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Senior Uighur official investigated for graft in China's Xinjiang

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior ethnic Uighur official in China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang is being investigated for suspected serious "discipline violations", the Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog said on Sunday, using a euphemism for corruption.

Alimjan Maimaitiming, 55, is secretary …

Asia

Detentions Highlight Clampdown on China's Citizen Journalists

The detention of at least four contributors to a rights website based in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan in recent weeks is indicative …

Asia

"Enough empty floor space to cover Madrid": so why are China's ghost cities still unoccupied?

Over the past 15 years China has built hundreds of new cities, expanded thousands of urban areas, wiped over a million villages off the map, and …

Asia

Almost a third of China's Great Wall has disappeared

Around 30% of China’s Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities – including stealing bricks to build houses – erode the Unesco world heritage site, state media has reported.

The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but …

Asia

Dirty cash: Chinese Yuan filthiest money in Asia, two bank clerks feel full effect

What’s minuscule, potentially harmful and is very possibly lurking on your cash money? A multitude of bacteria and viruses, that’s what. It turns out …

Money

China stocks free fall into a bear market

China stocks resumed their dramatic slide Monday as investors pulled out of the market despite a decision by the central bank to cut interest rates to a record low.

The Shanghai Composite swung between massive gains and losses before closing down 3.3%. The fall pushed China's benchmark index into …

Asia

Chinese submarine in Karachi: A worst case scenario for India, and here is what it needs to do - Firstpost

A conventional Chinese submarine docking in Karachi port last month and spending one week there is a disturbing development for India.

While warships …

South Asia

China's UN climate pledges 'expected': state media

Beijing (AFP) - China is expected to unveil its long-awaited national pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020, a state-run newspaper said Monday, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Belgium and France ahead of a Paris climate summit.

The world's number one emitter has yet to put forward its …

Asia

China's replica of Manhattan sits empty as the debt time bomb ticks

It feels like the set of a post-apocalyptic zombie movie.

Empty skyscrapers, many incomplete, overlook deserted streets. Newly planted flowers in a …

Asia

Globalization With Chinese Characteristics -- What Are The Prospects?

Every year IMD convenes a one-week intensive program entitled Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP), once in Lausanne (Switzerland) and once in Singapore, bringing together business leaders and executives from all over the world to focus, brainstorm and cross-fertilize on the current critical …

Globalization

China’s chances of global dominance

China’s emergence from the shambles of the Maoist era to either the largest or the second largest economy on earth according to how you count is certainly the most important global development since the end of the cold war (Natalie Nougayrède, Opinion, 26 June). But the perception of global …

Asia

Louisa Lim orchestrated amnesia over Tiananmen crackdown

It's easy to forget the bad moments in history, especially if you caused them. And in Beijing, no moment has become as forgettable as the Tiananmen …

Asia

Alternative Angkor: Siem Reap beyond the temples

The Temples of Angkor are an iconic symbol of Southeast Asia and rightly Cambodia's top attraction. But Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor, offers much more than temples and is emerging as an activity centre for the Mekong region. With microlight flights, ziplining, cooking classes, horse-riding, the …

Angkor

Top 10 must-try Northern Thai dishes

Think you know Thai food? Think again. Thailand's cuisine takes a different form every time it crosses a provincial border, and the dishes of Thailand's northern provinces are no exception.

Northern Thai food is a world away from the dishes you’ve probably encountered at your local Thai restaurant …

Thai Food

How to eat like a local in Langkawi

While there is no shortage of restaurants on the Malaysian holiday island of Langkawi, many of them offer international rather than local food, from Japanese sushi to Russian borscht. Even the few Malaysian places on the tourist strip often tweak their menus to appeal to a foreign palate. But look …

Food

China is still going after the 'tigers' and the 'flies'

Underperforming Chinese officials will face demotion or lose their jobs under new rules announced by the country's elite Politburo, state media said on Saturday.

Officials who break Communist Party rules, or are found to be corrupt, irresponsible or incompetent face "organisational adjustment," …

Asia

Shanghai Police Disperse Thousands Who Protest Chemical Plant

SHANGHAI—Police in China’s financial hub Shanghai took away at least three busloads of environmental protesters outside the municipal government …

Asia

Drinking Japan: Green Tea

The Japanese swear by their green tea. It has desirable health benefits that can increase long life and well-being. I think it’s the archetypal …

Asia

Kimonos in Kyoto

There is a famous mantra that goes ‘wear kimono in Kyoto until you drop, eat in Osaka until you drop’. I’ll be honest and say I never heard of it …

Kyoto

Maximizing Your Hotel Amenities-Day 2 in Japan-Kyoto!

Even in a new and exciting country, kids need some down time and the chance to feel like they are actually on a vacation that includes some rest and …

Asia Travel

A perfect day in Singapore: the ultimate one-day itinerary

For a country just two-thirds the size of New York City, Singapore packs punch, offering an array of entertainment, shopping and dining options up with the world’s best. Add a super-efficient (not to mention economical) transport system, and it’s possible to visit most of Singapore’s top sights and …

Singapore

Lost Myanmar Empire Is Stage for Modern Violence

Centuries ago the region around Mrauk U was a realm of remarkable ethnic harmony. Today it is roiled by sectarian violence.

At the break of dawn, the fertile plain of Mrauk U, on a remote river in western Myanmar (Burma), is an archaeologist's dream come true.

The sun washes over hundreds of medieval …

Islam

Best Bangkok Floating Markets for Foodies

on May 19, 2014 at 10:32 am

Skip the touristy floating markets such as Damnoen Saduak if you’re a fan of street food. Instead, make a beeline for …

Thai Food

The US compared China's moves in the South China Sea to Russia's takeover of Crimea

The U.S. State Department's number two diplomat on Friday compared China's behavior in pursuit of territory in the South China Sea to that of Russia in eastern Ukraine.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken called China's large scale reclamation projects in the South China Sea, "a threat to peace …

Asia

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Asia

Environmental Protests Expose Weakness In China's Leadership

Mass environmental protests continue to gain strength in China. Within the last couple of months thousands of people in different parts of the country have vocally, and in some cases violently, railed against polluting chemical plants, waste incinerator projects and coal-fired power plant …

Asia

We're not getting anywhere with China

This week the US and China held annual high-level talks and on the most contentious issues, it seems like we're not getting anywhere with China.

In a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, Vice Premier Liu Yandong, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, President Obama “raised ongoing U.S. concerns …

Asia

Aquino's Chinese ancestry fuels anger in Beijing

BEIJING, China – The Chinese ancestry of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, whose family hails from China's Fujian province, has fueled anger …

Philippines

Shanghai Environmental Protest Continues for Fifth Day

“This has been going on for five days now, and I am guessing that there are about 50,000 people here today, even more than yesterday, when there were …

Protest

China says changing position on sea dispute would shame ancestors

BEIJING (Reuters) - Changing position on China's claims over the South China Sea would shame its ancestors, while not facing up to infringements of Chinese sovereignty there would shame its children, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday.

China has become increasingly assertive in the South …

Asia