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Exclusive reports, features and analysis on political and social events from across the Asian continent. Every Monday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-01-17

Behind the scenes at China's Harbin snow festival

This week, we take you on a trip into a real-life winter wonderland. The Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival, famed for its gigantic illuminated sculptures, has officially kicked off in northern China. The biggest ice festival in the world is expected to attract one million visitors this year. Julia Sieger gives us a sneak peek.

But we begin in India, where a financial and technological revolution is under way. The country is being demonetised at a furious pace, with Indians from all social backgrounds urged to open bank accounts and go fully digital. It's part of PM Narendra Modi's war on the shadow black economy. Yet critics say the pace of change is leaving many Indians behind.

We also head to Indonesia, where thousands of illegal miners risk serious injury and death at the bottom of an opaque global supply chain. Every day, they dredge the seabed for tin, a vital component of smartphones and tablets.

And we finish in Pakistan, which is slowly emerging from a long-term power crisis. But the after-effects of this sustained blackout are still being felt in the textile sector. Once the engine of the Pakistani economy, the textile industry is struggling to get back on its feet, faced with high energy costs and a decade lost to competitors.

By Halla MOHIEDDEEN , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2017-12-04 North Korea

North Korea: Global sanctions hit Pyongyang’s ‘experiment in capitalism’

In North Korea, the port city of Rason has a special status as an economic zone. Attracting foreign businesses in manufacturing, tourism and transportation, some even speculate...

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2017-11-20 Indonesia

Indonesia: New orangutan species found in Sumatra

For the first time in almost a century, the great ape family has a new member. Scientists have confirmed the existence of a new species of orangutan in northern Sumatra,...

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2017-11-06 North Korea

The painful history of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea

Donald Trump has made his first visit to Japan as US president and met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The top talking point was the rising threat from North Korea. But that threat,...

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2017-10-23 Taiwan

Taiwan tackles dangerous betel nut addiction

Around one-tenth of the world's population chews betel nuts. The stimulant is hugely popular in Asia: it is used as a pick-me-up like coffee, but is also a symbol of love and a...

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2017-10-10 Thailand

Thailand's Thammasat Massacre: Historians unearth memories of 1976 tragedy

It's one of the darkest chapters in Thailand's history. On October 6, 1976, state forces and far-right militants killed dozens of pro-democracy students who had protested the...

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