Chinese demand drives construction boom in Cambodia

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Jan 16 : The value of construction projects in Cambodia rose more than 22 percent to $6.4 billion in 2017 from the previous year, according to official figures released on Tuesday that showed the impact of a boom driven by Chinese investors. The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning […]

China rights lawyer says legal licence revoked after criticising President Xi Jinping

By Christian Shepherd BEIJING, Jan 16 : A prominent Chinese rights lawyer who wrote an open letter criticising President Xi Jinping said on Monday that authorities had revoked his licence to practice law. Beijing-based lawyer and activist Yu Wensheng has repeatedly criticised the ruling Communist Party over a multi-year sweeping crackdown on rights lawyers and […]

Black smoke billows from tanker sinking site as worry grows over sea damage

By Yuka Obayashi and Josephine Mason TOKYO/BEIJING, Jan 15 : Black smoke was billowing from the East China Sea site where a burning Iranian oil tanker sank, Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grow about damage to the marine ecosystem from the worst oil ship disaster in decades. The blazing vessel, which was carrying […]

Beijing professor dismissed as sexual harassment allegations spark campus activism

By Philip Wen and Christian Shepherd BEIJING, Jan 12 : A professor in China accused of sexually harassing students under his supervision has been removed from teaching posts by a top Beijing university, in a case that has sparked national media coverage and a nascent #MeToo movement in the country. Beihang University said in a […]

Shanghai temporarily closes Marriott website in China after questionnaire gaffe

By Pei Li and Brenda Goh BEIJING, Jan 11 : – Authorities in Shanghai on Thursday closed down Marriott International Inc’s Chinese website for a week, punishing the world’s biggest hotel chain for listing Chinese-claimed regions such as Tibet and Taiwan as separate countries in a customer questionnaire. The U.S. company issued an apology earlier […]

Marriott International apologises for questionnaire gaffe in China

By Pei Li and Brenda Goh BEIJING, Jan 11 : Marriott International apologized on Thursday over a questionnaire sent to customers that listed Chinese-claimed regions such as Tibet and Taiwan as separate countries, which provoked an outcry on social media and an investigation by the Shanghai government. “Marriott International respects Chinese sovereignty and its territorial […]