Smog blankets the sky over Beijing in March 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chinese reporter's pollution documentary draws 28 million views
BEIJING--A slick new documentary on China's environmental woes has racked up more than 28 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution.
Guo Boxiong, former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, attends a session of the National People's Congress in 2013. His son and a senior military officer, Guo Zhenggang, is under investigation. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Son of former top military officer caught up in China corruption probe
BEIJING--China is investigating 14 of its senior military officers, including the son of one of its former top generals, for suspected corruption, state media said March 2.
Britain's Prince William, left, gives a letter from Queen Elizabeth to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 2. (AP Photo)
Britain's Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China
BEIJING--Prince William presented China's president with a large envelope on March 2 containing an invitation from the queen to visit Britain this year, as he began the first official visit to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation.
A Chinese tanker makes a port call at the new deep water port at Maday Island, Myanmar, on Jan. 28. A large storage oil tank newly constructed by China is in the background. (Makoto Igarashi)
New oil pipeline highlights China’s effort to strengthen energy security
KYAUKPYU, Myanmar--China has constructed a pipeline to pump crude oil from the Bay of Bengal to southern China through Myanmar as part of an effort to ease its reliance on the pirate-ridden Malacca Strait.
Protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers gesture against local villagers at a suburban district of Yuen Long in Hong Kong March 1. (AP Photo)
Hong Kong arrests 33 in protest against Chinese shoppers
HONG KONG--Hong Kong police arrested nearly three dozen people March 1 after scuffles broke out at a protest in a border town, in the latest example of heightened tensions over the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers in the city.
In this Feb. 27, 2015 photo, a Chinese family walk past a China Dream billboard, showing messages pushed by Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration on display in Beijing. (AP Photo)
China's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy
BEIJING--China's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months Feb. 28, adding to signs the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (AP photo)
China drops leading technology brands in favor of local makers
BEIJING--China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cyber-surveillance.
Toshihiro Nikai, the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council chairman, meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Feb. 13. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
LDP's Nikai to visit China in bid to improve relations
In an attempt to mend ties, a ruling party executive plans to visit China with 3,000 Japanese people, including tourism and local government officials, more than double the size of his delegation that went to South Korea.
Chinese tourists line up at cash registers that handle duty-free goods in Osaka on Feb. 24. (Kazumi Tako)
Chinese New Year holidaymakers revel in spending weakened yen across Japan
As departing tourists packed airports at the close of the Chinese New Year celebration, department stores and retail outlets across Japan were also celebrating sharp increases in sales over the weeklong period.
Laox electronic appliance store in Tokyo’s Akihabara district is packed with Chinese tourists on Feb. 18, the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday season. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Japan tourist hot spot at start of Chinese New Year
Throngs of Chinese tourists celebrating the Chinese New Year have descended on Japan, where the weak yen gives shoppers more bang for their buck.
The skipper of this Chinese vessel was arrested on suspicion of illegally harvesting coral in December 2014. (Provided by 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters)
Record 16 Chinese vessels seized over coral poaching in 2014
A record 16 Chinese vessels were seized in 2014 after being caught poaching coral in Japanese waters for the lucrative jewelry market in their home country, the Japan Coast Guard said.
An aerial photo taken over the Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Oct. 4, 2014 (Provided by a source)
China to project power from artificial islands in South China Sea
HONG KONG--China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters.
Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone plants a memorial tree on the grounds of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital during its construction in March 1984. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Friends no more? Beijing hospital's new name leaves Japanese perplexed
BEIJING--A decision by Chinese public health authorities to abbreviate the name of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital by dropping the word "Friendship" triggered bewilderment among Japanese residents here.
Seamless steel tubes at Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. plant in Wakayama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WTO panel upholds most of complaint against China in steel duties dispute
GENEVA--A World Trade Organization dispute panel upheld most parts of a complaint against China on Feb. 13 in a case brought by Japan and the European Union challenging Chinese anti-dumping duties on high performance seamless stainless steel tubes.
Cheng Yonghua, Chinese ambassador to Japan, during an interview in 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chinese envoy calls on Abe to respect Murayama statement
China’s ambassador to Japan on Feb. 12 urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to respect the tenor of the 1995 Murayama statement that apologized for Japan’s “aggression” during World War II.
View of the central route section of the South-North Water Diversion in Taocha reservoir, Xichuan county, central Chinas Henan province, 13 December 2014. (AP photo)
Anxious China quietly opens 1st canal of massive waterworks project
BEIJING--Although China's South-North Water Diversion Project is touted as a marvel of modern civil engineering to solve the nation's long water woes, the government marked the recent completion of one of the three massive canals with little fanfare.
Work to construct a nuclear power plant in the coastal area of Shidao Bay is under way in Rongcheng, Shandong province. (Nozomu Hayashi)
Despite safety concerns, China resuming construction of nuclear plants
BEIJING--Facing growing energy demands and struggling against air pollution, China this year plans to resume full-scale construction of nuclear power plants for the first time since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011.
One of the plaintiffs talks to reporters after the filing of a lawsuit with the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court over wartime forced labor last February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Wartime Chinese laborers call off settlement talks with Mitsubishi company
BEIJING--Chinese plaintiffs seeking compensation for their wartime forced labor decided to reject a proposed settlement by one of two Japanese companies named in the suit, their lawyers said.
Information on Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist known for his criticism against China's Communist Party-led regime, is seen at the media center for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing on Nov. 5, 2014, when China lifted restrictions on Internet usage at the center. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
European business group slams China's Internet controls
BEIJING--China's Internet curbs are isolating it from the world and having a "highly detrimental" impact on business, a European lobby said on Feb. 12, in an unusually strong statement by a foreign business chamber.
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama in Beijing in November. (Pool)
Chinese leader Xi to make 1st state visit to U.S. in September
BEIJING--China's leader Xi Jinping will make his first state visit as president to the United States in September, Chinese official media reported Feb. 11, underlining positive momentum in the often-troubled relationship between the world's largest economies.

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