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The Continuing Glow of Vietnam

Twenty years ago, I stepped onto a Hanoi street and into darkness. The electricity was out, and clouds obscured moonlight. The faint smell of incense wafted in the air, and I saw shadows flitting about and red dots spinning in circles on the streets.

My eyes adjusted: Local bicyclists had tied …


Ai Weiwei finds 'listening devices' hidden in Beijing studio

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to China after his first overseas trip in four years and discovered what appear to be listening devices hidden in his studio.

In a series of Instagram and Twitter posts on Sunday, the pop artist and free-speech activist shared pictures and video of at least …

Ai Weiwei

China to hasten roll-out of car charging network: Xinhua

(Reuters) – China wants to speed construction of a national network to charge electric cars, to help reach an ambitious goal of 5 million green vehicles on its roads by 2020, national news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, citing a senior energy official.

A shortage of charging facilities has long been …

Electric Vehicles

China biker detained after clocking 237km/h in Beijing

A motorcyclist who reached the speed of 237km/h (147mph) on Beijing's ring road has been detained by Chinese police for dangerous driving, state media report.

The man - identified as a 30-year-old surnamed Pang - was held in the southern Guangxi region and brought back to the capital, Xinhua …


Typhoon roars into south China; tens of thousands evacuated

BEIJING (AP) — A strong typhoon roared into southern China on Sunday, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain to the region after leaving one dead and 30 fishermen missing in the Philippines.

Nearly 200,000 people in southern China were evacuated before Typhoon Mujigae made landfall near the city of …


Mumbai, the Vibrant Heart of Today's India

The heavily visited cities of the Golden Triangle – Delhi, Jaipur, Agra – highlight the glories of India’s past with their forts, mausoleums and …


The Top 10 Things To Do and See in Silom, Bangkok

Lumpini Park

Offering a welcome respite from the bustling streets of Bangkok, Lumpini Park is an oasis of tranquillity and nature. The park extends …


China’s Desperate Battle Against Separatist Terrorism - China Real Time Report - WSJ

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By Zunyou Zhou

Thailand’s police have linked the August 17 bomb attack on the Erawan Shrine, a popular tourist attraction in Bangkok, to Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic group some of whom have been fleeing Chinese rule. The bombing killed 20 people, including seven Chinese tourists, and …


The 12 Amazing Asian Cities You Should Visit Before You Die

Georgetown | Malaysia

Located off the West Coast of Malaysia on the stunning island of Penang, Georgetown is an historic city listed as a UNESCO World …

Japan Travel

China’s Ambitious Rail Projects Crash Into Harsh Realities in Latin America

LUCAS DO RIO VERDE, Brazil — The ambitions are dizzying, some of the grandest in Latin America since thousands of laborers perished building railways through the forbidding jungles of Brazil more than a century ago.

China has sought to build a “dry canal” in the form of a railway across Colombia, …

Latin America

Typhoon Heads for South China; Tens of Thousands Evacuated

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from coastal areas of southern China as a strong typhoon moves toward the mainland, bringing powerful …


4 things we learned about the fuerdai — the children of China's superrich

The social-media antics of the fuerdai — the children of China's richest politicians and businessmen — paint a picture of undeserved wealth and irresponsible spending.

In May, the son of the richest man in China bought his dog two gold apple watches and flashed them online.

Other children of China's …


The Rise of China's New Consumer Class

Across Asia, rising incomes are creating an enormous new class of consumers. Much of that growth is coming from China, whose working population is …


The Best China Travel Blogs | Tom O'Malley China Writer

There are thousands of travel bloggers and no shortage of blogs about China, but the two don’t coincide all that often. China’s history of blocking …


Chinese mogul behind Nicaragua canal lost 85% of his fortune in stock market

Fresh doubts have arisen over a Chinese billionaire’s plan to build a $50bn (£33bn) interoceanic canal through Nicaragua after it emerged that China’s stock market crisis wiped out nearly 85% of his fortune.

