Loyalty above all

The removal of China’s foreign and defense ministers appears to enforce leader Xi Jinping’s demand for total obedience and the elimination of any potential rivals within the ruling

Crypto is a small slice of Hamas’ funding — but it’s deadly

Crypto is a small but deadly slice of overall terrorism funding: Research by analytics firm Elliptic in 2021  Governments are right to take crypto seriously

Ping An Real Estate is China property’s new hot potato

China’s property sector is struggling to halt its unprecedented decline. The biggest developers have gone into default. What will happen to private equity that had enthusiastically bought into

Israel’s air defense system works well – here’s how Hamas got around it

Because of its unique national security challenges, Israel has a long history of developing highly effective, state-of-the-art defense technologies and capabilities. A prime example of Israeli military strength

IMF outlook: Mideast war adds new uncertainty

The world economy has lost momentum from the impact of higher interest rates, the invasion of Ukraine and widening geopolitical rifts, and it now faces new uncertainty from

In secular Japan, what draws so many to temples and shrines? Stamp collecting and tradition

Almost weekly Momo Nomura makes time to visit Shinto shrines. She performs the prescribed rituals — cleansing her hands, ringing a bell, bowing and clapping. But

China can’t clame everything on wayward billionaires

The fall of Hui Ka Yan, the founder of real estate developer China Evergrande Group and once Asia’s richest man with an  Hui, who was placed 

Finally, there’s more money than fools in China

For years, China’s netizens joked that the country was home to millions of fools with a lot of money. They were called “chives,” a healthy crop that can

Hong Kong’s billionaire debt kings are losing their mojo

The tide is turning for Hong Kong’s tycoon families. All of a sudden, the younger generation has to work a lot harder to convince banks and investors that

A month after Prigozhin’s suspicious death, the Kremlin is silent

Why Yevgeny Prigozhin’s private jet plummeted into a field northwest of Moscow is still a mystery. The Russian military leaders he tried to oust with his armed rebellion

India and Vietnam are partnering with the US to counter China

This fall, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is slated to lead a bipartisan group of U.S. senators to China. The planned trip, like other recent visits to China

NASA report finds no evidence that UFOs are extraterrestrial

NASA’s independent study team released its highly anticipated report on UFOs on Sept. 14, 2023. In part to move beyond the stigma often attached to UFOs, where

Why China’s real estate crisis should make the global travel industry nervous

Once upon a time – in 2019 – tourists from China were among the best-traveled in the world. They collectively spent more than US$250 billion abroad – nearly

Better Sino-EU relations a global stabilizer

Meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday on the sidelines of the annual G20 Summit in New Delhi, Chinese Premier Li Qiang said that:

Ancient texts depict all kinds of people, not just straight and cis ones

I study Greek and Latin literature and have noticed that ancient authors wrote about sex, homoerotic feelings or relations, and gender more often than we assume. A

Kim Jong Un hosts Chinese and Russian guests at N. Korea’s 75th anniversary celebration

North Korea invited visiting Chinese delegates and Russian artists to a paramilitary parade featuring rocket launchers pulled by trucks and tractors, state media said Saturday, in leader Kim

US must heed call to turn South China Sea into sea of peace, friendship and cooperation

The United States conducted a joint naval sail with the Philippines in the South China Sea on Monday, an obvious provocative move considering the tensions between China and

Everyone’s talking about the Global South, but what is it?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country is “becoming the voice of the Global South,” and that at the upcoming Group of 20 meetings being held in

‘There is great disorder under heaven, the situation is excellent.’

For decades, China has experienced a serious imbalance in its real estate sector. “Houses are for living in, not for speculation,” For decades, banks provided credit

Quran burning in Sweden prompts debate on freedom of expression vs incitement of hatred

The Swedish government is concerned about national security following several incidents involving the burning of the Quran that have provoked demonstrations and outrage from Muslim-majority countries. The

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