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China says it will be good host to Japan during APEC
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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 ...
Is the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank a...
It seems likely the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new international financial institution, will be established next year with Chinese backing.
Uncertainty spreads one month after start of Hong Kong protests
Protesters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Oct. 28 mark one month since the start of the pro-democracy demonstrations. (Masanobu Furuya)
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...
China seeks to enhance legal system under stronger party rule
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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 ...
China, Vietnam call for lasting solution to sea dispute
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)
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...
New ODA charter to allow assistance to foreign militaries in...
Students from Myanmar who were recently in the military studied at this institution in Niigata Prefecture under a program funded by Japan's official development assistance. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan is set to lift its ban on providing official development assistance to foreign militaries so long as the funds are used for non-combat operations, such as disaster relief ...
U.N. rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong
Hong Kong police use tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters on Oct. 17. (Ryosuke Ishibashi)
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...
China unveils steps to improve judiciary
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, attends the National People's Congress in Beijing in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in...
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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 ...
EDITORIAL: Beijing should give serious thought to Hong Kong...
Protesters wave penlights in a rally held in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong on Oct. 4. (Mitsusada Enyo)
Nearly four weeks have passed since students started occupying the main streets of Hong Kong.
Beijing to host headquarters of China-led global bank
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
China's economic growth slows to 7.3 percent in Q3, near 6-year low
A construction site of a large condominium complex in Hubei province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
3 Cabinet members visit Yasukuni Shrine as Tokyo tries to improve...
Internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi, center, visits Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Oct. 18. (Naoko Kawamura)
Three Cabinet members visited the war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Oct. 18 as the government is seeking a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President...
Abe makes symbolic offering to Yasukuni, likely to forgo autumn...
Lawmakers from various parties make a mass visit to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Oct. 17, the start of its autumn festival. (Takuya Isayama)
Intent on holding his first summit with his Chinese counterpart in November, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will apparently not visit the war-related Yasukuni Shrine during the...
Chinese art colony's free-speech illusion shatters
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)
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...
Coast Guard to ramp up surveillance of Chinese coral poachers near ...
A Japan Coast Guard vessel, top, cracks down on coral poaching by Chinese fishermen off the coast of the Ogasawara chain's Chichijima island on Oct. 5. (Provided by Yokohama Coast Guard Office)
The Japan Coast Guard is dispatching a large patrol vessel to Tokyo's remote Ogasawara island chain to deter Chinese fishermen from poaching lucrative red coral.
Chinese ambassador says Beijing pleased with Abe’s efforts to...
Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's ambassador to Japan said Oct. 15 that Beijing is taking a positive view of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to mend the strained bilateral relations between the...
Japanese school backpacks win the hearts, wallets of Chinese...
Chinese tourists check out backpacks at a duty-free shop in Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture on Oct. 7. (Hidefumi Nogami)
Chinese tourists swarmed over the Yorozu and Nagomi duty-free shops at Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture on Oct. 7, the final day of a holiday period to...
POINT OF VIEW/ Yuji Miura: How will China deal with falling...
A new condominium complex in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Housing prices have been falling in China.
China’s housing prices continue to plummet. To what extent can the reforms presented at the Third Plenum be realized without causing the economy to stall? The economic...
Hong Kong calls off talks with student activists as city leader...
Students and other activists at a news conference in Hong Kong on Oct. 9 (The Asahi Shimbun)
HONG KONG--Hong Kong called off talks with protesting students on Oct. 9, dealing a heavy blow to attempts to defuse a political crisis that has seen tens of thousands take to...