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Jun 20, 2016

The European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) named Cambodia as the World Best Tourism Destination for 2016 out of 30 countries that joined the competition for the award this year.

ECTT said in a press release issued on June 15 that Cambodia took the top spot due to its “rich cultural and historical...

Jun 05, 2016

Forget Facebook, Twitter and Kindle: In times of the Internet, when no-one seems to be reading a real book anymore, Singapore now went retro. An independent bookstore in the city state, BooksActually, on June 3 launched the first-ever book vending machines in the country which allows people to buy books on-the-go...

Jun 05, 2016

Well-known Chinese writer, literary translator and foreign literature researcher Yang Jiang died at the age of 105 in Beijing on Wednesday morning. On the evening of May 25th, groups of Tsinghua students gathered in front of the old library to express their mourning of the pass of Yang Jiang.

Jun 02, 2016

Even Barack Obama couldn’t resist when he sat down for a $6-noodle soup at a street restaurant in Hanoi earlier this week, gulping down one Hanoi beer.

Beer is a staple in Vietnam, and this statement is supported by the fact that Vietnamese are the leading beer drinkers in the Association of Southeast Asian...

May 30, 2016

A seminar on conducting teacher development programs in Southeast Asian languages was held for the first time May 6 in central Taiwan’s Nantou County by the Ministry of Education, underscoring the commitment of the government to strengthening the country’s ties with Southeast Asia.

May 23, 2016

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Since its establishment in 1966, the HKTDC has been creating opportunities for Hong Kong’s SMEs and promoting Hong Kong as a global business platform. With the theme of “Golden Jubilee • Golden Partnerships”, the HKTDC...

May 15, 2016

Mobile apps on the Chinese mainland are ushering in a transport revolution.

Set on out-Ubering Uber, Didi Chuxing was formed following the 2015 merger of Kuadi Dache and Didi Dache, two of the Chinese mainland's leading taxi-booking apps. Keen to distance itself from the negative connotations associated with...

May 11, 2016

Seoul, April 28, 2016 — Today, The Asia Foundation announced that Kim Kyoungtae, editor and director of Election Broadcasting Planning at Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation in Seoul, has been selected by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard for a prestigious Nieman Fellowship. Mr. Kim is the 28th Korean...

May 08, 2016

Young Korean men are increasingly unashamed to indulge their sweet tooth rather than drown themselves in manly liquor.

"It used to feel very uncomfortable for two men to sit in a café having a dessert," says student Lee Sang-won (26). "But not any more." And a 33-year-old office worker admits, "I need to a...

May 06, 2016

Forests provide habitat for seafood, livelihoods for residents

Mangrove trees serve as a buffer between land and sea in Cambodia, helping to prevent soil erosion and protect livelihoods. They are also vital to conserving the environment because they serve as a carbon “sink”—storing more carbon than they...

Apr 26, 2016

Collaborative R&D efforts supporting real-time biomarker development for predicting therapeutic response may pave the way for delivery of precision medicine for cancer

Apr 26, 2016

The spending power of Chinese tourists is now making foreign destinations work hard for their attention.

At the China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market held in Beijing over April 12-14, a total of 400 exhibitors displayed their latest travel products.

Red-wine tours, cruise trips, shopping, hiking...

Apr 01, 2016

Hailing from the foothills of Alishan, she guided a company to become Taiwan’s industry leader, and nurtured another enterprise to become one of the largest in the world.

Mar 04, 2016

Voices are growing louder in Japan that advocate an injection of foreign investment to rejuvenate ailing Japan Inc. The world is watching with bated breath how Taiwan’s Foxconn fares with its proposed takeover of Japan’s Sharp. Will Foxconn be able to open a new chapter in bilateral corporate cooperation?

Feb 20, 2016

For four countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), formal membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has become a reality. Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei signed the respective documents in Auckland on February 4.

Together with eight other countries, namely New Zealand,...

Feb 19, 2016

A farmer stands in his rice field in Mekong Delta Kien Giang Province's Nam Yen Commune. The field has been hit by the rice blast disease due to saltwater instrusion. Fighting against saltwater instrusion is one of tasks that Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc orders ministries to prioritise now. — VNA/VNS...

Feb 04, 2016

Ulaanbaatar, February 1, 2016 — Today, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program; Mongolia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science; and Library For All kick off Let’s Read! Mongolia, a children’s digital library that will deliver an entire library of stories into the hands of underprivileged students. This...

Feb 01, 2016

The state-owned Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) recently announced a plan to invest more than US$12 billion for the development of renewable energy in the next 15 years, with the aim of expanding the country's total installed offshore wind power capacity to 180 megawatts and the total installed...