COVER

West Meets East (Cover Story)

Europe is scrambling to cash in on China's amazing boom—and forge a political alliance that can boost its global fortunes

The Art of Trade (Cover Story)

A riveting exhibition recalls an earlier era when Europe and Asia fascinated and enriched each other

ASIA

Southern Front

Muslims have been fighting for decades for a separate state in Thailand's south. Now, for many, the goal is no longer independence but jihad

Pouring Cash

In small-town China, a case of alleged corruption sheds light on what happens when poorly paid local officials are encouraged to go all out for economic growth

GLOBAL ADVISER

A Whale of A Time (TIME Global Adviser)

Don't just take photographs... swim with the world's largest mammals

Backstreet Beijing (TIME Global Adviser)

Get to the Chinese capital's old alleys, or hutongs, before the developers do

Walk of Life (TIME Global Adviser)

The Whitsunday Great Walk celebrates the natural beauty of Australia's coastal rainforests

Welcome to Wonderland (TIME Global Adviser)

A Sri Lankan hotel combines the serendipitous with the surreal

Tech Watch (TIME Global Adviser)

Keeping Privacy Protected

BRIEFING

Bali: Two Years After (Notebook)

Indonesia's idyllic island is slowly recovering from 2002's deadly blast, but for its victims, healing may take longer

Megawati Loses Out (Notebook)

The outgoing Indonesian President's unwillingness to accept defeat has held up a peaceful transition

Staying Tuned (Notebook)

Not spending enough quality time in front of your TV? Help is on the way.

Passing the Scepter? (Notebook)

Cambodia's King Sihanouk says he'll abdicate as questions swirl over his motives

Milestones (Notebook)

Rodney Dangerfield; Janet Leigh

Verbatim (Notebook)

Quotes of the Week

Letters (Notebook)

Indonesia: Again