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18-10-2016 00:33 
The Hollywood bombshell behind new, life-changing technology (Raja Murthy) 
17-10-2016 21:11 
The World Energy Congress was a big win for Turkey (Altay Atli) 
17-10-2016 20:43 
Modi is out on a limb with China over Pakistan (Peter Lee) 
17-10-2016 18:44 
Iraqi government forces, with air and ground support from the US-led coalition, 
launched an offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city 
of Mosul, the militants' last major stronghold in the country. (Reuters) 
17-10-2016 17:26 
His age may raise eyebrows outside Thailand but former general and prime 
minister Prem Tinsulanonda is astonishingly spry, frequently attending royal 
engagements, delivering speeches and moving around without help. (Agence 
17-10-2016 16:03 
After the US$13 billion takeover of Indian private oil firm Essar Oil, the 
focus is now on how much the minority shareholders, who control a 2% stake, 
stand to gain after the delisting of the company. (Asia Times Staff) 
17-10-2016 15:58 
Suspended death sentence for ex-energy official Wei Pengyuan will see him 
jailed for life after court judgment says he abused his position to approve 
coal projects and took 212 million yuan in bribes 
17-10-2016 15:32 
Shares in Australian casino giant Crown Resorts Ltd said on Monday China had 
detained 18 of its employees including three Australians, sending gaming stocks 
tumbling on concerns about their strategy for luring Chinese gamblers. 
17-10-2016 15:04 
US lobbyist Rick Berman – nicknamed 'Dr. Evil' – has complained about the 
'communist takeover' of American movies in the wake of Dalian Wanda's 
billion-dollar investment in Legendary Entertainment (Anousha Sakoui, David 
McLaughlin, Bloomberg) 
17-10-2016 15:00 
A stronger Japanese yen will challenge the investment thesis for being long on 
Japanese equities, says Asia Times director Brett McGonegal, CEO at Capital 
Link International, in an interview on CNBC Asia. 
17-10-2016 12:19 
Two first-time Chinese directors — Wang Xuebo and Zang Qiwu — won the main 
awards at Asia's pre-eminent movie event, the Busan film festival, which has 
had its own behind-the-scenes drama (Mathew Scott) 
17-10-2016 10:25 
China launched its longest manned space mission on Monday, sending two 
astronauts into orbit to spend a month aboard the country's space laboratory 
that is part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in 
2022. (Reuters) 
17-10-2016 09:49 
Thailand looks to likely future king with apprehension (New York Times) 
17-10-2016 09:45 
Thailand has sought to dispel any concern about a royal succession after Crown 
Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn said he would delay his ascension to the throne for 
at least a year while he mourns his father. (Reuters) 
17-10-2016 08:57 
China’s economists expect bottoming out: Survey (Lin Wanxia, Poo Yee Kai and 
Benny Kung) 
16-10-2016 23:03 
Goa declaration at the end of the BRICS Summit focuses on fighting terrorism 
saying there is no justification for any acts of terror whether based on 
ideological, religious, political, racial, or ethnic grounds. (Asia Times 
16-10-2016 21:55 
October 17 marks one year since Gui Minhai, a naturalized Swedish citizen and 
owner of a publishing house in Hong Kong that sold gossipy titles about China's 
elite, was abducted by Chinese authorities. (Johan Nylander) 
16-10-2016 20:03 
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday a rising tide of protectionism and 
anti-globalization was endangering the world economy's fragile recovery as 
BRICS leaders vowed to forge closer business and trade ties. (Agence 
16-10-2016 17:32 
China Construction Bank Corp, the country's second-biggest lender, has signed a 
debt-to-equity swap with Yunnan Tin Group Co, in a landmark deal as the 
government attempts to cut mounting corporate debt. (Reuters) 
16-10-2016 12:35 
>From tatami matting to green tea and miso, items made using traditional 
>handcrafted methods are seeing a revival in southern Japan thanks to the work 
>of a small nonprofit organization. (Kathryn Wortley) 
16-10-2016 12:28 
The US military said on Saturday it had detected an unsuccessful launch by 
North Korea of a powerful medium-range missile capable of hitting US bases as 
far away as Guam. (Agence France-Presse) 
16-10-2016 11:58 
The latest funding delay pushes the opening of Hong Kong's M+ arts museum to 
2019 – decades after the West Kowloon Cultural District was announced. A white 
knight institution has become a white elephant (Samantha Leese) 
16-10-2016 11:52 
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei mixes multimillion dollar investments in training 
equipment and facilities with a public relations onslaught to win over hearts 
and minds in Africa. (Claire van den Heever) 
16-10-2016 10:18 
Singapore Airlines has banned Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones from all 
its flights, while the US Department of Transportation has also issued an 
emergency order banning the devices from aircraft in the United States as of 
Saturday. (Reuters) 
16-10-2016 09:55 
India's debt-laden Essar Group confirmed on Saturday that it has agreed to sell 
a 98% interest in its Essar Oil unit to a consortium led by Russia's Rosneft, 
giving the energy giant a gateway into the world's fastest growing fuel market. 
16-10-2016 09:33 
India and China, meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa, have 
agreed to draw up a joint road map to combat terror, saying no country can 
remain indifferent to the global threat. (Asia Times Staff) 
15-10-2016 21:11 
At least 24 were crushed to death and several others injured, five of them 
critically, in a stampede at a religious gathering in northern India's holy 
city of Varanasi on Saturday. (Agencies) 
15-10-2016 19:29 
India will buy S-400 Triumf air defence systems from Russia for US$5 billion 
following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President 
Vladimir Putin at BRICS summit on Saturday. (Agencies) 
15-10-2016 19:14 
Two years ago, the streets of Hong Kong were teeming with Umbrella Movement 
protesters creating a vast amount of public art. Aside from the odd exhibit or 
film show there is little sign of it now (Joyce Lau) 
15-10-2016 18:35 
The anti-graft watchdog of China's ruling Communist Party has criticized the 
Beijing government department in charge of Hong Kong affairs for weak 
leadership and not properly following policy. (Reuters) 
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Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng (L), Chen Dong salute before the launch of 
Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, in Jiuquan, China on October 17, 2016. China Daily/via 
China launches its longest manned space mission
Two astronauts to spend a month aboard the country's space laboratory that is 
part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in 2022. 
By Reuters October 17, 2016 10:25 AM (UTC+8) 

