A suicide note written by a 25-year-old newspaper reporter appears on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.
Journalists feeling the heat amid ever-tightening media control in China
BEIJING--The recent suicide of a provincial newspaper reporter underscores the acute pressure facing journalists working under stricter state control in China.
Takuma Sakuragi, a member of the city assembly of Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese assemblyman indicted on drug charges in China
GUANGZHOU, China--Chinese prosecutors July 28 indicted a Japanese assemblyman on charges of possessing narcotics for the purpose of smuggling, a crime punishable by death in China, The Asahi Shimbun learned.
In this photo taken March 9, 2012, Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo)
China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation
BEIJING--China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on July 29, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders.
A Chinese fleet, which participate in the "Joint Sea-2013" Sino-Russian joint naval drills, take part in a formation exercise in the Sea of Japan on July 3, 2013. (AP Photo)
China to hold military exercises in southeast coastal areas
BEIJING--China will hold military exercises in southeast coastal areas beginning on July 29, the Ministry of National Defense said on July 27.
Workers at the Shanghai Husi Food Co.’s factory on the production line for chicken nuggets, which became the focus of the recent food safety scandal, on July 20 (CFP)
Scandal-hit China food firm withdrawing all products, US parent says
BEIJING--The parent company of a scandal-hit Chinese food supplier said it is withdrawing all products made by the subsidiary.
“Don’t forget the victims of our country. A strong naval power,” reads a message marking the 120th anniversary of the First Sino-Japanese War on Liugong Island in Weihai, Shandong province, which was a stronghold for the northern fleet of the Qing dynasty. (Koichiro Ishida)
China re-creates sunken historic warship in appeal for stronger naval forces
DANDONG, China--A full-scale replica of a warship that was sunk during a naval confrontation of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) is being built by China as part of planned memorial facilities.
Workers at the Shanghai Husi Food Co.’s factory on the production line for chicken nuggets, which became the focus of the recent food safety scandal, on July 20 (CFP)
Ensuring safety of Chinese food poses challenges
Although the Japanese food service and retail industry have moved to tighten on-site food safety management following a Chinese supplier scandal, the effectiveness of inspections is still questionable.
A motorized HQ-7 missile launcher takes part in a parade in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in October 2009 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of modern China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China cancels flights amid three months of live-fire military exercises
BEIJING--China's military forces are engaged in massive live-fire exercises, including air-defense drills, over expansive areas, prompting aviation authorities to request international and domestic carriers to cancel some flights.
A relative of a passenger onboard TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 that crashed on the Taiwanese island of Penghu cries at a funeral parlor in Penghu on July 24. (AP Photo)
Taiwan says weather not seen as cause of plane crash that killed 48
TAIPEI--Taiwan authorities said on July 24 it was unlikely bad weather was the cause of the crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane the previous day in which 48 people, including two French nationals, were killed.
Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 which crashed while attempting to land in stormy weather on the Taiwanese island of Penghu late July 23. (AP Photo)
Plane crashes while landing in storm at Taiwan airport, killing 47
TAIPEI--A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late July 23, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground.
Cuba's President Raul Castro, right, shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping during a meeting at Revolution Palace in Havana on July 22. (AP Photo)
Chinese president ends regional tour in cradle of Cuban Revolution
HAVANA--Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America on July 23 with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island's independence struggle against Spain and Fidel Castro's revolution began.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, front left, shakes hands with his Argentine counterpart, Hector Timerman, front right, in Buenos Aires on July 18 as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez applaud in the background. (AP Photo)
China extends global reach with $7.5 billion loan deal with Argentina
BEIJING--To strengthen his nation's influence, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a $7.5 billion (760 billion yen) infrastructure loan package with his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Fernandez, during his visit to Buenos Aires.
Customers enjoy their meal near an advertisement claiming to use 100 percent beef at a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing July 22. (AP Photo)
China detains employees of suspect meat seller
BEIJING--Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants were detained by police July 23 after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.
Customers have a meal at a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo July 22, 2014. McDonald’s Corp. said its restaurants in Japan stopped using chicken from the Shanghai company, Husi Food Co. (AP Photo)
China meat scandal spreads to McDonald's in Japan
BEIJING--A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on July 22 and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.
Rescuers try to remove a steal frame from a collapsed concrete roof which has killed and injured a number of people after they took shelter during heavy rains in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province on July 18. (AP Photo)
Strongest typhoon in decades kills 17 in southern China; Philippine death up to 94
BEIJING--The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 17 people after claiming at least 94 lives in the Philippines, officials said on July 20.
Hu Jia (Photo by Nozomu Hayashi)
Chinese government critic pummeled, kicked on street
BEIJING--A leading human rights activist and critic of the Chinese government suffered broken facial bones when he was beaten on a street in Beijing on July 16.
Keiko Matsuda, left, a former war-displaced Japanese, and Hu Xiaohui, right, at the meeting in Harbin, China, on July 17 (Koichiro Ishida)
Support group for war-displaced Japanese in China marks 30th anniversary
HARBIN, China--Japanese left behind in China at the end of World War II and their Chinese adoptive parents met here on July 17 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a support group’s formation.
People's Liberation Army navy ship Haikou and two smaller boats are shown in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii during Rim of the Pacific exercises on July 16. Chinese sailors boarded the Coast Guard cutter Waesche for a drill checking cargo as part of Rim of the Pacific exercises the U.S. is hosting in Hawaii waters this month. (AP Photo)
China joins counter-piracy part of Hawaii drills
ABOARD THE USCGC WAESCHE--China has been boarding ships looking for mock pirates and contraband as it joins the world's largest maritime exercises for the first time.
Official vehicles filled a parking area at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China to tighten up on official vehicles in anti-graft drive
BEIJING--China will phase out the use of official vehicles for uses other than for emergencies or law enforcement by the end of next year, state media said, as Beijing presses on with a high-profile campaign against graft.
Banri Kaieda, left, president of the Democratic Party of Japan, meets with Chinese leader Liu Yunshan, right, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 16. (Ryutaro Abe)
DPJ leader Kaieda gets the cold shoulder in Beijing
BEIJING--The visiting head of Japan's main opposition party got a chilly reception in Beijing, reflecting China's anger with the Democratic Party of Japan for exacerbating a territorial row.

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