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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 : 2017-02-14

Chinese cuisine: How the Lotus plant ends up on your plate

It's a staple of Chinese cuisine and a symbol of purity and perfection in China. Lotus root is now being exported across the globe. Filled with vitamins and minerals, it's a popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine. With its neutral taste, it can be used in desserts or savoury dishes. We go behind the picture postcard beauty of the Lotus flower to see how the roots end up on our plates.

But first we head to Burma, where Muslims from the Rohingya ethnic group continue to flee to Bangladesh. The Rohingya are considered by the UN to be the world's most persecuted minority. The current army offensive against the Rohingya has alarmed the UN and human rights groups, who warn of crimes against humanity and even genocide.

We also go to Afghanistan, where many young children are heading out to work instead of going to school. Many youngsters work on dangerous mountain roads, directing traffic in exchange for tips, in order to help their families make ends meet.

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

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2018-02-05 China

China's 'Great Green Wall': Country battles large-scale desertification

Decades ago, China began building a so-called "Great Green Wall" to halt desertification. Despite this, some 3,000 square kilometres of land are lost every year, ravaging...

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2018-01-22 Hong Kong

Why Hong Kong produces 200,000 tons of electronic waste per year

Where do your computers, tablets and smartphones go to die? Electronic waste is an environmental problem throughout Asia, but nowhere more so than in Hong Kong. For a long time...

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2018-01-13 unemployment

Fighting unemployment: Millions of Indians face layoffs amid shrinking job market

For several years now, India has been selling its wares as one of Asia's biggest economies. But despite the government's claims that things are getting rosier, there's been no...

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2017-12-18 Funeral

Japan offers world's first drive-through funerals

In Japan, paying your final respects to your nearest and dearest needn't be a long, drawn-out affair. You can now bid your last farewells to loved ones without ever unbuckling...

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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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