Photos: From Basketball Diplomacy to a Super Typhoon, Asia's Year in Pictures

As the world bids 2013 farewell, we look back at some of the year's most memorable people and events from Asia.

2013 was a big year for global politics. We saw the results of the Iranian, Pakistani, and Japanese elections and memorable cross-cultural encounters. U.S. President Barack Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in sunny California and Asia Society President Josette Sheeran moderated a discussion with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York City. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman became good friends, or so he claimed, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

It was also a year of tragedy and turmoil as we watched Typhoon Yolanda tear through parts of Southeast Asia and a deadly garment-factory collapse in Bangladesh sparked employee-rights movements across that country.

We also saw some of our beloved celebrities exit the public stage. Regarded as one of India's greatest cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from the game. A pioneer in Japanese animation, Hayao Miyazaki, also formally announced his retirement, but not before releasing a final gift to international audiences, The Wind Rises.

Above is a look at all those moments and more from Asia in 2013.

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Asia Blog contributor Bette Ha studies Anthropology and East Asian Studies at Colby College. A Brooklyn native, she loves to instagram her adventures in the city, especially her meals.