1.Look to the future and stay focused, Xi tells China in New Year’s address
2.China makes Reits push to speed up infrastructure investment
3.Diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games is ‘meaningless’, says Coe
4. China outlines vision for four mega data centre clusters
5.Xi hails 2021 as ‘year of exceptional significance’ and a ‘resilient & dynamic China’ on way to great rejuvenation in his new year speech  
6.Russia eyeing Australia’s place as China’s top iron ore supplier
7.China re-opens embassy in Nicaragua after diplomatic switch
8.Climate change is driving capitalism’s need to change to survive  

Central Asia

1.Kazakh Delegation Visits Kabul To Discuss Trade, Cooperation With Taliban
2.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hails security ties with Central Asian states
3.Kazakh lower house ratifies military cooperation agreement with Russia

East Asia

1.South Korea’s Moon vows fresh push for peace in final months as president
2.Vietnam urges China to urgently reopen border gates as trade stalls
3.Rohingya refugees undergo Covid-19 quarantine after Indonesia allows damaged boat to dock
4.Japan simulated ‘foreign’ invasion of Diaoyu Islands in East China Sea with drill involving Self-Defence Forces, coastguard and police
5.China’s appetite for Cambodian mangoes grows amid surge in demand for imported ‘premium’ fruit
6.Philippine navy seeks ‘dream fleet’ in South China Sea, buys two South Korean warships to ramp up maritime defences
7.South Korea doesn’t need to pick between US and China, says presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung
8.Japan’s Uniqlo CEO Tadashi Yanai says won’t get sucked into US-China rivalry
9.Kim Jong-un: North Korea to focus on economy in 2022
10.South Korean crosses DMZ in rare defection to North Korea