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    VOA’s Asia Weekly brings you news, commentary, and analysis of some of the region’s biggest stories. Host Steve Miller goes beyond the headlines, speaking with regional experts and correspondents to uncover what’s really happening and place events into context.

    July 2016

    July 23, 2016

    Does a drug war justify suspension of human rights? - VOA Asia Weekly

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he isn’t concerned with due process or human rights when it comes to waging his war on drug dealers. Could such a position hurt Manila’s standing in the region? Human Rights Watch’s Phelim Kine and Stratfor’s Philip Orchard discuss that state of human rights in the archipelago and what it could mean for Manila.

    July 22, 2016

    How does China's soft power affect ASEAN cohesion? - VOA Asia Weekly

    There’s no forthcoming ASEAN statement critical of China’s activities in the South China Sea after member state Cambodia dissents. Was Cambodia’s decision influenced by pledges of aid from Beijing? And what does this say about ASEAN’s worth to the smaller countries of the region in containing their powerful neighbor? The Milken Institute’s Curtis S Chin and RAND Corporation’s Scott Harold share their analysis.

    July 21, 2016

    Why do honor killings persist? - VOA Asia Weekly

    Qandeel Baloch was strangled to death at the hands of her own brother, in what he calls an honor killing. What factors led to this and will the death of this social media star end the deadly practice? Human Rights Watch’s Saroop Ijaz and Express Law’s Salman Abid share their insights and research on the issue.

    July 16, 2016

    Does North Korea Create Palpable Fear in the South? - VOA Asia Weekly

    North Korea has launched a submarine-based missile and satellite imagery indicates renewed activity near its nuclear testing facility. With these developments in mind, The United States announced it would deploy THAAD - a high missile defense shield - in South Korea to counter Pyongyang’s provocative actions. But are those living in Seoul concerned for their safety as Kim Jong Un continues to rattle his saber?

    July 15, 2016

    Despite Ruling, China forges Ahead in South China Sea - VOA Asia Weekly

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled against Beijing, but China signals it will ignore the ruling. What’s next for the region as the Asian powerhouse talks of using military force to defend its recently invalidated claim to much of the South China Sea? The Diplomat’s Franz-Stefan Gady discusses new Chinese military assets headed for the region.

    July 14, 2016

    After Hague Ruling, Is UNCLOS in Jeopardy? - VOA Asia Weekly

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague handed out a massive 499 page verdict in the case between The Philippines and China in Manila’s Favor. In this episode, host Steve Miller speaks with Paul Reichler, the Philippines’ lead attorney in the case to discuss the challenges he faced, the implications of the ruling, and what it could mean for China if it continues to ignore the Court.

    July 07, 2016

    Concerns grow following Bangladesh terrorist attacks - VOA Asia Weekly

    Deadly attacks in Bangladesh follow a government sweep of 12,000. Do authorities have a handle on a problem that has now claimed victims from around the globe? The Permanent Court of Arbitration has set aside Tuesday, July 12th as the date it will announce its decision on the Philippines case against China. What could we see? Plus why do companies continue doing business in China when their intellectual property is often pilfered?

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    Many organizations print and present Asian news, but VOA’s Asia Weekly podcast delivers more than just the region’s top stories. Host Steve Miller draws upon his nearly decade-long experiences of living in Asia and delves into the headlines with experts to uncover what’s behind current developments to provide context and understanding to the events that shape our lives.


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