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279 Episodes
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Thai PM Survives No-Confidence Vote

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha survives a no-confidence vote Saturday in parliament over his handling of the coronavirus, prompting members of the pro-democracy movement to vow to raise the stakes by using protests to voice their discontent. Camera: Black Squirrel Productions
4 Sep 2021 2 min

China Suggests US Will Treat Taiwan Like Afghanistan

The Chinese government is drawing parallels between Afghanistan and Taiwan, suggesting the U.S. is a weak and unreliable partner.  Analysts say the accusation is part of China’s political warfare – as VOA’s Elizabeth Lee reports.
27 Aug 2021 3 min

A Final Appeal and Khmer Rouge Tribunal Begins Winding Down

The last surviving leader of the Khmer Rouge, Khieu Samphan, launched his final defense in appealing his conviction for genocide this week as the long-running United Nations-backed tribunal held its last public hearings before winding down. Luke Hunt has more.
21 Aug 2021 5 min

Protest Veterans in Thailand Join Young Pro-Democracy Demonstrators

Thailand’s young protesters have been joined by the "Red Shirt" veterans of the kingdom’s pro-democracy battle. That brought tens of thousands out over the weekend calling on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign. But as violent clashes with police become a nightly ritual, experts say Prayuth is unlikely to bend…
17 Aug 2021 2 min

The Ramifications of China's One-child Policy

In May 2021, China allowed its families to have up to three children, just five years after it had increased the limit to two. However, the changes are not likely be felt anytime soon because of the far-reaching impacts of China’s one-child policy, which lasted more than 35 years. Here…
10 Aug 2021 4 min

Thai Protesters Claim 'Change of Heart' as They Take to Streets to Reject PM Prayuth

A weekend of major protests across Bangkok in defiance of an emergency order to control the pandemic, brought out thousands of anti-government protesters, including some of the city’s rich, a new threat to the royalist establishment and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's grip on power. For VOA, Vijitra Duangdee reports from…
9 Aug 2021 3 min

Some Experts Concerned About Closer Ukraine-China Ties

While Ukraine’s president prepares for a visit to Washington, Kyiv is accepting COVID-19 vaccines from China and has signed a major infrastructure agreement with Beijing to cooperate on roads, bridges and railway projects. Some experts worry China is attaching strings to the ventures, as VOA's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine…
6 Aug 2021 4 min

For Many Uyghurs, China Is Wrong Choice for Winter Olympics

It’s not unusual for the Olympic Games to attract controversy. Then again, not every Olympics is hosted by a country being accused of genocide. That’s what is creating waves upon the approach of the 2022 Winter Olympics, as VOA’s Bill Gallo reports.Jesusemen Oni contributed to this report.
4 Aug 2021 3 min

Indonesia’s Isolated Baduy Use Internet to Survive Pandemic

Many isolated tribes have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. One such tribe in Indonesia, the Baduy Tribe has been devastated economically. To survive, some members of the community have embraced a local taboo, as VOA’s Rendy Wicaksana reports.Camera:  Rendy Wicaksana  
3 Aug 2021 3 min

Pandemic Gives Loan Sharks More Prey

The pandemic’s economic impact has led to bankrupt businesses and unemployment around the world. In Malaysia an increasing number of people are looking for cash quickly to keep their families and businesses afloat. But as Dave Grunebaum reports, many soon find themselves in over their heads dealing with debt and…
2 Aug 2021 2 min

Bhutan Scripts Rare COVID-19 Success Story 

In the south Asian region that has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan stands out as a rare success story. It has reported two deaths and about 2,500 cases and vaccinated 90% of its adult population. As Anjana Pasricha reports, even though Bhutan has…
1 Aug 2021 3 min

A Team of Refugees Competes in Olympic Games for Only 2nd Time in History

29 elite athletes from 11 countries comprise the International Olympic Committee’s Refugee Olympic Team. The group will compete in the Summer Games in Tokyo that open later this month. As VOA’s Laurel Bowman reports, it is only the second time in history that a team of refugee athletes will compete…
15 Jul 2021 2 min

As Delta Variant Spreads in Indonesia, Hospitals Seek Oxygen

As the Delta variant spreads in record numbers in Indonesia, hospitals are overwhelmed. The situation is forcing many residents to care for sick families themselves. VOA’s Ahadian Utama reports.Producer: Eva MazrievaAhadian Utama contributed to this report. 
14 Jul 2021 2 min

With Many of Its People Vaccinated, Maldives Wooing Tourists

The Maldives – a tiny nation of about twelve hundred islands set in crystalline waters – depends on income from tourism. The pandemic cut that revenue in half. But with COVID on the run, the government’s wooing tourists, especially from China. VOA’s Janine Phakdeetham reports. Video editor: Warangkana Chomchuen  
12 Jul 2021 2 min

US Ships Moderna Vaccine to Indonesia Amid COVID-19 Surge

The Biden administration is sending 3 million doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine to Indonesia as the archipelago deals with a surge in COVID-19 cases. The Indonesian government said it would use the doses as booster shots for health workers who have already been fully vaccinated with the Chinese Sinovac…
9 Jul 2021 2 min

Cambodia Backs Vaccinations as COVID-19 Case Load Soars

Amid rising caseloads of coronavirus infections as it emerges from a strict COVID lockdown, Cambodia is pinning its hopes on a vaccination rollout that will help the nation reach herd immunity, even as the nation confronts unique challenges that could hamper that effort. Luke Hunt reports from the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.Camera:…
1 Jul 2021 4 min

Indonesia COVID-19 Surge Brings High Rate of Cases Among Children

Indonesia is struggling with another peak of COVID-19. Infections topped two million in June, with the Delta variant driving the current surge. And as the county’s pediatricians point out, 1 out of 8 of confirmed cases are found in children and the fatality rate among children is the highest in the world…
28 Jun 2021 2 min

US Hong Kongers Reflect on Changes to the Island Since 1997

July 1 marks the 24th anniversary of the moment when Hong Kong reverted from a British colony back to Chinese rule. While changes to the financial hub were gradual at first, China has been quickly reshaping Hong Kong in the past year. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee has more.Camera: Songlin Zhang, Suli Yi  Produced…
24 Jun 2021 3 min
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