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Photo of the Day: Floating Gardens in Taiwan

White blooms stand neatly on floating bamboo rafts in Taipei City, Taiwan on April 1, 2013. (billlushana1/Flickr)
Multimedia

White blooms stand neatly on floating bamboo rafts in Taipei City, Taiwan on April 1, 2013. (billlushana1/Flickr)

Territorial Disputes Put ASEAN Between Dialogue and the Deep Blue Sea

A Vietnamese fishing boat sails next to the U.S. 7th Fleet's flagship USS Blue Ridge entering Tien Sa port on April 23, 2012. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

As Asia rises, it faces a dilemma: whether to abide by Western diplomatic norms, or to respect Asian values, such as consensus, harmony, and good neighborliness.

The Pope and China's Communist Party: More Similar Than You Think

Pope Francis (L) (Catholic Church (England and Wales)/Flickr), and Xi Jinping disembarking plane in Africa with his wife, Peng Liyuan (R). (Getty Images)
Policy

A decision, cloaked in secrecy, that would affect more than a billion people. Speculation on whether the chosen one would be a "conservative" or a "reformer." Which leadership change are we talking about?

Video: The Five Biggest Challenges to Doing Business in China

Kent Kedl, greater China and north Asia managing director for global risk consultancy Control Risks.
Business

"As business people, our goal is to reduce complexity," said Kent Kedl, greater China and north Asia managing director for global risk consultancy Control Risks. "China resists that at every turn."

Photo of the Day: Flight of a Flock in India

A flock of birds take off together in Chennai, India on April 2, 2013. (VinothChandar/Flickr)
Multimedia

A flock of birds take off together in Chennai, India on April 2, 2013. (VinothChandar/Flickr)

Photos: As Japan's Baseball Season Kicks Off, A Look at What Fans Are Eating

A fan enjoys his tempura in the Osaka baseball stadium. (wallyg/Flickr)
Lifestyle

As baseball season opens in Asia's most baseball-crazy country, we take a look at the Japanese equivalent of hot dogs and pretzels.

Photo of the Day: Spinning Happily in China

A woman makes thread at a hand operated spindle in Yunnan, China on March 25, 2013. (V-A-K/Flickr)
Multimedia

A woman makes thread at a hand operated spindle in Yunnan, China on March 25, 2013. (V-A-K/Flickr)

Turkish Soap Operas and the Pakistani Mothers Who Watch Them

Engin Akyürek in action during an episode of the Turkish soap opera Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne?. (YouTube)
Lifestyle

I was clueless why my mother, from her home in Karachi via Skype, suddenly started calling my two-year-old son “Engin.” His name is Elias. She revealed that this was a tribute to her current favorite actor, Engin Akyurek of Turkey.

Photo of the Day: Verdant Striped Fields in Myanmar

Fluffy clouds float over lush green fields in Kalaw, Myanmar on March 27, 2013. (clodxplore/Flickr)
Multimedia

Fluffy clouds float over lush green fields in Kalaw, Myanmar on March 27, 2013. (clodxplore/Flickr)

Video: Stephen Roach's 5 Keys to Maintaining China's Economy

Yale professor Stephen Roach talks at Asia Society in New York on March 27, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Business

In a lively discussion with China bear Jim Chanos, economist (and China bull) Stephen Roach notes the key areas of reform he thinks China will implement to continue on a succesful path for growth.