Jul 4, 2014

China's propaganda team orders media to take tough stance on Japan

China’s propaganda authorities have ordered its online media firms to take a tough stance on Japan following Tokyo’s historic decision this week to allow greater use of its armed forces in defending other countries, sources familiar with the situation said Friday. The directive says ...

Jul 4, 2014

China begins releasing 'confessions' of Japanese war criminals

China has started to publish the “confessions” of 45 Japanese who were convicted there as war criminals, in Beijing’s latest effort to shine light on Japan’s past. The documents, handwritten by Japanese who were tried and convicted by military courts in China after the ...

China's porpoises sinking

Jul 4, 2014

China's porpoises sinking

China’s river porpoises are rarer than pandas, but fishermen fighting to save them have been snared by a net of blackmail allegations, highlighting uncertainties faced by the country’s emerging environmentalists. Fewer than 1,000 finless porpoises — gray animals with a hint of a grin ...

Jul 4, 2014

With one eye on Washington, China plots its own Asia 'pivot'

The Silk Road, an obscure Kazakh-inspired security forum and a $50 billion Asian infrastructure bank are just some of the disparate elements in an evolving Chinese strategy to try to counter Washington’s “pivot” to the region. While Chinese leaders have not given the government’s ...

Ramadan fasting banned in China

Jul 3, 2014

Ramadan fasting banned in China

Students and civil servants in China’s Muslim northwest, where Beijing is enforcing a security crackdown, have been ordered to avoid taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Statements posted in the past several days on websites of schools, government ...

China's new bank plan may be aimed at countering Japan, U.S.

Jul 3, 2014

China's new bank plan may be aimed at countering Japan, U.S.

A new international institution China plans to establish to fund infrastructure development in emerging countries in Asia may be intended to counter the U.S.-led World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, whose top post is customarily held by a Japanese official China says the ...

China ousts three allies of former security chief

Jul 2, 2014

China ousts three allies of former security chief

Three officials believed to be right-hand men of China’s former security chief were expelled from the ruling Communist Party on Wednesday over corruption, authorities said. It was the latest sign that Zhou Yongkang, once a member of the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), China’s most ...