Offically, yes the liquid rules are in effect, the Manila International Airport Authority has a Liquids, Aerosols and Gels page but it's a mirror on a numeric IP address so I can't link it. This is the Main Site, click FAQ from there. From that page:
What is the best advice to get me through security as smoothly as possible?
Pack all liquids into checked-in luggage. This will ensure a smooth journey through passenger security screening areas. If it is necessary for you to have liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage, Click here to view our policy in the carriage of liquids and gels.
The link there goes to their liquids/gels page which has the same restrictions as everywhere else.
Having said that I live in Manila and have never been asked to remove liquids or laptops, or anything like that. But if you change planes on route in a different country you're very likely to be hit with the liquid restrictions there. And things change, so I wouldn't rely on doing that.
I can't find anything on the Beijing Airport site talking about it but here's Hong Kong's leaflet.
The International Civil Aviation Organization has a FAQ which says:
Why do security controls vary from airport to airport?
ICAO sets minimum standards to be met by Member States in all ﬁ elds of international civil aviation, including aviation security.
States must comply with these baseline standards, but they may also add measures according to national requirements based
on risk assessments. As a result, national and regional variations in the type of security controls can emerge.
Short answer: Technically no difference in restrictions in Asia, but enforcement varies.