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Gen. Prayuth: Taking aim at the haters

The best of Thailand's PM Prayuth Chan-Ocha, a true April Fool


Yesterday, Thai government officials announced that starting next month, officials other than Thailand's Prime Minister, General Prayuth Chan-Ocha, would be giving weekly press conferences to make sure the media "accurately" covers the government's actions. Gen. Prayuth commented: "We want to explain ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 3.29.2015

Regional Roundup for Week of 3.29.2015


A big week for the region. The death of Lee Kuan Yew, aged 91, wasn't shocking news but it has rocked Singapore and the outpouring of grief has been non-stop. Rightfully credited with Singapore's economic rise, his legacy is complicated ...

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China’s Maritime Silk Road Gamble

China’s Maritime Silk Road Gamble


Ever since Xi Jinping announced the creation of a Maritime Silk Road in an October 2013 speech to the Indonesian parliament, China’s vision for “one road” running through Southeast and South Asia has driven a significant portion of Chinese foreign ...

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Three executed for Kunming railway station attack

Three executed for Kunming railway station attack


Three men from Xinjiang, all of them convicted of helping to carry out the brutal 2014 Kunming train station attack, were put to death earlier this week. A brief notice posted on a micro-blog managed by the Kunming Intermediate People's ...

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Liu Weigao: The Developer Behind Qiu He’s Curtain

Liu Weigao: The Developer Behind Qiu He's Curtain


  The following translation is a detailed exposé of Liu Weigao, the Suqian businessman whose exploits brought down Qiu He, the Vice-Party Secretary of Yunnan  Province.  The smartly crafted article written by Southern Weekend reporter Liu Jun was published on March 19 ...

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Planning Map of Kunming Subway System Image: Kunming Rail Transit Group

Infrastructure money continues to pour into Kunming


The seemingly unlimited supply of development money made available to Spring City urban planners shows no signs of letting up. A new report released by the municipal governmentreveals 340 billion yuan (US$54.3 billion) has been allocated to "accelerate" construction, especially ...

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