Is China dialing into smartphone diplomacy? It has already tried to secure Southeast Asia's minerals and river water by investing in its infrastructure. It also sees the growing region as a frontier for Chinese companies cramped by competition at home. But many Southeast Asians distrust Beijing.
No one will go to war because everyone needs everyone else: China wants Southeast Asia's markets and economic cooperation while Southeast Asia looks to China as an export destination.
The relationship is on the mend as a Japanese lawmakers visit Beijing. But don't expect the warming feelings to last.
Sina gets hit for second time in two years. Will there be any long-lasting effects?
"The consensus seems to me that this visit is more political and security-focused rather than about economics. I think it would be a surprise if anything were announced that's capable of moving markets broadly." -- Tim Condon, Asia head of financial markets research, ING Financial Markets
Microsoft has ended security and support for the outdated XP system worldwide. The harsh reaction in China points to heavy local dependence on XP, which is cheaper than newer operating systems. Because of its market size, the country can get results by protesting against a multinational corporation -- particularly one with ambitions to grow.
Xiaomi means 'small rice' -- and big business -- in China's smartphone market.
China and the Philippines are in a dispute over an area of the South China Sea. Oil reserves, fishing rights and half the world's marine shipping traffic are at stake.
'In the short term, share prices are going to be affected. If this situation at the legislature keeps going on goes on, share prices will be more heavily affected and foreign investors will start to waver.' -- Shih Hsiao-chi, economist, SinoPac Securities
'Traditional funds might stay away, though you might see locals with some higher risk appetite. It's the risk you'd get with lack of transparency. You're not very sure of their background or level of experience.' -- Lorraine Tan, equity researcher, S&P Capital IQ