A podcast where journalists from Southeast Asia and beyond share their insights on the week's news from the region. Radio Free Asia's Mat Pennington speaks with the network's reporters and local language broadcasters about their top stories and RFA exclusives.
China smears RFA Uyghur reporter
In Beijing's latest propaganda offensive against exiled Uyghurs, China's foreign ministry smeared an RFA journalist who has reported on mass detentions and whose family has been caught in the dragnet. RFA vice president of communications and external relations, Rohit Mahajan, speaks to Eyes on Asia about the targeting of RFA journalists. We also examine the worsening COVID-19 situation in Cambodia, and Hun Sen's repressive efforts to contain the virus. Featuring RFA journalists Mat Pennington, Paul Eckert and Vuthy Huot.
North Korea sets missiles, skips Olympics
After a relatively quiet year under quarantine, North Korea has lashed out with new missile tests. We discuss the North's predictable provocation to greet the Biden administration and its recent decision to skip the Tokyo Olympics, closing off a possible avenue for renewed diplomacy. And we examine the growing nepotism of the ruling elite in Laos, where two top families have just bagged seven Cabinet seats. With RFA journalists Mat Pennington, Paul Eckert, Soyoung Kim and Ounkeo Souksavanh.
Uyghurs' plight inspires, sanctions, counter-sanctions and boycotts
China’s treatment of the Uyghurs of Xinjiang draws sanctions, which prompt retaliation and a consumer boycott from Beijing. Eyes on Asia this week examines the fallout. And in the South China Sea, we look at two ships — one from the China Coast Guard (CCG), the other from Vietnam — maneuvering and shadowing each other in the South China Sea for weeks, vying for position near the disputed Paracel Islands.
With RFA journalists Paul Eckert, Giang Nguyen, Alim Seytoff and Zach Haver.
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Is "Wolf Warrior" diplomacy backfiring for China?
China’s “Wolf Warrior” diplomats have discarded the usual diplomatic tools in favor of slinging bombastic insults. Eyes on Asia this week examines how the hyper-nationalism is playing internationally. And in Vietnam, RFA looks at the disturbing case of a dissident who has been transferred to a mental health institution for refusing to speak to his interrogators. With RFA journalists Mat Pennington, Paul Eckert, Rita Cheng and Giang Nguyen.
Martial law grips Yangon and a veteran journalist returns to Taipei
Eyes on Asia digs into life under martial law in Yangon, as the military resorts to shocking brutality to quell protests against Myanmar's military coup. And RFA's Mandarin Service chief reflects on a visit to her native Taiwan, which faces political interference, fake news campaigns and military threats from China. With RFA journalists Mat Pennington, Paul Eckert, Kyaw Min Htun and Nadia Tsao.
Musical opposition to Cambodia's Hun Sen and China's crackdown hits home for Uyghur journalist
On Eyes on Asia this week, we take a musical journey with Cambodian refugees who are using songs to voice dissent against Prime Minister Hun Sen. And an RFA Uyghur journalist reflects on the origins and impact of China's crackdown that has transformed his own life and led to the detention of close relatives in Xinjiang. Featuring RFA journalists Mat Pennington, Paul Eckert, Vuthy Huot and Eset Sulaiman.