A briefing on what China wants: It speaks of a 'peaceful rise' in Asia and of binding the region with liberal markets. But it's creating military bases and throwing sharp elbows far below its own territory.
The Philippines today announced a 25 percent military increase to counter China's reclamation projects in the oceans off its shores. Manila says China's claims are illegal and this month argued the case before an international court at The Hague.
Some 10,000 defectors under 30 live in South Korea. But vast differences in their outlook and education make them six times more likely to drop out of school. A former member of parliament is doing something about that.
Isolated Pyongyang, which is believed to have 20 nuclear weapons, has yet to comment on the historic agreement with Tehran. But South Korean officials and Western analysts say a new dynamic could be in the offing.
Typhoon Chan-hom hit the Chinese coast south of Shanghai on Saturday. More than a million residents have evacuated from the typhoon, which has brought in heavy rains and winds up to 100 miles per hour.
Beijing plans to shutter the last of four major coal-fired power plants in the capital next year. Reducing coal use is at the center of wide-ranging goals on climate change that China committed to this week.
As more Taiwanese men marry Southeast Asian women, the island nation is beginning to think of itself as multi-ethnic, in a distinct departure from the mainland. The change is supported by younger generations.
The prime minister's plan to boost the military's role is running into constitutional questions, and his political allies aren't helping the effort. Some say resignation is now in the realm of possibility.