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China's Xi offers hand in friendship toward visiting Japanese...
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Toshihiro Nikai, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council, shake hands on May 23. (Nozomu Hayashi)
BEIJING--In a further sign of China’s willingness to improve ties with Japan, Chinese President Xi Jinping greeted a private delegation of 3,000 Japanese visitors on May 23...
U.S. to continue patrols in South China Sea; China says U.S....
Daniel Russel, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, speaks to reporters in Seoul in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING/WASHINGTON--China said on May 22 it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building...
57 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus
In this May 21 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, residents move a motorcycle on a flooded street in Jiahui town of Gongcheng Yao Autonomous County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua via AP)
BEIJING--The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 57, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized...
China, India likely to be biggest shareholders in AIIB
China's Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei, left, delivers a speech next to other representatives of founding member countries at the signing ceremony of memorandum of understanding on establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing on October 24, 2014. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE--China is likely to hold a 25 to 30 percent stake in the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank while India will be the second-biggest shareholder, delegates said...
Bilateral dispute with China derails Japanese proposal in NPT...
Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama delivers a speech May 18 at a session of the review conference for the U.N. Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (Ichiro Matsuo)
NEW YORK--A proposal for world leaders to visit the A-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was dropped from the draft of a statement about a United Nations nuclear...
Vietnam says China putting up large buildings on Spratly reefs
Construction work by China on Hughes Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The photograph was taken May 13. (Provided by Tuoi Tre)
HANOI--China is erecting multistory structures on two reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands to bolster its claim in the South China Sea, Vietnamese newspapers reported May 19.
EDITORIAL: The dangers of applying security legislation in South...
A large-scale facility is being set up by China on Gaven Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Provided by Philippine government sources)
Tensions are escalating in the South China Sea. China’s large-scale land reclamation project is progressing rapidly on the disputed Spratly Islands, and a 3,000-meter-class...
POLL: 70% of students studying Japanese in China say they like...
The Asahi Shimbun
More than 70 percent of Chinese students learning Japanese in China said they feel close with Japan, a sharp turnaround from a survey 10 years ago when diplomatic strains...
Despite tension, Xi says U.S.-China relations are stable
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 17. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's relations with the United States remain stable, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on May 17, as he sought to defuse tension over a territorial dispute in the...
Naval chase around Spratlys heightens tensions between China, U.S
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (Taken from U.S. Navy's official website)
WASHINGTON--Chinese vessels repeatedly chased a U.S. naval combat ship on patrol near the disputed Spratly Islands, raising concerns over a possible contingency in the South...
U.S., China remain at odds over South China Sea activity
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference following meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on May 16. (AP Photo/ Pool)
BEIJING--The United States and China held firm on May 16 to deep disagreements over increasingly assertive Chinese activity in disputed areas of the South China Sea, as Beijing ...
China indicts detained lawyer on charge of making trouble
Pu Zhiqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A prominent Chinese rights lawyer taken into custody a year ago was formally indicted May 15 on charges of fanning ethnic hatred and provoking troubles.
Beijing, Seoul urge Tokyo to use security legislation for regional ...
People on May 14 in Osaka watch a TV screen showing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking at a news conference about new security legislation. (Yuta Takahashi)
China and South Korea called on Japan to continue its pacifist ideals and use proposed new security legislation for “peaceful” purposes.
China, India pledge to cool border dispute
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, foreground, walks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China and India proposed measures on May 15 to resolve a long-festering border dispute, as Beijing sought to clear obstacles to a relationship that it said could...
India's Modi meets China's Xi amid warming ties
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo prior to their meeting in Xia'n, China's Shaanxi province, on May 14. (AP Photo)
XI'AN, China--President Xi Jinping praised China's warming ties with India during a meeting on May 14 between the leaders of Asia's rising powers and rivals, which included a...
U.S. says Beijing will have runway on disputed reefs within three...
Construction work on a runway and a harbor on Fiery Cross Reef on April 17 (From the website of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations)
WASHINGTON--China is on course to complete a runway on disputed reefs in the South China Sea in a few years as part of efforts to bolster its control over local waters,...
Japan's oldest basil pollen found in Nara ruins may have been...
A microscopic image of the basil pollen found in the Makimuku ruins in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture (Provided by Masaaki Kanehara)
SAKURAI, Nara Prefecture--Basil pollen from the time of the legendary shaman queen Himiko has been discovered at the site that might once have been her home.
China sets public holiday for anniversary of victory over Japan in ...
Chinese leaders at a ceremony in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2005, to mark the 60th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SHANGHAI--China said on May 13 it would make Sept. 3 a national holiday this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Personal diplomacy marks Modi's China trip amid warming ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, makes a statement watched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after signing agreements in New Delhi on Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--They are the strongest leaders to emerge in years from the world's two most populous nations, and appear to be trying to forge a strong working relationship.
Pentagon weighs sending planes, ships near disputed South China...
A Chinese government vessel chases a Vietnamese ship in the South China Sea in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military aircraft and ships to assert freedom of navigation around rapidly growing Chinese-made artificial islands in the...