Apr 14, 2015

China to strengthen surveillance, security in anti-terror push

China will establish a national population database linked to ID information and credit records, state media reported late Monday, as part of a larger push to beef up surveillance and security in response to violent unrest. China has already taken a series of measures ...

Beijing conditionally frees five female rights activists

Apr 14, 2015

Beijing conditionally frees five female rights activists

Chinese authorities released five women’s rights campaigners Monday whose detentions sparked an international outcry and underscored the government’s tight restrictions on independent social activism, lawyers said. Lawyer Liang Xiaojun said the five were let go after more than a month in detention under a ...

Apr 13, 2015

Abe plans to deliver speech at Bandung conference

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday expressed his intention to attend a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference, also known as the Bandung conference, to be held in Jakarta on April 22 and 23. Japan will make further contributions to ...

Apr 13, 2015

Graft trial begins for Beijing former state oil boss

A top official who led China’s biggest petroleum company and later was assigned to oversee state-owned companies went on trial Monday on charges of corruption and abuse of power. Defendant Jiang Jiemin is a former chairman of the state-run China National Petroleum Corp. CNPC, ...

Apr 13, 2015

China rejects Taiwan's bid to become AIIB founding member

Taiwan is not able to become a founding member of the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank but is still welcome to become an ordinary member in the future, the Chinese government said on Monday. In a statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency, ...

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia accelerate defense spending

Apr 13, 2015

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia accelerate defense spending

Chinese, Russian and Saudi Arabian defense spending increased the most last year, while U.S. expenditure declined, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. China’s defense spending rose 9.7 percent from a year earlier to $216 billion, and Russia’s increased 8.1 ...