Contributors / David Fullbrook

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Yes we Khan

Mongolia is rich in raw materials and is thought to have huge oil reserves: resources that its neighbour China – with which it shares a rocky relationship – needs. The dust-bowl capital, Ulan Bator, is already flourishing…

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No. 1 lady detective

Forensic scientist Porntip Rojanasunan is loved by the Thai public for her fearless exposing of corruption in high places – and also for her unconventional dress sense.

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The next Shanghai

Kunming is an unpolluted, diverse city that offers a high quality of life. Infrastructure projects, including new train routes and an international airport, are providing links with south Asia, boosting trade. It’s even…

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Freedom writer

For our series on media barons we feature Erick Thohir, founder of the Mahaka Media group in Jakarta. After revitalising the failing paper ‘Republika’ he’s now on a mission to modernise print, radio and TV in a freer Ind…

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Bangkok call-in

From putting expectant mothers in touch with midwives to finding you a snake-catcher, Bangkok’s ‘quality of life’ radio station RDCK provides a lifeline in a city where public services are haphazard at best.

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Trade secret

George Town, on the Malaysian island of Penang, was a colonial trading hub but after the Second World War it lost out to Hong Kong and Singapore. Now its faded Art Deco villas and relaxed pace of life are luring a new…

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Hard cell

While the West prevaricates over ethical issues about stem cell research, Chinese companies are powering ahead in a bid to find treatments for numerous life-threatening conditions. But are loosely regulated companies such…

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Censor sensibility

Hung Huang is the head of CIMG, perhaps China’s most sophisticated media brand. In just seven years she has spearheaded new TV, print and web media. Now she wants to forge a uniquely modern Chinese culture, in a country…

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Breaking China

The financial spotlight has been shining bright on China’s big eastern cities, but as investors notice the wealth of opportunity and resources in the remote western region, the city of Urumqi is about to take centre stage…

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'It's fear that will unite us'

Singapore has felt the wrath of two neighbours already this year. Indonesia banned exports of construction sand claiming it was concerned about environmental damage (perhaps coincidentally, the two countries are also in…

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