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Kevin Rudd and Ajay Banga: It's Time for India to Join APEC

n Indian technician checks mobile phones at the Chinese Celkon Manufacturing plant at Medchal Mandal in the Rangareddy district on the outskirts of Hyderabad on June 26, 2015. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)
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“APEC membership is a low-risk, high-reward pathway for India to participate more fully in the Asia-Pacific and global trading system,” write Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd and MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga in the Wall Street Journal Asia.

Photo of the Day: Feasting at the Food Market in South Korea

People enjoy a traditional Korean meal at a local market in Seoul, South Korea on April 5, 2015. (Brad Hammonds/ Flickr)
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People enjoy a traditional Korean meal at a local market in Seoul, South Korea on April 5, 2015. (Brad Hammonds/Flickr) 

Gallery: See Modern China Through the Lenses of Contemporary Artists

Wang Qingsong. Follow Him, 2010. H. 51 1/8 x W. 118 1/8 in. (130 x 300 cm). C-print. Asia Society, New York: Purchased with funds donated by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky, 2011.31
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Here’s how contemporary Chinese artists are telling the story about their country’s social and physical evolution.

Photo of the Day: Staring Out the Window in India

A man looks out the window of a bus in Kolkata, India on May 27, 2015. (alcan_/Flickr)
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A man looks out the window of a bus in Kolkata, India on May 27, 2015.(alcan_/Flickr)

Weekly Rewind: #SelfieWithDaughter, Magical Tattoos in Phnom Penh, and a Robot Wedding in Tokyo

Filipino LGBT participants march in Luneta park during the Pride March on June 27, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
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Our latest Weekly Rewind, featuring some of the best Asia-related content you may have missed from the past seven days.

Photo of the Day: Colorful Mountains in Hong Kong

Mountains near and far appear in different shades of purple as the sun sets on April 5, 2015 in Hong Kong. (tommy@chau/Flickr)
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Mountains near and far appear in different shades of purple as the sun sets in Hong Kong on April 5, 2015. (tommy@chau/Flickr) 

#TBT: When the Japanese Prime Minister Sang Elvis and Wore A Cowboy Hat

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi dons a cowboy hat gifted to him by Asia Society. (Asia Society)
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At Asia Society Australia in 2002, Junichiro Koizumi lamented, “Since I became prime minister, I gave up falling in love.”

Photo of the Day: A Stray Cat in Malaysia

A stray cat is seen leaning over a plate of kibble near a train station in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 7, 2015. (sylviallyan/Flickr)
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A stray cat is seen leaning over a plate of kibble near a train station in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 7, 2015. (sylviallyan/Flickr)

Video: It's Time to Play Some 'Stereotype Bingo'!

'The Great LOL of China' episode 5: Stereotype Bingo. (Jesse Appell)
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In the fifth episode of 'The Great LOL of China' comedy series, Jesse Appell and friends play the game where overreaching cultural assumptions turn into an evening of fun.

Photos: Countryside and Concrete Collide in Chinese Megacity Chongqing

Zhong Baixin, eighty-seven, is cultivating a square meter of lettuce for her own table. She has lived all her life in Chongqing and now lives in what remains of a farming village stuck between a construction site and a road. (Tim Franco)
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Photographer Tim Franco is fascinated by the transformation of Chinese cities. In a Q&A with Asia Blog, he discusses his new book 'Metamorpolis' and his experiences documenting the "struggle between nature and concrete" in Chongqing.