In this Feb. 25 file photo taken by surveillance planes and released May 15 by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, a Chinese vessel, top center, is being used to expand structures and land on the Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines and Chigua by China, in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (AP photo)
Chinese military officer explains need for construction in disputed Spratlys
BEIJING--In a rare disclosure, a high-ranking Chinese military officer told foreign media about the need for construction and a base in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing on Nov. 11. (Pool)
Even on agreement document, Japan, China quarreled over English phrasing
BEIJING--Japan and China immediately engaged in a war of words--English words, that is--over a document released Nov. 7 to smooth the way for a summit between the leaders of the two nations.
An iron production factory in Hebei province, China (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China joins other nations to boost growth
BEIJING--China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Nov. 21 to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.
Chinese journalist Gao Yu (AP file photo)
China courts put journalist on trial, reject Uighur scholar's appeal
BEIJING--An outspoken Chinese journalist went on trial on Nov. 21 accused of revealing state secrets as a court rejected an appeal by a prominent Uighur scholar whose life sentence on separatism charges had sparked an outcry from the West.
Pu Zhiqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Attorney: Prominent China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang could face harsher charges
BEIJING--Chinese prosecutors could upgrade the charges against a prominent human rights lawyer, saying that he incited "ethnic hatred and discrimination" when he wrote a microblog post criticizing the government's account of a mass knife attack, his lawyer said on Nov. 20.
Protesters use umbrellas and shields against police after they tried to break into the Legislative Council in Hong Kong Nov. 19. (AP Photo)
UPDATE: Hong Kong protesters break into gov't building, 4 arrested
HONG KONG--A small group of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters broke into the city's legislature via a side door early on Nov. 19 and police stopped others forcing their way in as tensions in the Chinese-controlled city escalated following a period of calm.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott walk together as they leave the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra Nov. 17. (AP Photo)
China and Australia sign free-trade deal
CANBERRA, Australia--China and Australia signed a preliminary free-trade deal on Nov. 17 that would give Australia's service industry unsurpassed access to the Chinese market and Australian agriculture advantages over competitors from the United States, Canada and the European Union, officials said.
Finance Minister Taro Aso (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan, China to resume dialogue between finance ministers
BRISBANE, Australia--Japan and China agreed here Nov. 15 to resume top-level finance talks that have been suspended since 2012 over deteriorating bilateral relations.
U.S. President Barack Obama, center, shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, third from right, during a group photo session at the 9th East Asia Summit on Nov. 13 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Second from left is Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. (AP Photo)
China offers ASEAN friendship, loans as South China Sea tension bubbles
NAYPYITAW--China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang proposed a friendship treaty with Southeast Asian countries and offered $20 billion in loans on Nov. 13 but held firm on the line that Beijing will only settle South China Sea disputes directly with other claimants.
Richard Armitage, former U.S. deputy secretary of state (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.S. experts pitch hopes low after China-Japan summit
WASHINGTON--When the leaders of China and Japan met Nov. 10, posing for an awkward handshake and ending a high-level diplomatic freeze, it took some of the edge off tensions that have unnerved Washington. But former senior U.S. officials doubt the highly anticipated meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heralds a fundamental improvement in relations.
The Nov. 11 edition of the People’s Daily carries photos of Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands with leaders of six countries, with the photo of his handshake with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe placed at the bottom. (Nanae Kurashige)
Chinese newspapers minimize Abe-Xi summit in their coverage
BEIJING--Chinese newspapers on Nov. 11 downplayed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's landmark meeting with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum here, giving greater play to the Chinese leader's meetings with other heads of state.
U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping review the honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Nov. 12. (AP Photo)
US, China unveil ambitious climate change goals
BEIJING--The United States and China pledged Nov. 12 to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of make-or-break climate talks next year.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their meeting in Beijing on Nov. 10. (Pool)
INSIGHT: Praise from Japan, caution from China after Abe-Xi meeting
BEIJING--The Japan-China summit in Beijing was brief and produced no specific agreement to improve bilateral relations. But Japanese government officials and politicians were still full of praise over the Nov. 10 meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Suspected Chinese coral poaching vessels sail westward from the Ogasawara island chain on Nov. 10. (Provided by Japan Coast Guard)
Suspected Chinese coral poachers move away from Japanese waters
Dozens of suspected Chinese fishing boats poaching coral have left waters around Tokyo-administered islands in the Pacific, but the Japan Coast Guard said it cannot determine if the illegal harvest is finally ending.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, are greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, at a banquet during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Beijing on Nov. 10. (Pool)
Japanese business leaders welcome Abe-Xi summit
Japanese business leaders praised the first Japan-China summit in two-and-a-half years on Nov. 10, saying they hope it signals an end to the strained ties that have hurt corporate profits.
The J-31 stealth fighter conducts a test run a day before the start of the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition air show in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, on Nov. 10. (Mitsusda Enyo)
China shows off latest stealth fighter to foreign journalists
ZHUHAI, China--China for the first time showed foreign media its next-generation J-31 stealth fighter with a test flight on Nov. 10, a day before the start of an international air show here.
U.S.President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit at the International Convention Center in Yanqi Lake, Beijing, on Nov. 11. (AP Photo)
China uses APEC summit as platform to boost leadership role in region
HUAIROU, China--Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Asia-Pacific leaders on Nov. 11 to strengthen trade ties at a summit Beijing is using to boost its role as a regional power with a flurry of trade and finance pacts.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping greet each other before their meeting in Beijing on Nov. 10. (Pool)
UPDATE: Abe, Xi hold landmark meeting in Beijing with eye toward starting over
BEIJING--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally got his long sought-after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping here on Nov. 10, a first step in a likely lengthy process of improving bilateral relations.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, front, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 10. (AP Photo)
China, S. Korea sign 'substantial conclusion' of free trade deal
BEIJING--Chinese and South Korean leaders on Nov. 10 signed a "substantial conclusion" of a free trade agreement that will sharply reduce barriers to commerce between the two trading giants, but leaves in place those on rice and automobiles.
A Japan Coast Guard surveillance vessel chases suspected Chinese poaching boats near Yomejima Island of the Ogasawara island chain on Nov. 8. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Cat-and-mouse game continues as Chinese coral poachers invade Japanese waters
Chinese coral poachers and Japan Coast Guard vessels continued playing a game of cat and mouse in Japanese waters south of Tokyo on Nov. 8, as a large number of the poaching craft have returned to the area around the Ogasawara island chain.

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