Wang Jing, the Chinese telecoms tycoon behind the gargantuan shipping project, has seen his …


Train Travel Singapore

Getting in by train travel

source WIKITRAVEL http://wikitravel.org/en/Singapore

Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu

Asia Travel

CIA pulls staff from Beijing following a cyber attack on government employees

Computers were hacked in April in one of the worst cyber hacks of US government data in history

CIA operatives have been withdrawn from China amid fears over their safety following one of the worst cyber hacks of US government data in history.

Computers belonging to the American office of personnel …


Exclusive: Unification with China not on agenda, says Taiwan president

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Thursday the island was not ready to discuss unification with China, sending a firm message to an increasingly assertive Beijing eager to absorb what it considers a renegade province.

Ma, 65, told Reuters in an exclusive interview that, though …


Quarry Worker Suspected in Southern China Bombings, Officials Say

BEIJING — The authorities in a southern Chinese region rocked by a series of deadly explosions this week said on Thursday that they were seeking a quarry worker whom they suspected had carried out the bombings, which killed at least seven people and injured more than 50.

As officials sought to calm …


Machinery makers smell opportunity as China's farms think big

By Dominique Patton

BEIJING (Reuters) - The world's largest makers of tractors and combines are finding a rare opportunity for growth in China despite a sharp slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, with big farm machines in demand as the rural labor force shrinks and plot sizes grow. For …


China to transform Xinjiang into tourism hub for Silk Road Economic Belt

TURPAN, China: Hajjah Han and her family used to grow grapes for a living until about a year ago, when she converted her house in Turpan, east of …


The US and China are trapped in a web of economic co-dependency

Increasingly reliant on each other for sustainable economic growth, the United States and China have fallen into a classic codependency trap, bristling at changes in the rules of engagement. The symptoms of this insidious pathology were on clear display during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent …


Is China’s economic luck running out?

Author: Ilan Alon, University of Agder

At the end of April 2015, FXI — China’s prestigious Xinhua China 25 index, a key indicator of China’s stock …


The Future of Autonomy in Hong Kong

Taisu Zhang, Graham Webster, Orville Schell, David Shambaugh, Andrew J. Nathan, Kevin Rudd, Winston Lord, Bonnie S. Glaser, Yaqiu Wang, Vincent …

Hong Kong

China's sponge cities: soaking up water to reduce flood risks

Trillions of litres of free, fresh water drop from the sky onto the world’s cities each year – yet most of it is channelled straight into gutters, drains and rivers. At best, this represents a waste of a valuable natural resource. At worst, it can lead to devastating urban floods like the one in …


A Tradition for New Mothers in China, Now $27,000 a Month

BEIJING — Wearing gray pajamas and furry purple slippers, Li Rui relaxed on a couch in a plush suite where she had spent the last month since giving birth to her son — without ever going outside.

For more than $900 a day, a personal nanny had taught her breast-feeding techniques. A chef had prepared …


Eating out in Japanese: a guide to Japan’s restaurants

The Japanese love to eat out, and the profusion of culinary options, even in the smallest towns, can be overwhelming. There’s something for every taste and budget, from humble slurp-and-go noodle stands, to refined traditional eateries serving seasonal fare. With Japan’s range of dishes and cooking …


7 incredible Japanese destinations that tourists haven’t discovered yet

Japan is often known by tourists for its most popular attractions, like Mount Fuji, the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, and its amazing shrines and temples.

But there's a lot more to the island nation than that.

We took a look at a Quora thread that asked, "what are some of Japan's best kept secrets," and …


Children of the Yuan Percent: Everyone Hates China’s Rich Kids

Emerging from a nightclub near Workers’ Stadium in Beijing at 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday in June, Mikael Hveem ordered an Uber. He selected the cheapest …

7 Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As Malaysia’s national capital, Kuala Lumpur offers visitors a taste of both modern and traditional landscapes, from towering skyscrapers to sacred