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Top Tweets about Ai Weiwei's Tax Bill

Arts

China has ordered dissident artist Ai Weiwei to pay 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) in back taxes and fines within 15 days, Ai announced today. In typical fashion, the outspoken artist — who was detained for nearly three months earlier ths year — took to Twitter to express his discontent. So did several others:

Real-Life 'Slumdog Millionaire' Wins India's Biggest Prize

Sushil Kumar, 27, reacts as he wins the one million USD prize of the Indian 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' TV quiz in Mumbai on Oct. 25, 2011. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

A government clerk from Eastern Bihar in India has become the first person ever to win $1 million on the Indian game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Photo of the Day: A Buddhist Temple at Dawn in Java, Indonesia

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Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple in central Java, Indonesia at dawn on October 31, 2011. (Pra-Yudi/Flickr)

'Chindia Dialogues' Speaker Amitav Ghosh Featured on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show

'River of Smoke' author Amitav Ghosh, appearing at Asia Society New York on Nov. 3, 2011. (Frederick Noronha/Flickr)
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Discussing the background for his new book, the acclaimed historical novelist comments, "In general, the reality of the opium trade, the part it played in forming modern capitalism and the modern world, is just obscure and occluded."

What can China and India learn from one another?

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) during the opening of the BRICS summit meeting in Sanya, Hainan province, on April 14, 2011. (Nelson Ching/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

That's the question we posed to participants in Asia Society's upcoming Asian Arts and Ideas Forum — called The Chindia Dialogues — which kicks off this Thursday and runs through Sunday at Asia Society New York. Click the headline to see their answers.

 

Mongolia: Balancing Economy with Environment

Mongolian Prime Minister Batbold Sukhbaatar at Asia Society New York on Oct. 28, 2011. (Anthony Trujillo)
Policy

Mongolian Prime Minister Batbold Sukhbaatar discusses his strategy for fostering economic growth while preserving the environment.

Photo(s) of the Day: Going Gaga for Halloween in Japan

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A woman dresses up in a Lady Gaga costume at the Halloween parade at the La Cittadella in Kawasaki, Japan. (Danny Choo/Flickr)

Interview: Jonathan Spence on the China-India Relationship

Yale University Sterling Professor of History Emeritus Jonathan Spence in Washington, DC in May 2010. (neh.gov)
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Ahead of his November 3 Asia Society appearance, historian Jonathan Spence talks to Asia Blog about the historical nature of the Sino-Indian relationship and how the two countries may interact in the future.

Photo of the Day: Buggin' Out

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"Shield Bug" in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. (Troup1/Flickr)

Diwali Around the World, in Photos and Tweets

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The 2011 Festival of Lights, Diwali, captured in photos and tweets from around the world.