(Channel News Asia) TAIPEI: With fuel prices soaring, more Taiwanese are turning to energy-efficient vehicles. And it seems electric motorcycles are a popular way to travel.
Industry players expect its sales to double this year.
(Channel News Asia) PYONGYANG: As North Korea gears up for the 100th anniversary celebration of Kim Il Sung, much of the emphasis has been placed on the juche doctrine he propagated.
(Channel News Asia) BEIJING: China must fully evaluate risks and define an accountability system when approving nuclear power projects, as the world has drawn profound lessons from Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis, a lawmaker and academician said.
(Channel News Asia) BEIJING: 44-year-old Yang Weidong is a new generation of Chinese with a passion, and a mission.
(Channel News Asia) TAIPEI : Taiwan is celebrating the centenary of the Republic of China (ROC) - its official title - this year.
(Channel News Asia) SHANGHAI: Many students in China travel around the country in search of internships, often enlisting the help of agents who promise them factory jobs in the city. However, some who make the journey, arrive only to get a rude shock.
SEOUL: South Korea has one of the world's lowest birth rate.
SEOUL: The South Korean army now has the country's first female Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program.
TAIPEI: Taiwan's municipal elections may be centered on local politics, but its outcome would have a significant impact on the island's political landscape, and cross-strait relations.
TAIPEI: There may have been a big improvement in cross-strait ties between China and Taiwan under Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang party (KMT), but it is still struggling to rally support for municipal elections.
TAIWAN: Taiwan's municipal elections -- widely seen as a warm up for the presidential polls in two years -- will be held later this month.
BEIJING: More foreign fashion brands -- some of whose products were once made-in-China and exported -- are entering China for a bite of the Chinese pie.
BEIJING: As Southeast Asia deepens its engagement with the United States and Russia, China says "irrelevant parties" should stay out of territorial disputes in the region as it seeks to resolve competing territorial claims in the South China Sea though consultative and peaceful dialogue with its ASEAN partners.
HONG KONG : Protesters surrounded Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) on Wednesday, as lawmakers kicked off a marathon voting session on the government's political reform package for the 2012 elections.
SEOUL : Millions of South Koreans from the baby boomer generation will soon retire.
ULAANBATAAR, Mongolia: Bilateral trade and economic ties between China and Mongolia have become increasingly robust in recent years, and look set to become even stronger.
NEW DELHI : The next year is that of the Tiger, according to the Chinese zodiac.
(BBC) At a community center in Taipei, a church bulletin board displays family pictures with children showing off drawings of pink lotus flowers, lush trees, ponds and imaginary bears from a drawing contest at the Botanical Gardens. Catherine Wu, a newcomer to the church, noticed something unusual on the board that any outsider might overlook: each family had two or more children. "Are people encouraged to have children around here?" she asked.
TOKYO (Channel News Asia) - Japan has reported its 54th death from the H1N1 flu virus. The latest victim is a 7-month-old baby, and it is the first time someone so young has died from the virus in a country with one of the world's best health and sanitation levels.
NINGXIA Province, China: The desert has been taking over large areas of China, and it has become one of the biggest environmental challenges faced by the country.
BEIJING: China is currently working to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and address climate change. Apart from national efforts, urban communities are also playing their part to ensure a cleaner and greener environment.
SEOUL : Many South Korean pop stars and actors have gained popularity, mainly across Asia, for their looks. And that is why for several years now, foreigners have started to flock to South Korea to get plastic surgery.
SEOUL: It is a milestone in South Korea's relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The opening of the ASEAN-Korea Centre by the South Korean Prime Minister and its Foreign Minister reflects the importance of bilateral ties.
Pingsi, Taipei County, TAIWAN: Thousands of lanterns float across the skies of Taiwan on Monday, each bearing wishes of luck and happiness for loved ones. It marks the end of the Lunar New Year and the climax of a two-week international lantern festival.
YUNNAN : In tea-loving China, having a cuppa in a gourmet coffee lounge is fast becoming a symbol of status for the young and affluent in the cities.
YUNNAN: China has kick-started its first AIDS prevention programme targeted at migrant workers who are told they have to wear more than a hard hat to stay safe after work.
(Channel News Asia) BEIJING: China has the world's largest population of migrant workers. It recently launched a campaign targeting the highly mobile group, with the aim of helping them steer clear of contracting HIV/AIDS.
JINSHAN COUNTY (Channel News Asia): China is reaping rewards from a programme that helps farmers brush up on painting skills for a richer and more colourful village life.
HONG KONG (Channel News Asia) For the Chinese, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time to celebrate old traditions. And in Hong Kong, it is also when one fading art form comes to life.
KUALA LUMPUR (Channel News Asia) In the past, South Korean students went to the US, Canada and other Western countries hoping to get a better, more internationalised education. But these days, many are staying closer to home - Southeast Asia.
BEIJING: Chinese President Hu Jintao's begins his five-day visit to Japan on Tuesday amid hopes by both the Chinese and Japanese governments that differences can be overlooked and closer ties fostered.
BEIJING : Sporadic protests broke out against French retail giant Carrefour in some Chinese cities on Thursday.
BEIJING : Life in Lhasa may have returned to normal somewhat following the March 14 riots, but the conflicting media coverage about what really happened has sparked off a controversy on the Internet between the Chinese and foreign media.
SEOUL: South Korea's newly-elected President Lee Myung Bak has been in office for a month. He is a conservative who won a landslide victory after two successive liberal presidents.
BEIJING: More than one million Taiwanese live and work in China, potentially translating into a million votes for presidential candidates Ma Ying-Jeou and Frank Hsieh in Saturday's election.
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan: The young may sometimes be described as politically apathetic, but over in Taiwan where they are holding their fourth direct presidential election this Saturday, the youths are not about to just watch the polls from the sidelines.
LONDON : A new exhibition in London called China Design Now is bringing a new wave of Chinese design to an international audience for the first time.
TOKYO : The Japanese enjoy the longest life span in the world, with a large number passing the 100-year mark and breaking records for longevity.
BEIJING: All competition managers at the Beijing Olympics will come from the host country, a first since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
HONG KONG: Hong Kong children and young adults are not likely to find more in their red packets this Lunar New Year because of the uncertain economic prospects this year, according to a survey.
KAGOSHIMA, Japan : Over the new year holidays, quality raw fish like tuna is a much sought-after festive delicacy in Japan.
BEIJING : The visit by Japan's new Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda to China this week is seen as a further step towards the warming of relations between the two countries.
SEOUL : North and South Korea will boost economic cooperation by launching a cross-border freight train service next month and creating a joint fishing area in the disputed West Sea.
RUILI, Yunnan: Yunnan province is China's most culturally diverse region with 25 ethnic minorities.
SEOUL : Two South Korean women who were released by the Taliban earlier this week have finally returned to Seoul.
SHANGHAI : In a bid to curb noise pollution, Shanghai authorities are hoping the threat of a new US$26 fine will discourage impatient drivers from blaring their horns indiscriminately.
Close to a year from now, the world's biggest hydroelectric project - the Three Gorges Dam in China - will be completed.
TOKYO : Australia is studying whether to participate in a joint missile defence system with Japan and the United States to guard against regional threats.