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Morning Rush Hour Chaos in Shanghai as Power Failure Halts Subway Service

Shanghai’s busy morning rush hour was thrown into chaos yesterday when a power failure suspended service Metro Line 1 for over two hours.

In the midst …

Transportation

China will have to play by TPP rules to join world’s biggest free-trade league

It’s the new Great Game at the dawn of the 21st century.

Just as Britain and Russia, when they were 19th-century great powers, jockeyed for influence in central Asia, the world’s biggest-ever trade deal – the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will perhaps be finalized this week in Maui – is about …

Asia

Huge brawl involving 100 villagers breaks out in eastern China

A large brawl broke out in China’s eastern Shandong province, with about a hundred villagers fighting with long sticks and throwing stones in a …

Asia

China's crusade to remove crosses from churches 'is for safety concerns'

A Communist party campaign during which crosses have been stripped from the roofs of more than 1,200 Chinese churches is being conducted “for the sake of safety and beauty”, a government official has claimed.

Human rights activists accuse authorities in Zhejiang province in eastern China of using …

Asia

Chinese hackers targeted United Airlines

Passenger information could have been stolen.

United Airlines, the world’s second-largest airline by seat capacity, was the target of a group of Chinese hackers who were behind one of the largest breaches of government data in U.S. history.

The airline detected an attack on its computer systems in …

Airlines

These are the secret code words that let you criticize the Chinese government - The Washington Post

BEIJING — Be careful of having the water meter checked in your country in this Dama era.

The sentence may sound like nonsense, but in China, it’s Internet code for having the police knocking at your door in this time of heavy government controls.

Just as new words are being added to the English …

Asia

Michael Jordan loses China trademark suit: report

A Qiaodan brand shoe is seen in a store in Beijing on July 29, 2015

Beijing (AFP) - A Beijing court has dismissed a trademark case brought by US basketball superstar Michael Jordan against a company using a similar name and logo to his Nike-produced brand, a report said.

The former Chicago Bull is …

Asia

Turkey president Erdogan in China amid Uighur tensions

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Beijing for a state visit to meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Mr Erdogan is leading a delegation of businessmen in talks expected to focus on economic ties.

But discussions may also cover Turkey's controversial plans to buy a Chinese long-range …

Asia

China conducts South China Sea live drill 'to improve at-sea combat ability'

China’s navy has carried out a “live firing drill” in the South China Sea to improve its maritime combat ability, state media has reported as tensions flare over the disputed waters.

The exercise on Tuesday involved at least 100 naval vessels, dozens of aircraft, missile launch battalions of the …

Asia

Chinese Investors Pouring Money Into Texas Real Estate

With investors nervously watching the Shanghai stock market, Chinese are the now biggest foreign buyers of American real estate, and they are setting their sights on the biggest state in the Lower 48.

Texas is seeing a huge influx of Chinese buyers, both investors and owner occupants, thanks to more …

Real Estate

Baidu profits miss expectations

China's biggest online search engine Baidu missed analysts' expectations as profits took a hit from investment redirected elsewhere.

Its operating profit was $559m in the three months to 30 June, down 2.5% on the same period last year.

The company found its core search engine business less profitable …

Investing

Chinese Christians Vow To Make Thousands More Crosses Amid Crackdown

A provincial government’s campaign has torn down more than 1,200 crosses from churches in China since late 2013.

Christians from eastern China’s Zhejiang Province are making thousands of small crosses and painting them red, as a way to protest against the local government’s sometimes violent …

Asia

Rights Advocates, and a Monk, Oppose Beijing’s Winter Olympics Bid

With just days to go before the International Olympic Committee decides whether Almaty, Kazakhstan, or Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, human rights advocates are waging a vigorous campaign to dissuade the committee from choosing China, citing a widening crackdown on rights defense …

Olympics

Airline complains of 'sinking' terminal at Kuala Lumpur airport

A new international terminal for budget airlines in Kuala Lumpur is sinking, carrier AirAsia has said, complaining that there are cracks on taxiways and pooling water.

