China tightens grip on social media
Users of Sina Weibo, China's popular Twitter-like
micro-blogging service, now have to abide by new rules aimed at
preventing online rumors and other controversial posts. The “user
contracts” that took effect on Monday come as authorities put
increased pressure on China's social networks to police what their
users are saying.
Japan and China to start direct currency trading
Japan said Tuesday it will start direct currency
trading with China for the first time, scrapping the dollar as an
intermediary unit to boost ties between the two Asian economic
giants. The move, which will boost trade and investment between the
traditional rivals, marks the first time Beijing has allowed a major
currency other than the greenback to trade directly with the yuan.
Aung San Suu Kyi: from prisoner to global politician
Emerging from two decades of imprisonment and
personal sacrifice, Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is
finally making her debut on the world stage as an elected
politician. It is a remarkable development for the Nobel laureate,
who burst onto Myanmar's political scene in the late 1980s but was
kept as a prisoner in her own home by the country's generals for
most of the past 22 years.