While China's constitution enshrines freedom of religion, authorities keep strict limits on it, a reminder to Muslims that the state comes before Allah.
Promises of higher salaries and greater freedom at work are luring officials from China's high-profile drugs watchdog to the companies they had regulated. It comes as the country looks to tighten oversight and drive innovation.
US President Barack Obama leaves a restaurant in Hanoi after dining with American chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain. Obama is on a three-day visit to Vietnam. (Photo: AFP)
Entry is for mainland citizens only - and even then, intense screenings apply. The destination is the South China Sea's disputed Paracel Islands, an area that has become the flashpoint of a global sovereignty row. As we count down to the United Nations ruling over China's claims to the waters, the SCMP joined a one-of-a-kind cruise for a sneak peek at one of the world's most unlikely tourist hotspots. Stay tuned for more exclusive reports in the coming days.