In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at a celebration gathering marking the 15th anniversary of Macau's return to China in Macau on Dec. 20. (AP Photo)
Visiting Chinese President Xi cautions Macau against foreign forces
BEIJING—Chinese President Xi Jinping on Dec. 20 urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China lodges protest after Obama approves Taiwan frigate sale
BEIJING--China said on Dec. 19 it had lodged a protest with the United States after President Barack Obama signed into law legislation authorizing the sale of up to four Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan.
Pu Zhiqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Detained China rights lawyer facing ‘inhuman torment,’ wife says
BEIJING--A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer arrested this year has had to endure hours of interrogation and his health has suffered, his wife wrote in a letter released on Dec. 19, calling for his immediate release.
Yao Lijin, third from left, receives the Ambassador of Japan Prize at the 10th Japanese Essay Contest at the Embassy of Japan in Beijing on Dec. 12. To her left is Japan's ambassador to China Masato Kitera. (Nozomu Hayashi)
Amid strained ties, record number of Chinese students compete in Japanese essay contest
BEIJING--A record number of Chinese students participated in an annual Japanese essay contest, showing that ongoing strains between the two countries are no obstacle to cultural exchange.
Ornaments made from elephant tusks are popular in China. (Provided by Lucy Vigne)
Illegal ivory trade 'out of control' due to Chinese demand, group says
NAIROBI--A Kenya-based animal protection group said wild elephants could disappear within the next generation unless the Chinese government takes immediate steps to crack down on the illegal ivory trade.
Beijing Capital International Airport's terminal building (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Beijing to get third airport to reduce congestion, delays
BEIJING--China has green-lighted a third airport for the capital Beijing in a bid to reduce congestion and chronic delays, state media reported Dec. 17.
Chinese newspapers on Dec. 15 carry stories detailing the Liberal Democratic Party’s landslide victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Nanae Kurashige)
Chinese, S. Korean newspapers warn LDP's victory could adversely impact ties
Major newspapers in China and South Korea expressed concern a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election and warned about the implications for relations in Asia.
The manga artist duo Navar show off their comic book "Carrier: Xiedaizhe" at a book-signing event in Shanghai in November. (Keiko Yoshioka)
Local artists, Japanese publisher work hand in hand to expand manga industry in China
SHANGHAI--With Japanese-style comics expanding in popularity across the globe, China's manga industry is also slowly starting to evolve, thanks to a Japanese publisher through its local magazine.
A worker examines a touch-panel type air cleaner developed for the Chinese market by Panasonic Corp.’s Chinese operation in Foshan, China. (Tokuhiko Saito)
Japanese firms step up research hubs in China to respond to local needs
FOSHAN, China--Japanese-affiliated businesses are expanding their research and development centers in China to enable them to swiftly respond to shifting trends in the world’s largest market.
Police officers remove barricades and tents in occupied areas at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong on Dec. 15. (Mitsusada Enyo/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Hong Kong police clear last pro-democracy protest sites
HONG KONG--Hong Kong authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Dec. 15 as they cleared the last of three protest sites, marking the closure of demonstration camps in the city that have blocked streets for more than two months.
A fleet of Chinese fishing boats believed to be poaching in Japanese territorial waters near the Ogasawara chain of islands (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chinese authorities detain, try suspected coral poachers
SHANGHAI--Chinese authorities have begun cracking down on coral poachers believed to be operating in waters near the Ogasawara and Izu island chains south of Tokyo, local media reported.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Provided by Korea News Service)
China left out in the cold as North Koreans prepare to mark Kim Jong Il's death
BEIJING--In a surprise snub, North Korea did not formally invite China to send representatives to attend a memorial ceremony in Pyongyang to mark the third anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death.
An elderly Chinese man stands near a Chinese paramilitary policeman outside the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province on Dec. 12. (AP Photo)
Set aside hate, China's Xi says on Nanjing Massacre anniversary
BEIJING--China and Japan should set aside hatred and not allow the minority who led Japan to war to affect relations now, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Dec. 13, as the country marked its first national memorial day for the Nanjing Massacre.
Top: A street in Hong Kong's Admiralty district was full of tents before police removed protesters on Dec. 11. (Mitsusada Enyo) Below: Cars run on the same street on the morning of Dec. 12 after the tents were torn down. (Koichiro Ishida)
INSIGHT: Frustrations led to downfall of pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong
HONG KONG--The more their frustrations grew, the more aggressive they became. And that led to dwindling support, disorganization and ultimately the failure of pro-democracy protesters to achieve their goals after more than two months of street demonstrations.
A photo of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is shown at the awards ceremony in Oslo on Dec. 10, 2010, as the imprisoned activist could not attend the event. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chinese Nobel laureate sends message from jail
BEIJING--Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has told an overseas friend that he is relatively healthy and wants the world to pay more attention to other Chinese activists, in a rare message smuggled out of prison.
Police officers clear yellow umbrella and barricades at the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on Dec. 11. (AP Photo)
Hong Kong police arrest 209 protesters, demolish main camp
HONG KONG--Hong Kong authorities demolished a protest camp on Dec. 11 at the heart of the city's 2 ½-month pro-democracy movement but scores of activists taken away by police vowed their fight for genuine elections wasn't over.
A smokestack at a steel plant in Hebei province, China, gives off smoke. Economic data for November shows Chinese economy is still losing steam. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's factory and investment growth flagging, more stimulus seen
BEIJING--China's economy on Dec. 12 showed further signs of fatigue in November, with factory output growth slowing more than expected and growth in investment near a 13-year low, putting pressure on policymakers to unveil fresh stimulus measures.
Police officers take away a protester at the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on Dec. 11.(AP Photo)
Hong Kong police arrest protesters in main camp
HONG KONG--Hong Kong police on Dec. 11 took away demonstrators who refused to leave the main pro-democracy protest camp and tore down their tents in a final push to retake streets occupied by activists for two and a half months.
A woman passes by a bank in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China orders banks to ramp up lending to curb flagging growth
SHANGHAI--China told its banks to issue more loans in the waning months of 2014 and relaxed limits on their loan-to-deposit ratios to help hit a record new lending target as the government steps up efforts to lift flagging economic growth.
Xiaomi’s air purifier (Provided by Xiaomi)
China's Xiaomi to offer air purifier to combat PM 2.5
BEIJING--Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi announced that it will release a high-performance yet affordable air purifier in response to deepening concerns over air pollution among Chinese consumers.

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