The challenge of meeting energy demand in the region may well come at the expense of water resources.
It may be concerned over similar aspirations by Tibetans and Uyghurs to vote themselves out of the current arrangement with Beijing.
Despite China's bluster on Tibet, there is hope for a resumption of talks between the Dalai Lama's envoys and Beijing, some experts say.
In an unprecedented move, Washington says China's so-called 'nine-dash line' is inconsistent with international law.
Will parliament pave the way for Aung San Suu Kyi to make a bid for the presidency?
The new year is expected to be dominated by Japan-China tensions, a Cambodian political crisis, Myanmar's charter change debate, Tibetan protests, and uncertainty in North Korea.
Governments in the region are feeling the heat of media scrutiny.
Experts believe China is moving in the direction after establishing a similar zone in the East China Sea.
The authoritarian state is close to lifting a ban on gay marriages without formally recognizing such unions.
The party leadership says economic reforms to be proposed at the key forum will be comprehensive and unprecedented.
Credit boom in the region shows no signs of abating even as debt piles up.
The U.S. president grapples with a government shutdown and debt concerns.
Xi bags tens of billions of dollars in investments and energy deals during a regional trip.
The region appears to be in a state of denial despite taking the lion's share of cases.
A pact to restart a joint industrial project is overshadowed by Pyongyang's nuclear threat.
They use the ballot to express their frustration with rising graft, human rights abuses and land grabs.
Right groups worry Prime Minister Hun Sen may further tighten the screws on opposition politicians.
A warming climate will flood cities, and take a toll on farm production, fish catch, tourism and health.
Prospects of six-party talks resuming are seen as slim.
Pressure builds on US President Barack Obama to raise rights issues with his Chinese counterpart at an upcoming summit.
Bloggers and their relatives are violently attacked and arrested.
Some lawmakers and ex-government officials accuse the State Department of favoring powers such as China and India.
U.N. data on water targets mask underlying concerns in the region.
A U.S. shows of force on the Korean peninsula draws battle cries from Pyongyang.
The U.S. and EU crank up the pressure on Vientiane as concerns mount over the whereabouts of a social activist.
The Burmese opposition leader is facing a deluge of criticism over a copper mine decision.
Experts warn of the implications of domestic violence on International Women's Day.
Chinese corporate espionage poses a threat to regional security, some analysts say.
Pyongyang's defiant nuclear test poses a dilemma to the new Chinese leadership.
An American-led trade liberalization model faces a tough sell in Asia.