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Dating apps are thriving in China – but not for romance

COVID-19 lockdowns have shifted relationships in China. So much so that many are turning to dating apps to find friends.

  • Chang Che and Zixu Wang

This Month

Xi Jinping’s third term is a tragic error

China’s macroeconomic, microeconomic and environmental difficulties remain largely unaddressed.

  • Martin Wolf

Warnings as North Korea missile flies over Japan

Japan has issued a rare warning for some residents to seek shelter after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over the country on Tuesday.

  • Michael Smith

Indonesian military, police investigated over soccer match disaster

The Indonesian government has ordered the military to investigate videos that show its members bashing soccer fans at an East Java stadium on Saturday.

  • Emma Connors

Low-inflation Japan a relative oasis in a troubled world

As global recession fears intensify, Japan’s stagnant economy increasingly looks like a haven from the world’s inflation woes.

  • Michael Smith

Economic squeeze – not naval might – is key to Taiwan’s security

Xi Jinping cannot be deterred by military threats he is not afraid of. It’s pressure on China’s trade-dependent economy that would cost him his job.

  • Steve Tsang

Widodo orders security probe after deadly soccer riot in Java

The deadly crush came as Indonesia prepares to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup next year.

  • Emma Connors

Xi warns of ‘great struggles’ on the road to respected global power

China’s leader says the country has never been closer to realising its rejuvenation ambitions, but admits ‘struggles’ lie ahead.

  • Michael Smith


Grand Prix party suites at $130,000 as Singapore goes high octane

Singapore has officially overtaken Hong Kong to become Asia’s leading financial hub and this weekend’s F1 extravaganza shows there are plenty of deep pockets ready to party.

  • Emma Connors

Bali bombings 20 years on: how Maddie got to know a dad she never met

The daughter and wife of Scott Lysaght, who died in the Kuta blast, speak about what’s happened since, as does survivor Leigh Johnson.

  • Emma Connors

Australian economist jailed for three years in Myanmar

A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced Sean Turnell to three years in prison for violating an official secrets law.

  • Updated
  • Grant Peck

Tesla investment a test for Indonesia’s nickel-powered EV dreams

Indonesia’s plan to use its nickel reserves to become a centre of electric-vehicle supply chains is looking good but ESG concerns could be a hurdle.

  • Emma Connors

Japan farewells Shinzo Abe with mixed emotions

World leaders gathered for the funeral embark on a diplomatic blitz as thousands of people hold protests.

  • Michael Smith

China growth to fall behind rest of Asia for first time since 1990

The World Bank has revised down its forecast for gross domestic product growth in the world’s second-largest economy to 2.8 per cent, compared with 8.1 per cent last year.

  • Edward White and Mercedes Ruehl

Albanese tells US, Japan he’s committed to ‘free Indo-Pacific’

The prime minister met Japan’s Fumio Kishida and US Vice President Kamala Harris before Shinzo Abe’s state funeral in Tokyo.

  • Michael Smith

China selects party loyalists to decide Xi’s third term

China has selected the 2296 men and women who will make up next month’s 20th Party Congress where Xi Jinping is expected to be appointed ruler for another five years.

  • Michael Smith

China says it’s willing to work with Australia to resolve differences

Foreign Minister Penny Wong met her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

  • Michael Smith

Shinzo Abe’s complex legacy clouds state funeral

As Anthony Albanese and three former Australian prime ministers head to Tokyo to farewell Shinzo Abe, public opposition to the former Japanese leader’s state funeral is growing.

  • Michael Smith

US sending ‘dangerous signals’ on Taiwan, says China

China has accused the United States of sending “very wrong” signals after the US secretary of state told his Chinese counterpart the maintenance of peace and stability over Taiwan was vitally important.

  • Humeyra Pamuk, Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom

‘All my neighbours are moving to Singapore’: Expats flee Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, rents in high-end enclaves are plunging, international schools are closing, and the car market is saturated with second-hand luxury cars as expatriates leave in droves.

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  • Emma Connors and Michael Smith