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Your Week in Asia

Shangri-La Dialogue, Foxconn AGM, Tiananmen anniversary

Your weekly lineup of Asia's biggest business and political events

A police officer in this file photo stands guard outside the venue of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in 2019.   © Reuters

Welcome to Your Week in Asia.

Following the recent India-Pacific summit, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is hosting Pacific island leaders in Seoul this week as countries vie for influence in the region.

Defense chiefs from Japan and the U.S. will meet in Tokyo on Thursday.

Sunday marks the 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations, but an escalating political crackdown in Hong Kong has made it impossible to hold any large-scale commemorative event in the city.

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Korea-Pacific Islands Summit

On Monday and Tuesday, South Korea will host a summit with leaders from 18 Pacific island countries. On the agenda will be economic cooperation and planning for responses to climate change.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has made foreign policy a major priority a year into office, holding meetings with Japan and the U.S. and participating in the Group of Seven gathering in Hiroshima earlier this month.

Nvidia CEO speaks at Computex

Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang gives a keynote speech a day before the official launch of Computex Taipei, a tech industry exhibition organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Taipei Computer Association.

The event brings together some of the biggest names in the tech industry, including executives from chip designers Arm, NXP and Qualcomm.

Some 1,100 exhibitors are slated to take part, from startups to established brands, and organizers expect the event to attract 30,000 attendees from Taiwan and around the world. Key themes this year include artificial intelligence, high-performance computing and sustainability.


Japan's Nagoya court rules on same-sex marriage

Nagoya District Court is set to rule on whether Japan's lack of legal same-sex marriage violates its constitution. It will be the fourth ruling in the ongoing "Marriage for All" campaign, which consists of lawsuits brought by same-sex couples and their allies against the state in five Japanese cities.

The decision follows the G-7 leaders' "strong condemnation" of human rights abuses against LGBTQ+ people in last week's Hiroshima summit communique -- Japan remains the only nation in the group not to legally recognize same-sex unions.


China PMI

China's Purchasing Managers Index for the manufacturing sector in May will be watched closely following a contraction in April. That drop, after three months of growth, signaled weaker-than-expected recovery from the COVID pandemic.

Jeju Forum

The annual Jeju Forum takes place from Wednesday through Friday, drawing experts and world leaders to talk about pressing challenges facing the Asia-Pacific. Among this year's attendees will be United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta.

Under discussion will be collective responses to supply chain disruption and North Korea's growing nuclear armament.

Foxconn AGM

Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, hosts its annual shareholders' meeting at its headquarters in New Taipei City in Taiwan. Earlier this month, the key iPhone assembler reported a year-on-year plunge of 56% in net income in the first quarter, buffeted by headwinds at its Sharp subsidiary amid a sluggish display market.

GDP: India, Turkey

Monetary policy: Thailand


Japan-U.S. defense chiefs meet in Tokyo

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visits Tokyo ahead of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore to meet with Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada. Hamada told reporters that they will discuss specific ways to strengthen the alliance's deterrence and responsiveness.

Monetary policy: Sri Lanka


Shangri-La Dialogue

Defense ministers and officials from Asian and European countries as well as the U.S. will gather in Singapore for a three-day security summit to debate the most pressing challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and hold bilateral talks. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will deliver a keynote speech at the event, which is hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a U.K.-based think tank.


Tiananmen anniversary

The 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square clampdown falls on Sunday. Like in the past three years, Hong Kong is unlikely to host a large-scale vigil in memory of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing.

Space at the city's traditional venue for the vigils -- Victoria Park -- has been reserved by pro-Beijing groups to hold a shopping event over the weekend, local media reported.

Bangkok Pride

Thailand's capital will host its second full-scale Pride parade in a bid to host World Pride in 2028. This year's parade will traverse Pathum Wan and Ratchaprasong, Bangkok's busiest downtown strip. It will feature a 144.8-meter rainbow flag, a nod to the civil code article governing marriage. The Move Forward Party, which won the May 14 election, has promised to amend the code to allow equal marriage regardless of sexual orientation.

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