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INSIGHT: What would 'anti-establishment' Lu Xun write about China...
Chinese President Jiang Zemin and his wife plant a tree in front of the monument commemorating modern Chinese writer Lu Xun at the Sendai City Museum in 1998. Lu Xun lived in Sendai between 1904 and 1906 and studied at what is now Tohoku University’s School of Medicine. (Pool)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping appears to have a liking for Lu Xun, a leading author of modern Chinese literature, highly regarded as embodying the "spirit of the...
Role as China's first lady silences voice of popular singer
China's President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 5, 2015. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--In China in the early 1980s, singer Peng Liyuan became a household name.
China's Xi sets up five new 'battle zones' in military reform push
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China on Monday inaugurated the military's five new "battle zones," the Defense Ministry said, the latest step in President Xi Jinping's efforts to reform the...
Taiwan stages military drills on island off Chinese coast
Taiwan's "frogmen" Marines perform covert landing drills just a few kilometers from mainland China on the outlying island of Kinmen, Taiwan on Jan. 26. (AP Photo)
KINMEN, Taiwan--Taiwan held small-scale military drills on an island it controls just off the Chinese coast Jan. 26, in a renewed signal of its determination to defend itself...
China seeks 'new chapter' with Iran after sanctions end
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in an official arrival ceremony, at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on Jan. 23. (AP Photo)
TEHRAN--Chinese President Xi Jinping said Jan. 23 he hopes to open a "new chapter" in relations with Iran after the lifting of international sanctions under a historic nuclear...
Chinese president in Iran to discuss economy, regional crisis
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during his visit to the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Jan. 21. (AP Photo)
ANKARA--Chinese President Xi Jinping met his Iranian counterpart on Jan. 23 in Tehran, where they will discuss how to improve economic and political ties after international...
Beijing more receptive to punishing Pyongyang, but Seoul finds it...
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Pool)
South Korea is growing frustrated over China’s reluctance to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, although Beijing has shown a willingness to accept some form of...
Tibetan prime minister: Tibetans face harsh suppression under Xi
Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, calls for Japan’s assistance in easing suppression of Tibetans by China at a news conference in Tokyo on Jan. 9. (Tamiyuki Kihara)
The leader of the Tibetan government in exile has called for Japan’s assistance to help his people achieve autonomy, saying that China’s suppression has worsened under the...
Thousands protest in Hong Kong over missing publishers;...
Protesters call for release of missing booksellers in Hong Kong on Jan. 10. (Mitsusada Enyo/ The Asahi Shimbun)
HONG KONG--Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Jan. 10 in a reprise of anti-China protests of over a year ago, demanding to know the whereabouts of five...
Hong Kong unsettled by case of 5 missing booksellers
Protesters try to stick photos of missing booksellers during a protest outside the Liaison of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong on Jan. 3. (AP Photo)
HONG KONG--Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers said Jan. 3 that they will press the government for answers after a fifth employee of a publishing company specializing in books...
China creates 3 new army units to modernize military
In this Dec. 31, 2015 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, front left, gives a military flag to Wei Fenghe, front center, commander of the Rocket Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), and Wang Jiasheng, front right, political commissar of the Rocket Force, in Beijing. (Xinhua via AP)
BEIJING--China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernize its military--the world's largest standing force--and improve its fighting capacity.
Taiwan presidential front-runner: Can't 'be bound' to China
Taiwan's 2016 presidential election candidates, from left to right, People First Party's James Soong, KMT or Nationalist Party's Eric Chu, and Democratic Progressive Party's, or DPP, Tsai Ing-wen shake hands and pose for a photograph at the start of their first televised policy debate in Taipei on Dec. 27. (Pool Photo via AP)
TAIPEI--The front-runner in Taiwan's presidential race said Dec. 27 that she would seek stable relations with mainland China, but did not rule out revisiting the island's...
Missile launch video behind cancellation of North Korean musical...
Members of North Korea's Moranbong band perform during a joint performance with the State Merited Chorus in Pyongyang on Oct. 11. (AP photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered a North Korean all-female pop group sent home after the band refused to pull a video for its performances depicting a missile launch by the ...
China's Xi calls for cooperation on Internet regulation
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China's Zhejiang province, on Dec. 16. (Xinhua via AP)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Dec. 16 for governments to cooperate in regulating Internet use, stepping up efforts to promote controls that activists complain ...
China's Xi in Zimbabwe to sign power, infrastructure deals
Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed upon his arrival in Harare on Dec. 1. (AP Photo)
HARARE--Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Zimbabwe on Dec. 1, the first visit by a Chinese leader since 1996, amid expectations that he would sign deals to fund...
Beijing air pollution reaches hazardous levels
Cyclists wear masks to protect against pollution in Beijing on Dec. 1. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Schools in the Chinese capital kept students indoors and parents brought their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments on Dec. 1 as Beijing grappled with extremely...
Taiwan swaps convicted spies with China
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou meet in Singapore on Nov. 7. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAIPEI--Old foes China and Taiwan have swapped high-level convicted spies in a sign of goodwill linked to the first meeting between their presidents.
Chinese activist sentenced to 6 years in jail
A policeman stands near a supporter, center in wheelchair, of the Southern Weekly during a protest before being taken away by police near the Southern Weekly headquarters in Guangzhou, China, on Jan. 10, 2013. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--A court in southern China sentenced a leading activist who organized rallies for media freedom to six years in prison on Nov. 27 in what his lawyer described as an...
Xi says to shake up China's military structure in reform push
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a military parade in Beijing in September. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China will shake up its military by establishing a joint operational command structure by 2020 and rejig existing military regions as part of overall reforms,...
INTERVIEW/ John McCain: Not satisfied with U.S. freedom of...
U.S. Sen. John McCain during an interview in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
U.S. Sen. John McCain, chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized the Obama administration over its freedom of navigation operation in the South China ...