Fears grow for free speech in South Korea

Critics say government is using increasingly heavy-handed tactics

Churlish China irked by US-India ties

Obama’s trip to New Delhi was really about forging an alliance in the Asia-Pacific region

Japan Inc moves away from age-based pay

Boost to Abe campaign to shake up rigid labour market

China seeks end to gold medal fixation

‘Blind pursuit’ of sports success condemned

Obama says India can be best US partner

Rapid rapprochement will irritate China

Record fall in China industry profits

Data add to pressure on government to boost stimulus

Calm moment in stormy US-India marriage

The influential Indian diaspora in America constantly urges the two to resolve their differences

Abe takes to fairways to pitch pay rises

Prime minister courts corporate leaders at Japan’s country clubs

China tycoon sues local governments

Action over contracts highlights risks to financial system

Malaysia Airlines plays down hack attack

Carrier hit by twin tragedies last year insists customer data secure

Shanghai abandons GDP target

City is first big Chinese region to shift focus away from growth

Abbott rebuked for knighting Prince Philip

Australia’s Gaffe-prone prime minister sparks another controversy

China to forge new markets for its output

‘One Road, One Belt’ targets poorer countries with infrastructure investment to create markets

US and India strengthen ties

Obama-Modi embrace marks warm start to US president’s 3-day visit

Obama’s savvy bet on India’s rise

Why US president’s trip to India matters

Thailand’s Yingluck charged and impeached

Thailand’s former prime minister faces threat of 10 years in prison and ban from politics

S Korea growth slip hits spending plans

Slowdown underscores’s Seoul’s difficulty in delivering boost to living standards

India cricket chief must drop one role

Landmark ruling cites conflict of interest by N Srinivasan

Australia’s drab packets put off smokers

Data suggest drab brown-green packs and health warnings working

China eyes legalising foreign stakes

Law would legitimise risky loophole used by Alibaba