Beijing, China -- The buzz today is over the rise of China and India in the big global power shift, as witnessed during the recent Davos World Economic Forum. The two Asian giants' rise is being reflected in the international arena. India is seeking a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council, while China has been invited to attend the G-7 Finance Ministers' Meeting in London, after its first invitation to a similar rendezvous in Washington last autumn.
IKARUGA, Japan -- A heart attack or sudden natural ailment would be a dream come true for the pilgrims who flock to this Japanese town where, nestled in the bamboo, an ancient temple is reputed to fulfill a modern wish: discreet death.
Taipei, Taiwan -- A group of performers of Buddhist music from the Chinese mainland has held a religious ceremony on the Taiwan island. The performers say their ceremony is a prayer for world peace, but is also aimed at promoting Buddhist exchanges across the straits.