Mar 8, 2015

China defends island-building in South China Sea

China’s foreign minister on Sunday defended his government’s controversial policy of reclamation on disputed isles in the South China Sea, which has sparked regional concern, and said Beijing is not seeking to overturn the international order. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping tried to ...

Battle scars: Okinawa and the Vietnam War

Mar 7, 2015

Battle scars: Okinawa and the Vietnam War

by Jon Mitchell

On March 8, 1965, the first U.S. combat troops landed in Da Nang, South Vietnam. Their arrival significantly escalated American intervention in the war which, by its end a decade later, left more than 1 million dead and countless others suffering from the legacy ...

Vietnam's beer boys on big bender

Feb 20, 2015

Vietnam's beer boys on big bender

A scantily clad DJ gyrates to ear-splitting music as the crowd of drinkers orders more towers of lager: welcome to The Hangover, one of a new crop of ‘beer clubs’ raising concerns about Vietnam’s drinking culture. Beer goes for as little as 30 U.S. ...

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

Jan 30, 2015

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

Malaysia’s government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and said all those on board were presumed dead, paving the way for compensation claims but angering victims’ families still waiting for evidence of the plane’s fate. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin ...

Jan 28, 2015

Aeon announces tie-up with major Vietnamese retailers

Retail giant Aeon Co. said it has formed a capital and business tie-up with two of Vietnam’s major retailers in a bid to expand its business in the country. The company said Tuesday it has decided to take a 30 percent stake in Fivimart ...

Vietnam hopes to make a splash with local caviar

Dec 30, 2014

Vietnam hopes to make a splash with local caviar

At a sturgeon farm on a pristine lake near the town of Dalat, a worker hoists a large white fish out off the water. “It’s an albino,” says Vietnam’s eccentric “Caviar King,” Le Anh Duc, adding triumphantly, “Gold eggs!” Not only are the eggs ...

Aviation's white-knuckle year closes with flying colors

Dec 28, 2014

Aviation's white-knuckle year closes with flying colors

If you weren’t already nervous about flying, that may have changed in 2014, a year that stirred our deepest fears about modern jet travel despite shaping up as one of the safest in aviation history. The tragic dramas surrounding Malaysia Airlines, in particular, played ...