Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur on April 27. (The Asahi Shimbun)
China maritime tensions dominate Southeast Asia summit
KUALA LUMPUR--Southeast Asian leaders edged closer to open criticism of China's land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea at a regional summit on April 27, as the Philippines drew the ire of Beijing which called its objections to the work "unreasonable."
A Chinese government vessel chases a Vietnamese ship in the South China Sea in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Philippines, China trade accusations over threats in disputed waters
MANILA—The Philippines accused China of aggressive maneuvers against its reconnaissance plane and fishermen in disputed seas where Beijing has stepped up construction of artificial islands, but China reiterated its claim on the strategic waterways.
Eric Chu, chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist party, in January (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalists to visit China
BEIJING--The chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist party, a likely candidate for the island's presidency in next year's election, will meet with Communist Party leaders during a visit to China next month as the former bitter enemies continue their two decade-old rapprochement.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their summit in Jakarta on April 22. (Pool)
INSIGHT: Japan, China signal growing thaw in ties during Jakarta talks
What a difference a few months make.
The national flags of Japan and China are not shown in this People's Daily’s photo of the April 22 summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping. (From the People's Daily)
ANALYSIS: Chinese media reports indicate thaw in Tokyo-Beijing relations
BEIJING--Chinese media remained cautious about mentioning improved Japan-China relations, but their coverage of the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping was more positive than the tone for the previous summit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party executives hear reports about corruption at the National People’s Congress on March 12. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China names its top 100 fugitives suspected of corruption
BEIJING--China has issued a list of its top 100 officials and others wanted on suspicion of corruption who are believed to have fled abroad, the latest step in President Xi Jinping's aggressive campaign to rein in graft.
Pro-democracy lawmakers walk out of the legislative chamber after Chief Secretary Carrie Lam unveiled the Beijing-backed election reform package’s details in Hong Kong on April. 22. (AP Photo)
Hong Kong government faces opposition as it unveils Beijing-backed election reform proposal
HONG KONG--Hong Kong's government unveiled election reform proposals on April 22, setting the stage for another round of confrontations with pro-democracy activists and lawmakers opposed to Beijing-mandated restrictions on candidates for the city's top job.
Au Loongyu (Photo by Takio Murakami)
INTERVIEW/ Au Loongyu: Networking of Chinese laborers bound to change China's 'bureaucratic capitalism'
While Chinese President Xi Jinping forges ahead with a massive crackdown on corruption, questions have arisen as to why he had to do so in the first place.
Hexie Hao bullet trains await export at a China CNR Corp.-affiliated factory in Tangshan, Hebei province, in February. (Tokuhiko Saito)
China pins economic hopes on exports of bullet trains, nuclear power plants
BOAO, China--Beijing is trying to jump-start its slowing economy by reworking its high-speed train and nuclear power plant industries to generate more exports.
Activists sit on portable toilets at the Great Wall of China in 2012 to highlight their demand for more women’s toilets in public restrooms. (Provided by activists' supporters)
Outcry at home and abroad leads to release of Chinese female activists
BEIJING--Mounting criticism from the international community and a powerful women’s group affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party led to the recent release of five female activists who had been detained since early March.
This combination photo of satellite images taken on Feb. 6, 2015, top, and March 23, 2015, bottom, by Airbus Defence and Space, and distributed by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, shows what IHS Jane's describes as an airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef in a disputed section of the South China Sea. (CNES, Airbus Defence and Space/IHS Jane's Defence Weekly via AP)
Report says China building airstrip on reclaimed island
BEIJING--China is building an airstrip on an artificially created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, according to independent analysts, a move the U.S. has warned could raise tensions in the area.
In this June 9, 2012 file photo, Chinese journalist Gao Yu attends an opening ceremony of Chinese artist Liu Xia's photo exhibition in Hong Kong. (AP Photo)
Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years
BEIJING--A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison April 17 on charges of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership's resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power.
Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, left, shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before a meeting on April 14 in Beijing. (AP Photo)
Chinese premier: Past apologies should be basis for Japan's perceptions of history
BEIJING--China’s premier told former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono that the statement of apology to wartime “comfort women” made under his name is a foundation for Japan to properly understand history.
China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China says 57 countries to be founding members of AIIB
BEIJING--A total of 57 countries will be founding members of the new Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), China's finance ministry said on April 15, throwing together countries as diverse as Iran, Israel, Britain and Laos.
Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China warns main Taiwan opposition party as it names presidential candidate
BEIJING/ TAIPEI--China warned Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on April 15 to heed the lessons of the last time it was in power and not push for independence, as the party announced its candidate for next year's presidential election.
China's economic growth rate slows to 7 percent in the January-March period. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's slowdown deepens, stepping up pressure on Beijing
BEIJING—China's economic slump deepened as manufacturing and retail sales cooled in the first quarter of this year, stepping up pressure for Beijing to keep the world's second-largest economy on track.
Chinese lawyer Wang Qiushi, who represents Wei Tingting, one of five women activists detained last month, talks to journalists at a cafe in Beijing on April 14. (AP Photo)
China frees 5 women's rights activists after month detention
BEIJING—Chinese authorities have released five women's rights campaigners whose detentions for more than a month sparked an international outcry and underscored the government's tight restrictions on independent social activism.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China protests U.S. calls to release women activists
BEIJING--China has lodged a formal protest with Washington after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry called for the release of five detained women activists, the foreign ministry said on April 13.
Taiwanese protest Taipei's willingness to participate in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on March 31. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China says Taiwan won't be among charter members of AIIB
BEIJING--Cross-strait frictions re-emerged on April 13 as China said Taiwan won't be among the charter members of the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, apparently because of a dispute over what name the island should use in the institution.
Citizens hold umbrellas, a symbol of Hong Kong's Occupy protest movement, in the Admiralty district on Oct. 28, 2014, to mark one month since the start of pro-democracy demonstrations. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China to curb visits to Hong Kong by Shenzhen residents
HONG KONG--China will limit visits by residents of the city of Shenzhen to neighboring Hong Kong, a politician and media said on April 12, following recent tension in the former British colony over growing numbers of mainland visitors.

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