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Stories about East Asia

29 July 2014

China Monitors the Internet and the Public Pays the Bill

Experts say the billion-yuan “stability maintenance industry” is designed to help the government tighten its grip over public opinion online -- and to turn a profit.

Seoul Says No to Uber, But Don't Put Down Your Mobile Just Yet

Seoul is banning Uber and planning to release its own mobile app for taxi services. Who wins from such a move?

28 July 2014

China's State Media Reveals Unapproved Genetically Modified Rice Is on the Market

A deteriorating environment and decreasing arable land threaten China’s ability to feed the world’s biggest population. The country is looking into GMO technology, but rice remains in a research stage.

Can France Catch Up With Internet of Things World Leader China?

The Internet of Things is permanently and fundamentally revolutionizing our consumption habits.

‘Boyfriend No, Only Volleyball': Kazakh Sportswoman Ignores Marriage Proposals After Going Viral

Sabina Altynbekova, a 17 year-old volleyball player representing Kazakhstan at youth level has been thrust into the global spotlight after playing for her country in a tournament in Taiwan.

27 July 2014

The Philippines’ ‘Anti-Corruption’ President Is Facing Impeachment Calls Over Accusations of Corruption

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who won on an anti-corruption platform, is now accused of corruption after one of his fund programs was dismissed by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

23 July 2014

Malaysia's Government, Opposition and People Unite to Demand Justice For MH17 Crash

Malaysia’s Parliament held an emergency session and unanimously approved a motion condemning those who are responsible for shooting down the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 which killed 298 people.

Jokowi Is Indonesia's Third President to Be Elected by a Direct Vote

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi), a popular politician from the city of Solo, took 53.15 percent of the nearly 130 million votes cast.

22 July 2014

Expired Meat Was on the Menu at McDonald's, KFC and Other Fast Food Restaurants in China

It's the latest food safety scandal to hit China, which has seen a spate of issues in recent years, including a 2008 milk contamination that killed six infants.

Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong Can Face Down Police, but Not Their Mom and Dad at the Dinner Table

Hundreds of thousands have vocally demanded democratic elections, but some of those same activists are having trouble speaking up to their conservative parents.

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