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China passes US to become Apple's biggest iPhone market

Strong sales in the region during the Chinese New Year holiday pushed Apple to report higher smartphone sales than Wall Street anticipated.

China has …

Asia

Wang Jianlin, a Billionaire at the Intersection of Business and Power in China

HONG KONG — He controls thousands of movie screens around the world, serving more filmgoers than any other cinema chain. He has invested billions of dollars in real estate projects across four continents. He is building skyscrapers that will redraw the skylines of London and Chicago. He is shopping …

Asia

The haunting Sichuan-Tibet Highway

A bus ride along one of the world’s riskiest roads leads to altitude headaches, near-death experiences and one of the last chances to see Tibet as it once was.

“Double rainbow!” a passenger on the bus yelled. “Look to the left!” We were somewhere in the Hengduan Mountains that stretch across the …

Asia

Details Emerge of China-Financed Dam Project in Pakistan

In all the bravura of the recent $45 billion offer by President Xi Jinping of China to build roads, rails and dams in Pakistan, it was hard to decipher when construction would begin, and what in a long list of infrastructure projects would be tackled first.

One clue emerged in the announcement in …

Pakistan

China to Rule Arabian Sea via Gwadar Port

China will rule the Arabian Sea through Gwadar port as it gets the rights to manage the port for the next 40 years

Finally! After a long dialog on the …

Asia

China Is Building a Great Wall of Trees to Fight Climate Change

The country is building a belt of trees that will stretch 2,800 miles in an attempt to stop the advance of the Gobi desert.

China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but it is also engaged in a massive tree-planting program that has helped to offset tropical deforestation, and suck …

Asia

The Chinese Government Has a Resignation Problem - China Real Time Report - WSJ

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By Russell Leigh Moses

In 1966, Chinese leader Mao Zedong insisted to university students that “it’s right to rebel.”

Half a century later, an increasing number of the country’s civil servants seem to be of the opinion that it’s right to resign.

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In a wide-ranging article that …

Asia

China teaches its 100m tourists some travel etiquette

This year may go down in history as the moment when the global balance of economic power shifted dramatically towards China, after Beijing humiliated …

China Travel

China 'captured' its first 'economic fugitive' - and he comes from Wall Street

CCTV, screenshotDai Xuemin arrested on SaturdayChina "captured" the first of its most wanted economic fugitives on Saturday, state media reported. …

Asia

China now has world's second biggest wine-growing area

China now has the second-largest wine-growing area in the world after Spain, pushing France into third place, according to figures released by the …

Asia

Foreman jailed 15 months for offering bribe to contractor working on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge

A senior foreman convicted of trying to bribe a contractor in a bid to convince him to accept substandard materials his company purchased for the …

Hong Kong

Nationalism and Censorship

Kaiser Kuo & David Moser

Last week, Harvard doctoral student Jennifer Pan and MIT graduate student Yiqing Xu co-released a paper, “China’s Ideological …

Censorship

China Uncensored: How China Is Weaponizing Your Computer with the ‘Great Cannon’

Don’t worry, the Internet is not about to explode. China just has a new Internet weapon researchers have taken to calling the Great Cannon.The …

China

Getting naked in Tokyo - A mini survival guide for Japanese hot springs

Photo: spDuchamp

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO AREN’T FAMILIAR, Japanese people like to get naked and take baths together…in public. No biggie.

Most people call …

Japan

Southeast Asia Divided on Response to Chinese Reclamation in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines pushed Southeast Asian neighbors to take a stand against China’s expanding footprint in the South China Sea at a summit of the region’s trade and security bloc.

China is “poised to consolidate de facto control of the South China Sea,” Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary …

China

Is China Spending $100 Billion A Month Defending The Yuan?

The People’s Bank of China, the central bank, and Chinese financial institutions sold a net $25.2 billion in foreign exchange last month as they defended the renminbi.

