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Clear and present danger

After massacring almost the entire top brass of India’s ruling Congress party leadership in the central state of Chhattisgarh this May, Maoist rebels sent a clear message – we are far from being a spent force.
Source: Global Times | 2013/8/15 0:53:02

Shrine of controversy

Every year when August 15 comes around, the Yasukuni Shrine, an imperial shrine located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, is crowded with visitors and clouded in an unusual atmosphere.
Source: Global Times | 2013/8/14 1:03:01

Mixed feelings

Li Weijian, a taxi driver in Beijing, can still recall his grandmother’s hatred toward Japan many years after her death, as her husband was killed by the Japanese army in 1938.
Source: Global Times | 2013/8/6 0:48:01

Afghanistan faces new battle against drugs as US withdraws

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) formally handed over the last 95 Afghan districts to local forces on June 18, including the divided south of the country, half under the control of the Taliban and which remains the nerve center of opium production.
Source: Global Times | 2013/8/1 0:38:03

Uneasy neighbors

India has announced the creation of a new military corps of 50,000 troops, likely to be stationed along the often-contentious border with China. The shift to a China focus marks a move away from the long-held fixation on Pakistan and toward potential worries in the East.
Source: Global Times | 2013/7/31 0:43:01

Blacker gold

Central Asia, long neglected under the Soviet Union, is now the focus of global attention as superpowers compete for its abundant mineral resources. Among the targets is the tiny nation of Kyrgyzstan, which despite having only 5.5 million people has plentiful supplies of coal, rare earths, and other valuables. But without the infrastructure or technology of its own, the country needs foreign partners.
Source: Global Times | 2013/7/26 0:43:01

Enemy dead

It was a wet afternoon when Zhang Wei visited the graveyard in South Korea for the fifth time. On the hillside south of the border crossing at Panmunjom, on the 38th parallel, white marble tombstones commemorated fallen enemies, marking the final resting place of hundreds of Chinese and North Korean soldiers who died in the Korean War (1950-53).
Source: Global Times | 2013/7/23 0:48:01

Threat or chance?

On May 27, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Japan, just a week after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang traveled to India. Li’s visit helped deal with the aftermath of the border stand-off between the two sides in April, but Singh’s visit to Japan, whose relationship with China is at a nadir thanks to disputes over the Diaoyu Islands, has unnerved some Chinese analysts.
Source: Global Times | 2013/7/17 0:38:01

Uncertain alliances

In front of a monument in Manila commemorating the atrocities in which over 100,000 Filipinos were slaughtered in 1945, a Philippine teacher describes the period to her students. “This is a history that we shall never forget,” she tells them.
Source: Global Times | 2013/7/11 0:48:01

Hostages to fortune

It took 91 days, continuous petitions and one ultimatum for the South Korean businessmen of the North-South joint Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) to go back to the industrial park they were kicked out in April empty-handed.
Source: Global Times | 2013/7/9 0:43:02

Rage among Dhaka’s ruins

A barbed-wire fence barricades the near-empty plot of land in the Dhaka suburb where the eight-storey Rana Plaza building once stood. Back then it bustled with the chatter of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers and the hum of huge generators.
Source: Global Times | 2013/7/4 0:08:02

New suns on Myanmar’s media horizon

When Nyein Chan, now 34, was in high school in 1996, he and his friends used to discuss international news, but their only source was a single page in the government-run newspaper.
Source: Global Times | 2013/6/26 0:18:01

Sea row hurts Philippines

Aida Mariel, a mother of four, used to receive remittances regularly from her daughter who works at a factory in Taiwan, but she said things were a little different now.
Source: Global Times | 2013/6/14 1:28:01

Earthquake forecasting – the weakest link

Earthquake forecasting is among the weakest links in geology as well as science in general. Humanity has always been literally caught napping whenever a tremor surfaces from the bowels of the planet.
Source: Global Times | 2013/6/6 0:43:01

Struggling for a voice in Pakistan

Despite terrorist threats and social taboos, Pakistan saw a record number of women participating in the 2013 general elections.
Source: Global Times | 2013/6/4 0:08:01

How far can China be pushed?

"People are worried about the current Korean tensions and don't want to visit North Korea," said Xiao Zhuang, the distressed marketing manager of Yijiang International Travel Service in Dandong, Liaoning Province, along the North Korean border.
Source: Global Times | 2013/5/22 0:33:00

Baggage of history

The war fought between China and India 51 years ago has always been a nightmare for Brigadier R. Jatar, an Indian veteran of the war.
Source: Global Times | 2013/5/16 1:13:01

India: No country for women?

Rising numbers of rape cases, often followed by killings, in India has tarnished the image of the Asian giant that boasts of its vibrant democracy but fails to protect half its population - women.
Source: Global Times | 2013/4/23 19:16:25