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This Week in Asiaweek

Cover Story
Reflections on the year
Newsmakers

The Year in Review
IMAGES '98
The year in pictures

Headliners
Catching the eye
Deaths
A final bow
Personalities
Making their mark
Comments
Quotes from our pages
Trends
What's hot
Innovations
Objects of desire
Movies
Asia's Screen test
Highs of the Year
Moments to savor
Lows of the Year
Things to forget
Books
What we're reading
Sign-off
Optimism for the future


He came, he kidnapped, he died. In December, Chinese authorities executed Hong Kong's Cheung Tze-keung, a.k.a. Big Spender, and members of his gang. Cheung was convicted of smuggling arms into China but committed his main crimes in Hong Kong, including kidnapping one tycoon and another billionaire's son. The trial was controversial because some felt it should have been held in Hong Kong. Watchin g the proceedings anxiously was alleged triad boss Wan Kuok-koi, a.k.a. Broken Tooth Koi. He is in a Macau jail awaiting trial and hoping it happens before China recovers the Portuguese colony next December.

Photograph by Xinhua - AFP

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Shock
Reformasi
Reformasi Redux
Disaster
Outbreak
Performance
Games
Celebration
Moments

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