Ponta: Romania, China Governments considering Bucharest - Iasi - Chisinau high-speed rail project

AGERPRES special correspondent Daniel Florea reports: Premier Victor Ponta said on Tuesday that the Governments of Romania and China are looking into plans to build a high-speed rail on the route Bucharest-Iasi-Chisinau which is an alternative to a previously considered project envisaging the Bucharest-Constanta route.

Craiova first Romanian local administration to sign financing contract with Chinese company (mayor)

Craiova (southwestern Romania) is the first Romanian local administration that signed a financing contract with a Chinese company, Mayor Lia Olguta Vasilescu announced on Monday in Beijing, after she signed a memorandum for the building of several homes in the seat city of Dolj County.

Japan defense planners seek spending boost amid rivalry

Japan’s Defense Ministry makes its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid worries over China’s expanding naval reach Japan’s defense planners are seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military amid an intensifying rivalry with China

A tale of two people’s republics: China and Turkey

According to fellow columnist Nuray Mert, “millet,” a word used a lot by President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, could mean “people.” That would make Turkey a People’s Republic like China. Since I recently spent two weeks there, I can tell you that the two countries are actually quite similar.

Jackie Chan apologises after son's cannabis bust

Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan said Wednesday he felt "ashamed" of his son's detention on drug-related charges, adding he had "failed to educate" his child.
Jaycee Chan, who like his father is a singer and actor, was detained last week after police found more than 100 grams of cannabis at his home in Beijing, according to Chinese state-run media.