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China joins other nations to boost growth
An iron production factory in Hebei province, China (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Nov. 21 to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying ...
COMMENTARY: China should reduce its nuclear arsenal
A DF-31A intercontinental ballistic missile is transported in Beijing in 2009 during a military parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The nuclear security situation in Northeast Asia has been continuously deteriorating over the last several decades. Of course, the biggest nuclear threat for the regional...
China courts put journalist on trial, reject Uighur scholar's...
Chinese journalist Gao Yu (AP file photo)
BEIJING--An outspoken Chinese journalist went on trial on Nov. 21 accused of revealing state secrets as a court rejected an appeal by a prominent Uighur scholar whose life...
Attorney: Prominent China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang could face...
Pu Zhiqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese prosecutors could upgrade the charges against a prominent human rights lawyer, saying that he incited "ethnic hatred and discrimination" when he wrote a...
Chinese mourn death of actor Ken Takakura who brought 'Asian cool' ...
Chinese director Zhang Yimou, left, and Japanese actor Ken Takakura (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
BEIJING--Chinese fans expressed an outpouring of sorrow for the death of veteran Japanese actor Ken Takakura, who rocketed to stardom here and became an icon who could bridge...
Chinese version of ‘Monster Strike’ to be launched in China
The Chinese version of "Monster Strike" (Provided by mixi Inc.)
Online game developer mixi Inc. plans to launch the Chinese version of its popular smartphone game “Monster Strike” in China in early December, the company said.
Japan, China to resume dialogue between finance ministers
Finance Minister Taro Aso (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BRISBANE, Australia--Japan and China agreed here Nov. 15 to resume top-level finance talks that have been suspended since 2012 over deteriorating bilateral relations.
With eye on China, Obama seeks closer security ties with Japan,...
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, center, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the start of their meeting in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 16. (AP Photo)
BRISBANE, Australia—Eyeing Chinese aggression, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed on Nov. 16 to deepen their military cooperation ...
In veiled message to China, Obama renews pivot commitment to...
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Queensland on Nov. 15 in Brisbane, Australia. (AP Photo)
BRISBANE, Australia—U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Nov. 15 to reassure Asia-Pacific allies about Washington's strategic shift toward the region as he sent a veiled...
EDITORIAL: No one wants to see U.S., China compete for hegemony in ...
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing on Nov. 11. (Pool)
The United States and China exert decisive influence on the fate of the world in the 21st century. But the contours of the relationship between the two leading powers still...
Government sees sudden rise in cyber-attacks before APEC summit
Metropolitan Police Department officers train to defend against cyber-attacks in Tokyo in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
While Tokyo made final preparations for the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit, cyber-attacks on Japanese government computers increased 10-fold in early...
China offers ASEAN friendship, loans as South China Sea tension...
U.S. President Barack Obama, center, shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, third from right, during a group photo session at the 9th East Asia Summit on Nov. 13 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Second from left is Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. (AP Photo)
NAYPYITAW--China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang proposed a friendship treaty with Southeast Asian countries and offered $20 billion in loans on Nov. 13 but held firm on the line...
Rational, good-natured protests in Hong Kong a model for China
One month has passed since the start of the demonstrations and occupation movement in Hong Kong against Beijing's plan to reform the system for electing the chief executive of...
Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with leaders of ASEAN members in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Nov. 12. (Makoto Igarashi)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced his intention to aggressively provide assistance for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, his latest move to counter efforts by China to...
U.S. experts pitch hopes low after China-Japan summit
Richard Armitage, former U.S. deputy secretary of state (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--When the leaders of China and Japan met Nov. 10, posing for an awkward handshake and ending a high-level diplomatic freeze, it took some of the edge off tensions...
Chinese newspapers minimize Abe-Xi summit in their coverage
The Nov. 11 edition of the People’s Daily carries photos of Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands with leaders of six countries, with the photo of his handshake with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe placed at the bottom. (Nanae Kurashige)
BEIJING--Chinese newspapers on Nov. 11 downplayed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's landmark meeting with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic...
Suspected Chinese coral poachers move away from Japanese waters
Suspected Chinese coral poaching vessels sail westward from the Ogasawara island chain on Nov. 10. (Provided by Japan Coast Guard)
Dozens of suspected Chinese fishing boats poaching coral have left waters around Tokyo-administered islands in the Pacific, but the Japan Coast Guard said it cannot determine...
China shows off latest stealth fighter to foreign journalists
The J-31 stealth fighter conducts a test run a day before the start of the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition air show in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, on Nov. 10. (Mitsusda Enyo)
ZHUHAI, China--China for the first time showed foreign media its next-generation J-31 stealth fighter with a test flight on Nov. 10, a day before the start of an international...
China uses APEC summit as platform to boost leadership role in...
U.S.President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit at the International Convention Center in Yanqi Lake, Beijing, on Nov. 11. (AP Photo)
HUAIROU, China--Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Asia-Pacific leaders on Nov. 11 to strengthen trade ties at a summit Beijing is using to boost its role as a regional...
China, S. Korea sign 'substantial conclusion' of free trade deal
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, front, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 10. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Chinese and South Korean leaders on Nov. 10 signed a "substantial conclusion" of a free trade agreement that will sharply reduce barriers to commerce between the two...