Jan 12, 2015

Home of H.K. media tycoon Lai firebombed

The home and former offices of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing who also played a prominent role in large prodemocracy protests last month, were firebombed early Monday, a spokesman said. The first attack took place around 1:30 a.m. ...

Jan 11, 2015

Xi a keen student of U.S. power

by John Kemp

Xi Jinping is being called China's first U.S.-style president because of how he has cultivated a distinctly presidential approach abroad, overseen loans and trade deals with strategic partners and used the "bully pulpit" at home to advocate a clear policy direction.

Jan 5, 2015

Beijing's PM2.5 levels down 4% in 2014, government says

Air pollution in Beijing dropped slightly last year, municipal authorities said, although levels of the most dangerous small particulate matter remained more than three times the internationally recommended limit. China’s cities are often hit by heavy pollution, blamed on coal-burning by power stations and ...

Jan 2, 2015

A year to study history

In Asia, perhaps the most important political task in 2015 will be understanding the personality and the politics of China's top leader, Xi Jinping. That means studying history.

Jan 2, 2015

Senior Chinese diplomat sacked for corruption

A senior Chinese diplomat has been sacked and is under investigation for suspected corruption, the foreign ministry said on Friday, the first time a top diplomat has fallen victim to a sweeping campaign against graft. Zhang Kunsheng is no long an assistant foreign minister ...