US and China spar until closing moments of WHO assembly

US and China spar until closing moments of WHO assembly

GENEVA/TOKYO — As the World Health Organization’s annual gathering of members concluded its two-day meeting on Tuesday, the U.S. and China traded barbs until the closing moments over the issue of Taiwan’s attendance, symbolizing the heated battle...
Instant noodles cool as Japan’s stay-at-home stocks lose steam

Instant noodles cool as Japan’s stay-at-home stocks lose steam

TOKYO — Such Japanese stocks as Nissin Foods Holdings and Nintendo that had rallied in anticipation of demand from consumers stuck at home amid the coronavirus pandemic have begun returning to Earth as the government begins to relax emergency measures....
The death of the coffee king

The death of the coffee king

BANGALORE — In early 2019, around six months before his body was retrieved from the Netravati River in the south Indian state of Karnataka, V.G. Siddhartha met with representatives of Blackstone Group, one of the world’s leading investment companies....
Gangnam-style library in Seoul sells $25 getaway for book lovers

Gangnam-style library in Seoul sells $25 getaway for book lovers

SEOUL — Shelved among the luxury apartment towers in Seoul’s upscale Gangnam district is a small white library that charges more than the price of a new book for admission. The nonmembers’ fee at Sojeonseolim starts at 30,000 won ($25). It has built...
Luckin first casualty as US takes aim at China transparency

Luckin first casualty as US takes aim at China transparency

NEW YORK — U.S. President Donald Trump and his Republican Party have doubled down on making China transparency a top issue in an election year, both in terms of the coronavirus response as well as listed companies. While Trump repeatedly accuses China of failing...