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As Taiwan's Links With Mainland Grow, So Do Concerns
TAIPEI — The 188-second flurry of fireworks that shot out at midnight from Taipei 101, the world's second-tallest building, drew a crowd of 800,000 and announced the start of 2013 on the island republic. Taiwan welcomes in the new year with a ...

Duke Seeks Final Approval for Its Campus in China
Duke seeks final approval for its campus in China · World Twitter Logo. Connect With Us on Twitter. Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors · Duke University plans to submit its ...

Easing Gaokao Restrictions: a New Year's Gift?
Associated Press: A Chinese student is greeted by a relative after taking the annual college entrance examinations in Beijing, in a photo taken in 2010. Major Chinese cities in recent days rolled out plans to loosen restrictions on gaokao, the famously ...

ASEAN Leader to Push Consensus on South China Sea Disputes
BANGKOK — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has appointed its first secretary-general from Vietnam, a one-party communist state and one of four ASEAN members in conflict with China over territory in the South China Sea. ASEAN has struggled ...

Cave-Dwelling Plants: Strange Subterranean Nettles Discovered In China
One might not expect flowering plants with pinkish petals to be flourishing on the floor of a dark cave, but that's exactly where researchers discovered such a species in southern China. Botanist Alex Monro, of London's Natural History Museum, said he ...

'Peking Man' Was Sophisticated & Meticulous About Clothing, Artifacts Suggest
"Peking Man," a human ancestor who lived in China between roughly 200,000 and 750,000 years ago, was a wood-working, fire-using, spear-hafting hominid who, mysteriously, liked to drill holes into objects for unknown reasons. And, yes, these hominids, ...

China Manufacturing Index Shows Third Straight Expansion
A gauge of China's manufacturing showed a third month of expansion, adding evidence that the recovery in the world's second-biggest economy will extend into the new year. The Purchasing Managers' Index was 50.6 in December, the National Bureau of ...

NY Times reporter forced to leave China over visa
NEW YORK — A New York Times correspondent who has worked in China for more than a decade was forced to leave the country on Monday because his visa wasn't renewed, the newspaper said. Chris Buckley, a 45-year-old Australian, flew to Hong Kong ...

Thousands Protest Against Hong Kong's Leader
HONG KONG—Tens of thousands marched in Hong Kong on the first day of 2013 to call for the city's Beijing-backed leader to step down over allegations he was untruthful about illegal renovations at his home and to press for full democracy. Police said ...

Thaicom Gains Most in Six Months on China Partner: Bangkok Mover
Thaicom Pcl (THCOM), Thailand's satellite monopoly, gained the most in 18 months in Bangkok trading after saying it agreed to form a new partnership to help sell its high-speed Internet services in China. The shares surged 9.3 percent to 25.25 baht at ...

'Lost In Thailand' Box Office: Tiny Chinese Film Sets Records, Bests James ...
'Lost In Thailand' Box Office: Tiny Chinese Film Sets Records, Bests James ...

Macau casino revenue in 2012 rose to $38 billion
Casino revenue in Macau climbed 13.5 percent last year to a record $38 billion , as the Asian gambling hub reinforced its position as the world's biggest gambling market. Gross revenue from Macau's 35 casinos also hit a monthly record in December ...

Docs Discover Drug-Spiked Eggplant Sent Beijing Diners To Hospital
Here at NPR, we've heard about some wacky food scandals. There have been gingerbread houses harboring bad bacteria, turkeys trotting around with arsenic in their guts and a prison hooch that brewed up botulism. But a recent report from China may take ...

Wrapping Up The Year Of The Dragon
healthy and necessary for learning. From a purely medical point of view, engaging in self-criticism activates areas of the brain that are responsible for processing error detection and correction. In China, self-criticism is one of the oldest Confucian ...

New Mood, but No Clean Slate in Asia
An assembly line for electric cars near Beijing. Data released Tuesday showed China's manufacturing sector had expanded for the third month in a row. In the first days of 2013, Asia is manufacturing optimism. Export economies in South Korea and Taiwan ...

Notable & Quotable
Chinese authorities have moved to censor news about the Delhi gang rape and ensuing protests after the incident triggered a heated debate online between State media outlets and pro-democracy voices. The incident and the protests in New Delhi in recent ...

Naming Names on China's Internet
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov and Joseph Vissarionovich Djugashvili are better known to history by the pseudonyms under which they led the Bolshevik Revolution—pen names that served them well as agitators under the czars. No wonder the ostensibly ...

China's 2012 electronics production includes more than a billion mobile phones
Summary: China produced more than a billion mobile phones in the first 11 months of 2012, according to MIIT. Its table also includes production numbers for PCs, TVs, cameras and other devices, but not tablets…. Jack Schofield. By Jack Schofield for ...

Web Stocks Drive Surge on Export Outlook: China Overnight
Chinese stocks climbed in New York to an eight-month high, led by Internet and solar companies, as expanding manufacturing and the U.S. budget pact burnished the outlook for the world's biggest exporter. The Bloomberg China-US Equity Index (CH55BN) ...

Starbucks to Open First Store in Vietnam
Starbucks Corp. outlined the details of its planned move into Vietnam's bustling coffee market, saying it will open its first cafe there early next month, a bit later than its originally projected timeline of 2012. The Seattle-based coffee company will ...

Hong Kong Luxury Sales Rebound on Confidence in China's Recovery
Hong Kong's luxury sales rebounded in a sign that confidence is returning to a Chinese economy that probably picked up pace in the final three months of last year after a seven-quarter slowdown. Sales of goods including jewelry and watches jumped 13.7 ...

Hormel to Buy Unilever's Skippy Peanut Butter for $700 Million
Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Hormel Foods Corp., the maker of Spam lunchmeat, rose the most since February 2011 after agreeing to buy the Skippy peanut-butter business from Unilever for about $700 million to expand further into China. Hormel rose 3.9 percent ...

A fascinating interview with China's biggest rock star
Cui Jian would probably be the first person to lament that he, at 51, is still the biggest name in Chinese rock music, and that his music last occupied the cultural zeitgeist in a dramatic 1990 concert tour. That's the impression he gives in this ...

Quincy Douby, former Sacramento Kings guard, scores a record 75 points in a ...
Quincy Douby, former Sacramento Kings guard, scores a record 75 points in a ...

Nicholas D. Kristof: China cracks down on Google and Facebook but not on ...
Nicholas D. Kristof: China cracks down on Google and Facebook but not on ...

Solarworld Expects EU's China Anti-Dumping Duties in May or June
Solarworld AG (SWV), the German solar-panel maker that led a group of manufacturers in a complaint against unfair competition from Chinese companies, expects the European Union to announce anti-dumping duties as early as May. EU regulators may ...

Key Trends to Watch in the Year of the Snake
Reuters: A carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet taking off from the Liaoning, in an undated photo released Nov. 25. By Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins. As 2013 dawns, following a year of policy uncertainty and leadership transition , China looms large as a ...

China joins global action over flat screen price-fixing, fines Korean, Taiwan ...
China joins global action over flat screen price-fixing, fines Korean, Taiwan ...

Paulson Prescription for China's Debt Problem
China's local governments have amassed a mountain of debt and are increasingly tapping under-regulated sources of funding to finance new infrastructure projects and pay off older loans . So what happens next? Do we sit back and wait for the inevitable ...

Shanghai Exchange Launches Risky-Share Board
SHANGHAI—The Shanghai Stock Exchange launched a board to quarantine the shares of troubled companies and curb speculation in them. The Risk Alert Board opened Friday with 43 listings, many of companies that have been threatened with delisting if ...


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