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Rapid development at the expense of China's natural environment has become a major cause for discontent in the world's second largest economy, but now the government is finally bowing to public outcry, says a leading environmentalist.

Chinese Communist Party President Xi Jinping.

Despite Xi Jinping's signal to reform, many experts are skeptical if the son of a revolutionary hero will be able to push for radical change.

China's First Lady Gets In on Charm Offensive Wed, 13 Mar '13 | 9:47 PM ET

US presidents have long deployed their wives to broaden their appeal. Now Xi Jinping, China's incoming head of state, is getting in on the act. The Financial Times reports.

The Rise of the Apps     Wed, 13 Mar '13 | 8:48 PM ET
BlackBerry Z10 and iPhone 5 smartphones

Revenue of global smartphone applications in 2012 totaled $15 billion, the size of Jamaica's GDP.

Expect the New Samsung Galaxy to Look Familiar Wed, 13 Mar '13 | 2:59 PM ET

Don't expect a striking new look for Samsung's latest Galaxy smartphone. Here's what to look for on the inside.

Space agency NASA says the red planet once had the basic building blocks to support primitive life.

China's Rising Environmental Challenge     Tue, 12 Mar '13 | 8:45 PM ET

Fears in China are rife that pollution is out of control after 6,000 dead pigs were cleared from a Shanghai river.

Will lovers of the deluxe Chinese dish eat shark species into extinction? Anti-finning advocates are attacking shark fin's reputation as a status-boosting delicacy. The GlobalPost reports.

Less Is More: The Message China Must Heed Mon, 11 Mar '13 | 9:08 PM ET

It is likely to be tough, but China's new leadership needs to do less and not more if it wants an economy driven by consumption rather than investment and exports.

Pedestrians walk on a roadside past a power sub-station in the outskirts of Kolkata.

Electricity shortages are emerging as one of the biggest brakes on India's ambitions to rise up the ranks of the world's major economies, and match regional rival China as a manufacturing powerhouse.

The Most Innovative City in Asia Is... Sun, 10 Mar '13 | 11:54 PM ET
Singapore

Singapore is the most innovative city in the Asia Pacific region, according to a study by consultancy Solidiance.

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea was the latest in a line of artists, musicians, scientists and athletes to visit this "hermit state," helping to open the Asian dictatorship to the world. The GlobalPost reports.

The weak yen could do more harm than good to Japan's economy, one economist warns.

Are Asia's Property Markets Too Hot to Handle? Thu, 7 Mar '13 | 11:39 PM ET

Recent real estate cooling measures in China, Hong Kong and Singapore may help to remove speculators from the markets, but analysts say there's not much more governments can do to suppress prices.

How Weibo Could Spark China's Arab Spring Thu, 7 Mar '13 | 11:12 PM ET

China's increasingly vocal army of netizens could pose one of the biggest challenges to the new leadership.

Kia Provo concept automobile, produced by Kia Motors.

Kia has touched off an unexpected firestorm in Northern Ireland over the name of its new car.

Wow, 83 Billionaires in China's Parliament Thu, 7 Mar '13 | 7:31 PM ET

The legislature of the world's last major communist country is almost certainly the wealthiest in the world, according to a popular rich list that names 83 dollar billionaires among the delegates to China's parliament. The Financial Times reports.

Pirate Bay Moves to North Korea, Maybe Thu, 7 Mar '13 | 2:01 AM ET

Rumors are surfacing that The Pirate Bay, one of the world's biggest file-sharing websites, has recently been invited by North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un to set-up virtual shop in the country. The Global Post reports.

No US-Style Housing Crash in China: JPMorgan Wed, 6 Mar '13 | 9:51 PM ET

China's property sector is not headed for a U.S. style crash, said Fang Fang, chief executive officer for China investment banking at JPMorgan Chase.

Malaysian casino operator Genting envisions red and gold pagodas and a panda exhibit on the 87-acre plot of Las Vegas land it bought this week, a new gambling playground for rich Chinese.

Chinese have been scrambling for ways to get around the new housing tax, including, getting a divorce.

China's ascent to the top of the global economy is not a certainty. Many hidden structural dangers exist. Among the most important factors is the state of its healthcare system.

It's already home to some of the world's most expensive properties and considered one of the most costly places to live in. Now, this island state is also one of the priciest places to own a car.

A Guide to Gifting in China     Tue, 5 Mar '13 | 7:42 PM ET

Asia Squawk Box anchors tell you how to offer presents in China without being called out for bribery.

Samsung's next smartphone may have some eye-catching new software.

Groupe of people at an internet cafe in Jiashen, east China's Zhejiang province.

The village of Huangjiawa has shot to national prominence as an online media campaign highlighting its plight has sparked a debate about groundwater contamination that has ricocheted all the way to Beijing. The Financial Times reports.

The world's second largest wine company Treasury Wine Estates sees the strong Aussie dollar as a headwind, but has hit a sweet spot in China.

The tobacco industry remains very powerful in Indonesia, with one of the world's highest smoking rates and where consumer companies are scrambling to boost profits from a growing middle class. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Hong Kong Stocks - Down but Not Out Mon, 4 Mar '13 | 2:01 AM ET

One of Asia's top performing equity markets last year Hong Kong has so far underperformed in 2013, but analysts told CNBC that the Hang Seng index will get its mojo back before the end of the year.

India: Pirates! Caught on Tape! Mon, 4 Mar '13 | 1:29 AM ET

Nehru Place, India's largest market for software and computers, is also one of the top 30 most notorious hubs of piracy in the world. The GlobalPost reports.