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Beijing invites Tokyo governor for first time in 18 years
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe and Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua during their meeting in Tokyo on March 28 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With Japan’s capital now in a post-Shintaro Ishihara period, the city of Beijing for the first time in 18 years has invited Tokyo’s governor to visit the Chinese capital.
Frugality drive in China felt in steep drops of products, services
A Japanese restaurant, known for being the “most expensive Japanese restaurant in Beijing,” remains closed on Jan. 21 after it suspended operations in fall 2013. (Tokuhiko Saito)
BEIJING--As year-end parties were held across the nation before the Chinese New Year on Jan. 31, what were conspicuously missing were giveaways such as iPads and cars as prizes,...
China orders real name register for online video uploads
A Chinese blogger uses the Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service on Sina.com. (AP file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese Internet users are now required to register their real names to upload videos to Chinese online video sites, an official body said, as the Communist Party...
China's economy grows 7.7 percent in 2013
Chinese workers watch molten steel being poured into a mold at a foundry in Nantong city, Jiangsu province, east China in November 2013. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's economic growth declined in the final quarter of 2013, adding to pressure on the country's communist leaders to avoid politically dangerous job losses as they...
Chinese police take away outspoken Uighur activist
Guzaili Nu'er, wife of Ilham Tohti, left, speaks as Nasipuhan, mother of Tohti, cries during an interview at her house in Beijing on Jan. 16. Police have taken away Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority and raided his home, seizing computers, cellphones and even his students' theses, his wife said. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Police have taken away an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority and raided his home, seizing computers, cellphones and even his students' thesis...
China to carry out spot checks on officials' asset declarations
Chinese President Xi Jinping drops by a traditional bun shop in Beijing for a simple lunch on Dec. 28. (From a microblog)
BEIJING--China will begin conducting spot checks this year on assets and other personal information reported by officials to the ruling Communist Party and punish those with...
China rules private clubs off-limits for party officials
In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the third plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing on Nov. 12. (AP Photo/ Xinhua)
BEIJING--China's ruling Communist Party has banned officials from belonging to or visiting private clubs, saying they are often used as venues for illicit deals or sexual...
Challenges ahead; Beijing sets sights on a new China
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and other Communist Party top leaders raise their hands to vote in the third plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing on Nov. 12. (AP Photo/ Xinhua)
BEIJING--China has pledged to make the most sweeping changes to the economy and the country's social fabric in nearly three decades with a 60-point reform plan that may start...
Can Xi's governing strategy succeed? (The Brookings Institution)
As Xi Jinping’s honeymoon has progressed, the initial deluge of optimism has slowed to a trickle. Many watchers of the Chinese leadership have become dispirited by a lack of...
INNER SANCTUM (20): Secretive advisers behind China’s key policy ...
Wang Huning, center, a top policy adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping, sits behind his boss at the summit of five major emerging countries in Durban, South Africa, in March. (Atsushi Okudera)
Editor's note: This is the final in a series of articles on Zhongnanhai, the seclusive political enclave in central Beijing, and the power struggles that have transpired within ...
INNER SANCTUM (19) : Beijing tried to influence Hong Kong chief...
Nearly 100,000 people took to the streets in Hong Kong on July 1, demanding the introduction of popular elections and other democratic reforms. Many also called for the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chung-ying. (Kentaro Koyama)
Editor’s note: This is the 19th in a series of articles on Zhongnanhai, the seclusive political enclave in central Beijing, and the power struggles that have transpired...
INNER SANCTUM (18): Beijing’s crackdown on Uighurs cast as a...
The Rebiya Building, named after Rebiya Kadeer, is a landmark at an intersection of busy streets in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. It is no longer used. (Kim Soon-hi)
Editor's note: This is the 18th in a series of articles on Zhongnanhai, the seclusive political enclave in central Beijing, and the power struggles that have transpired within...
China investigates head of state assets regulator
Jiang Jiemin, the head of China's Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (AP file photo)
BEIJING--China is investigating the head of its state assets regulator, a former top energy executive, for “serious discipline violations,” the government said on Sept. 1...
Openness in Bo trial ended when he accused bosses
In this image taken from video, former Chinese politician Bo Xilai looks up in a court room at Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, eastern China's Shandong province on Aug. 26. A prosecutor urged a Chinese court on Aug. 26 to punish disgraced politician Bo with a severe sentence because of his lack of remorse over alleged corruption and abuse of power, in a trial that has offered a glimpse into the shady inner workings of China's elite. (AP Photo/CCTV via AP Video)
BEIJING--As a Chinese court poured out details from disgraced politician Bo Xilai's trial, it released two transcripts that accidentally revealed the limits of China's rare...
As Bo trial ends in China, prosecutor demands severe punishment
Former Chongqing city police chief Wang Lijun testifies at a trial of Bo Xilai at Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, Shandong province, on Aug. 24. (Provided by Jinan Intermediate People's Court)
JINAN, China--Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted top politician Bo Xilai as his divisive, dramatic trial ended on Aug. 26, saying his "whimsical"...
China's Bo says former aide an unreliable witness
In this image taken from video, Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai speaks in a court room at Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, eastern China's Shandong province on Aug. 25. (AP Photo/ CCTV via AP Video)
JINAN, China--Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai on Aug. 25 sought to discredit his former top aide as a lying, unreliable witness as the ousted leader denied criminal...
Bo calls wife mad after she testifies against him
Journalists watch video testimony by Bo Xilai's wife, Gu Kailai, posted on the court's Weibo microblog, in Jinan on Aug. 23. (Kim Soon-hi)
JINAN, China--Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai called his wife insane after she testified at his landmark trial on Aug. 23 that he knew of money and a villa in the French...
China's Bo Xilai denies taking bribes
In this photo released by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, Bo Xilai, center, stands on trial at the court in Shandong province, China, on Aug. 22. (AP Photo/ Jinan Intermediate People's Court)
JINAN, China--Prosecutors accused ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai of using his wife and son as intermediaries in netting more than $4 million in corruption, as the disgraced ...
Chinese demonstrate for Bo Xilai on the eve of trial
Bo Xilai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
JINAN, China--A handful of supporters of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai protested outside a courthouse in eastern China on Aug. 21 on the eve of his trial to denounce what...
INNER SANCTUM (4): No one knows for sure what lies beneath...
Zhongnanhai compound is the wooded area to the right facing the Great Hall of the People across Changan Avenue. (Atsushi Okudera)
Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of articles on Zhongnanhai, the seclusive political enclave in central Beijing, and the power struggles that have transpired...