China

Japan Post urges insurance for Apple devices sent to China after...
Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6, left, and iPhone 6 Plus (Provided by Apple Inc.)
Japan Post Co. is calling on customers to insure China-bound airmail and other packages containing Apple Inc.'s ubiquitous iPhones or iPads, in response to a spate of thefts.
China expands construction work in disputed Spratly waters
An aerial photo taken over the Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Oct. 4 (Provided by a source)
Beijing appears to have made steady advances in the construction of port and other facilities in disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to photographs obtained by...
COMMENTARY: Taiwan poll points to fledgling democracy, triggers...
Ko Wen-je, a doctor who ran as an independent in the Taipei mayoral poll with support from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, is surrounded by supporters in Taipei on Nov. 27. Ko won the election two days later. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Taiwan’s unified local elections in November ended in a crushing defeat for the ruling Kuomintang (Nationalist Party), giving the opposition Democratic Progressive Party a...
Japan faces multitude of challenges at 70th anniversary of the end ...
Watching German Chancellor Angela Merkel visit London and march with world leaders in Paris served as a reminder of the differences between Germany and Japan as the 70th...
VOX POPULI: Remembering literary giant Shunshin Chin
Novelist Shunshin Chin (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Long before he became a successful novelist, Shunshin Chin had what many people would consider a stroke of bad luck. He was walking home one day when the handle of an old...
OBITUARY: Shunshin Chin, author who helped to connect Japan, China
Shunshin Chin in Kobe in November 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Shunshin Chin, an award-winning author whose vast knowledge of China was reflected in his historical novels that served as a bridge between Japanese and Chinese cultures, died...
Shanghai fires 4 officials, disciplines 7 others, over deadly New...
People offer flowers on Jan. 6 at the site of the New Year's Eve stampede tragedy that killed 36 people in Shanghai. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SHANGHAI--Shanghai announced on Jan. 21 it fired four top officials and disciplined seven others over a New Year's Eve stampede that killed 36 people, saying some of the...
Japan says jets scrambling at record pace to counter Chinese,...
An F-15 fighter jet scrambles from the Air Self-Defense Force Chitose Air Base in Hokkaido in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese air force jets are scrambling at a record pace to counter Chinese fighters intruding into its air space along its southern flank and Russian bombers and spy planes...
China posts weakest annual growth in 24 years, more stimulus...
A construction site in central Beijing in October (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's economic growth held steady at 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, slightly better than expected but still hovering at its weakest since the ...
Beijing citizens turn out to salute reformer Zhao Ziyang 10 years...
Members of the public pay their respects to the late reformist leader Zhao Ziyang at his former residence in Beijing on Jan. 17. (Nozomu Hayashi)
BEIJING--Citizens paid tribute to Zhao Ziyang on the 10th anniversary of the death of the purged reformist leader on Jan. 17, as the democratic reforms he envisioned remain an...
Changes vowed after sweatshop conditions at Uniqlo factories...
A worker operates a machine at an affiliate factory of Fast Retailing Co. in China's Guangdong province. (Provided by SACOM)
The operator of Uniqlo stores on Jan. 15 pledged to reduce the hours of factory workers in China after a labor watchdog group accused the Japanese casual clothing manufacturer...
China enlists citizens to patrol border with North Korea
North Korea's North Hamgyong province is seen from China's Jilin province over the Tumen River. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China is sending civilian militias to help secure the border it shares with North Korea, state media said, in the wake of two reported killings of Chinese citizens by...
Racy models likely a no-show at China motor show
A model at Auto Shanghai in April 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SHANGHAI--In keeping with a government campaign against "hedonism," models in sexy outfits may not feature at this year's Auto Shanghai car show, according to local media...
E-store delivery service to target Chinese tourists who don't want ...
A department store’s tax-free counter crowded with Chinese tourists (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan Post Co. and a Chinese travel agency are starting a service for Chinese tourists that will deliver items purchased from a dedicated e-store directly to their hotels and...
China trade more robust than expected, but concerns linger
Cargo containers pile up at the port of Guangdong, China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING/SHANGHAI--China's December trade data beat expectations as demand from a stronger U.S. economy helped offset weakness in Europe and Japan, while Chinese...
COMMENTARY: Late actor Ken Takakura helped bridge China, Japan
Ken Takakura in 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--It was the winter of 1978, and an auditorium in a small town in China's Sichuan province was teeming with excitement. More than 1,000 spectators had come to see a...
Record 23 million cars sold in China in 2014 but Japanese...
The Asahi Shimbun
HANGZHOU, China--More than 23.4 million new cars were sold in China in 2014, the world’s top seller, although a sluggish economy hurt growth in the sales market, with...
COMMENTARY: In China, 'rock star' economist addresses 'democracy...
Thomas Piketty in Paris (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Last autumn, a French economist arrived in Shanghai to a "rock star" reception.
EDITORIAL: Careful approach required in dealing with changing China
Citizens hold umbrellas, a symbol of Hong Kong's Occupy protest movement, in the Admiralty district on Oct. 28 to mark one month since the start of pro-democracy demonstrations. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In 2014, there were plenty of occasions for reflecting anew on relations with China.
Kishida meets with Chinese envoy to Japan for first time in more...
Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua, left, and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held an official meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Japan for the first time in 13 months on Jan. 9, agreeing on efforts to repair...