

AS countries around the world carry out their Covid-19 vaccination programmes, this will help revive the battered global tourism industry and demand could see a strong pick-up from June or July this year, said AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes.

"There will be strong rebound for short-haul travel and leisure travel because people want to get out, but the only way to get travel back are vaccines and vaccine passports," the 55-year-old said at a tech conference on Thursday evening.

Citing Malaysia and Singapore as an example, Mr Fernandes foresees that the vaccines and blockchains from both countries will be inculcated into the travel apps used by their respective citizens.

Earlier this week, the governments of Singapore and Malaysia agreed to work towards recognising each other's vaccine certificates to facilitate cross-border travel in the future. The two neighbours also agreed to allow cross-border travel on compassionate grounds in the coming months.

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