China's foreign ministry has strongly criticized the US for backing Japan's control of a disputed group of islands in the East China Sea. A government spokesman said the view, expressed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, "neglects the facts."
Decadence takes many forms. In China, some display their wealth by killing tigers at parties. Chinese officials are trying to stop the practice. In the UK, military officials are under fire for using pigs to test body armor and train medical personnel. And Taiwan's students protest with sunflowers, in today's Global Scan.
When Facebook went out in Hong Kong, residents quickly blamed Beijing. Hong Kongers believe the mainland is behind a recent series of attacks targeting both pro-democracy websites and a hugely popular referendum that's demanding more political freedom for the city.
For years, national leaders have failed to create sustainable climate change solutions, and poorer nations and communities have borne the brunt of inaction. Now human rights issues are getting much more attention.
This week, General Motors and Ford will introduce new versions of luxury sedans that are designed with China's luxury consumers in mind. From tricked-out back seats to super high-end amenities like champagne holders, the American companies are betting big-time on Chinese future.
There are eight types of pangolins, and two of them are officially endangered. But all the other species are facing increasing levels of poaching and trafficking that could see these unique creatures disappear completely, without anyone even noticing.