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U.S. Navy alarmed at Beijing’s ‘Great Wall of Sand’ in South China Sea

BEIJING — China is building “a Great Wall of Sand” through an unparalleled program of land reclamation in the South China Sea, raising concerns about …

Asia

What Yemen’s crisis reveals about China’s growing global power

On Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported that more than 500 Chinese nationals who were evacuated from Yemen had arrived safely in the city of …

Asia

New Chinese Cyberattacks: What’s to Be Done?

Patrick Chovanec, Zha Daojiong & more

Now that much of Europe has announced its intentions to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank …

China

Nine Out of 10 Chinese Charities Fail Transparency Test, Report Finds - China Real Time Report - WSJ

China’s push for transparency is now focusing on charities.

Only eight out of 93 charitable organizations in China passed transparency tests, according to a new report from researchers at Peking University’s Center for Participation Studies and Supports.

Researchers evaluated organizations across 31 …

Asia

Hosting the Winter Olympics in Beijing is a terrible idea

Inspectors from the Olympic Committee just wrapped up their evaluation of Beijing, one of two cities vying to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. Chances are looking pretty good for the Chinese capital, which held the Summer Olympics in 2008. After this week’s visit, the head of the committee’s …

Beijing

Huawei’s R&D spend is massive even by the standards of American tech giants

Chinese tech company Huawei is doubling down on research and development. In reporting its annual financial performance today (March 31), the company said it invested 40.8 billion yuan, or $6.6 billion, in research and development in 2014, up 29% from the year prior. Overall, it’s spent 190 billion …

Huawei

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking

There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.

But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

The Brain

China seeks to brush up on global image

BEIJING: After a slew of negative opinion polls, China is working to improve its global image. A global opinion poll by WorldPublicOpion.org found …

China

Africa’s China dream hangs in the balance

Voices coming out of Africa and China’s state departments describe relations between the two as based on mutual interest, cooperation, equality and …

Asia

Internet activists blame China for cyber-attack that brought down GitHub

Activists battling internet censorship in China said Monday they had proof a massive online assault on their websites had been coordinated by the Chinese authorities.

In recent days, popular coding service GitHub faced a massive denial of service (DDoS) attack – an online attack aimed at bringing …

Asia

China, Japan, S Korea stop Thai airline expansion on safety concerns

BANGKOK (Reuters) - China has joined South Korea and Japan in stopping Thai airlines from flying charters and new routes because of safety concerns highlighted by an international audit, Thai officials said on Monday.

The move will come as a blow to Thai carriers that have just started recovering …

JAXA

Full text of Chinese President's speech at Boao Forum for Asia

Full text of Chinese President's speech at Boao Forum for Asia

BOAO, Hainan, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Following is the full text of the keynote speech …

China Is Urged to Confront Its Own History

The tour guide outside the bloodstained classrooms of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the high school in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh transformed into a prison and torture center by the Khmer Rouge, paused to ask whether any tourists in the group were from China. Visibly relieved when no …

Asia

A Chinese Muslim man was sentenced to six years in prison for growing a beard

A court in the city of Kashgar has sentenced a 38-year-old Uighur man to six years in prison for “picking quarrels and causing trouble” as well as for having a beard for the past five years. “Provoking trouble” is a vague charge doled out to people Chinese authorities deem troublemakers. In this …

Prison

Inside China’s unknown mega-city

Tim Franco, a Paris-born photographer now based in Shanghai, has spent the past five-plus years documenting the intense change that urbanization has brought to the Chinese mega-city of Chongqing.

Until 1997, Chongqing was a neglected city in the poor Sichuan province. It is two hours by plane to any …

Asia

China’s Ugly Craving for Burmese Jade

The Chinese love jade, especially jade that comes from Burma. That hunger is fueling drug addiction and internal instability in China’s westerly neighbor.

RUILI, China — A strong LED flashlight is necessary when picking out the perfect piece of jade.

That, and a big stack of cash.

“He’s asking for …

Asia

Remote school in rural China - in pictures

China

Taiwan seeks stronger cyber security ties with U.S. to counter China threat

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan wants to join a major anti-hacking drill conducted by the United States to strengthen cyber security ties with its staunchest ally, its vice premier said on Monday, a move which would help safeguard against constant targeting by hackers in rival China.

Many hacks into …

Security

The China Bank Switch Scam Is Hitting American Companies At An Alarming Rate

If you are doing business with China, you no doubt already know that you need to be on your guard against fraud. But against what sort of frauds and what exactly should you be doing to avoid becoming a victim? Of all the China frauds my firm’s China lawyers have seen over the years, by far the most …

Asia

Chinese Outlets Say Security Official in Graft Case Had 6 Mistresses

BEIJING — Chinese corruption investigators looking into a top security and intelligence official have found that he had six mistresses and two sons by them, according to a report published by a respected newsmagazine that was carried Monday on the websites of state-run news organizations.

The …

China

China air force conducts drill in west Pacific Ocean

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's air force conducted its first drill above the western Pacific Ocean on Monday, the Defense Ministry said, in a move that could exacerbate tensions with its South China Sea neighbors including Taiwan and the Philippines.

People's Liberation Army aircraft conducted …

Asia
Asia

China Lays Out Path to Silk Road - China Real Time Report - WSJ

Ever since President Xi Jinping gave speeches on regional development in 2013, China has heralded plans to lay networks of infrastructure to better connect its economy with the rest of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

The plans for roads, railways, ports and other related projects are a …

Asia

10 Photos of Cambodia

10 photos of Cambodia taken in 2014. A view through Angkor and also the towns and wildlife that are a part of this country.

Cambodia

Beijing, China: Where Shopping And Bargaining Is Taken To A New Level.

“Fair play doesn’t pertain in bargaining. What matters there is leverage.” – Alan Rosenberg

The Silk Street Pearl Market

In 2011, my travels brought me …

Beijing

Shanghai's vanishing street food scene

To visitors, the draw of Shanghai might be the gleaming skyline, but to born-and-bred locals the charm of the city is street food.

The egg pancake rolling fresh off the pan at wet markets, the steaming baskets of soup dumplings served at local canteens or the pungent stinky tofu in the Old Town …

Shanghai

China's Xi preaches peace in key note address

BOAO, China: Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that turmoil at home or abroad were not in the country's interests as its bitter past has …

Asia

See Why ‘Made in China’ Tops the EU’s Most Unsafe List

Every parent assumes the plush doll they bought for their child at the mall is safe, but if it has a “Made in China” label, you should think twice.

A …

Asia

China ramps up the rhetoric on climate change

Senior Chinese official warns that climate-related temperature rises could seriously affect the country’s harvests and major infrastructure …

Asia

GitHub was hit with massive DDoS attack from China for past 24 hours

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Online Repository service GitHub was hit with massive denial-of-service attack from China

The popular online repository service, GitHub was …

Asia