Iranian engineers have tested a drone designed to rescue people at risk of drowning. The Pars robot has eight propellers and can carry up to three life rings which it can drop within arms-length of potential victims.
China extends grip in Central Asia. President Xi Jinping’s latest tour through Central Asia underlined China’s growing economic clout in the region. While local public attitudes to the superpower can turn hostile, presidents and ruling elites see Beijing as offering a lifeline for their political survival.
India successfully launched its first rocket to Mars, aiming to put a satellite in orbit around the red planet at a lower cost than previous missions and potentially positioning the emerging Asian nation as a budget player in the global space race.
A naval base the Philippines is building in Oyster Bay, situated in pristine South China Sea waters on the island province of Palawan, will become a centerpiece of a US$1.8 billion military modernization undertaken by Manila as part of its shared struggle with Washington against China’s territorial ambitions. While environmentalists are concerned about reefs, residents fear a sprawling US base to rival Okinawa.
Apple’s new plastic-backed iPhone 5C will sell for $730 in China, almost $200 more than the US retail price of $549 and only $130 less than the 5S.
Big U.S. auto makers and their allies in Congress are pushing the Obama administration to include currency provisions in an Asia-Pacific trade pact, potentially complicating talks that negotiators had hoped to conclude this year.