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  • OPINION

    Grindr holds a mirror to China's subtle evolution

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 11/09/2018

    » Grindr, the world's largest gay social-networking site, told the Shenzhen stock exchange recently that it plans to IPO overseas. Its owner, Beijing Kunlun Technology Co, a games developer, didn't give a date or location. But the announcement revived concern in the gay community locally and worldwide about the app's Chinese ownership.

  • OPINION

    Solution to chronic marine plastic crisis starts in Asia

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 27/06/2018

    » Since Jan 1, when China stopped accepting the rich world's recyclable plastic waste, it's gotten a load of criticism for worsening the already deep crisis of ocean plastic pollution. But China isn't the only culprit here. This is a crisis made -- and growing worse -- throughout developing Asia.

  • OPINION

    Southeast Asia's 'fake news' laws are a fake solution

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 26/05/2018

    » In the waning days of Malaysia's recent election campaign, then-opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad was investigated under the country's anti-fake news law. Had he been charged and convicted, he could have spent as much as six years in prison. Instead, Dr Mahathir was elected prime minister with a pledge to repeal the law.

  • OPINION

    Women in work key to China fertility

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 24/05/2018

    » China is home currently to 241 million people over the age of 60, approximately 17% of the population. By 2050, the elderly will number around 500 million and account for more than one-third of the population. According to a report on Monday by Bloomberg News, the Chinese government has grown so alarmed by these developments that it's preparing to scrap all limits on the number of children that a family can have. By early next year, the infamous one-child and -- more recently -- two-child policies should be no more.

  • NEWS

    Malaysia grows sceptical about Chinese investment

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 09/05/2018

    » Chinese President Xi Jinping won't be on the ballot when Malaysians vote for a new government today. But he is on election billboards. Although it's probably not a role that Mr Xi would've chosen for himself, China's influence on Malaysia's economy has become one of the most bitterly contested issues in a bruising campaign.

  • OPINION

    Xi paves the way for later retirement

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 01/03/2018

    » Chinese President Xi Jinping can hold off on retirement planning for a few more years, now that China's Communist Party has announced a proposal to eliminate a 10-year, two-term limit for the coveted job. That sets up the powerful 64-year-old to remain in office well into his golden years. He shouldn't be the only one.

  • OPINION

    Is China's Arctic expansion plan a reason to worry?

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 01/02/2018

    » Last week, China said it plans to build a "Polar Silk Road" that will open shipping lanes across the largely pristine region at the top of the world. It's an ambitious idea for a country that lacks an Arctic border, and it has raised concerns around the world about China's ultimate intentions and its capacity for environmental stewardship. Although these are reasonable worries, they're almost certainly overblown.

  • OPINION

    North Korea's Olympic gambit is a big opportunity

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 05/01/2018

    » This week, South Korea accepted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's offer of "urgent" talks over his country's participation in the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Although the sudden engagement over what might amount to two figure skaters crossing the border may not seem like a big deal, history suggests that ignoring the entreaty could be a major missed opportunity.

  • OPINION

    Streaming service gives voice to rural folks in China

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 29/12/2017

    » Yang Yang, a 22-year-old Chinese corn farmer, spends two to three hours a day streaming video of life in his cliffside village to smartphones across China. He spends lots of time clinging to a cliffside ladder, one hand on his selfie stick, while he banters with fans about village life.

  • OPINION

    Latest Google China bid will end like before

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 20/12/2017

    » In 2006 the Chinese government allowed Google to establish Google.cn for Chinese internet users. In return, Google agreed to scrub results of content that the government found objectionable. The deal held until 2010, when Google decided it could no longer agree to such terms. Within hours, the site was blocked and Google's search business on the mainland was dead.

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