China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) poses for photos with guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Reuters

Last week saw the deadline to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-led lender aiming to provide loans (...)

The tower of an airstrip at Thitu island (Pag-asa) in the disputed Spratly islands. The US was critical when China unilaterally declared an air defence identification zone over disputed waters in the East China Sea in 2013. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The US navy says that China is building a “great wall of sand” in the South China Sea, and this is raising serious questions about its intentions i(...)

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Taiwan is probably better known for its semiconductors and its complicated relationship with mainland China than it is for its liquor.Think again. Acc(...)

The Taiwan Lantern Festival and its spectacular light show.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Taiwan’s cross-island highway slices through the country’s north-south mountain range, linking the underpopulated, Pacific-facing east coast and th(...)

Thailand’s  legislature has passed a law that criminalises commercial surrogacy and prevents foreigners from seeking surrogacy services in the kingdom. File photograph: Thinkstockphoto

Thailand’s military-picked legislature has passed a law that criminalises commercial surrogacy and prevents foreigners from seeking surrogacy services(...)

Armed riot police gather outside the Kaohsiung Prison in southern Taiwan. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Six armed inmates attempting to escape a southern Taiwan prison killed themselves, ending a 14-hour siege after holding the prison warden and head gu(...)

TransAsia  ATR-72 passenger aircrafts parked at Taipei’s Songshan Airport. 29 of the airline’s pilots have been suspended following proficiency tests instituted after last week’s fatal crash. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

The Taiwan government ordered all airlines to review their safety protocols after nearly half of the pilots trained to fly TransAsia’s ATR twin-engine(...)

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Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)

Huang Hsiu-chen, representative from the Kinmen county Government, speaks to reporters after attending a TransAsia  Airways briefing to plane crash victims’ families on the plane crash and compensation, at the Howard Civil Service International House in Taipei, Taiwan, 8th February 2015. Photograph: EPA/David Chang

TransAsia Airways has begun distributing 38,000 US dollars (€33,500) to families of passengers who died in last week’s crash in Taiwan for funeral cos(...)

The recovered wreckage of TransAsia Airways plane Flight GE235, which crashed into the Keelung River, in New Taipei City, Taiwan on February 5th, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Stringer

TransAsia Airways says all 71 of its ATR pilots have begun proficiency tests after one of the airline’s planes crashed into a river in Taiwan, killing(...)