Sommeliers sample wine at the Ao Yun vineyards, located beneath the Meili mountain in Adong, in southwestern China's Yunnan province. Photo: AFP

Can China become the wine world’s next California?

  • The US state took 40 years to become one of the world’s great wine regions. China wants to do it in 10
Topic |   China innovators

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Sommeliers sample wine at the Ao Yun vineyards, located beneath the Meili mountain in Adong, in southwestern China's Yunnan province. Photo: AFP
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Former Indonesian president Habibie’s plan to revive Batam’s economy includes the development of eight residential towers, a 100-storey financial centre, and a mega mall. Photo: Dewey Sim

Former Indonesian president Habibie hopes seafront flats in Batam mega city will lure Singapore’s cashed-up buyers

  • Meisterstadt Batam, meaning ‘master city’ in German, is the brainchild of former leader B.J. Habibie
  • Habibie wants to transform this tiny corner of the Riau Archipelago and revive the island’s economy
Topic |   Indonesia

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Former Indonesian president Habibie’s plan to revive Batam’s economy includes the development of eight residential towers, a 100-storey financial centre, and a mega mall. Photo: Dewey Sim
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