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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, greets North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho before their bilateral meeting in Manila on Aug. 6. © Reuters

Chasing North Korean diplomats in Manila

Close up, Pyongyang's leaders look less scary than their rhetoric sounds

  • Singaporeans reveal a pent-up desire for debate on social issues

    Prime minister's family feud goes viral, provides public a rare chance to vent

  • Sweet or bitter: The 'tea train' evokes colonial legacy

    Anniversary celebrations offer reflections on British rule and homegrown success

  • Martial law to mosh pit: Taiwan's path to freedom

    Anniversary of move toward democracy sparks celebration and reflection

  • The changing face of Australia's national identity

    Can country maintain its delicate balancing act between East and West?

  • As a city, Yangon is still searching for its mojo

    Uneven development leaves Myanmar's largest city in a state of flux

  • Saving endangered languages, one child at a time

  • Myanmar speaks out through TEDx

    Country finds its voice to define challenges as the people build a "new Myanmar"

  • Behind Asia's curious 'strongmen' culture

    Philppine coup leader 'Gringo' Honasan reflects on turbulent times -- and backs current strongman

  • Swarming visitors are a boon and a bane for an Asian Shangri-La

    Bhutan's astute tourism policies are tested as the world discovers paradise

  • We're all rabbits now

    As new house sizes shrink, design quality will become the critical factor

  • Strawberry fields forever

    Entrepreneurial woman farmer's passion spans Thailand's urban-rural divide

  • Myanmar's monument to myth

    Cosmetic vision of national harmony belies fraught history of ethnic relations

  • 007 shows how Tokyo and London can revive security alliance

    James Bond and Tiger Tanaka point the way as Abe and May confront regional change

  • Luxe 'lite' takes flight in Asia

    Spread of 'premium economy' seating reflects rising middle-class aspirations

  • Diversity trumps 'Asian values'

    The 'Asianist' idea of a collective East Asian cultural unity is withering

  • The politics of elephants in the room

    Sri Lanka looks after its pachyderms but keeping the human-animal peace isn't easy

  • 'Ghost in the Shell' keeps it real with inauthenticity

    Life and art blur ethnic lines in this film -- and that's just fine

  • A 'Buddhist boot camp' in Thailand offers pain -- and gain

    A 10-day retreat with no talking, no mobile phones and plenty of meditation is not for the fainthearted

  • India's air is filthy -- but at least it's democratic

    Despite government, public complacency, appalling pollution leading to "airwakening"