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China Says Economy Grew 6.7 Percent in 2016 After a Slow Start

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:42:44 GMT

Tourists at a shopping center in Sanya, China, in September.Many economists, however, say that the growth came at a high cost in additional debt that could burden the country for years to come.

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Sinosphere: Wife of Detained Chinese Rights Lawyer Seeks Angela Merkel’s Help

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:17:07 GMT

Protesters in Hong Kong demanding the release of the rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong in December. Mr. Jiang has been in custody since November, but the Chinese authorities have not disclosed where.The rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong once met the German chancellor in Beijing. Now his wife is hoping that Ms. Merkel can push Beijing to disclose his whereabouts.

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Was Ending the Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Justified?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:55:03 GMT

The aircraft that disappeared, photographed over Poland earlier in 2014.A multigovernment decision to stop the search, already the longest and most expensive in aviation history, raises ethical questions.

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In India, Tension Over Traditions Perilous to Animals and Humans Alike

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:06:21 GMT

Indians in Chennai protested a ban on a bull wrestling festival in Chennai on Thursday, paralyzing the streets.Thousands of Indians are protesting a ban on a bull-wrestling tradition in Tamil Nadu, but it isn’t the only cultural tradition coming under scrutiny.

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Philippine Police Are Accused of Killing South Korean Businessman

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:08:57 GMT

The chief of the Philippine National Police, Ronald dela Rosa, left, with President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila on Thursday.Officers seized Jee Ick-joo under the pretense of a drug raid last year and later extorted money from his family, the Justice Department of the Philippines said.

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Car Plows Into Pedestrians in Australia, Leaving Deadly Wake

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:01:58 GMT

The police and emergency services workers attended to an injured person after a car hit pedestrians in central Melbourne, Australia, on Friday.The police said a man deliberately drove into pedestrians in a shopping area in Melbourne, leaving at least three dead and 20 injured.

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Right-Wing Hoteliers in Japan Anger China With Radical Historical Views

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:32:47 GMT

Toshio Motoya, president of the APA Group, in Tokyo in 2015.Fumiko and Toshio Motoya, founders of the APA Group and defenders of Japan’s wartime conduct, provoked threats of a boycott over a book promoted at their chain.

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Persecuted Minority in Myanmar Is Escalating Its Armed Insurgency

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:03 GMT

Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Wednesday. About 65,000 are believed to have come from Myanmar since October, joining about a half-million who had already arrived.Some analysts fear that turning the Rohingya into a transnational Muslim cause may draw foreign jihadists to Myanmar.

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U.S.-Trained Official May Shape China’s Response to Trump on Trade

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:01:02 GMT

Liu He in Beijing in 2010. As the top economic adviser to China’s president, Xi Jinping, Mr. Liu has sought to make China’s growth less reliant on rising debt and public spending.Liu He, the top economic adviser to President Xi Jinping, has argued for more open markets. But his agenda could be overwhelmed by fears of fallout from a trade war.

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Sinosphere: On Taking Gay Rights From Taipei to Beijing: Don’t Call It a ‘Movement’

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:02:17 GMT

Lai Jeng-jer, a gay rights activist from Taiwan, at Two Cities, the cafe he opened after moving to Beijing in 2012. Before that, he had run a pioneering gay-themed bookstore in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital.Lai Jeng-jer, a leader on gay rights in Taiwan who now lives in Beijing, discusses the progress he’s seen on the mainland, as well as the limitations.

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Rights Groups Ask China to Free Tibetan Education Advocate

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:25:43 GMT

Tashi Wangchuk, a Tibetan entrepreneur and education advocate, at his home in Yushu, China, in 2015.The Tibetan, Tashi Wangchuk, was detained and accused of inciting separatism nearly a year ago after speaking to The New York Times for a documentary video and two articles.

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In a Blow to Prosecutor, South Korean Court Blocks Arrest of Samsung Group Leader

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:59:37 GMT

Jay Y. Lee, the leader of Samsung, leaving court in Seoul on Wednesday.A justice rejected a request to issue a warrant for Jay Y. Lee, but the de facto Samsung chief can still be indicted if a special prosecutor decides to pursue bribery allegations.

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China Cancels 103 Coal Plants, Mindful of Smog and Wasted Capacity

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:21:36 GMT

A coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China, in 2015. The government has canceled 103 coal plants that were planned or under construction, eliminating 120 gigawatts of future coal-fired capacity.The dropped projects include dozens already under construction, even though existing plants can already generate far more power than the country needs.

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China’s Chief Justice Rejects an Independent Judiciary, and Reformers Wince

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:56:54 GMT

Chief Justice Zhou Qiang at the National People’s Congress in Beijing in March. A recent speech by the chief justice was seen as a nod to China’s strict political climate, set by President Xi Jinping.Zhou Qiang denounced the “trap” of “Western” ideology, dismaying some liberal-minded observers of the Chinese legal system who had seen him as an encouraging figure.

