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China deploys more ships in Vietnam waters

China has sent two more armed naval ships to waters surrounding the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig illegally set up in Vietnam’s waters, according to a senior official from the Vietnam Fisheries Surveill...

Updated : 2014.05.20 20:29

Traditional Malaysian foods dying out

Ikan masak tanah liat (clay-baked fish), opok-opok (glutinous rice crackers), pulut kukus dalam periuk kera (pitcher plant glutinous rice), kebebe (mashed fruits in bamboo). Sound foreign? These are...

Updated : 2014.05.20 20:28

Asia banking on expansion

As a growing and increasingly affluent consumer class emerges across most of Asia, regional banks are focusing on extending their reach. Banks from almost every country in east and south Asia are pl...

Updated : 2014.05.06 20:12

Changing face of Chinese workforce

It’s 8 a.m. in Shenzhen, and outside Foxconn, the better part of the mega-factory’s 160,000 employees are coming on or off shift. Young men and women stream through security checkpoints, entering t...

Updated : 2014.05.06 20:12

Japan’s shrinking society

Japan’s population hit a peak in 2008 and has been declining since. According to an estimate by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, the population will drop below 100 ...

Updated : 2014.05.06 20:11

Inside China’s most exclusive business club

When it was announced four years ago that the Chinese carmaker Geely was buying Swedish carmaker Volvo, the company drew plaudits worldwide for the daring and astuteness of its move. But few people ...

Updated : 2014.04.29 19:51

Sympathy for MH370 passengers’ families starting to run out

Carrying the same signs, wearing the same T-shirts and taking the same 3.8 km route to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, anguished families of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 passengers staged their s...

Updated : 2014.04.29 19:50

Manila senators slam new U.S.-Philippine pact

By letting their subalterns sign the defense deal, President Aquino and visiting U.S. President Barack Obama showed lack of good faith, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said on Monday. The Enhanced Def...

Updated : 2014.04.29 19:49

Canada recognizes Philippines toxic waste petition

Canada’s Embassy in the Philippines said Monday that the Canadian government recognized the call of petitioners, both Filipino and Canadian, to have container vans filled with hazardous waste brought...

Updated : 2014.04.22 20:24

Crowdfunding in China draws interest and concerns

Zhang Liling, 20, almost put 200 yuan ($32.12) into a new online financial product offered by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba that she hoped would give her a chance to meet some movie stars. Alibab...

Updated : 2014.04.22 20:24

Transgender Islamic boarding school reopens

A Pesantren Waria (Islamic boarding school for transgenders) in Yogyakarta has once again opened its doors, and brought the subject of freedom of religion for all ― regardless of sexual orientation ...

Updated : 2014.04.22 20:23

Thaksin ‘ready to sacrifice family’

Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is ready to “sacrifice his family” by ending its political roles so the country can emerge from the ongoing political impasse and move forward, his close ai...

Updated : 2014.04.22 20:23

Chinese ‘baby boxes’ get mixed reception

It was about 4 a.m. when four men jumped out of a taxi and left a baby at a small, nondescript house in Tianjin. A letter tucked inside the child’s clothes simply noted its birthday and medical reco...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:29

Strong support for leaders ‘good for Asia’

Asia would benefit from strongly supported leaders in China, Indonesia and India, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a discussion with Asian editors as elections get under way in the ...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:28

Talent draw hazy for smog-choked Beijing

When her son’s persistent cough worsened into asthma as heavy, toxic smog plagued Beijing for days on end, Huang Liwen decided that she had had enough. The vice president of marketing at an aircraft...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:27