Beijing’s South China Sea island buildup is “for military purposes” according to the director of America’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Robert Cardillo. In a rare public testimony, he rejected China’s claim that its land reclamation projects are commercial or tourism-related.

Samsung has announced it is stopping production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, a day after it halted global sales of the faulty devices. The South Korean tech giant said it had made a final decision to stop production for the sake of consumer safety.

Hong Kong’s former Chief Executive, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen faces a fresh charge relating to his failure to disclose accepting a luxury penthouse in Shenzhen when he was in office. The new charge, under the city’s Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, alleges he accepted advantage in refurbishment and redecoration of the three-story apartment.

Thailand’s most prominent opposition Red Shirt leader was back behind bars on Tuesday after a court ruled he had breached bail conditions by criticizing the junta during a television show. In a statement, Bangkok’s Criminal Court said Jatuporn Prompan had been “sarcastic” about the work of the junta.

Celebrating 250 years, Tattersalls – in Newmarket, England – is the world’s oldest bloodstock auctioneer. An ailing pound provides an added draw for Hong Kong and Japanese buyers looking for horseracing’s next superstars at this year’s October Yearling Sales.

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Kenny Hodgart

Kenny Hodgart is an editor for Asia Times.