China Buyers Lighten Up On Japanese-Car Grudge
Nine months after anti-Japanese riots in China over an island dispute, trade is rebounding—with Chinese consumers particularly warming again to Japanese cars.
Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority
An anonymous reader writes "The Australian government came a step closer to formalising its plans to make Asian language study compulsory for schools this week. It has released a draft curriculum for public consultation which reveals plans to include Indonesian, Korean and french language in the curriculum. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard publicly stated in September 2012 that in response to the "staggering growth" in the region, the government would be instigating 25 key measures to strengthen and exploit links with Asia. The plan includes the requirement that one third of civil servants and company directors have a "deep knowledge," thousands of scholarships for Asian students, and the opportunity for every schoolchild to learn one of four "priority" languages- Chinese, Hindi, Japanese or Indonesian."
China criticizes Japan's protest over question of Okinawa sovereignty
BEIJING - China criticized Japan on Thursday for lodging a diplomatic protest against a Chinese state media commentary calling into question Japanese sovereignty over the southern Ryukyu Islands, which include Okinawa.
Found 2 weeks ago on channel Reuters
Japanese and Chinese Boats Converge on Contested Islands
Beijing and Tokyo sent vessels to monitor a flotilla of boats carrying Japanese nationalists that sailed near islands in the East China Sea that both nations claim as their own.
WeChat Eyes Singapore Audience, Launches TV Commercial
Tencent’s WeChat messenger has made a larger play for the Singapore market, with the release of a TV commercial in the country. The Chinese commercial features two popular Taiwanese stars, and will air on the free-to-air Chinese channels in the country. Louis Song, country manager of Tencent’s international business group for Malaysia and Singapore, said the company hopes to gather more mindshare in the country. “Singapore is a very strong market like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Thailand. We are witnessing a sturdy growth in mobile application platforms,” he said. Singapore has almost 8 million mobile subscriptions, at a penetration rate of 150 percent of the population, meaning every other person holds more than one phone. Anecdotally however, Whatsapp appears to be more popular in Singapore than WeChat for the moment. And the 8 million is just a drop in the bucket for WeChat’s current base of 300 million or so subscribers. The TV ad strategy appears to be one that both ...