AirAsia, the terminal’s biggest user, has asked Malaysian authorities to repair the tarmac and fix the problem, the airline’s chief …

Flying

Wary Chinese investors are ditching stocks for real estate

The Chinese government’s determined efforts to recreate a bull market in stocks—perhaps we should call it a mechanical bull?—are getting pretty bumpy, as the Shanghai Composite’s 8.5% drop today attests. If Beijing is hoping for ordinary investors to pile back in to the market, the cause might …

Stocks

Small reefs, big problems

Asian coastguards are in the front line of the struggle to check China

EVERY ten or so days, and rarely at weekends, the Chinese coastguard arrives at …

Asia

[Move] Japan, Kansai Area- Kyoto Transportation Guide

Kyoto

Train/Subway

Common train service: ICOCA

Most tourist attraction are located near subway (under Keihan electric railway) or buses (Kyoto Bus). For …

Kyoto

China’s Stock Market Crashes Again as Panicking Sellers Lose Faith

Beijing is struggling to rein in the self-preservation instincts of small investors

All that’s left to happen in China’s stock market is for government leaders to admit they are powerless to stop a selloff.

Monday’s panic selling was the latest example.

The Shanghai stock composite crashed by 8.5%, …

Asia

How China and the U.S. Will Manage Competition for Influence

This article was written in response to Wang Jisi’s “The ‘Two Orders’ and the Future of China-U.S. Relations.”

Wang Jisi is surely right that “the …

Asia

The Chinese government’s massive stock market stimulus is having the opposite effect

China’s stock markets cratered again today, despite the government’s stimulus efforts. The Shanghai Composite Index fell by 8.5% and the Shenzhen A-shares index lost 7% of its value.

Over the past 10 years, today’s drop was the second-worst on record:

The fall comes after the government reported a …

Asia

China’s “new normal” is shifting the country’s economic center of gravity

Setting up shop in China used to be easy; open a flagship store in Beijing or Shanghai, or a factory in Guangdong, see what works, and then roll out to another of the hundreds of cities connecting over a billion people beyond.

But fundamental changes in China’s economy—both planned and …

Asia

Explore Chiang Mai

This post offers a summary of the destinations in Chiang Mai that are in my post. Each destination offers a great experience during your visit to …

Chiang Mai

Passenger tries to light fire during plane flight in China

A man attempted to set a fire on board a Chinese flight early on Sunday, but was restrained by passengers and crew and taken into custody, the aviation authority said.

It was the latest in a rash of dangerous incidents aboard Chinese flights, including passengers opening emergency exits and fights …

Asia

China Will Struggle In Curbing Rampant Smog, Expert Says

An elderly man exercises in the morning as he faces chimneys emitting smoke behind buildings across the Songhua river in Jilin, Jilin province, …

Asia

A Short But Memorable Visit to Nagoya

Growing up, I have always dreamed of visiting Japan and I have always been grateful that this dream came true, several times already.

I have roamed …

Japan

Japan: Kyoto

What is there to not experience in Kyoto? It’s the land of a thousand shrines and temples. It’s old culture is still fully intact across the river …

Kyoto

Best things to do in summer in Japan

Summer in much of Japan is hot and can be unrelentingly humid, but it’s also the season for top festivals, mass folk dancing, mountain hikes, and enjoying a cold beer on a city rooftop. If you’re travelling in Japan between June and September, carry a fan and make the most of these summertime …

Japan

Destination Seminyak: a guide to Bali's cool corner

The grown-up neighbour to Bali's party centre of Kuta, Seminyak has attracted travellers in-the-know for years with its hip hotels, cool cafes, slick bars and boutique shopping. But while Seminyak is no longer a secret, it certainly pays to know your way around. Get oriented with our guide to …

Travel Writing

Myanmar Illegal Logging Sentencing Strains Relations With China - China Real Time Report - WSJ

Myanmar’s jailing of scores of Chinese allegedly caught illegally logging is deepening a rift between Beijing and Yangon, and highlighting the stress on the country’s forests from China’s demand for wood. As WSJ’s Te-Ping Chen reports:

This week, a court in Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin …

Asia

How Should Vietnam Respond to China's South China Sea Oil Rig Return?

The redeployment of a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea (SCS) shows an inconsistency in the rhetoric and practice of China’s policy in the …

Asia