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A memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official more than a century ago has drawn a flood of visitors since it opened in China in January despite Japanese criticism. In a report that could rile Japan, China's state news agency Xinhua said more than 50,000 people had visited…
(Japan Today, 2014-04-23 23:49:21)
Chinese authorities pressure the dead man's mother to say his action was not political.
(Radio Free Asia, 2014-04-23 23:15:00)
On April 18, 1989, protesting students demanded that Chinese leaders reveal their financial assets. Twenty-five years later, on April 18, 2014, that demand remained unmet as four more members of a group calling for the public disclosure of officials’ assets were sentenced to prison.
(New York Times, 2014-04-23 23:00:54)
Sand envelopes Gansu Province in northwest China reducing visibility to less than 65ft, in the strongest sandstorm since 1996
(, 2014-04-23 22:57:31)
A compelling show at the Rubin Museum of Art that presents Tibetan medicine as the manifestation of a broad set of cultural and religious assumptions.
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 22:52:00)
At least 100 people are held briefly in a crackdown that spreads beyond the mosque.
(Radio Free Asia, 2014-04-23 22:45:00)
Corporate Watch
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 21:03:00)
IBM unveiled the first computers based on its latest microprocessor chips, the technology behind a high-stakes effort to help revive IBM's sagging hardware business and take sales from Intel.
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 19:25:00)
A consortium backed by Lawrence Ho agreed to raise its stake in a casino project on the outskirts of Vladivostok to 85%, as the gambling mogul expands his empire beyond Macau and into far eastern Russia.
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 18:38:00)
The two men were helping striking workers draft clear proposals in the ongoing dispute.
(Radio Free Asia, 2014-04-23 17:33:18)
Photographer Ami Vitale was allowed exclusive access into the Wolong National Nature Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda as it trains pandas to be released into the wild. While only about 1,600 giant pandas exist in the wild, the centre is the brain child of Director Zhang Hemin and has been successful at teaching them to survive in the while by mimicking conditions of their natural habitats. Zhang Xiang became the first female panda to be...
(Guardian Unlimited, 2014-04-23 16:48:19)
The former British prime minister says that "the threat of this radicalised Islam is not abating, it is growing, it is spreading across the world"
(, 2014-04-23 16:37:17)
A female giant panda, who was released into the wild in China last year, is said to be adapting well
(, 2014-04-23 15:45:19)
China won't necessarily observe a new code of conduct for naval encounters when its ships meet foreign ones in disputed areas of the East and South China seas.
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 15:13:57)
China-U.S. pork giant WH Group's IPO has been heavily carved back, but the price might still displease investors.
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 14:36:00)
Singer removes photo of himself at Yasukuni shrine, which China and South Korea regard as symbol of Japanese militarism Continue reading...
(Guardian Unlimited, 2014-04-23 14:27:47)
Zhang Zhiru thought to have been detained by security services over role in Yue Yuen walkout, China's biggest in years Continue reading...
(Guardian Unlimited, 2014-04-23 14:20:17)
The Philippines and Hong Kong agree to resolve a row over a 2010 bus hijacking in Manila that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.
(BBC NEWS, 2014-04-23 14:17:29)
China will open up 80 infrastructure projects to private investment as part of its effort to support slowing growth and give private capital a greater role in the world's No. 2 economy.
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 14:09:00)
Hong Kong reached an agreement with the Philippines on Wednesday that ends lingering tension over a botched attempt to end a hostage crisis in Manila four years ago that led to the death of eight Hong Kong tourists. 
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 14:01:00)
President Barack Obama arrived in Japan on Wednesday for the first part of his Asia trip that started with reassuring Tokyo of U.S. support in its bitter territorial dispute with China.
(CNN NEWS, 2014-04-23 13:24:40)
Cnooc Ltd. is selling multibillion dollar bonds in three portions, partly to repay loans related to $15.1 billion purchase of Canadian oil-sands operator Nexen Inc.
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 12:47:00)
The agreement comes at a time of growing concern about territorial disputes among China and some of its neighbors.
(New York Times, 2014-04-23 12:10:49)
Chinese companies have increasingly turned to foreign investors for financing as domestic credit is getting harder to come by.
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 12:03:00)
China's environmental watchdog on Wednesday lifted a nearly eight-month ban on new projects at the country's two largest refining companies after it determined they met pollution targets last year.
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 11:58:00)
Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo. The troubled Canadian pop singer posted a snap of himself at Yasakuni shrine on his Instagram account — tweeting the link to…
(Japan Today, 2014-04-23 11:55:27)
They say they can access the Internet via wireless networks in the capital.
(Radio Free Asia, 2014-04-23 11:35:00)
Chinese pork producer WH Group, which has delayed its Hong Kong IPO and slashed its size, will seek to list May 8 and raise $1.34 billion to $1.88 billion.
(Wall Street Journal, 2014-04-23 10:00:00)
US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.
(BBC NEWS, 2014-04-23 09:46:19)
Washington's role in regional disputes, plus a new naval code of conduct.
(BBC NEWS, 2014-04-23 08:57:27)
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