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The Chinese government is seeking to narrow the income gap as part of efforts to spur consumer demand and reduce the economy’s reliance on investment for growth. Following the launching of the 12th five year plan by the government in 2010, the  Chongqing province has become the country’s first province to reveal its country’s Gini […]

 China and the United States on Monday agreed to jointly reduce the risk of “miscalculation” between the two powerful armed forces, as they restore military ties frayed by a massive US arms deal to Taiwan a year ago. Defense Minister Liang Guanglie, however, reiterated China’s opposition to US arms sales to Taiwan, an issue which […]

Goals from Zhang Linpeng and Deng Zhuoxiang ensured China made the perfect start to their AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ campaign with a 2-0 win over 10-man Kuwait at Al Gharafa Stadium on Saturday. The Kuwaitis always faced a difficult task after defender Musaed Neda was sent off in the 35th minute and China made […]

Pakistan’s second largest party MQM is still to decide whether or not it should permanently rejoin the coalition, days after it quit the cabinet and joined the opposition bench. The move comes at a time when the Obama administration has increased pressure on Islamabad to go after militant groups to help the United States turn […]

The New Year holiday period is traditionally a time for dance companies to showcase their best in Beijing. Dance is always popular during the New Year holiday season in Beijing and 2011 is no different. No matter what your age or taste, there is sure to be something to whet your appetite. If you are […]

  “Pak-China Friendship is higher than Himalayas and deeper than Oceans,” this statement was made in Islamabad, as Pakistan and China launched this year as the “Pak-China Friendship year-2011″ on January 1; indicating a strengthening of relations between the two Asian nations. The ceremony that launched the ties of friendship was held at Pak-China Friendship […]

All eyes are on the Blue Samurai as Japan, ranked favorite in Group B, braces to get past tough Middle Eastern foes in the opening phase of the tournament. Japan plays against Jordan on January 9, at the Qatar Sport Club Stadium. Japan is taking nothing for granted at the Asian Cup after its best-ever World Cup […]

Bamboo houses are the traditional housing of the Dai ethnic group in Xishuangbanna. This kind of building is primarily built of bamboo—the posts, girders, purlins, rafters, doors and walls are all made of bamboo. The Xishuangbanna area belongs to the tropical rainforest climate, and the rainfall is huge. For this reason, the roof of the […]

China will likely see “strong” increases in salaries in the five years through 2015 as the nation’s supply of labor dwindles and consumers begin to spend more and save less, Credit Suisse Group AG said in a report. Wages may increase to be equal to 62 percent of China’s gross domestic product by 2015 from […]

Major Japanese media outlets have named improving ties with China the top task for Japan’s cabinet in 2011 in their special new year coverage. The Kyodo News Agency said it is a diplomatic priority for Japan to improve the deteriorated Sino-Japanese relations since a maritime collision in waters around China’s Diaoyu Islands in September made […]

Beijing on Thursday reiterated its support for talks between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) after Seoul signaled a desire to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. “Talks and negotiations are the only correct and effective approach to solve issues on the Korean Peninsula and realize its long-term […]

 Japanese Ambassador Uichiro Niwa recently embarked on a three day visit in China.  According to China Daily, Niwa met Japanese entrepreneurs and local officials in a move that analysts said will help improve strained ties between China and Japan. Media and some analysts from Japan and China say although Niwa’s trip to China is mainly business, […]

In a previous article I talked about some obstacles in economic development in the country, and one of those was underdeveloped infrastructure. This means that roads, train tracks, and other means of transportation are not equipped for sufficient transport of goods or resources across the country.  But one other important obstacle for development in India […]

A superior court is yet to decide the fate of Asia Bibi (Aasiya), a Christian Pakistani woman who has been sentenced to death by “hanging” for “blasphemy”, by a Pakistani court. The verdict has received worldwide attention. If executed, Bibi would be the first person in Pakistan to be lawfully killed for blasphemy. Asia’s husband Masih […]

Bangkok, Thailand — Before any pill reaches the pharmacy shelf, it must first pass through a gauntlet of human guinea pigs: the “clinical subjects” paid to take trial drugs so specialists can observe their symptoms. But like call centers and high-end hospitals, drug trials too are rapidly shifting to India and Asia with Thailand as […]

Before the mid- 1980s, India’s economy was led by the so-called “License Raj”, which basically meant that the economic development of the country was mostly dominated by socialist- influenced and state-owned tendencies.  About 25 years ago, India started to slowly open up its market through economic liberalization, and by 1991, there was an economic reform […]

Recent events in East Asia within the last few weeks now gradually confirm widespread speculations from ‘dissident’ writers and several alternative media outlets that a plot to destabilize China and the Asia Pacific region as a whole is being cooked within various circles in the United States and by its Asian allies – particularly Japan and […]

China will stick to its national family planning policy, but improve its policies in aspects like reproduction, migration and gender equality to achieve a more balanced and sustainable population development, said a senior official. “A comprehensive plan will be formulated to realize a healthy population growth, improve levels of government competence, optimize population structure and […]

China now has the second largest economy in the world after the United States. But there are still some obstacles that the country has to overcome in the course of its economic development. These obstacles revolve around the income or wealth gap which exists in the country.  The wealth gap in China remains one of […]

China has become the world’s second largest consumer market of gold after India, with the demand for Gold  increasing 13 percent on average annually. According to Sun Fengmin, Deputy Director with Gem & Jewelry Trade Association of China, “in spite of severe recession of high-end commodities in global terms, China saw a boom in consumption […]

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