Wayne Hay

Wayne Hay

"Wayne Hay has been covering the Asia/Pacific region since 2001, first with Television New Zealand before joining Al Jazeera English in 2006.

In his role at Al Jazeera, he has travelled the region extensively, reporting on everything from elections and natural disasters to surfing in Bali. More recently he covered the flooding caused by Typhoons in the Philippines and the earthquake in Padang, Indonesia in 2009. He was also given the rare opportunity to report from North Korea."

Asia Pacific

South Korea farmers fear toxic effects of missile defence system

The US anti-missile system, THAAD, in South Korea aims to protect the country amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons programmes.

South Korea farmers fear toxic effects of missile defence system

Asia Pacific

Protest continues in South Korea over anti-missile defence system

A number of people in the South Korean village of Seongju have continued to protest against the government's deployment of controversial anti-missile defence system, THAAD.

Protest continues in South Korea over anti-missile defence system

Asia Pacific

Protests after South Korea deploys anti-missile system

Seoul has fully deployed a controversial US anti-missile system, angering not only neighbouring China but also some South Koreans.

Protests after South Korea deploys anti-missile system

Asia Pacific

US: Talks with North Korea 'not an answer' to crisis

US President Donald Trump says holding discussions with North Korea is not the answer to increasing regional tensions.

US: Talks with North Korea 'not an answer' to crisis

Middle East

Poor conditions await refugees in Syrian camps

Russia is increasing the scale of its air campaign against ISIL in Syria. Thousands of civilians are trying to escape the violence.

Poor conditions await refugees in Syrian camps

Asia Pacific

How US-North Korea tensions play into Kim Jong-un's hands

Some analysts say the drastic rise in tensions between North Korea and the US have played into the hands of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

How US-North Korea tensions play into Kim Jong-un's hands

Asia Pacific

Thailand: Critics say royal family law is stifling dissent

Thailand’s military government is increasing efforts to stop people insulting or criticising the royal family.

Thailand: Critics say royal family law is stifling dissent

Asia Pacific

Japan-EU agree to massive free-trade deal

The European Union and Japan have agreed in principle to one of the largest free-trade deals to date. The so-called Economic Partnership Agreement is likely to give Japan's auto industry better access to European markets.

Japan-EU agree to massive free-trade deal

Asia Pacific

Japanese radio programme beamed into North Korea

A shortwave radio station in Japan is broadcasting messages to its citizens in North Korea, updating them about Pyongyang's missile launches and what to do in the event of US retaliation.

Japanese radio programme beamed into North Korea

Asia Pacific

Thailand cracks down on criticism of the royal family

Thailand's military government is ramping up a crackdown against people insulting or criticising the royal family. Over the past three years, more than 100 people have been charged or convicted under strict lese-majeste laws.

Thailand cracks down on criticism of the royal family

Asia Pacific

New law allows Japan’s Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Japan's parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The 88-year-old Emperor, the ceremonial head of state, signaled his desire to step down last year. The move will mark the first imperial abdication in two centuries.

New law allows Japan’s Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Asia Pacific

China's Muslim Uighurs look to cash in on 'New Silk Road'

Chinese officials say the country’s "One Belt, One Road" initiative will start a new wave of globalisation, bringing prosperity to all those involved.

China's Muslim Uighurs look to cash in on 'New Silk Road'