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  • OPINION

    Old phones may pose a 'security risk'

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 12/11/2018

    » That obsolete smartphone stashed away in a drawer or closet may not look like a national security risk, but the Trump administration is contemplating treating it as one.

  • OPINION

    Future lies with electric two-wheelers

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 15/10/2018

    » Given recent market turmoil, it would easy to overlook the upcoming IPO of Niu Technologies, a Chinese manufacturer of electric mopeds. The US$95 million the company plans to raise is a pittance compared to the billions burnt by Tesla Inc. But the technologies developed by Niu and other pioneers of electric two-wheel vehicles will transform transportation as much as anything dreamed up by the likes of Elon Musk.

  • OPINION

    Interpol saga won't just hurt China

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 11/10/2018

    » The last message that now former Interpol president Meng Hongwei sent to his wife was an emoji depicting a knife. Soon after, he disappeared into China's feared and opaque Ministry of Public Security, the subject of a corruption investigation about which no details have been revealed.

  • OPINION

    How India could help in the transformation of Africa

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 09/10/2018

    » Over the last two decades, China has invested more than US$125 billion in Africa to build ports, highways, airports, railways and other infrastructure. Chinese President Xi Jinping says funds, to the tune of $60 billion, will continue to flow because "inadequate infrastructure is believed to be the biggest bottleneck to Africa's development".

  • OPINION

    Marriage in China breaks the bank

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 01/10/2018

    » Getting married isn't cheap in China. In Da'anliu, a small farming village outside Beijing, the local "bride price" -- the fee that a groom's family pays to a bride's in advance of their nuptials -- recently breached the US$30,000 mark (972,000 baht). That's extreme for a village where incomes average $2,900 per year. So, this summer, local officials decreed that bride prices and associated wedding expenses shouldn't exceed $2,900. Violators will be treated as human traffickers.

  • OPINION

    Big Brother is now creating two Chinas

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 27/09/2018

    » Even for Chinese authorities, who have long tried to limit the influence of foreign media and ideas, last week marked an escalation. In the span of a few days, authorities blocked access to Twitch, the video-game live-streaming platform owned by Amazon.com Inc; ordered a purge of foreign content from school textbooks; and proposed restricting foreign programming -- especially current-events shows -- from television and online streaming sites.

  • 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.

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