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    China is blowing an opportunity with Meng's arrest

    News, Published on 21/12/2018

    » China is blowing the geopolitical opportunity of a lifetime. There has probably never been a better moment to undo America's greatest strategic advantage by dividing the US from its global network of democratic allies, many of which are horrified by President Trump's rhetoric and policies and deeply worried about Washington's staying power. Yet, Beijing is doing its best to remind that democratic world that it has far more to fear from a hegemonic China than from an erratic America.

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    Even as demand softens, China jet market is crucial

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 25/04/2016

    » The growing number of Asian business moguls, especially in China, has made the region a promising new frontier for business jet makers. Greater China alone is the third largest market in a forecast by Bombardier, with 876 future deliveries worth US$33 billion, compared with the country's fleet of 300 at the end of last year.

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    China's futile war on Western values

    Asia focus, Minxin Pei, Published on 16/02/2015

    » The news from China these days is mostly depressing, owing to the government's escalating crackdown on its critics. But what few observers — particularly economic analysts — seem to understand is that the Chinese leadership's fight against liberalism and "Western values" is directly undermining its efforts to root out official corruption, promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and deepen engagement with the outside world.

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    Fermented fad

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 22/01/2019

    » Forget low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diets, gluten-free foods and all things detox. These are diet bygones compared to a slightly-sparkling, gold-coloured fermented drink called kombucha that is now all the rage. They say Madonna drinks it, so does Halle Berry, Lindsay Lohan and Gwyneth Paltrow. Even testosterone-fuelled Jake Gyllenhaal and Orlando Bloom were seen clutching a bottle.

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    Currencies slump, funds flee emerging markets

    Business, Published on 08/09/2018

    » Recap: Emerging stock markets, especially those in Asia, experienced heavy fund outflows as concerns mounted over the health of emerging economies in general, and contagion impact from the likes of Argentina and Turkey. The Indonesian rupiah hit a two-decade low and the Indian rupee also lost more ground. US-China trade tensions continue to cast a pall over markets as well.

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    Social media the theatre of 'Information World War'

    News, Published on 19/12/2018

    » A year ago, in his annual New Year's resolution post, Mark Zuckerberg pledged to spend 2018 fixing Facebook by addressing foreign manipulation, election interference and other threats. He and other tech leaders should probably renew that vow for 2019, and 2020, and possibly every year after that.

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    Trump's phone tap karmic revenge?

    News, Published on 30/10/2018

    » Specific incidents can sometimes reveal much larger truths. This would seem to be the case regarding recent revelations that the Chinese have been eavesdropping on US President Donald Trump's less-than-secure phone calls and using the information gathered as part of an elaborate plot to influence the president.

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    Reckless development sows seeds of disaster

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 09/08/2018

    » As monsoon rains have struck the Mekong region recently, some countries have been hit hard by flooding. These disasters reflect the fact that the region's development projects have not fully recognised climate change impacts and so lack plans to deal with them.

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    Shariah with Chinese characteristics

    Life, Published on 16/09/2016

    » Matthew S. Erie, a trained lawyer and ethnographer who teaches at Oxford University, lived for two years in Linxia, a small city in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu. Known as China's Mecca, it is a centre of religious life for the Hui, an ethnic minority numbering 10 million who practise Islam. Along with the Turkic Uighurs, they are one of 10 officially recognised ethnic groups that practise Islam, making the total population of Muslims in China around 23 million, according to the 2010 government census.

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    Putting traditional Chinese medicine to the test

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 17/09/2015

    » Toad skins and turtle shells aren't the cures most westerners turn to when they learn they've developed cancer. But in China, the market for traditional remedies like these grew 35% last year, twice as fast as the overall anti-cancer market. Though the effectiveness of these treatments is unproven, Western doctors, elite medical institutions and pharmaceutical companies are starting to put them to the scientific test.

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