Shiyu or Lion Islet, which is part of Kinmen county, one of Taiwan's offshore islands, is pictured with China's Xiamen in the background, in Kinmen, Taiwan, on 21 February 2024. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Kinmen capsizing incident: Mainland China closer to 'administrative reunification' with Taiwan?

Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong looks at the recent incident of a mainland Chinese fishing boat capsizing off Kinmen after a chase with Taiwanese coast guard, leading to the death of two fishermen. Is mainland China using the crisis to create a new baseline to Beijing’s advantage?
Christian Louboutin's iconic red-soled heels. (Photo: Mark Davies)

Louboutin’s famous red-soled heels tread winding path to trademark protection in China

In 2012, Christian Louboutin shoes made their debut in the Chinese market, two years after an application to have their distinctive appearance protected under the Trademark Law sparked a legal tussle that would unfold over the ensuing decade and continues today.
Pedestrians walk through the Shi Lin Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan, on 5 December 2023. (Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg)

Taiwan issue is one of politics, not jurisprudence

The Cairo Declaration issued 80 years ago became the basis of several international law documents and was backed by substantive procedures for the implementation of the related international laws. Academic Wang Weinan believes that the declaration carries a historical significance that should be considered even today amid the Taiwan issue.
A protestor holds a placard as he takes part in a protest against the ban on TikTok in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 18 November 2023. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Nepal’s TikTok ban: Navigating the domestic and geopolitical tightrope

Nepal’s recent ban on TikTok was a result of both societal and political concerns, says Indian academic Rishi Gupta. In the aftermath, will there be ripple effects on Nepal's relations with China?
Controversy broke out over a primary school in China that required all students to wear helmets to and fro school. (Weibo)

Safety first: Why this Chinese school is asking all students to wear helmets to school

As schools are held liable when students get injured for whatever reason, some Chinese schools have taken to implementing measures such as making all students wear helmets to school — whether or not they ride scooters or motorcycles — and restricting their movements in between classes. What effect is this having on schools, parents and children? How much is too much?
The Asiatic black bear is hunted in countries such as Vietnam and taken to “farms”, where its bile – prized in traditional Chinese medicine – is extracted. (SPH Media)

China struggles to wean itself off bear bile farming

Bear bile has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than a thousand years with proven efficacy in treating certain liver and gallbladder diseases. Its popularity in China has made a comeback after a scientific research paper found that a compound in bear bile might help protect people from Covid-19.
Items seized by the police from the homes of members of the "Fujian gang". (Singapore Police Force)

Property, nightclubs, collector items: How ‘Fujian gang’ lifestyles aided money-laundering activities

While members of the “Fujian gang” have made the news recently for their billion-dollar money-laundering case, less is known about their lavish lifestyles and the trails their clandestine activities leave behind. Zaobao senior correspondent Poh Lay Hoon reports.
Luxury cars throng the streets in Changkeng township, Anxi county.

[Video] How Fujian’s tea capital became known as a 'scam town'

At least half of the Chinese men who were recently charged in a billion-dollar money-laundering probe in Singapore are from Anxi — a province in Fujian known for producing tea but is now frequently linked to its involvement in scams. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing visits the county to find out how prevalent fraudulent activities are and the impact on its locals.
Huang Deyi and his family members were charged for building a bridge without authorisation. (Weibo)

Illegal bridge by Chinese villager sparks debate

​The case of a family of 18 being punished for illegally building a bridge in Jilin province has brought to light the public’s distrust of the courts and grassroots governance and sparked criticism of the local government’s inaction in solving people’s problems. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu looks into the matter.