Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's Xi urges army to create strategy for information warfare
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as the country embarks on military reform, state media said on August 30.
In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Vietnamese special envoy Le Hong Anh, left, poses with Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, prior to a meeting in Beijing on Aug. 27. (AP Photo)
China says it wants to mend ties with Vietnam
BEIJING--China's President Xi Jinping told a special envoy from Vietnam on Aug. 27 that both countries should be "friendly to each other" to help mend ties after a flare-up over sovereignty in the South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency said.
An incense burner in Taipei's Hsing Tian Kong temple on Aug. 25, a day before it was removed (Satoshi Ukai)
Taipei’s famous temple bans incense offerings
TAIPEI--A popular temple here has prohibited the burning of incense within its walls in an attempt to combat air pollution.
A Chinese military Su-27 fighter jet that approached a Self-Defense Forces aircraft June 11 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
Sources: Chinese fighter made dangerous pass to obstruct SDF plane
BEIJING--Chinese fighter jets that flew within a whisker of Self-Defense Forces aircraft in the East China Sea in May and June obstructed an Air SDF aircraft in a highly dangerous maneuver, which could lead to a fatal crash, Japanese and Chinese sources said.
Chinese policemen and men claiming to be villagers block an alleyway leading to the venue for the Beijing Independent Film Festival in Beijing on Aug. 23. (AP Photo)
China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival
BEIJING--Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening on Aug. 23, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls.
A car bursts into flames after crashing into a guardrail in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Oct. 28, 2013. (Captured from Weibo)
China executes eight for "terrorist" attacks in Xinjiang
SHANGHAI--China has executed eight people for "terrorist" attacks in its restive far western region of Xinjiang, including three who "masterminded" a dramatic car crash in the capital's Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media said.
This handout photo provided by the Office of the Defense Secretary, taken Aug. 19, shows a Chinese fighter jet that the United States said conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.
U.S. protests intercept of Navy jet by Chinese warplane
WASHINGTON--The United States charged on August 22 that a Chinese fighter pilot conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a Navy patrol plane in international air space this week, flying a few meters from the U.S. jet and performing acrobatic maneuvers around it.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Mongolia eyes economic boost from China president's visit
ULAN BATOR--Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Mongolia on Aug. 21 for a two-day visit designed to deepen economic ties between the neighbors, with Mongolia desperate to kick-start its struggling economy with fresh investment.
Toyota Motor Corp. earlier said Chinese anti-monopoly authorities are looking into its Lexus luxury car division.
China fines 12 Japan auto parts firms $202 million in anti-monopoly probe
BEIJING--China announced Aug. 20 it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry.
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China’s vice president calls for improved ties with Tokyo
BEIJING--Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao says that both Tokyo and Beijing should cast aside minor differences to pursue common interests.
The Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing (AP file photo)
China roils international scholars with attempt to 'censor' Taiwanese ads
TAIPEI--China has academics in a snit over an attempt to prevent the distribution of an international conference program that featured ads championing Taiwan’s longtime support for Chinese studies.
Students memorize formulas, vocabulary and other lessons while running between classes at Hengshui High School in Hebei province. (Koichi Furuya)
Students at military-like rural high school in China winning 'college entrance exams war'
HENGSHUI, China--It's 5:45 a.m., and students at Hengshui High School, a rural public boarding school in Hengshui, Hebei province, are already running about campus with textbooks in hand, many shouting, “We will win the entrance exam.”
In this Oct. 8, 2007 file photo, Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan poses for photographs upon arrival for "The Drummer" premiere at Hong Kong Convention Center. (AP Photo)
Jackie Chan's son detained in Beijing drug bust
BEIJING--The actor son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.
Pope Francis meets the media during an airborne press conference on his journey back to Rome from Seoul, South Korea, on Aug. 18. (AP Photo)
Pope wants China dialogue, freedom for church
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE--Pope Francis says he wants dialogue with China and the only thing he asks in return is for the Catholic Church to be able to operate freely.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Mercedes, newest automaker to face charges of violating China's anti-monopoly laws
BEIJING--China's government said on Aug. 18 it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.
Participants hold a Chinese national flag and a Hong Kong flag as tens of thousands of people march on a down town street to oppose a planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong Aug. 17. (AP Photo)
Tens of thousands stage Hong Kong pro-government rally
HONG KONG--Tens of thousands of people, many wearing red as a sign of their patriotism to China, took part in a demonstration march in Hong Kong on August 17 to protest a planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists in the city.
Pope Francis baptizes Lee Ho-jin, the father of one of the children who died in South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster, in Seoul on Aug. 17. (AP Photo)
Pope tells Asia's communist nations not to fear Christians
HAEMI, South Korea--Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said on Aug. 17 that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to "come as conquerors" but be integral parts of local cultures.
The Yalu river in China's Liaoning province, which North Korean defectors cross when fleeing their home country, is shown. A North Korean village is seen in the background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Beijing allowing N. Korean officials to capture defectors on Chinese side of border
SHENYANG, China--North Korean agents are searching for and detaining defectors from the reclusive country hiding on the Chinese side of their shared border, all with the blessing of Beijing, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.
Ling Jihua, left, and Xi Jinping, center, attend a ceremony in Beijing in June 2012. (Provided by China News Service)
Provincial politicians in China caught up in corruption probe
BEIJING--More than 25 Communist Party executives are under investigation or have been dismissed from their posts following a string of corruption revelations in Shanxi province.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, center in back row, and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, right in front row, attend a ceremony on the sidelines of the ASEAN conference in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 10. (Nozomu Hayashi)
INSIGHT: Hints of progress after Japan-China foreign ministers talks
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Soon after arriving here for the ASEAN conference, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said “see you” when he bumped into his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida.

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