Florence Looi

Florence Looi

Florence Looi is based in Kuala Lumpur and reports from Asia-Pacific region.

United States

US-China trade war

The US struck first with a 25% tax on certain Chinese imports worth $50bn and China retaliated announcing US goods also worth $50bn will be subject to tariffs.

US-China trade war

Asia Pacific

Veterans of Korean War hope Trump-Kim summit brings peace

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has taken the role of a de facto mediator between the US and North Korea, wants a formal end to the Korean War which ended in a truce in 1953.

Veterans of Korean War hope Trump-Kim summit brings peace

Asia Pacific

Iran, Russia vow to uphold nuclear deal at China summit

At the eight-nation SCO summit in Qingdao, Russia and Kazakhstan have pledged their support for the Iran nuclear deal as the organisation expands its mission to meet new challenges.

Iran, Russia vow to uphold nuclear deal at China summit

Asia Pacific

Trump-Kim summit: China plays an important role

Beijing, an absent but crucial player in the diplomacy gamble, hopes to influence Pyongyang as a means of strategically competing in Asia.

Trump-Kim summit: China plays an important role

Asia Pacific

Putin visits China: Trump summit up for discussion

The closer relationship comes at a time when tensions with the US have increased.

Putin visits China: Trump summit up for discussion

Asia Pacific

Malaysia: Bags of cash, jewellery seized from Najib's properties

Bags stuffed with cash, jewellery and hundreds of expensive purses were among items seized from homes owned by former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's family.

Malaysia: Bags of cash, jewellery seized from Najib's properties

Asia Pacific

Malaysia's Mahathir widens corruption probe into 1MDB fund

A former director at Malaysia's anti-corruption agency has lodged police reports alleging that Najib Razak blocked investigations involving 1MDB and a state pension fund, during his time as prime minister.

Malaysia's Mahathir widens corruption probe into 1MDB fund

Malaysia

Malaysia election: All you need to know

Prime Minister Najib Razak goes up against one-time mentor Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia's 14th general election.

Malaysia election: All you need to know

Asia Pacific

Malaysia election: Growing discontent among voters

Fierce electoral battle between former PM Mahathir Mohamad and his protege turned rival Najib Razak is building up to be the one of the most tightly contested in history.

Malaysia election: Growing discontent among voters

Asia Pacific

Malaysia's ruling party expected to win election

Analysts predict a win for Barisan Nasional on May 9, in what has been described as the most contested election ever.

Malaysia's ruling party expected to win election

Asia Pacific

For ASEAN, economic issues sideline rights concerns

Regional bloc accused of putting economic and security matters ahead of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

For ASEAN, economic issues sideline rights concerns

Rohingya

Rohingya refugees seeking shelter in Malaysia

There are more than 62,000 Rohingya in Malaysia, escaping persecution at home in Myanmar, but are unable to settle down.

Rohingya refugees seeking shelter in Malaysia