Booming Chinese and US demand for Russian wood is prompting Chinese sawmills to habitually bribe Russian officials to overlook illegal logging, an international environmental watchdog has established.
Being an ardent believer in Socialism, Soekarno was inspired by the Soviet Union. This manifested in a series of large Soviet style monuments and a large sports complex in the city that was used for the 1962 Asian Games. Join RBTH Asia-Pacific as it uncovers the Soviet influence on the Indonesian capital.
The Russian retailer Sportmaster, which specializes in sports and fitness gear, plans to open its first store in China in 2014. The company will follow the example of Rolls-Royce and BMW by using Singapore as a base for the promotion of its Outventure and Demix brands.
A Russian court has remanded 22 activists from a Greenpeace ship in custody for two months for allegedly trying to seize an oil platform. Eight others were remanded until Sunday. The activists - who hail from 18 countries, including Australia and New Zealand - are being held pending a "piracy" inquiry. Greenpeace says the activists were staging a legal, peaceful protest.
A Chinese delegation is holding talks with the administration of Kostroma Region, central Russia, on supplying Russian kvas concentrate to China and on setting up a joint vegetable processing venture, the regional administration has reported.
Russia is preparing to sign a visa-free travel agreement with South Korea. Tour operators expect an influx of visitors; the business community says the step will stimulate trade; and diplomats predict an improvement in bilateral relations.
One explanation for the recent increase in reported sightings of bears coming to human dwellings in Russia's Maritime Territory is that these animals used to be captive and therefore have no fear of man.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, has backed Russia's determination to seek a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria.