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Falling birthrates hurting defense plans in Asia
South Korean soldiers patrol an area in the demilitarized zone near the Imjin river. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
As Japan grapples with a declining birthrate and an aging population, it can take heart that it is not alone: Other Asian nations and regions are facing similar difficulties.
INNER SANCTUM (1): At secretive Zhongnanhai, decisions are made...
A slogan next to the Xinhuamen gate of the Zhongnanhai compound facing Changan Avenue in central Beijing says, "Long live the great Communist Party of China." (Atsushi Okudera)
Editor’s note: This is the first part of our fifth series on the inner workings of the Chinese Communist Party. Previously, we described the downfall of rising star Bo Xilai, ...
After fatal Ferrari crash, careers are stalled, group loses power
The Communist Youth League headquarters in central Beijing (Nozomu Hayashi)
BEIJING--In a private room of an expensive restaurant in Beijing, a woman exuding sophistication, power and wealth leaned toward her dinner companion who worked at a...
Power struggle to continue between Communist Youth League,...
Incoming and outgoing top government officials appear at the start of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on March 3, including, from left, then President Hu Jintao, General Secretary Xi Jinping, then Premier Wen Jiabao, and then Vice Premier Li Keqiang. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
BEIJING--A Communist Party official stated the obvious when a Japanese delegation was visiting the Beijing Hall of the Great Hall of the People on Jan. 29.
PREMIER LEAGUE (16): Power struggle to continue between Communist...
Incoming and outgoing top government officials appear at the start of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on March 3, including, from left, then President Hu Jintao, General Secretary Xi Jinping, then Premier Wen Jiabao, and then Vice Premier Li Keqiang. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
Editor's note: This is the final part in a series of articles on the Communist Youth League and the officials who have used the organization as their power base.
PREMIER LEAGUE (1): After fatal Ferrari crash, careers are stalled,...
The Communist Youth League headquarters in central Beijing (Nozomu Hayashi)
Editor's note: This is our fourth series on the inner workings of the Chinese Communist Party. Previously, we described the downfall of rising star Bo Xilai, profiled the...
China bolstering cyber defenses for modern-day warfare
The website of the Lanxiang vocational school in Jinan, China, says its 5,000-square-meter No. 5 computer training room has 2,000 personal computers. The computers have been replaced with the latest models.
BEIJING -- The People's Liberation Army is preparing for battle, but this time in the realm of cyber warfare, setting up special units and deploying experts estimated to be in...
China making a great leap forward into space
Twenty-one astronauts are receiving training at the China Astronaut Research and Training Center in Beijing. (Kenji Minemura)
BEIJING--With plans to mount a manned mission to Mars around 2050, China envisages being on a par with advanced nations in space development within four decades.
Chinese military uses wide network of female spies
A photo of Shao Xiaoshan from a February TV appearance (Taken from her Weibo account)
BEIJING--At 170 centimeters tall and with model-like looks, a former farming girl had no problems attracting attention at bars in Beijing. But she was only after a certain type ...
REALITY CHECK: In China, it's the PLA that props up communist rule
Type 99 heavy tanks take part in a military parade in Beijing in October 2009. (Naoko Kawamura)
BEIJING--For more than 80 years, the People's Liberation Army has been at the beck and call of the Communist Party of China.
ANALYSIS: Chinese military on edge after death of Kim Jong Il
A Chinese solider stands guard at a bridge on the China-North Korea border in Tumen, China, on Dec. 20, a day after the announcement of Kim Jong Il’s death. (Atsushi Okudera)
BEIJING--China, fearful that North Korea could be plunged into turmoil following the death of Kim Jong Il, is casting a watchful eye over its longtime yet unpredictable ally in ...
China developing unmanned aircraft to counter U.S. forces
An unmanned helicopter manufactured by a research institute of the Chinese military is displayed at the International Aviation Exhibition held in Beijing in autumn last year. (Kenji Minemura)
BEIJING--It was a prestigious contest involving some of the top technological minds in China, with prizes totaling 2.65 million yuan (about 32 million yen or $400,000) up for...
Chinese sub fleet on high alert in South China Sea
A Chinese naval supply vessel is moored in the Yalong Bay in Sanya. An underground facility for submarines is believed to be located on the peninsula in the background. (The Asahi Shimbun)
SANYA, China--A senior officer of the Chinese South Sea Fleet’s submarine force said all the torpedoes its crews launched in training in 2011 hit their targets, according to...
China's real defense budget almost double official figure,...
A Chinese Jian-15 stealth fighter jet is visible aboard the deck of the Varyag aircraft carrier in Dalian Port in early March. (Kenji Minemura)
BEIJING--China's actual defense budget for fiscal 2011 was about 1.7 times higher than the officially announced figure, according to a high-ranking Chinese military officer.
China’s Senkakus operations overseen by party task force led by...
A Chinese fighter is scrambled to the East China Sea on Jan. 19. The aircraft is a Jian-10 from the Nanjing Military Region, according to a military source. (Provided by a person close to the Chinese military)
BEIJING--China’s response to the Senkaku Islands dispute is now under the direct command and coordination of a top-level task force of the Communist Party of China, led by...
China's one-child policy creates wimpy military recruits, deserters
The emergency notice issued by police in Jilin province gives a physical description of the four deserters as well as a warning that they may be ready to commit a crime. (Kenji Minemura)
CAOSHI, China--While China's military prowess has long been a source of concern for other nations, there are signs that all is not well within the armed forces.
Corruption among top military officials kept under wraps in China
Neighbors refer to this traditional Chinese quadrangle compound in Puyang as "the general's quarters." (Kenji Minemura)
PUYANG, China--Occasionally, word filters out about crimes committed by enlisted personnel in China's military. But when it comes to corrupt behavior by top military officers,...
Swaggering Chinese military no match for common folk
An online image of a mob that overturned a military vehicle in Lanzhou, Gansu province, on Dec. 2, 2012. (Asahi Shinbum file photo)
BEIJING--The uniform of the People's Liberation Army automatically accords its members elite status. But all-too-often, this sense of privilege goes to the heads of those who...
Corruption among top military officials kept under wraps in China
Neighbors refer to this traditional Chinese quadrangle compound in Puyang as "the general's quarters." (Kenji Minemura)
PUYANG, China--Occasionally, word filters out about crimes committed by enlisted personnel in China's military. But when it comes to corrupt behavior by top military officers,...
Japan, China scrambled fighters during Jan. 19 radar action
A Chinese fighter that was scrambled during tensions in the East China Sea on Jan. 19 (Provided by a person close to the Chinese military)
BEIJING--Tensions involving Japanese, U.S. and Chinese aircraft were escalating over the East China Sea on Jan. 19, when a Chinese frigate apparently trained a fire-control...