Martin Quin Pollard
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North Korea's Kim Il Gyong competes in the women's weightlifting 59-kg division at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, on Monday.
Oct 3, 2023
North Korean weightlifters continue Asian Games domination
The performances of the North Koreans on Monday, which included another world record and two golds, shocked some of their competitors in Hangzhou.
Light from the opening ceremony of the 2022 Asian Games in the sky over the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in Hangzhou, China on Saturday.
Sep 24, 2023
China opens Hangzhou Asian Games with dazzling ceremony
Spectators in the city's 80,000 capacity stadium let out a huge roar as Chinese leader Xi Jinping was introduced and sat with visiting dignitaries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a picture during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 31, 2023
Xi likely to skip G20 summit in India: sources
The summit was considered an opportunity for Xi and U.S. President Joe Biden to smooth over recent trade and geopolitical tensions.
Chinese Special Envoy for Eurasian Affairs Li Hui gives a press briefing in Beijing in June.
Aug 6, 2023
China's Ukraine peace talks gambit shows shifts amid hard realities
Beijing appears to be confronting some hard realities as the conflict drags on, analysts say.
Kazuyuki Tanioka, the owner of Japanese cuisine Toya restaurant, prepares fish a sashimi dish during an interview in Beijing on July 25.
Jul 31, 2023
Japanese eateries in China fear ruin over Fukushima water release
Shortly after the 2011 disaster hit the Fukushima No. 1 plant, China banned the import of food and agricultural products from five Japanese prefectures.
Japan Times
Feb 23, 2023
Putin's nuclear treaty move raises stakes over China's growing arsenal
China's nuclear arsenal is growing in size and sophistication — an expansion that the United States recently noted is now gathering pace.
Japan Times
Jan 21, 2023
Chinese who lost relatives to COVID angry at failure to protect elderly
As hundreds of millions of Chinese people travel to reunite with families for the Lunar New Year holiday, many will do so after mourning relatives who died from COVID-19.
Japan Times
Jan 18, 2023
In China, doctors say they are discouraged from citing COVID on death certificates
Some relatives of people who have died with COVID-19 say the disease did not appear on their death certificates.
Japan Times
Dec 2, 2022
Scattered easing of COVID-19 curbs across China after week of unrest
China is set to announce an easing of its COVID quarantine rules in the coming days and a reduction in mass testing, sources have said.
Japan Times
Nov 28, 2022
China tightens security after rare protests against COVID curbs
There was no sign of new protests on Monday in Beijing or Shanghai, but dozens of police were in the areas where the weekend demonstrations took place.
Japan Times
Nov 28, 2022
Blank sheets of paper become symbol of protest in China
Images and videos circulated online showed students at universities in cities including Nanjing and Beijing holding up blank sheets of paper in silent protest.
Japan Times
Oct 13, 2022
Protestors experience force of Xi Jinping’s security machine
'Every time we turned up to rally, there were a large number of security and police already waiting,' Jack Yao said.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2022
Record numbers of Chinese graduates enter worst job market in decades
Struggling to find jobs goes against what educated young people have come to expect after decades of breakneck growth.
Japan Times
Apr 30, 2022
Russia's Ukrainian quagmire providing tough lessons for China
Chinese military experts are discussing the conflict in private chat groups, offering their takes on Western involvement in Ukraine and Russia's perceived failings, scholars say.
Japan Times
Mar 18, 2022
Chinese military aid to Russia would be major role reversal, analysts say
China has developed armed drones, guided weapons and battlefield communications, systems that might help Russia fill gaps that are being exposed on the Ukraine front.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2022
Biden takes veiled swipe at China in condemning Russia backers on Ukraine
Some geopolitical analysts have said that Russia's action against Ukraine could embolden China over Taiwan.
Japan Times
Feb 2, 2022
China expected to reap record medal haul at Beijing Games, analysts say
The country is expected to beat its previous best of 11 medals, including five golds, from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.
Japan Times
Jan 4, 2022
Fast-spreading omicron to test Beijing Winter Games bubble
Core to the planning is the rigidly-enforced closed loop that physically separates Games-related personnel from the local population.
Japan Times
Dec 30, 2021
New Xinjiang chief expected to maintain policies while boosting economic focus
Ma Xingrui's stewardship of Guangdong, China's largest provincial economy, may point to why he was chosen to replace Chen Quanguo, who oversaw a heavy handed security campaign.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Nov 10, 2020
Scientists watch as glaciers in China melt at 'shocking' pace
Glaciers in China's bleak Qilian mountains are disappearing at a shocking rate as global warming brings unpredictable change and raises the prospect of crippling, long-term water shortages, scientists say.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on