China launched its longest manned space mission on Monday, sending two 
astronauts into orbit to spend a month aboard the country’s space laboratory 
that is part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in 
service around 2022.

The Shenzhou 11 blasted off on a Long March rocket at 7:30 a.m. (2330 GMT) from 
the remote launch site in Jiuquan, in the Gobi desert, in images carried live 
on state television.

The astronauts will dock with the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, or “Heavenly 
Palace 2”, which was sent into space last month. It will be the longest stay in 
space by Chinese astronauts, state media reported.

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Early on Monday, Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China’s powerful Central 
Military Commission, met astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong and wished them 
well, state news agency Xinhua reported.

“You are going to travel in space to pursue the space dream of the Chinese 
nation,” Fan said.

“With all the scientific and rigorous training, discreet preparation, and rich 
experience accumulated from previous missions, you will accomplish the glorious 
and tough task … We wish you success and look forward to your triumphant 

Shenzhou 11 is the third space voyage for Jing, who will command the mission 
and celebrate his 50th birthday in orbit.

In a manned space mission in 2013, three Chinese astronauts spent 15 days in 
orbit and docked with a space laboratory, the Tiangong 1.

Advancing China’s space program is a priority for Beijing, with President Xi 
Jinping calling for the country to establish itself as a space power.

China insists its space program is for peaceful purposes.

Shenzhou 11, whose name translates as “Divine Vessel”, will also carry three 
experiments designed by Hong Kong middle school students and selected in a 
science competition, including one that will take silk worms into space.

Playing catch-up
The US Defense Department has highlighted China’s increasing space 
capabilities, saying it was pursuing activities aimed at preventing other 
nations using space-based assets in a crisis.

China has been working to develop its space program for military, commercial 
and scientific purposes, but is still playing catch-up to established space 
powers the United States and Russia.

China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover landed on the moon in late 2013 to great 
national fanfare, but soon suffered severe technical difficulties.

The rover and the Chang’e 3 probe that carried it there were the first “soft 
landing” on the moon since 1976. Both the United States and the Soviet Union 
had accomplished the feat earlier.

China will launch a “core module” for its first space station some time around 
2018, a senior official said in April, part of a plan for a permanent manned 
space station in service around 2022.

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