Daniel Russel, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, speaks to reporters in Seoul in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.S. to continue patrols in South China Sea; China says U.S. actions 'dangerous'
BEIJING/WASHINGTON--China said on May 22 it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.
In this May 21 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, residents move a motorcycle on a flooded street in Jiahui town of Gongcheng Yao Autonomous County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua via AP)
57 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus
BEIJING--The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 57, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond, authorities said May 23.
A document shows Chinese vessels engage in reclamation work at Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands. (Provided by the Philippine military)
CNN: China navy warns U.S. spy plane in disputed South China Sea
The Chinese navy warned a U.S. surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area eight times, according to CNN, which was on board the flight on May 20.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Xi urges young, new media workers to lead rejuvenation of China
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the younger generation and new media professionals to join the government in an intensified push to achieve China's dream of "national rejuvenation."
Construction work by China on Hughes Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The photograph was taken May 13. (Provided by Tuoi Tre)
Vietnam says China putting up large buildings on Spratly reefs
HANOI--China is erecting multistory structures on two reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands to bolster its claim in the South China Sea, Vietnamese newspapers reported May 19.
The Asahi Shimbun
POLL: 70% of students studying Japanese in China say they like Japan
More than 70 percent of Chinese students learning Japanese in China said they feel close with Japan, a sharp turnaround from a survey 10 years ago when diplomatic strains between the Asian neighbors were much higher.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 17. (AP Photo)
Despite tension, Xi says U.S.-China relations are stable
BEIJING--China's relations with the United States remain stable, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on May 17, as he sought to defuse tension over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea that has pitted Washington against Beijing.
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (Taken from U.S. Navy's official website)
Naval chase around Spratlys heightens tensions between China, U.S
WASHINGTON--Chinese vessels repeatedly chased a U.S. naval combat ship on patrol near the disputed Spratly Islands, raising concerns over a possible contingency in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference following meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on May 16. (AP Photo/ Pool)
U.S., China remain at odds over South China Sea activity
BEIJING--The United States and China held firm on May 16 to deep disagreements over increasingly assertive Chinese activity in disputed areas of the South China Sea, as Beijing politely but pointedly rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's push for Beijing to reduce tensions.
Eric Chu, chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, or Nationalist party, in Shanghai on May 3 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Taiwan ruling party chief says he will not run for president
TAIPEI--Taiwan's ruling party chief said May 16 he would not run for president in January, raising the prospect that an independence-leaning opposition party might regain power and cast a shadow over ties with political rival China.
Pu Zhiqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China indicts detained lawyer on charge of making trouble
BEIJING--A prominent Chinese rights lawyer taken into custody a year ago was formally indicted May 15 on charges of fanning ethnic hatred and provoking troubles.
People on May 14 in Osaka watch a TV screen showing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking at a news conference about new security legislation. (Yuta Takahashi)
Beijing, Seoul urge Tokyo to use security legislation for regional peace
China and South Korea called on Japan to continue its pacifist ideals and use proposed new security legislation for “peaceful” purposes.
The coal mine ruins on Hashima island in Nagasaki Prefecture are among the 23 sites of the Meiji Industrial Revolution endorsed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China also opposes UNESCO listing for Japan’s industrial sites
BEIJING--China has joined South Korea in opposing Japan’s efforts to list a group of prewar industrial facilities as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, foreground, walks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15. (AP Photo)
China, India pledge to cool border dispute
BEIJING--China and India proposed measures on May 15 to resolve a long-festering border dispute, as Beijing sought to clear obstacles to a relationship that it said could change the international political order.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo prior to their meeting in Xia'n, China's Shaanxi province, on May 14. (AP Photo)
India's Modi meets China's Xi amid warming ties
XI'AN, China--President Xi Jinping praised China's warming ties with India during a meeting on May 14 between the leaders of Asia's rising powers and rivals, which included a rare touch of personal diplomacy for a Chinese leader.
Construction work on a runway and a harbor on Fiery Cross Reef on April 17 (From the website of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations)
U.S. says Beijing will have runway on disputed reefs within three years
WASHINGTON--China is on course to complete a runway on disputed reefs in the South China Sea in a few years as part of efforts to bolster its control over local waters, according to senior administration officials here.
Chinese leaders at a ceremony in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2005, to mark the 60th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China sets public holiday for anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II
SHANGHAI--China said on May 13 it would make Sept. 3 a national holiday this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, makes a statement watched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after signing agreements in New Delhi on Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo)
Personal diplomacy marks Modi's China trip amid warming ties
BEIJING--They are the strongest leaders to emerge in years from the world's two most populous nations, and appear to be trying to forge a strong working relationship.
A Chinese government vessel chases a Vietnamese ship in the South China Sea in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pentagon weighs sending planes, ships near disputed South China Sea reefs
WASHINGTON--Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military aircraft and ships to assert freedom of navigation around rapidly growing Chinese-made artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, a U.S. official said on May 12.
The reform-minded Chinese monthly magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu (Nozomu Hayashi)
Beijing turns screws on reformist Chinese magazine, threatens editor
BEIJING--Chinese censors have attempted to sabotage a reform-minded monthly magazine and also threatened its managing editor with dismissal.

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