Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Oct. 29. (AP Photo)
Fukuda meets Xi in Beijing with Boao Forum members
BEIJING--Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda met with Chinese President Xi Jinping here Oct. 29 as part of efforts to arrange summit talks between the leaders of Japan and China in November.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China says it will be good host to Japan during APEC
BEIJING--China said on Oct. 29 it will extend all possible courtesy to Japan at next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, but gave no indication it would agree to a leaders' get-together.
Protesters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Oct. 28 mark one month since the start of the pro-democracy demonstrations. (Masanobu Furuya)
Uncertainty spreads one month after start of Hong Kong protests
Raising umbrellas to symbolize solidarity, a huge crowd turned out on the streets of Hong Kong on Oct. 28, marking one month since the start of protests demanding greater democracy.
Hong Kong tycoon, chairman of Liberal Party James Tien walks out from Legislative Council chamber in Hong Kong's Admiralty on Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo)
China lawmaker stripped of post after calling for Hong Kong leader to step down
HONG KONG--The leader of Hong Kong's Liberal Party said on Oct. 29 that he would resign, just hours after China's top parliamentary advisory body expelled him for calling on the city's embattled top official to step down.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China seeks to enhance legal system under stronger party rule
BEIJING--China's ruling Communist Party has introduced guidelines aimed at improving the country's legal system but said it will also strengthen the party's leadership position through the use of law, according to a party document released Oct. 28.
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, left, greets Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is also foreign minister, before a meeting on bilateral cooperation in Hanoi on Oct. 27. (AP Photo)
China, Vietnam call for lasting solution to sea dispute
HANOI/ BEIJING--China and Vietnam agreed on Oct. 27 to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying they did not want it to affect relations.
Pro-democracy leaders, standing from left, founder of the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement Benny Tai, students leaders Alex Chow, Joshua Wong, pro-democracy legislator Alan Leong and a representative from a students supporting union Wu Mei Lin bow for an apology as they scrapped the vote on their next step, in Hong Kong on Oct. 26. (AP Photo)
Hong Kong protesters scrap vote on their next step
HONG KONG--The organizers of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Oct. 26 canceled a vote on what the next step should be in their monthlong street occupation, saying they hadn't properly consulted with the public before calling the referendum.
Pro-democracy protesters, left, argue with a pro-government local resident in the occupied area of the Mong Kok district Hong Kong on Oct. 25. (AP Photo)
Anti-Occupy mob roughs up Hong Kong journalists
HONG KONG--Three journalists were roughed up on Oct. 25 in Hong Kong after being confronted by pro-government protesters holding a rally to oppose a four-week long "Occupy" movement of the financial hub's streets by pro-democracy demonstrators.
Student protesters boycott classes and occupy the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Sept. 22. (Mitsusada Enyo)
Hong Kong protesters to hold referendum on government proposal
HONG KONG--Organizers of student-led demonstrations demanding democratic reform in Hong Kong said they will hold a civil referendum Oct. 26 to decide whether to accept the government’s proposal to end the protests, now in their fourth week.
Hong Kong police use tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters on Oct. 17. (Ryosuke Ishibashi)
U.N. rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong
GENEVA--The United Nations Human Rights Committee called Oct. 23 on China to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, attends the National People's Congress in Beijing in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China unveils steps to improve judiciary
BEIJING--China's ruling Communist Party announced steps Oct. 23 to improve judicial independence and check political interference in the courts to boost legal justice and alleviate social tensions. Yet, observers say it has failed to produce meaningful legal checks on the ruling party itself.
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia
SHANGHAI--Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Oct. 24 as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Beijing to host headquarters of China-led global bank
SINGAPORE--Investor countries in the planned Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have agreed to set up its headquarters in Beijing, according to sources involved in negotiations.
Hong Kong government officials, from right, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau Undersecretary Lau Kong-wah, Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Raymond Tam, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen and Chief Executive's Office Director Edward Yau Tang-wah, sit opposite to the student leaders from the Hong Kong Federation of Students, from fifth left to far left, General Secretary Eason Chung, Deputy Secretary-General Lester Shum, Secretary-General Alex Chow, Council Members Nathan Law and Yvonne Leung during a photo call before their talks in Hong Kong on Oct. 21. (AP Photo)
Hong Kong students, officials talk but remain far apart on demand for greater election say
HONG KONG--Student leaders and government officials in Hong Kong held talks on Oct. 21 to end pro-democracy protests now in their fourth week even as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the activists' key demand.
A construction site of a large condominium complex in Hubei province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's economic growth slows to 7.3 percent in Q3, near 6-year low
BEIJING--China's economic growth cooled to 7.3 percent between July and September from a year earlier, the weakest expansion since the global financial crisis and reinforcing expectations that Beijing will need to roll out more stimulus to avert a sharper slowdown.
Protesters protect themselves with gear made from plastic bottles at a barricade in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Oct. 20. (AP Photo)
Hong Kong leader says 'external forces' involved in pro-democracy uprising
HONG KONG--The top official here has claimed that "external forces" are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation.
Tensions rise between police and pro-democracy activists at a crossing in Hong Kong on Oct. 18. (Ryosuke Ishibashi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Hong Kong street clashes erupt despite imminent talks
HONG KONG--Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong early on Oct. 19 for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police.
A cartoon by Wang Liming that satirizes an order from Chinese authorities to display portraits of central leaders in Tibetan Buddhist temples (From Twitter)
Political cartoonist fearful of returning to China asks Japan for visa extension
BEIJING--A popular Chinese political cartoonist has asked the Japanese government to extend his visa after authorities in China abruptly closed his social media accounts, sparking fears for his safety.
A pro-democracy protester is arrested by riot police after police moved in the area occupied  by the pro-democracy protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Oct. 17. (AP photo)
Hong Kong police clear protesters, barricades at key site
HONG KONG--Hundreds of Hong Kong police staged their biggest and boldest raid yet on a pro-democracy protest camp before dawn Oct. 17, charging down student-led activists who have held a key intersection in one of the main protest zones for more than three weeks.
In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2014, Chinese artist Li Dapeng talks to reporters in front of one of his works depicting a typical Chinese scene featuring figures with grotesque pig heads at his studio in the Songzhuang art district in eastern Beijing. (AP Photo)
Chinese art colony's free-speech illusion shatters
BEIJING--Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijing's Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios and shown off works tackling such touchy subjects as China's prisons and Communist Party politics. Over lunch, they candidly lamented the state of free speech in China while chewing on chicken and downing glasses of beer.

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