With the help of tear gas, police cleared demonstrators from Argyle Street in the district of Mong Kok prior to a larger eviction set for Wednesday. Protesters say China is not fulfilling an earlier promise for democracy in Hong Kong.
Gone are the days of bellicose speeches and saber-rattling by Beijing. Ahead of Taiwan's Nov. 29 local elections, China exerts influence through strategic spending, travel discounts for those returning to vote, and trade delegations.
After spending lavishly on Taiwan incentives, China is worried the island isn't moving swiftly enough towards unification. Democratic Taiwan didn't like China's attitude toward Hong Kong student protests for universal suffrage.
The prime minister has called a snap election for Dec. 14 and postponed a highly unpopular tax hike. Japan's economy slipped into recession this week, raising questions about Abe's centerpiece 'Abenomics' initiative.
Takashi Onaga backs moving the US military entirely off Okinawa. He would scrap a deal already forged between Japan and the US to shift Futenma air base to a new location, but Prime Minister Abe has the ultimate say.
President Obama is in Myanmar, where US policy has long backed the democratic aspirations of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi. But as the state slowly opens, must the White House cool its ardor?
The leaders of Asia's two largest powers met Monday on the sidelines of APEC summit hosted by Beijing. A thaw may lead to a crisis management system aimed at tamping down tensions over a disputed island chain where both countries have stepped up naval patrols.