Asia

Obama's legacy in Asia

After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia.

by Richard Javad Heydarian

War & Conflict

Burmese 'stopped from seeking shelter' in China: NGO

Fighting between the Burmese military and an ethnic armed group has displaced 23,000 people in Kachin State.

Asia Pacific

China ship enters strait, Taiwan warns against 'panic'

Chinese aircraft carrier sails into Taiwan Strait amid increasing tensions between mainland and island territory.

Health

WHO: Smoking will kill eight million a year by 2030

Study conducted with US National Cancer Institute says 80 percent of deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.

China

Japan, S Korea scramble jets after China flies bombers

Japan and South Korea say Chinese military planes flew over East China Sea and the Sea of Japan for hours on Monday.

Pollution

China to launch 'environmental police' force

World's largest greenhouse gas emitter will deploy squad targeting polluters to combat toxic air crisis.

War & Conflict

Uighurs in Kyrgyzstan hope for peace despite violence

Despite recent politically driven violence, community say Kyrgyzstan is their home now and they want to move on.

Inside Story

Are concerns over Chinese presence in Sri Lanka valid?

China buys part of a port in Hambantota for the next 99 years, but critics complain a Chinese colony is being built.

Asia

Sri Lanka protest over China port deal turns violent

Protesters say the deal will take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake.

Asia Pacific

Taiwan's president heads to US amid China dispute

Tsai's US stopovers come after she incensed China by her phone call to Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory.

101 East

China's Super Mums

101 East explores the tradition of confinement for new mothers in modern China and the growing industry behind it.

Politics

New Chinese law tightens control over NGOs

Controversial regulation imposes ban on political or religious activities at odds with the government.

Environment

China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017

Pledge, seen as potential "game changer" for African elephants, comes as country faces pressure to curb the trade.

Counting the Cost

Economic outlook: Business stories to watch in 2017

US-China relations ended 2016 under a dark cloud, so will these two economic titans go on a collision course in 2017?

Politics

China and South Korea decry Japan war shrine visit

Defence minister prays at Yasukuni, a flashpoint for criticism from countries which suffered under Japanese colonialism.