Two of China’s three northeastern rust-belt provinces, Heilongjiang and Jilin, are shaking off their reputations as being among the country’s worst performers in terms of GDP growth. Estimates released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) put growth over the first three quarters at 7.9% for Jilin and 6.7% for Heilongjiang.

On the eve of Diwali, Beijing has warned that any move by India to boycott its goods will affect the flow of investments to the country. The call to boycott Chinese goods came in protest over China’s continuing support for Pakistan despite recent terror attacks by Islamic militants on Indian military bases.

Is China’s Communist Party ready to abandon its system of collective leadership? Don’t bet on it. Xi Jinping’s elevation to “core” status reinforces his power to shape the party and its future. However, some observers are already saying he has amassed too much control. We attempt to decipher the meaning behind a communique issued after this week’s four-day plenary session.

The operator of Tokyo’s subway, Tokyu Corp, has suffered a backlash from an advertisement campaign criticizing women who apply makeup on train carriages. Social media has lit up with Japanese women blasting the company for interfering in the entirely personal business of applying face paint.

The Rand Corporation is right in its assessment that the United States will win the cyber war with China in 2017, writes Greg Austin, a Professor in the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales.

Kenny Hodgart is an editor for Asia Times.