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Vietnam's Fishing ‘Militia’ to Defend Against China

Vietnam is reported to be quietly developing a state-supported fishing boat militia to hold off China at sea. The fishing militia is being created at …

China

Singapore Imposes Big Restrictions on Sale of Uber Southeast Asia

On March 26 we learned that Uber was selling its Southeast Asia business to Grab and shutting down operations in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, …

China's Bike-Sharing Bust

A great capitalist innovation may need some socialist help.<p>During its first six months of existence, Bluegogo, China's third-largest bike-sharing firm, dumped 600,000 bicycles into Chinese cities. Twenty million people signed up to use them; investors showered the company with $58 million in funds. …

Why a car is an extravagance in Singapore

<b>Singapore (CNN) —</b> There is no such thing as an old clunker in Singapore.<p>Here, a car is more than just a tool—it's an expensive treasure to be cherished. This status symbol is now set to become an even more extravagant commodity as the government shifts its attention towards engineering a "car-lite" …

Asia

In Vietnam, the Best Education Can Lead to Worse Job Prospects

Nguyen Van Duc graduated two years ago with a bachelor’s degree in economics from one of Vietnam’s best universities. Today, he earns about $250 a …

Beware the New China-Philippines South China Sea Deal

On Monday, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana made headlines when he told lawmakers that China and the Philippines had reached some sort …

China's Online Reading Craze Is So Big It's Challenging Amazon's Kindle

To Yuwei Pan, a regular fix of Chinese novels on her smartphone makes her daily commute a pleasure. But these aren’t just normal stories. Chinese e-books are often serialized; readers wait for the latest chapters of a story, much like viewers catch up with the newest episodes of <i>Game of Thrones.</i><p>They …

China

China, Russia to step up opposition to South Korean anti-missile system | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Russia have agreed to intensify their coordinated opposition to the deployment of a U.S. missile-defence system in South Korea, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday.<p>A barbed-wire fence is set up around a golf course owned by Lotte, where the U.S. Terminal …

North Korea

Navy fleet commanders: The next conflict hotspot is going to be in Korea

"If there's a fight tonight, it's probably going to happen on the Korean peninsula," said Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of 7th Fleet, in a panel discussion at the AFCEA West 2017 conference.<p>Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of 3rd Fleet, agreed with that assessment, saying that hostilities with …

The Burning Problem Of China's Garbage

Sitting inside a glass-encased cockpit, two men fiddle with joysticks controlling giant claws outside. They look like they're playing at a vending machine at a mall, where you try to grasp a stuffed animal. But these are engineers. The claws they're manipulating are as big as houses, and they're …

Pollution

China wants foreign submarines to stop traveling below the surface in the vast waters it claims

Submarines are designed with one primary aim: to travel underwater. But when it comes to foreign vessels operating in the vast waters it claims, China doesn’t much like that idea.<p>According to state media reports posted last week, Beijing is drafting a revision to the nation’s maritime “traffic …

China

Why major American corporations have struggled in China: Uber

<i>This article is the second part of our eight-part series about the importance of cross-cultural design, the first installment of which was published on February 16, 2017.</i><p>Uber’s failure in China, which ultimately led to its sale to its competitor, Didi Chuxing, was one of the most covered American …

Record FDI Flows Into India Nicely Balance The Trade Deficit

India has enjoyed record foreign direct investment flows this past year, up 18% to $46.4 billion. We generally think this is a very good thing indeed, foreigners sending their capital into India and thereby making India richer in the process. However, the part that people tend not to recognise is …

Economics

Migrant Food-Delivery Workers Struggle to Belong in Beijing

Bo Xianghua, 37, wakes up at 9 o’clock sharp every morning to prepare for the day ahead. He puts on his leather pants, bright blue jacket, and boots — and grabs his helmet and red scarf — before leaving the small apartment he rents with his wife in the Keyuan neighborhood of northeastern Beijing. …

Keeping up appearances backfires for Chinese province

DALIAN, China -- Liaoning Province has been rocked by revelations of widespread falsification of economic data and election fraud -- both of which …

China

Malaysia’s New China Warship Deal: Promises and Prospects

A closer look at where a ‘landmark’ agreement stands.

