Asia Pacific Topics

Apr 18, 2016

China sets death penalty threshold for graft cases

Corruption cases involving 3 million yuan ($463,000) or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities ruled Monday, signalling that officials could be executed for graft. Under President Xi Jinping the country has waged a much-publicized anti-corruption campaign vowing to target both ...

Apr 18, 2016

China steps up war of words with Taiwan over fraud suspects

China on Monday stepped up its war of words with Taiwan after Taipei freed 20 suspects in a telecom fraud case linked to China, with state media accusing Taiwan of tolerating crime and being taken hostage by anti-Chinese forces. Malaysia had deported the 20 ...

Apr 18, 2016

China to prosecute former Guangdong vice governor for graft

China will prosecute a former vice governor of the wealthy southern province of Guangdong for corruption after an investigation found he took bribes and abused his position, the country’s main anti-corruption watchdog said on Monday. Liu Zhigeng, who was put under investigation in February, ...

Apr 13, 2016

British teacher found dead in China may have been murdered: police

A British lecturer who taught in Hong Kong has been found dead in mainland China, possibly murdered, police said. There were fears the man’s disappearance three weeks ago was linked to a million-dollar property deal. Local media reported Hilary Bower, 60, had been murdered, ...

Apr 12, 2016

Electile dysfunction: South Korea probes penis-pills-for-votes claim

Elderly men in South Korea have allegedly been given erectile dysfunction drugs to buy their votes in legislative elections, prosecutors said Tuesday, announcing an investigation into the suspected breach. South Koreans go to the polls on Wednesday in an election already overshadowed by North ...

Apr 7, 2016

Taiwan prosecutors charge five builders in earthquake deaths

Prosecutors in Taiwan are charging five builders with negligence after an apartment building collapsed during a February earthquake, killing 115 people. The Tainan district prosecutor’s office said Thursday the building’s developer, Lin Ming-hui, along with three employees of his Weiguan construction company and an ...

South Korea upholds tough anti-prostitution laws

Mar 31, 2016

South Korea upholds tough anti-prostitution laws

South Korea’s top court on Thursday upheld laws that toughened punishment on prostitutes, pimps and their clients. The 2004 legislation drove thousands of sex workers in traditional red-light zones out of business in South Korea, but prostitution has still thrived in the shadows. Sex ...