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Gray trade

“Like the ancient Chinese verse that goes ‘a duck knows the coming of springs beforehand,’ the so-called ‘gray’ trade on the border of China and North Korea serves as a thermometer of North Korea’s politics and economy,” Lin Jun, a merchant from Dandong, a border city of Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, told the Global Times. Lin has 12 years of experience in Sino-North Korean border trade.
Source: Global Times | 2014/1/14 0:33:05

Slavery still alive in India

Slavery is still alive and well in India. The country is estimated to have several million modern day slaves thanks to its structured caste system, which can be taken advantage of by the powerful and the dominant.
Source: Global Times | 2013/12/24 1:03:01

Afghan interpreters want US protection

The US State Department said it has worked to expedite the special immigrant visas for Afghans and that the pace has picked up dramatically over the past year.“We are committed to helping those, who despite the risks, have helped us,” said Jarrett Blanc, deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the last fiscal year ending in September, nearly 1,600 Afghans, mainly interpreters, and their family members received US visas, officials said.
Source: AFP | 2013/12/19 1:28:01

Robbery spree targets Chinese

The Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan issued a statement on its website on November 25, warning all Chinese living in the Central Asian state to be cautious. At least 20 Chinese citizens were victims of robbery from October 22 to November 24, with one person suffering a head injury and a total of $13,800 worth of assets looted. The embassy noted it had received nine reports of robbery since November 11.
Source: Global Times | 2013/12/17 1:03:01

Harbin's Heroic Korean

In June 2013, South Korean President Park Geun-hye suggested building a memorial to Ahn in Harbin when she met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to China. The issue was brought up again in November by Park while meeting with China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi and aroused vehement opposition from Tokyo, which sees Ahn as a criminal.
Source: Global Times | 2013/12/12 1:38:01

Lopsided development

Ni Shanshan, who is pursuing her postgraduate degree, managed to take a trip to Myanmar during the National Day holidays from October 2 to 9.
Source: Global Times | 2013/11/7 0:43:01

Pyongyang’s economic shift

For North Korea, a country known for its military-first policy, it is fairly unusual to hear a high-ranking official stating that the socialist country is shifting its focus to the economy.
Source: Global Times | 2013/10/15 23:53:01

LGBT rights fight

As the 2014 Winter Olympics is to be held in the Russian city Sochi, former IOC president Jacques Rogge, whose term ended in September, in August expressed that “the Olympic Charter is very clear. It says that sport is a human right and it should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation.”
Source: Global Times | 2013/10/15 1:03:01

Rooted in history

After 300 years of development, Bangkok’s Chinatown, also known as Yawolat, boasts being the most prosperous Chinatown in Southeast Asia. However, many have said that it began to lose its luster and nostalgic appeal in recent years after more and more young Thai-Chinese started moving their businesses to other areas.
Source: Global Times | 2013/9/27 0:03:02

Surviving sanctions

While admitting that economic sanctions have resulted in high inflation and unemployment in Iran, 35-year-old Iranian man Pouya Azadeh is not at all pessimistic when talking about their impact.
Source: Global Times | 2013/9/25 22:58:01

Breaking language barriers

The ancient city of Varanasi in northern India, famed for its temples, dreadlocked, ash-smeared holy men, and mammoth bulls wandering freely in and out of shops, once had students flocking in to learn the even more ancient language of Sanskrit. Today, however, they have other interests.
Source: Global Times | 2013/9/11 23:23:01

Feeling the squeeze

Manila Chinatown, which has become one of the most prosperous areas in the city, is now plagued by problems such as soaring housing prices, traffic congestion and crime.
Source: Global Times | 2013/9/9 23:43:02

From demise to reemergence

Almost seven decades after its first heyday, South Korea’s Chinatown is expecting a renaissance, not so much as an ethnic enclave, but more as a booster for the local economy.
Source: Global Times | 2013/9/3 0:23:01

Economic exodus

In Kolkata's eastern fringe, where tall, shiny office buildings form a jagged modern day skyline, a rather narrow, squalid and chaotic road leads to the city’s famous little Chinatown at Tangra.
Source: Global Times | 2013/8/27 0:38:01

Why Hitler is hip in Thailand

One of Thailand's leading universities apologized in July after its students displayed a large billboard depicting Adolf Hitler among a host of comic book superheroes during graduation celebrations.
Source: Global Times | 2013/8/21 23:38:02

Accentuating the positive

The population of China and India, if combined together, tops 2.5 billion, but there are only about 20 correspondents stationed in each other’s country. Experts say the disproportionate number of correspondents obviously cannot satisfy Chinese and Indian people’s curiosity for each other.
Source: Global Times | 2013/8/21 2:28:01

India's Acid Attack Victims

Preeti Rathi, a 23-year-old woman from New Delhi with dreams of becoming an Indian navy nurse, alights from a train in the bustling Bandra station in India's financial hub of Mumbai on May 2. She was to join the Colaba Naval Hospital as a staff nurse and fulfill her lifetime dream to eke out a secure life for herself. But as soon as the young woman got off the train, a man appeared from nowhere, tapped her back and as she turned round, threw acid into her face.
Source: Global Times | 2013/8/20 0:38:01

When nature strikes back

For Abhaya Misra, the hours he spent trapped by recent flash floods in the Himalayan foot hills of Uttarakhand state in northern India will haunt him for the rest of his life. The 40-year-old found himself hanging for dear life when tons of water fell on him as it ripped through the revered ancient Kedarnath Temple.
Source: Global Times | 2013/8/16 0:38:01