Dene-Hern Chen
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Taiwan swears in new president as China pressure grows
by Dene-Hern Chen - May 20, 2024 - 8:52am
Taiwan's president-elect Lai Ching-te will be sworn into office Monday, putting him at the helm of the self-ruled island as China ramps up military and political pressure on Taipei.
Taiwan's Lai to bolster 'porcupine' defense against China threat
by Dene-Hern Chen - May 17, 2024 - 3:25pm
The incoming Taiwanese president's best strategy to stop China from seizing the self-ruled island will likely be to bolster an agile defensive "porcupine" approach by spending more on missiles and drones.
Taiwan FM says conflict with China would have 'disastrous results'
by Dene-Hern Chen - August 2, 2023 - 4:39pm
A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would have "disastrous results" for the world, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told AFP in an interview Wednesday, citing the island's strategic importance for the semiconductor industry...
Hopes high as tourists touch down for Thailand re-opening
by Dene-Hern Chen - November 3, 2021 - 10:28am
Overseas tourists poured into Bangkok and the holiday island of Phuket on Monday as Thailand kickstarted its tourism industry after 18 months of Covid curbs.
Young and restless: Protest parallels in Thailand and Hong Kong
by Dene-Hern Chen - October 20, 2020 - 3:11pm
Hong Kong and Thailand have both seen their streets filled with protesters daring to take on an entrenched political elite, and to discuss once-taboo subjects in their push for greater freedoms.
'Their voice is vital': Thai celebs break silence on democracy protests
by Dene-Hern Chen - October 18, 2020 - 1:50pm
Political statements are unusual from Thai celebs, whose lucrative endorsements rely on the billionaire clans that are a pillar of the country's establishment. But some prominent figures broke cover after police...
'We must fight': Thailand's youth take on the establishment
by Dene-Hern Chen - August 13, 2020 - 7:51am
Leaderless, social media-savvy and inspired by Hong Kong's young activists, Thailand's budding pro-democracy movement is intent on overhauling the government, rewriting the constitution and even taking on a law that...
Thailand enters global race for vaccine with trials on monkeys
by Dene-Hern Chen - May 25, 2020 - 5:29pm
Dr. Suchinda Malaivitjitnond, director of the National Primate Research Center of Thailand who oversaw Saturday's vaccine injections to an initial group of 13 monkeys, said she hoped a "Made in Thailand" vaccine...
ASEAN leaders hope for trade deal as economies sag on US-China spat
by Dene-Hern Chen - November 3, 2019 - 9:46am
Southeast Asian leaders meet for a second day in Thailand on Sunday, hoping for a breakthrough in talks over the world's largest trade deal to help throw off the torpor which has gripped the global economy since...
Armed with smartphones, Myanmar e-sports players battle power outages
by Dene-Hern Chen - August 29, 2019 - 6:31pm
ESports star Myint was on the cusp of victory when the screens went dark in the Yangon cafe where he competes, costing him thousands of dollars in missed prize-money and denting his reputation. 
Thailand set for coronation of King Rama X, first in 69 years
by Dene-Hern Chen - May 2, 2019 - 6:26pm
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned this weekend in a pageantry-laden ceremony flecked by Hindu and Buddhist ritual, as Rama X furthers his primacy over one of the world's richest monarchies...
UN asks Australia to consider Saudi teen for 'refugee resettlement'
by Dene-Hern Chen - January 9, 2019 - 3:35pm
The UN has said an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to resettle her, Canberra said Wednesday, as the Twitter-led campaign to grant her asylum edged towards...
Thai court rejects bid to block deportation of Saudi woman
by Dene-Hern Chen - January 7, 2019 - 5:25pm
A Thai court Monday rejected an attempt to block the deportation of a Saudi woman who made a desperate plea for asylum, saying she feared for her life after escaping an abusive family.
Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections
by Dene-Hern Chen - December 11, 2018 - 4:13pm
Thailand's junta on Tuesday lifted a ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections, more than four years after the restriction was imposed following the kingdom's latest coup.
Thailand immigrant crackdown eyes 'dark-skinned people'
by Dene-Hern Chen - October 21, 2018 - 4:49pm
Allegedly aimed at busting visa abusers and illegal migrants, a Thai police operation called "X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner" has raised questions about racial profiling and fears for asylum-seekers caught in its web.
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