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Myanmar Now – Junta soldiers massacred at least 28 people in resistance stronghold of Kani this month, say residents

Junta soldiers in the resistance stronghold of Kani Township in Sagaing have massacred at least 28 people this month.

The Hindu – India, China to hold 12th round of Corps Commander-level talks on July 31

India and China are scheduled to hold the 12th round of Corps Commander-level talks on Saturday with the focus on working out an agreement for the second phase of disengagement from Gogra and Hot Springs in Eastern Ladakh.

South China Morning Post – China repeats warning to citizens to leave Afghanistan days after welcoming Taliban for talks

A notice published on the official WeChat account of the department of consular affairs urged Chinese citizens to evacuate as soon as possible.

Asia Times – Austin on a strategic mission in SE Asia

During his visit, the Pentagon chief hoped to “discuss avenues to further strengthen” defense cooperation with the Philippines, as the two allies mark the 70th Anniversary of the Philippine-US Mutual Defense Treaty.

Nikkei Asia — US defense chief in Vietnam to bolster ties as China fears grow

Despite closer military relations, more than four decades after the Vietnam War ended in 1975, President Joe Biden’s administration has said there are limits to the relationship until Hanoi makes progress on human rights.

Japan Times – U.S. urges Japan to shoulder more of costs for hosting American troops

The two allies will launch full-fledged, working-level talks in early August in the United States to conclude the multiyear agreement as Tokyo seeks to convince Washington it cannot greatly increase its burden due to strained finances.

South China Morning Post — China steps up vaccine diplomacy with international forum to promote ‘fair’ distribution

The first virtual meeting on August 5, hosted by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, will involve 30 parties, including international organisations, such as the United Nations, vaccine developers and foreign ministers from other countries, the Chinese foreign ministry said, without naming the countries.

Asia Times — Emergency ends but crisis deepens in Malaysia

Malaysia’s constitutional monarch delivered an unprecedented rebuke of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration on Thursday, accusing the government’s law minister of “misleading” Parliament over the alleged revocation of emergency ordinances that have been in effect since January to stem a rising tide of Covid-19 infections.

NK News – Washington, Beijing welcome surprise restoration of inter-Korean hotlines

South Korea’s Blue House made a surprise announcement on Tuesday that the two Koreas had reestablished communication channels following the exchange of letters between the two countries’ leaders beginning in April.

The Diplomat – David and Goliath: Myanmar’s Armed Resistance at the Crossroads

More and more protesters see no hope for a return to democracy outside of taking up arms.