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Cheap oil worsens Asian debtors’ lowflation woes

Sliding energy prices could make already-low Asian inflation vanish. That’s bad news for heavily indebted economies like China, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. If prices and wages don’t rise, borrowers will curb spending. Slowing GDP growth could stumble.

When did Korea clean up its air? (Korea fact of the day)

If you are going to ask “when will China clean up its air?”, you might wish to look at South Korea, a country with a broadly similar industrial profile, although of course Korea is much further along in terms of economic development. As of 2002, South Korea was ranked 120th of 122 countries for air […]

South Korean Firms Turn to China

Within a generation, South Korea has entered the ranks of rich nations, forging homegrown champions like Samsung Electronics Co. and Hyundai Motor Co.

Indo-Pacific security links: J-31, Silk roads, US rebalance, South China Sea and more

Ahead of the G20 Summit in Brisbane this weekend, Russia is reminding us that it is an Indo-Pacific power by steaming several warships through international waters north of Australia. James Brown and The Interpreter were three days ahead...Show More Summary

US and allies outgunned in South China Sea

Three books published this year contemplate Asia's most vexing problem. Taken together, they provide a thorough understanding of the contest in the South China Sea. Still, they leave the reader with one large puzzle. Asia's CauldronShow More Summary

China Defies U.S. Plea for Restraint in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed

China Is Building an Island Large Enough for an Airstrip in Disputed Waters

The reclaimed land mass is situated among the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, claimed by five Southeast Asian nations

World View: Somalia's Al-Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Religion-Based Kenya Attack

This morning's key headlines from Somalia's Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for religion-based Kenya attack China creating an island with an airstrip in South China Sea Obama expands the U.S. mission in Afghanistan...Show More Summary

Satellite Images Show China Building Island Big Enough For Airstrip Off Reef In South China Sea

Satellite images show that China is indeed building its own island in the disputed South China Sea. The island is being built along the Spartly Islands off of the Fiery Cross Reef. Reuters notes that the island was built an area of the South China Sea that is currently being disputed. Show More Summary

China reportedly building island big enough for airstrip in South China Sea

Satellite images purportedly showing Chinese construction of an island in the South China Sea have raised new concerns about the disputed waters, Reuters reports. Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei all also claim the area, and the new construction could derail negotiations between the claimants. Show More Summary

China Building Island Big Enough for Airstrip

Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea,

Picture China: Panda Twins, South Korean Protest, Internet Conference

The day's China news in pictures: panda twins play together, South Korean protesters burn rice straw during a rally against a free-trade agreement with China, Chinese Internet entrepreneurs attend the World Internet Conference.

Caltech geologists discover ancient buried canyon in South Tibet

A team of researchers from Caltech and the China Earthquake Administration has discovered an ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet, north of the eastern end of the Himalayas. The geologists say that...Show More Summary

China Mixes Conciliatory Moves with Russian Coziness

The WSJ notes that it’s been a big diplomatic week for China, with deals with Australia, South Korea and the US. But at the same time Russia and China agreed to conduct joint naval exercises not just in the Pacific, but also in the Mediterranean next yearm reports the International Business Times. CMC vice chairman […]

China Debuts 'World's Longest Railway' Reaching Madrid

This article originally appeared at The Local: The train, named "Yixinou", left Yiwu, 300km south of Shanghai, and will cross Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France before arriving in Spain in December. The total distance...Show More Summary

Asia Smiles for the Cameras

It wasn't long ago that certain pundits were predicting war in Asia. Back in the spring, the conflict over the South China Sea was heating up as China sparred with Vietnam over an oil exploration rig and with the Philippines over disputed reefs. Show More Summary

Hong Kong newspaper brings protest coverage from behind paywall

The South China Morning Post has made all coverage of the Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong available for non-subscribers.

South Korea-China Trade Deal: Less Than Meets The Eye

A close look at South Korea's free trade agreement with China shows the pact is far less comprehensive than Seoul’s plethora of other FTAs, both in the items it covers and the speed of tariff reductions.

South Korea-China Trade Deal: Less Than Meets The Eye

A close look at South Korea's free trade agreement with China shows the pact is far less comprehensive than Seoul’s plethora of other FTAs, both in the items it covers and the speed of tariff reductions.

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