Student protesters boycott classes and hold a pro-democracy demonstration on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Sept. 22. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chinese education minister demands rejection of Western values
BEIJING--China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom.
Black market cigarettes on display at an exhibition in Guangzhou, China, on Jan. 28 (Mitsusada Enyo)
Exhibition of counterfeit products a 'reality check' for Chinese visitors
GUANGZHOU, China--Out to foil the local counterfeiting industry, police here are staging an exhibition of fake goods that are strikingly close to the "real" thing.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying (Provided by the Chinese government)
Beijing, Seoul urge Abe not to 'water down' history in war statement
China and South Korea called for reflection and sincerity after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated that his war anniversary statement would shift away from Japan’s past apologies for World War II.
An aerial photo taken over the Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Oct. 4 (Provided by a source)
China expands construction work in disputed Spratly waters
Beijing appears to have made steady advances in the construction of port and other facilities in disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to photographs obtained by The Asahi Shimbun.
Shunshin Chin in Kobe in November 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OBITUARY: Shunshin Chin, author who helped to connect Japan, China
Shunshin Chin, an award-winning author whose vast knowledge of China was reflected in his historical novels that served as a bridge between Japanese and Chinese cultures, died of old age on Jan. 21. He was 90.
People offer flowers on Jan. 6 at the site of the New Year's Eve stampede tragedy that killed 36 people in Shanghai. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Shanghai fires 4 officials, disciplines 7 others, over deadly New Year’s Eve stampede
SHANGHAI--Shanghai announced on Jan. 21 it fired four top officials and disciplined seven others over a New Year's Eve stampede that killed 36 people, saying some of the officials were attending an opulent banquet as the disaster unfolded.
A construction site in central Beijing in October (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China posts weakest annual growth in 24 years, more stimulus expected
BEIJING--China's economic growth held steady at 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, slightly better than expected but still hovering at its weakest since the global financial crisis, keeping pressure on policymakers to head off a sharper slowdown.
Members of the public pay their respects to the late reformist leader Zhao Ziyang at his former residence in Beijing on Jan. 17. (Nozomu Hayashi)
Beijing citizens turn out to salute reformer Zhao Ziyang 10 years after death
BEIJING--Citizens paid tribute to Zhao Ziyang on the 10th anniversary of the death of the purged reformist leader on Jan. 17, as the democratic reforms he envisioned remain an ever distant goal.
North Korea's North Hamgyong province is seen from China's Jilin province over the Tumen River. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China enlists citizens to patrol border with North Korea
BEIJING--China is sending civilian militias to help secure the border it shares with North Korea, state media said, in the wake of two reported killings of Chinese citizens by North Koreans that could strain ties between Pyongyang and its sole major ally.
Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hong Kong leader warns of "anarchy"; opposition disrupts session
HONG KONG--Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying warned pro-democracy protesters on Jan. 14 they risked "anarchy" as he sought to bolster his support in his first policy address since demonstrations rocked the financial hub last year.
A model at Auto Shanghai in April 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Racy models likely a no-show at China motor show
SHANGHAI--In keeping with a government campaign against "hedonism," models in sexy outfits may not feature at this year's Auto Shanghai car show, according to local media reports.
A department store’s tax-free counter crowded with Chinese tourists (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
E-store delivery service to target Chinese tourists who don't want to lug purchases around
Japan Post Co. and a Chinese travel agency are starting a service for Chinese tourists that will deliver items purchased from a dedicated e-store directly to their hotels and wherever they are staying in Japan.
Cargo containers pile up at the port of Guangdong, China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China trade more robust than expected, but concerns linger
BEIJING/SHANGHAI--China's December trade data beat expectations as demand from a stronger U.S. economy helped offset weakness in Europe and Japan, while Chinese bargain-shopping in commodities markets put a floor under sliding imports.
The Asahi Shimbun
Record 23 million cars sold in China in 2014 but Japanese automakers falling off pace
HANGZHOU, China--More than 23.4 million new cars were sold in China in 2014, the world’s top seller, although a sluggish economy hurt growth in the sales market, with Japanese automakers bearing the brunt of the sputtering sales.
Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua, left, and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Kishida meets with Chinese envoy to Japan for first time in more than a year
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held an official meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Japan for the first time in 13 months on Jan. 9, agreeing on efforts to repair strained bilateral ties.
A special checkout counter for foreigners buying duty-free items at a Don Quijote Co. outlet in Nagoya (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese store operators increase China presence to lure Chinese tourists
With the number of Chinese visitors to Japan exceeding 2 million for the first time in 2014, Japanese store operators are racing to China to promote their outlets for prospective tourists to Japan.
Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan in 2010. (AP file photo)
Son of Jackie Chan jailed for six months in China on drugs charge
BEIJING--Jaycee Chan, the son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, was jailed for six months in China on Jan. 9 on a drugs charge, the latest celebrity felled by the government's aggressive anti-narcotics campaign.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening ceremony of a two-day meeting between China and Latin American and Caribbean countries in Beijing on Jan. 8. (AP Photo)
China's Xi woos Latin America with $250 billion investments
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Jan. 8 $250 billion in investment in Latin America over the next 10 years, as part of a drive to boost Beijing's influence in a region long dominated by the United States.
A Taiwanese flag is hoisted in a ceremony of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington on Jan. 1. (Photo taken from the website of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office)
Taiwan envoy admits U.S. kept in the dark over controversial flag raising
TAIPEI--Taiwan's top envoy to the United States on Jan. 7 said that Taiwan did not let U.S. officials know about a flag-raising ceremony on American soil, indicating that by leaving the United States in the dark it would give Washington deniability about the controversial matter with China.
Pro-democracy legislators holding yellow umbrellas walk out of the legislative chamber in a show of protest in Hong Kong on Jan. 7. (AP Photo)
Pro-democracy lawmakers walk out of Hong Kong council in protest of plan to choose new leader
HONG KONG--Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong walked out of the chamber on Jan. 7 to protest the government's intention to stick with a proposal to screen candidates for the city's top executive in 2017, an issue that sparked massive street protests throughout the fall.

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