Sep 17, 2014

China's Xi pledges maritime security with Sri Lanka

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday announced increased “maritime security” cooperation with Sri Lanka, whose Beijing-funded strategic port developments have caused unease in neighboring India. Xi said his proposal for a 21st century maritime silk road and his host President Mahinda Rajapakse’s vision to turn ...

Sep 16, 2014

Nearly half of China's ultrawealthy plan to emigrate, survey shows

Nearly half of China’s superwealthy individuals are considering leaving the country, a survey said Monday, with most citing better overseas educational and employment opportunities for their children. The global survey of 2,000 high net worth individuals by Barclays Wealth found that 47 percent of ...

China detains famed film director for hiring prostitutes

Sep 15, 2014

China detains famed film director for hiring prostitutes

Film director Wang Quan’an, a Berlin International Film Festival winner known for the movies “Tuya’s Marriage” and “White Deer Plain,” has been detained on the charge of hiring prostitutes, Beijing police said Monday. Wang is the latest person caught up in a broad anti-vice ...

Canada ratifies China deal that may help smooth relations

Sep 13, 2014

Canada ratifies China deal that may help smooth relations

Canada has finally ratified a foreign investment protection agreement with China after a two-year delay, a step that may help ease tensions between the two countries and smooth the way for a possible visit to China by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. International Trade Minister ...

Sep 12, 2014

Co-opt the water hegemon

by Brahma Chellaney

The vast majority of the 57 transnational river basins in continental Asia have no water-sharing arrangement or any other cooperative mechanism — a troubling reality amid the already strained political relations in several Asian sub-regions.

Sep 12, 2014

China says fighters returned from Iraq, Syria pose threat

China and its Central Asian neighbors face increased terrorism threats as their citizens return home after fighting in Iraq and Syria, the head of a regional anti-terrorism organization said Thursday. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Regional Anti-Terrorism Agency is assisting authorities in those countries in ...