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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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By Alexandra A. Seno

Jin Xing's Career Moves

Great leaps are Jin Xing's specialty - in life and on the stage. Many regard the 30-year-old as China's premier modern dancer. Others know her as the country's most famous transsexual. And at the end of the year, Jin makes a leap into the unknown with her first movie. In the yet-untitled Chinese-Hungarian production, she plays a choreographer teaching modern jazz to a Western ballerina. "I

love acting," says the Beijing dancer, who already dabbles in theater projects. "In a couple of years, I will be China's best actress." Before then, she will be on stage from May 14 to 17 in the Chinese capital presenting her interpretation of the classic Peking opera The Drunken Beauty. And in the summer, she stars in her first solo play.

The Fluff and the Stuff of Japanese Pop Pair Puffy

Never mind that you can barely tell Ami, 24, and Yumi, 23, apart. (Yumi is actually 5 cm taller.) The Japanese singing duo Puffy stand out not for looking different from each other but for outstanding record sales. With their latest release, Jet CD, it seems like they may duplicate the success of their 1996 debut record, Amiyumi, which sold 2 million albums. Fans have already snapped up 1.3 million copies of Jet in the eight weeks since its release. Another thing that distinguishes Ami and Yumi from the rest of the pop pack: they come with a whole array of Puffy paraphernalia - including their own line of shoes, clothes, posters and toys. On the Hong Kong black market, limited-edition Puffy dolls go for $220, double the original price in Japan.

Castro's Cigar-Maker Rolls into Asia

Avelino Lara thinks the Asian cigar market will soon be, well, smoking. And that's partly why Fidel Castro's former personal Havana-roller recently made his first trip to China, Hong Kong and Singapore. China, with its 300 million or so smokers, is expected to soon become the world's biggest market for cigars. On his tour, the 77-year-old Lara also introduced his own line of cigars, developed in the Bahamas, where he now lives. He and his Singaporean distributor hope to sell a third of production in the region.

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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