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and as the region gears up to revive its struggling tourism sector. amid fears of a food shortage, a problem that is also seen in other parts of Asia.
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South-east Asia welcomes foreign tourists
After 18 months of pandemic hiatus, Indonesia’s popular holiday spot Bali reopens today to some foreign tourists. visa requirements are threatening to keep visitors away at least for now. , are also slated to reopen today. from December and to host the G-20 summit next year.that strict quarantine rules and cumbersome
In the meantime, if you miss visiting Bangkok,, reports Thailand correspondent Tan Tam Mei.
: Erawan Shrine goes online.
Plunging kyat and food crisis
The weakening kyat, which has lost more than a third of its value since the Feb 1 coup, has sparked concerns about the looming surge of poverty and hunger, writes Indochina bureau chief Tan Hui Yee.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic has left more people hungry around the world. As we mark World Food Day this Saturday, our correspondents look at how Asia is grappling with food insecurity in this week’s
Nobel for Ressa
but not everyone in her country was cheering for her. A staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, Ms Ressa’s news portal Rappler has been publishing stories critical of the President’s policies.
After days of silence,, but insisted there is press freedom in the country, reports Philippines correspondent Raul Dancel.
. The survey also found that those who were more digitalised tended to be more economically resilient while grappling with the pandemic.
ST-WEF virtual briefing.
Upping the military game
As US-China ties become increasingly tense,as Washington leverages its allies such as Australia to counter China, writes US bureau chief Nirmal Ghosh in our weekly Power Play column.
Struggles of Indian artisans
The printers have been hit not just by the pandemic, but also competition from modernised forms of block printing, like screen or digital. The artisans were further infuriated after Swedish clothing company H&M used Sanganer prints in one of its collections, inviting criticism of artistic and cultural appropriation.
Hand block printers at work.
High demands for badminton courts and rackets, as well as club memberships, have breathed new life into pandemic-stricken businesses, says Indonesia correspondent Linda Yulisman in her Letter From Jakarta.
Hope you enjoy this week’s selection. Stay safe and thank you for reading The Straits Times.
Ling Chang Hong
Deputy Foreign Editor