Malaysia

China announces first strategic plan for territory development | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Saturday issued its first strategic plan for territory development and preservation, outlining the protection of arable land reserves and islands, the official Xinhua news agency reported.<p>Issued by the State Council, or Cabinet, the plan demands the retention of 1.825 …

China

Cities are prohibiting cars to clean up the air—but a study of Mexico City suggests it may not work

Strict rules against vehicle use in Mexico City have helped the city shed its title of most polluted city, a dishonor the United Nations bestowed on the sprawling Mexican capital in 1992.<p>But newer measures aren’t helping dent pollution levels in the fast-growing city that’s home to more than 20 …

Pollution

WeChat users send 46 billion digital red packets over Lunar New Year - Xinhua | News Home | Reuters

(This February 4 story has been corrected to reflect that South Korea saw most spending by Chinese tourists using WeChat Pay, not that South Koreans were most active senders of WeChat “red packets”)<p>A WeChat logo is displayed on a mobile phone as a woman walks past as she talks on her mobile phone …

China

China Tests Long-Range Missile With 10 Warheads Amid Tensions With Trump Administration

This month China tested a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of raining 10 nuclear warheads upon its target at once. The test …

China

Trump Risk to Next Asian Economic Tigers Seen in Indonesia

U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies could dash the hopes of emerging Asian economies seeking to emulate China’s early development, according …

Economy

Philippines' Duterte asks China to patrol piracy-plagued waters | Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he had asked China to help in the fight against Islamic State-linked militants by sending ships to patrol southern waters plagued by raids on commercial vessels.<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a late night …

Asia

This chart shows all the Chinese missiles that could target the US

Tensions between China and the US are nearing the brink, as the Trump administration signals a tougher stance on trade and the South China Sea. In response, Chinese media has signaled a willingness to fight for Beijing's claims in the much-disputed region.<p>While Trump plans to oversee a massive …

China and Vietnam to 'manage' differences over South China Sea: communique | Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China and Vietnam pledged on Saturday to manage their differences and safeguard peace in the South China Sea, in a joint communique issued during a visit to China by Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong.<p>FILE PHOTO - An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a …

China

THAAD In Korean Peninsula To Trigger War? Russia, China Agree To Take Countermeasures Over US Anti-Ballistic Missile System Deployment

Russia and China have agreed to take countermeasures over deployment of a U.S. anti-ballistic missile system in the Korean Peninsula, China’s …

Can Putin, Abe change Asia-Pacific power dynamic?

<b>(CNN) —</b> They're the islands where World War II never ended and now they're the focal point of a rare meeting between the leaders of Japan and Russia.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin makes his first visit to Japan in 11 years on Thursday with Tokyo hopeful of progress in getting Russia to return …

Russia

Why The F-35 Program Is An Expensive Necessity For The U.S. Military [Infographic]

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has attracted fierce controversy for years amid massive cost overruns and delays. The stealthy fighter jet’s costs have doubled from initial estimates and the program is now set to cost $1.509 trillion through to 2070. Donald Trump joined the chorus of …

Military

The US is 'ready to confront' China in the Pacific with the world's most lethal combat plane

China has spent years building artificial islands to bolster its territorial claims in the South China Sea, a resource-rich area through which about $5 trillion in shipping flows each year.<p>The Center for Strategic and International Studies' Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has recently …

India, Vietnam sign nuclear cooperation pact, three other agreements

In a significant development, India and influential East Asian nation Vietnam on Friday signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement, with Prime …

U.N. council meets on North Korea human rights despite China opposition | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council discussed on Friday what a senior U.N. official described as “appalling human rights violations” in North Korea, despite a failed attempt by China to stop the third annual meeting on the issue.<p>China’s U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi said the …

North Korea