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.
Chinese police officers watch Muslim citizens who gathered at the first service held on May 2 after a deadly blast at the Urumqi South Railway Station in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China jails 25 more people for terror crimes in Xinjiang
BEIJING--A court in China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 more people to jail terms ranging from three years to life for terror-related offenses, state media said Aug. 12, as the government clamps down on a surge in violence.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, stands beside Vietnamese foreign minister Pham Binh Minh, center, and Philippine foreign minister Albert del Rosario in Naypyidaw on Aug. 9. (The Asahi Shimbun)
China rebuffs U.S. efforts on South China Sea tensions
NAYPYIDAW--China appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea on Aug. 10 as Southeast Asian nations declined to overtly back Washington's proposal for a freeze on provocative acts.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun and Xinhua News Agency photos)
INSIGHT: Abe, Xi might just pull off 1st summit in Beijing in November
Signs are emerging that the leaders of Japan and China are on the path to their first summit talks so they can set about repairing shaky bilateral ties.
A Chinese ship, left, chases a Vietnamese boat near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China to build lighthouses on five isles in defiance of U.S. call
BEIJING--China plans to build lighthouses on five islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on Aug. 7, in defiance of calls from the United States and the Philippines for a freeze on such activity to ease tension over rival claims.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, left, and Chinese businessman Wang Jing hold up a concession agreement for the construction of a multibillion-dollar canal in Managua in June 2013. (AP file photo)
Nicaragua sets sights on building rival to Panama Canal with Chinese backing
A Chinese telecom billionaire has joined forces with Nicaragua's famously anti-American president to construct a waterway between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean to rival the Panama Canal.
F-15 fighter jets stationed at the Komatsu Air Base in Ishikawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China says Japan fighter jets shadowed its planes over disputed waters
BEIJING--Japanese fighter jets shadowed Chinese aircraft patrolling over disputed waters, China's Ministry of Defense said on Aug. 7, in the latest flare-up of a spat over air space that has deepened a rift between the two countries.

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