The month before, the currency was apparently running the other way. In February, the PBOC and banks purchased a net 42.2 billion …

Asia

Why So Gloomy? In Sun-Deprived China, Only 5% Have Healthy Levels of Vitamin D - China Real Time Report - WSJ

Earlier this week, I found out I have a Vitamin D deficiency. A resident of Beijing, I only recently tried to figure out what was going on after symptoms of fatigue and mild depression led me to the doctor, who ordered a series of blood tests. He told me I was among a number of expats who become …

Asia

China’s bull market clearly kept charging this week

Chinese stocks performed really well this week. Again.

No, margin lending activity hasn’t really calmed down (paywall). And the People’s Bank of China cut the amount of reserves banks had to keep on hand, freeing up more capital to float around the economy. (Some of that is likely making its way …

Asia

Will China’s New Anti-Terrorism Law Mean the End of Privacy?

Julian B. Gewirtz

Zhao Ziyang, the premier and general secretary of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the 1980s, died on January 17, 2005. …

Asia

China is the world’s fastest-growing market for “vanity” spending

China is the fastest growing market for the consumption of self-indulgent goods and services aimed at enhancing one’s appearance or status. According to a research note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, China leads the world growth in the category of so-called “vanity capital,” which includes …

Asia

Scientists in China edit human genome in embryos for the first time

For the first time ever, scientists have reported editing the genetic code in human embryos. The work, carried out by researchers in China, sought to remove a gene responsible for a potentially fatal blood disorder using embryos sourced from a local fertility clinic. Although the study purposely …

Genetics

China’s Economy Puts New Pressure on a Changing Job Market

HONG KONG — Wang Junping worked as a farmer in his native Hebei Province and as a coal miner in Inner Mongolia. But on a recent afternoon, Mr. Wang, 49, smartly dressed in a suit jacket, was awaiting lessons at an employment agency on the proper way to use a broom and mop to clean Beijing’s …

Asia

China's Yuan Keep Getting Bigger, But Dollar Not Giving Up The Throne

The international of the Chinese yuan continues unabated. While it is unclear whether or not the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will issue loans purely in the Chinese currency (it’s other investment bank project with the BRICS is dollar based), one thing is certain: investment banks like …

Asia

Petrochemical Plant Explosion Vaporizes Government Safety Assurances

Wolf trainer Andrew Simpson has just wrapped up three years in Beijing coaching wolves to perform in the film version of the novel Wolf Totem. The …

Government

China’s Controversial Trade in Africa’s Natural Resources

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more

Leaders in both China and Africa have articulated new visions for their respective regions that project a strong …

Asia

This Chart Explains Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Internet Censorship

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

On April 13, Chinese authorities released on bail five feminist activists detained for over a month without formal charges. …

Asia

Storming the Barriers Around China’s Judiciary

Eager to get a ruling in a long-running case where she was the plaintiff, the lawyer Cui Hui jammed her foot against a security door in a courthouse near Beijing to stop it from closing and Judge Lai Xiulin from escaping.

There are many such doors in Chinese courtrooms, often toward the rear, and …

Asia

China smashes £1.3m harmful 'heavy metal' condom ring

Police in Shanghai say millions of fake and contaminated condoms were being sold in cities across China

Chinese police say they have smashed a multi-million pound crime syndicate that had been peddling fake condoms that were contaminated with "harmful" heavy metals.

Officers in Shanghai said on …

Asia

Crazy Facts About China's Stock Market That Will Make You Think Twice Before Investing

A common saying is you can tell a bull market has run its course when your taxi driver starts recommending which stocks to buy. In China, everybody seems to be an expert today.

While shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen have doubled in value over the past year, economic fundamentals are painting a …

Investing

Mohegan Sun and Incheon Airport To Collaborate on Unique Gaming Resort

The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) of Connecticut and Incheon International Airport Corp. (IIAC) of South Korea have signed a memorandum of …

Korea Travel