Asia: Prison Sentence for 2 Musicians Who Released Album of Protest Songs
The album has 12 songs, among them ones that praised the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetans, and the scores of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest Chinese rule.
Asia: China: Rocket Heads to Space Lab
A Chinese spacecraft blasted off for a 15-day mission to an experimental space lab, in what was China’s latest step toward the development of a space station.
China Drags on Asia Manufacturers
Manufacturers in many parts of Asia remain hobbled by a sluggish Chinese economy, although a pickup in smartphone production is lending some support to factory activity in South Korea.
Analysis: China turns on the charm at regional security forum
SINGAPORE - Senior Chinese military officials came ready to talk at a major regional security forum over the weekend, surprising delegates with a new sense of openness at a time when Beijing is making strident claims to territory across Asia's seas.
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Made For The World. Built And Designed In China.
For years, the iPhone has carried a small etching on the back that says ‘Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.’ It’s fueled the stereotype that China is the world’s factory, but hasn’t had a flexible enough education system to produce R&D talent that can also design world-class products for a global audience. But that’s a stereotype that isn’t exactly true anymore. A small group of companies — both small, bootstrapped app startups and multi-billion dollar giants like Tencent — are showing that they can design apps or higher-end hardware with international appeal. Tencent, one of the country’s gargantuan Internet powers with a market cap of $72 billion dollars, often likes to point out the international reach of its messaging app Weixin or WeChat. That app has blossomed to more than 190 million monthly active users over the past year and with about 40 million of registered users outside of China. “I’m very glad to see the internationalization of Tencent,” ...