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Why China’s armed police will now only take orders from Xi and his generals

The decision to put China’s 1.5 million paramilitary police under the sole command of the Central Military Commission is meant to ensure the …

China

Change the rules and they will come: Tech firms are knocking on Hong Kong’s doors to raise capital

Technology companies are knocking on the Hong Kong stock exchange’s doors, making inquiries about raising capital under new listing rules, in a sign …

Hong Kong

Unicorn fever seizes China as start-ups and investors seek the next big thing

It is approaching lunchtime on a crisp and clear Thursday in December and the first of the start-up founders have arrived at the glass-roofed …

Venture Capital

Actress Zhao Wei and husband banned from securities markets for five years for ‘fake’ news, CSRC rules

Billionaire actress Zhao Wei, along with others, have been barred from China’s securities markets for five years for “seriously misleading the …

Anti-Chinese? Backlash and praise for new Jakarta governor’s racially tinged speech

The new governor of Indonesia’s capital faced a barrage of criticism on Tuesday for remarks in his inauguration speech that some residents and …

The Chinese Indonesians with long memories and escape plans in case racial violence flares again – despite signs of tensions easing

Former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Purnama celebrated the 20th anniversary of his marriage to Veronica Tan last month. He did so from behind bars, …

Last brokers left standing on the floor set to turn out the lights on 126 years of Hong Kong trading

After 30 years of tireless dealmaking on Hong Kong’s famous stock trading floor, the Shu sisters – who run one the city’s smallest brokerage houses – …

How China’s biggest debtors may struggle to pay off their loans

A report this week indicated that China was on course to overtake the United States as the world’s biggest foreign aid donor.<p>However, the research by …

US government quiet as Chinese agents cripple spy operations in Beijing

A US consulate official was plucked off a street by plain clothes security officers last year in Chengdu, interrogated overnight and forced to …

China

A cryptocurrency deal and a triad boss called Broken Tooth – what can possibly go wrong? | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

News of “Broken Tooth” Wan Kuok-koi’s involvement in a planned multimillion-dollar cryptocurrency share offer – known in digital business parlance as …

Lost, left behind or unconscious: China’s ‘Golden Week’ horror stories

Tales of travel chaos are piling up as 710 million people take to the roads, railways and air during China’s “Golden Week” holiday crush.<p>An extra day …

China-linked crime probe: the Vancouver student, his luxury UBC apartment, and a 7kg bag of ‘drug money’

The handover allegedly took place in a Vancouver parking lot, not far from the Downtown Eastside, ground zero of a deadly opioid epidemic that has …

Multiple-entry visas to Taiwan available online for Hong Kong permanent residents

Hong Kong permanent residents, forming one of the largest groups of visitors to Taiwan, are now eligible to apply online for multiple-entry visas to …

How China celebrated its 68th National Day | South China Morning Post

People across China celebrated the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in unique ways.

Thailand, Singapore top Chinese tourists’ ‘golden week’ list as Hong Kong falls out of favour

More Chinese are opting for tailor-made holidays rather than group tours or independent travel for the National Day “golden week” break, according to …

‘New internet’ looks to keep user data away from tech giants and bypass China censorship

A Hong Kong-based software engineer is doing his bit to develop a “new internet” said to offer users complete control over their personal information …

Eating dog meat in China might only be an annual affair, but why does such sick tradition continue?

The strident debate over the moral issue of “why eat pork and not dog?” stirred more emotions than usual this year at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in …

China

Corruption is the life and soul of a command economy

<i>Former political rising star Sun Zhengcai has been expelled from the Communist Party and will face prosecution, state media reported yesterday – two</i> …

China

Chinese poker queen Celina Lin overcomes cultural barriers to drive game to new levels of ‘glamour and prestige’

She’s China’s most successful female poker player and is idolised throughout Asia, but for Celina Lin Peifei the first step to stardom was convincing …

China

Elderly Chinese man had forgotten where he lived and even his name... but still he carried the memory of his late wife

Chinese social media users were driven to tears after a 40-year-old love letter carried by an old man who had lost his way went viral on Weibo.<p>The …

China

How young Chinese-Americans are embracing their identity

Growing up as a Chinese-American in suburban Chicago, Eric Stinehart remembers vividly the fear and confusion he felt as a six-year-old, standing in …

China

Daigou down under: the Chinese shopping trend taking Australia by storm (and a public listing to boot) | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

In February, Guangxi native Alex Zhu came up with a new scheme to help her parents with her pricey tuition at one of Australia’s top universities. …

China

Indonesia was supposed to be embracing freedom. What happened? | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

It’s been nearly two decades since Indonesian dictator Suharto was toppled in a people-led revolution that was supposed to put the country on the …

Asia

Exclusive - China's Belt and Road acquisitions surge despite outbound capital crackdown

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO - A security guard stands at the entrance to the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing<p>By Kane Wu and Sumeet …

Japan Has an Awesome Subculture of Gundam-Style Bikes

Unfortunately, these over-the-top bikes are becoming pretty rare.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Japan. Special thanks to Yuki Sugawara for telling our Tokyo office about this kid.</i><p>There was a time, way back in the "golden 60s," when "truck driver" was a hot career in Japan. It was the …

10 Unique & Wacky Things To Experience in Tokyo

Everyone has heard that Japan is full of crazy and weird things. Tokyo is the mecca of all things unique and wacky. Every time my sister and I visit Japan, there’s always something new to check out. That’s why we, along with millions of other visitors, love this country so much. Here is our top 10 …

How to buy the new bitcoin cash after the split of the popular cryptocurrency

Yesterday bitcoin split into two cryptocurrencies: bitcoin and “bitcoin cash.” The new cryptocurrency is trading at around $600 per unit today, or about 20% of the value of a bitcoin. The market value of all bitcoin cash in circulation is $7.8 billion, to bitcoin’s $44.4 billion.<p>One way to get …

Cryptocurrency

The Dark Side of Tourism in Thailand

When it comes to dream destinations, Thailand is way up there on the list for most travelers -- and with good reason. It's flanked by some of the …

Bitcoin Cash Soars to $700, Coinbase Customers Threaten to Sue

A new version of bitcoin hit the market on Tuesday and, on its second day of trading, it has already tripled in price and its market cap is now third …

Alan Greenspan: The bubble is in bonds, not stocks

Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman who has a knack for saying memorable things about the markets, is warning of a bond bubble.<p>"By …