Chinese tourists pose for a photo against the backdrop of cherry blossoms in bloom in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on March 30. (Reina Kitamura)
Cherry blossoms drawing more Chinese visitors than during New Year's holidays
Once a traditional Japanese pastime, cherry blossom viewing season is now drawing huge numbers of visitors from neighboring Asian regions, ahead of the traditional Qingming Festival (grave cleaning) holidays.
U.S. congressional staff members pose with replicas at the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor in Xian, China. (Atsushi Okudera)
Seeking favor in Washington, China rolls out red carpet for U.S. congressional staff
XIAN, China--Amid the chatter of English conversations in the middle of China, women in red, traditional silk dresses delicately served dishes of beef, seafood and local specialties. Wine and other alcoholic beverages flowed freely as the pampering continued for the American guests.
This photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency shows a view of the Boao Forum at its opening in Boao on Hainan island in southern China on March 28. (AP Photo)
Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum
BOAO, China--Chinese President Xi Jinping argued on March 28 for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.
A military parade in October 2009 marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China to invite foreign militaries to join parade marking victory over Japan
BEIJING—In an unusual step, China's insular military will invite foreign armed forces to take part in a lavish military parade in Beijing this fall marking the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, an official said March 26.
In this Aug. 26, 2013 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a guard of honor outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo)
Xi relying on old boy network to strengthen Chinese military
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted long-time associates to key defense posts as part of a move to push through structural reform and build a military with capabilities on par with the United States.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 26. (AP Photo)
Sri Lanka's Sirisena meets China's Xi amid new look at ties
BEIJING—Sri Lanka's new president held talks on March 26 with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation.
Zhou Zuoren (Provided by family members)
Hundreds of letters from noted Japanese writers to Chinese author found
BEIJING--A cache of letters from noted Japanese writers during the first half of the 20th century have turned up in China.
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, right, arrives at the Istana, or Presidential Palace, to pay his respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew on March 24 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
In rare visit, Taiwan president attends memorial for Singapore’s Lee
TAIPEI/ BEIJING--Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on March 24 attended a memorial ceremony for Lee Kuan Yew in a rare visit to Singapore that drew a word of caution from China.
Sadakazu Tanigaki, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, left, with Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, in Beijing on March 23 (Kazuki Uechi)
Japan, China agree to avoid provocations, resume political exchanges
BEIJING--Japan and China agreed to bury the hatchet and resume exchanges of senior lawmakers, with the proviso that both sides avoid provocative behavior in this 70th anniversary year of the end of World War II.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 10 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing. (Pool)
Japan caught off-guard by Chinese PR blitz in U.S. over Senkaku Islands
WASHINGTON--Chinese Embassy officials in the United States went on a phone call frenzy in November to present their spin on a planned joint statement agreed upon just hours earlier concerning Japan-China relations.
A 23-year-old man, right, became the first purchaser of the PlayStation 4 at a Sony store in Shanghai on March 20. (Tokuhiko Saito)
Sony's PlayStation 4 released in China for first time
SHANGHAI--Chinese video game enthusiasts have finally gotten their hands on Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s flagship gaming console with the release of the PlayStation 4.
From left, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Japanese and Chinese counterparts, Fumio Kishida and Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Top Japan, S. Korea and China envoys discuss regional bank, N. Korea
The foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China met on March 21 for the first time in three years, to try and improve frosty ties and restore a regular three-way summit of their leaders, stalled because of tension over history and territory.
Finance Minister Taro Aso, right, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a March 20 Cabinet meeting (Shinichi Iizuka)
Aso hints at Japanese membership in China-led development bank
Japan may join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), to be established by year-end, if certain conditions are met, Finance Minister Taro Aso said on March 20.
A large facility is undergoing construction by the Chinese on the Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Provided by Filipino government sources)
China expands construction work on reefs in dispute with the Philippines
Angered by China's reclamation work on reefs in disputed waters in the South China Sea, Manila has taken steps to shore up its claim of sovereignty over the Spratly Islands.
Senior officials of the Japanese and Chinese foreign and defense ministries ahead of talks in Tokyo on March 19 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan, China agree to keep momentum alive for better ties
Japan and China held their first security talks in four years on March 19 and agreed to keep alive and foster a nascent recovery in bilateral ties plagued by the legacy of Japan's wartime aggression and a territorial dispute.
Dai Dali, the oldest pole dancer in China (Nanae Kurashige)
At 69, Chinese dancer gains pole position
CHENGDU, China--Wearing long, shiny black boots and a tight top, Dai Dali spins, twirls and gyrates around a vertical steel pole to the rousing applause of audience members.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech during a symposium of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations at the U.N. University in Tokyo on March 16. (The Asahi Shimbun)
U.N. chief urges Japan, China, South Korea to reconcile
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea on March 16 to work harder for reconciliation over their wartime past to ensure peace and stability in the region.
In this Nov. 21, 2010, file photo, Pakistan Air Force personnel sit in front of their JF-17 jet fighter at the 8th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Zhuhai Airshow) in Zhuhai, southern coast of Guangdong province, China. (AP Photo)
Institute: China now world's third-biggest arms exporter
BEIJING--China has overtaken Germany to become the world's third-biggest arms exporter, although its 5 percent of the market remains small compared to the combined 58 percent of exports from the U.S. and Russia, a new study says.
Xu Caihou (Provided by China News Service)
Disgraced former top Chinese officer dies of cancer--Xinhua
BEIJING--One of the most senior Chinese military officers to be accused of corruption has died of cancer, the state news agency Xinhua said on March 16, sparing the government what could have been an embarrassing trial.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year
BEIJING--China's relations with Japan face a "test" this year linked to whether Japan can properly atone for its wartime past, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on March 15.

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