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Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Is Called Off After Nearly 3 Years

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:22:29 GMT

Technicians aboard the Fugro Equator, a ship searching for the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, as it docked in Fremantle, Australia, in May.The decision ends the deep-sea scouring of the southern Indian Ocean, ensuring that one of the great aviation mysteries will remain unsolved for the foreseeable future.

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Sinosphere: U.S. Ambassadors in Asia Make Final Plea for Dead Trans-Pacific Trade Pact

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:42:48 GMT

Customers lining up outside an Apple store in Tokyo. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would have set new terms and standards for trade for the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations, including Japan.Max Baucus, the ambassador to China, and five others told Congress in an open letter that the United States should not cede its position in Asia-Pacific trade to China.

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In Bhutan, Happiness Index as Gauge for Social Ills

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:31:20 GMT

Dasho Karma Ura, shown in Thimphu in September, has for more than two decades developed and fine-tuned Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness indicator.Dasho Karma Ura has spent years defining Gross National Happiness. But persuading other nations to adopt an index aimed at spiritual well-being has had its challenges.

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News Analysis: In Era of Trump, China’s President Champions Economic Globalization

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:08:13 GMT

President Xi Jinping of China speaking at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday. He used his moment to mount a defense of economic globalization.Before the World Economic Forum in Davos, Xi Jinping spurned protectionism while implicitly rebuking Donald J. Trump, president-elect of the United States.

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President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines Criticized Over Martial Law Warning

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:31:35 GMT

President Rodrigo Duterte inspected troops at a celebration of the Philippine armed forces in December. Mr. Duterte has made a bloody campaign against drug dealers and users a central part of his administration.One rights activist said that Mr. Duterte was harboring “fascist dreams” after he said that he could impose martial law to curb drug abuse.

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Turkish Cargo Plane Crashes Into Village in Kyrgyzstan, Killing Dozens

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:11:42 GMT

Emergency crews near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Monday after a cargo jet crashed on approach to the airport, killing dozens of people.The plane was approaching the airport in Bishkek, the capital, when it struck a cluster of houses.

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Samsung Heir Faces Arrest on Charges of Bribing South Korea’s President

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:22:54 GMT

Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung, in Seoul, South Korea, last week. A special prosecutor is seeking to arrest him on charges of bribing President Park Geun-hye.Jay Y. Lee, the de facto head of Samsung, is accused of ordering large payments to the family of President Park Geun-hye’s confidante and two foundations.

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Akhilesh Yadav, Indian Politician, Wins Right to Use Bicycle as Election Symbol

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:25:26 GMT

Supporters of the politician Akhilesh Yadav celebrating in Lucknow, India, on Monday, after the decision by the election commission. Party symbols often matter more to voters than the candidates’ names do.A panel ruled that Mr. Yadav’s father, a fellow Uttar Pradesh politician with whom he was in dispute, could choose from symbols like a toffee, a pressure cooker and ice cream.

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With Guilty Plea, Takata Clears Way for a Likely Global Rescue

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:17:31 GMT

United States Attorney Barbara McQuade spoke Friday at a news conference to announce that three former Takata executives had been charged with fabricating test data to mask a fatal airbag defect.The resolution of the U.S. criminal case against the Japanese company will result in a $1 billion fine, but also removes a cloud over its restructuring.

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Li Ka-shing Sweetens Deal for Australian Energy Company

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:08:44 GMT

Li Ka-shing, one of Asia’s richest men, in Hong Kong last year. A deal to take control of an Australian energy company, the Duet Group, has won unanimous support from Duet’s board of directors.Companies controlled by Mr. Li, Hong Kong’s richest man, announced a deal for the Duet Group worth about $5.5 billion, up slightly from a previous offer last month.

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Op-Ed Contributor: A Scar on the Chinese Soul

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:16:42 GMT

More than 50 years after the start of the Cultural Revolution, the emotional damage continues to fester.

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Lady and the Rohingya

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:58:07 GMT

Rohingya from Myanmar at a refugee camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh, in December. Some 65,000 Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since October, according to the United Nations.Excessive criticism of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is obscuring why Myanmar’s Muslims are persecuted and how to change that.

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Feature: When the National Bird Is a Burden

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:00:24 GMT

Bald eagles have been the emblem of the United States for more than two centuries. Now, in some parts of the country, they’re a nuisance.

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Nonfiction: What Do They Want? Graeme Wood Speaks With Supporters of ISIS

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Islamic State supporters in Mosul, June 2014.“The Way of the Strangers,” by Graeme Wood, asks where the militants of ISIS get their values.

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Nonfiction: Yes He Did: Jonathan Chait Argues That Obama’s Accomplishments Will Survive

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president, Jan. 20, 2009.In “Audacity,” Jonathan Chait says Barack Obama’s achievements will not be easy to dismantle.

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