Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe and Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua during their meeting in Tokyo on March 28 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Beijing invites Tokyo governor for first time in 18 years
With Japan’s capital now in a post-Shintaro Ishihara period, the city of Beijing for the first time in 18 years has invited Tokyo’s governor to visit the Chinese capital.
Cargo containers stacked in the port of Guangzhou, Guangdong province (The Asahi Shimbun)
China's growth slows to 24-year low of 7.4 percent
BEIJING--China's economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4 percent in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners.
Hu Deping, the son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang, visits the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Confidant of Xi met with Abe in Tokyo to smooth bilateral relations
BEIJING--A Chinese pro-Japan advocate with close ties to President Xi Jinping secretly met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a weeklong visit to Japan earlier this month in an effort to mend bilateral ties, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.
A haze caused by smog envelops the Beijing Japanese School and a nearby building on March 26. (Nozomu Hayashi)
Sharp fall in Japanese children at schools in China due to PM 2.5
The number of students at schools for Japanese children in Beijing and Shanghai has fallen drastically due to choking air pollution that is making life intolerable for millions of other residents as well.
Chinese naval ships visit Vladivostok to conduct a joint exercise with Russia in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China cancels fleet review, denies snub for Japan
BEIJING--China's navy on April 15 denied, in a roundabout way, that it snubbed Japan by not inviting it to join in a naval fleet review as part of an international symposium, saying the two events had never been linked in the first place.
An F-22 stealth fighter jet attempts to land after a drill on March 25 in Honolulu. (Hikaru Uchida)
NEW SUPERPOWER RELATIONS: U.S., China in 'new model' of military rivalry
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, reiterated the bilateral agreement to create “the new model of military-to-military relations,” when they appeared together in a joint press conference in Beijing on April 8.
Supporters in January protest the Communist Party and Chinese government near the Beijing courthouse where Xu Zhiyong, founder of New Citizens' Movement, is tried. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prominent Chinese activist scorns court as jail term upheld
BEIJING--A prominent Chinese rights activist expressed defiance on April 11 after a court upheld his four-year jail sentence, saying the pall of communism and dictatorship would eventually give way to freedom and justice.
A Chinese flag in the City of London in March reflects a growing number of Chinese financial institutions opening branches in one of the world's largest financial hubs. (Akira Suemori)
NEW SUPERPOWER RELATIONS: Beijing's high hopes for renminbi to rival U.S. dollar
As China pushes its renminbi as an international medium of exchange that will someday rival the U.S. dollar, European countries are trying to cash in on the currency's potential.
Lin Fei-fan, left, and Chen Wei-ting, leaders of the student protests against a trade pact with China, speak to the media during a press conference on the occupied legislature floor in Taipei on April 7. (AP Photo)
Students to end 24-day siege of Taiwan parliament
TAIPEI--Students who have occupied Taiwan's Parliament for 24 days to protest a trade pact with China planned to leave on April 10 after receiving assurances the deal they see as imperiling the island's autonomy would undergo legislative review.
Hu Deping, the son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang, visits the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 8 to meet with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. (Shogo Koshida)
Visit to Tokyo by Xi confidant may herald better Tokyo-Beijing ties
The son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang is visiting Japan in what the Abe administration hopes will be a prelude to better relations with Beijing.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan shake hands at the end of a joint news conference at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, China on April 8. The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation. (AP Photo)
U.S. defense chief gets earful as China visit exposes tensions
BEIJING--Tensions between China and the United States were on full display on April 8 as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions in Beijing about America's position in bitter territorial disputes with regional U.S. allies.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo's Fussa on April 5. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hagel tours China's new aircraft carrier, but wants more openness on cyber
BEIJING--The U.S. campaign to encourage China to be more open about its military growth and intentions got a symbolic boost on April 7 with a tour for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel of the country's first aircraft carrier, but efforts to get the Asian giant to be more transparent about cyberattacks and other defense operations has been less successful.
Chinese and South Koreans offer a prayer during a memorial ceremony for the victims of wartime forced labor in Japan on April 2 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. (Nozomu Hayashi)
South Koreans collaborating with Chinese in lawsuits over forced labor in Japan
HIJIAZHUANG, China--Chinese citizens filing lawsuits over forced labor in Japan during World War II are getting a helping hand from South Korean plaintiffs who won court victory on this issue in their own country.
A man walks past a Chinese government propaganda billboard with the words "China dream, is my dream" near a construction site in Beijing on April 2. (AP photo)
China unveils mini stimulus as economy sputters
HONG KONG--China's leaders have unveiled a mini-stimulus aimed at shoring up sputtering growth in the world's No. 2 economy.
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the evening reception at the Hotel InterContinental in Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 29. (AP Photo)
Tokyo protests Xi’s reference to Nanking Massacre
Japan lodged a protest against Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remark in Germany that Japanese soldiers committed a “brutal crime” by killing more than 300,000 Chinese in the 1937 Nanking Massacre.
Chinese sailors line up for inspection aboard the guided-missile destroyer Qingdao, right, before departure for a naval drill at a military port in Qingdao, Shandong province, on Aug. 20, 2013. (AP Photo)
China excludes Japan's MSDF from international fleet review
The Chinese navy has not invited Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force to take part in an international fleet review that it will host in late April, government sources said.
Chinese president Xi Jinping by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellor's office in Berlin on March 28. (AP Photo)
China's Xi says Japan's wartime atrocities 'fresh in our memory'
BERLIN--Chinese President Xi Jinping said on March 28 during a visit to Berlin that Japan's wartime atrocities were still "fresh in our memory."
A bereaved family member lays flowers at a memorial dedicated to wartime Chinese forced laborers in Hiroshima Prefecture last October. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chinese forced labor lawsuit filed against Japan, two companies
BEIJING--A group of 19 Chinese citizens filed a lawsuit in a Chinese court over forced labor in Japan during the wartime era, adding to a recent flurry of similar lawsuits on the issue.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third from right, during a G7 meeting in The Hague on March 24 (Pool)
China angrily denounces Japan for Russia-Crimea analogy
BEIJING--China denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on March 28 for drawing an analogy between Russia's behaviour in Crimea and China's actions in the disputed East and South China Seas, accusing Abe of hypocrisy.
Chinese honor guards are handed the remains of soldiers killed in the Korean War at Incheon International Airport in South Korea on March 28. (AP Photo)
Chinese soldiers remains return 6 decades after Korean War
BEIJING--The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean War returned home on March 28, more than 60 years after an armistice ended the fighting.

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