China moves to limit polls in Hong Kong

Aug 28, 2014

China moves to limit polls in Hong Kong

China moved on Wednesday to limit 2017 elections for Hong Kong’s leader to a handful of candidates loyal to Beijing, local media reported, a move that is likely to escalate plans by pro-democracy activists to blockade the city’s Central business district. Hong Kong, which ...

India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip

Aug 28, 2014

India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip

India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and to lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan’s concerns about doing business with a nuclear armed country. India has been ...

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

Aug 28, 2014

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

by Denis D. Gray

Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing in on one of ...

Aug 27, 2014

China's top judge lauds Zhou corruption probe

China’s top judge has said the ruling Communist Party’s decision to investigate former senior leader Zhou Yongkang demonstrates clearly that no party member is above the law, the semiofficial China News Service reported. The investigation “fully illustrates that in socialist China, no power exists ...

U.S., Chinese officials to meet at Pentagon after jet intercept

Aug 26, 2014

U.S., Chinese officials to meet at Pentagon after jet intercept

U.S. and Chinese military officials will hold talks on rules of behavior at the Pentagon on Wednesday and Thursday, a U.S. official said, days after the United States denounced a “dangerous” Chinese jet intercept of a U.S. Navy patrol plane. Last Tuesday, a Chinese ...

Aug 26, 2014

Strong leaders in an increasingly fragile Asia

by Simon Tay

Stronger leaders are finally in place in fragile Asia — leaders who can deliver domestic reform and economic growth. But if these leaders assert their strength against each other or vis-a-vis the U.S. over security matters, regional stability could be upended.

Jakarta tiptoes around issue of gas-rich islets

Aug 26, 2014

Jakarta tiptoes around issue of gas-rich islets

The word “sleepy” could have been invented for Ranai, the largest town in Indonesia’s remote and sparsely populated Natuna archipelago. It has few cars and only two sets of traffic lights. The cloud-wreathed mountain looming over it resembles a slumbering volcano. Nearby beaches lie ...