Some local governments and institutes have posted notices in China's restive Xinjiang province, banning students and civil servants from taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Some Western regional experts say although the orders are not new, they run the risk of reinforcing recent tensions. Li Ya files this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is preparing for a week of meetings that highlight the U.S. pivot to Asia. Starting Tuesday, he hosts defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, in Hawaii before traveling to Japan and China. VOA's Colin Lovett reports.