In a historic moment of coincidence, new leaders are taking the helm in China, Japan, and South Korea, providing an unprecedented moment for the region to refresh relations.
There are now 1 million Chinese living and working on the African continent, but while some are investing in employing and training locals, others have hauled most of their profits back to China, writes Henry Hall.
A report by security firm Mandiant provides one of the most extensive cases yet for the Chinese government's hand in massive-scale online data theft. Targets included an array of key businesses.
Some manufacturers of New Year fireworks are profiting from strong anti-Japanese sentiment related to territorial disputes. Just check out the names of certain pyrotechnics for sale on Beijing streets.
In many countries, women have historically served in combat when demographics demanded it. But the US move is based on equal opportunity for women – and could become a model for others.
The budgetary shifts are relatively modest but reverse the course of the past decade. The move comes at a time when Japan is increasingly at odds with China over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Policymakers in many of the world's hot spots have a common New Year's wish: for unity to usher in and consolidate political and economic stability.
Taiwan is fighting back with stickers after China issued passports showing ownership over the entire South China Sea.
The Chinese plane had already left the islands – known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan – by the time the Japanese F-15s arrived.