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China adopts new security law to make networks, systems...
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on July 1 that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security, a...
China to cap rising emissions by 2030 in boost to Paris U.N. deal
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, attends a welcoming ceremony at the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris, with his French counterpart Manuel Valls, upon his arrival for a three-day visit on June 30. (Pool via AP)
PARIS--China formally committed to halting the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions within the next 15 years and pledged on June 30 to reduce the carbon intensity of its vast...
Abe has chance to make history with statement marking 70th...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States at the end of April was a resounding success. One of the main outcomes of the five-day visit was the signing of the new ...
Chinese customs seize 'zombie meat' from 1970s in smuggling bust
Meat is cut up for sale at a market in Beijing in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GUANGZHOU, China--Authorities seized a vast amount of frozen “zombie meat” up to 40 years old after a nationwide clampdown on meat smuggling gangs, according to local media ...
Joint exercise in South China Sea reflects Japan's 'strong...
Officers from the Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Philippine Navy walk on Palawan Island in the western Philippines on June 23 after flying over the South China Sea on an MSDF P-3C patrol aircraft. (Manabu Sasaki)
PALAWAN ISLAND, Philippines--Tokyo’s growing partner in the field of security appeared impressed by the equipment of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force.
UPDATE: China to hold some veto powers in new Asian bank
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China will hold over a quarter of the votes in the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), its finance ministry said on June 29, giving it a veto in some key...
China makes 4th recent cut in interest rate to boost economy
View of the headquarters and head office of the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC), Chinas central bank, in Beijing, China, 27 June (Imaginechina via AP Images)
BEIJING--China's central bank announced on June 27 the fourth round of interest cuts in seven months and lower deposit-reserve ratios for some banks to lend to small and rural...
China moves controversial oil rig in South China Sea toward...
A Chinese oil drilling rig looms in the distance as a Chinese Coast Guard vessel patrols near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on May 28, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China has moved an oil rig at the center of last year's violent dispute with Vietnam closer to Vietnam's coast in the disputed South China Sea, just weeks ahead of the ...
INSIGHT: Nepal tent villages symbolize tug of war between major...
Rubble from the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that devastated central Nepal in late April remains near Durbar Square in Katmandu, a World Heritage site, on May 25. (Ryosuke Ono)
KATMANDU--Tent villages remained in place in many parts of the Nepalese capital, a reminder of the great earthquake that struck the central part of this landlocked nation two...
Japan, China plan meeting to discuss Abe's war-anniversary...
Shotaro Yachi, head of the National Security Secretariat, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister’s office in 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Senior diplomatic officials from Tokyo and Beijing are in the final stages of arranging bilateral talks in July to discuss Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned...
India, China pledge nearly $1.5 billion in Nepal quake aid
A foreign delegate photographs damaged buildings at the Basantapur Durbar Square heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 24.(AP Photo)
KATHMANDU--India and China pledged nearly $1.5 billion in aid for earthquake reconstruction in impoverished Nepal on June 25, as the Asian giants try to help it back on its...
Chinese museum to highlight Taiwanese fight against Japanese rule
The Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, located near the Lugou Bridge in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A museum here that is a stronghold of the Chinese Communist Party’s historical education on China’s war against Japan is building a pavilion themed on Taiwanese...
Taiwan to issue medal, coins to commemorate war victory over Japan
A set of a medal and two coins to be issued by the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of China, as part of the Allied forces, in its war against Japan (Satoshi Ukai)
TAIPEI--The Taiwanese central bank plans to issue 20,000 commemorative sets of a medal and two coins on July 2 to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of China, as part of...
Prominent U.S. scholar urges Japan to make first move to resolve...
Andrew Gordon, professor of history at Harvard University, during a lecture at the Japan National Press Club on June 22 (Masaru Komiyaji)
A distinguished American professor of Japanese history said Tokyo should take the initiative in settling prickly historical issues with neighboring nations as Japan was more...
China’s dog meat festival raises hackles of fans and opponents
Dogs are sold in Yulin, China, on June 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
YULIN, China--For many residents of China's southern town of Yulin, the peak of summer is the perfect time to get together with family and friends--and consume copious amounts...
China media: Hong Kong opposition destroyer of democracy
Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong rejoice over the lawmakers voting down the Beijing-backed electoral reform proposal on June 18. (The Asahi Shimbun)
HONG KONG--Chinese state media blasted Hong Kong's pro-democracy opposition lawmakers on June 19 for being "destroyers" of democratic development a day after they shot down...
Magazine to 'know Japan' taps into strong curiosity about Japan...
Past editions of “Zhiri" (To know Japan) monthly magazine are displayed at a bookstore in Beijing. (Nanae Kurashige)
BEIJING--Even amid a continued diplomatic standoff between Asia's two largest economies, young Chinese maintain a deep-rooted fascination with Japan, as seen in the success of...
Experts discuss differences in historical recognition between...
Experts from Japan and Germany meet at a symposium held at the International House of Japan in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on June 4. (Kazuki Yoshikawa)
Germany has been able to denounce its Nazi past, but Japan has had a more difficult time coming to terms with historical issues related to World War II, a panel of experts from ...
Hong Kong's Beijing-backed election reform faces likely defeat by...
A pro-Beijing protester, left, holding a Chinese national flag confronts with a pro-democracy protester who is carrying a yellow umbrella outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on June 17. (AP Photo)
HONG KONG--Hong Kong election reform proposals that sparked massive street protests last year in the southern Chinese financial center are being presented on June 17 to the...
EDITORIAL: Anti-corruption ruling shows China still not a...
Zhou Yongkang, formerly the Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, in a courtroom at the First Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin in Tianjin on June 11. (Taken from video released by China's CCTV)
Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the highest echelons of the Communist Party of China, was recently sentenced to life imprisonment in a corruption case.