China and Iran to conduct joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf

Thomas Erdbrink and Chris Buckley Two Chinese warships have docked at Iran's principal naval port for the first time in history, Iranian admirals told state television on Sunday, adding that both countries would conduct four days of...

China prosecutor approves arrest of Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan.

Chinese prosecutors have approved last month's arrest of Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, after a suspected drugs offence, the state-owned Beijing News reported on Wednesday,...

China tries Uighur professor on charges of separatism

Ilham Tohti, a scholar and champion of China's ethnic Uighurs.

Julie Makinen A Beijing economics professor who has persistently questioned China's policies toward ethnic minorities was heading to trial on charges of separatism.

Australia conspicuous by its absence in climate debate

Modest climate targets: Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at UN headquarters in New York.

Nick O'Malley The contrast could not be more stark. Even as he goes about building a coalition for war at this week’s United Nations General Assembly, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry has thrown his...

Sri Lanka signs on to China's maritime 'Silk Road'

Support: Chinese President Xi Jinping has won approval from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on creating a modern 'Silk Road'.

Bharatha Mallawarachi Proposed maritime 'Silk Road' linking China with Europe coincides with launch of billion-dollar power plant and port city projects.

Photos reveal China building on reefs in disputed waters

Burgos Reef, May 2014.

Lindsay Murdoch Spy photographs obtained by Fairfax Media reveal that China is rapidly building artificial islands on reefs in fiercely disputed areas of the South China Sea.

Malaysia risks China's wrath by inviting US spy flights

High flyer: A US Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon.

Jane Perlez Malaysia's reported invitation to the United States to fly spy planes out of East Malaysia on the southern rim of the South China Sea seems likely to intensify China's anger at US surveillance of the...

New report finds China takes harsher approach to foreign journalists

Chinese policemen manhandle a photographer as he take photos of rights activist Xu Zhiyong this year.

Andrew Jacobs Foreign journalists working in China are facing mounting pressure from authorities seeking to influence coverage.

Bullet trains help China tighten its grip on Xinjiang province's people and resources

On edge: An Uighur woman rests near a cage protecting heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen in Urumqi.

Simon Denyer President Xi Jinping says the long-term stability of Xinjiang is vital to the country's unity and security, but to the Uighur people it's looking rather one-sided.

Australians face death penalty for drug trafficking in China

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Philip Wen The cases of several Australians potentially facing the death penalty in China for drug trafficking are centred around the southern province of Guangdong, a notorious hub for methamphetamine...

Australians facing the death penalty in China for drug offences

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Philip Wen A number of Australians are facing the death penalty in China after being charged with serious drug offences.

LinkedIn rethinks support of China's censorship

LinkedIn is thinking twice about its adoption of China's aggressive censorship.

William Wan and Xu Jing After complaints and clear examples of bowing to Chinese censorship diktats, LinkedIn says it may have acted too hastily in friending China's government.

China warns again of dark side of the mooncakes

China's crackdown on corruption, a scourge Communist Party leaders fear threatens their hold on power, is likely to last at least another five years, an official said, warning also against the...

Pakistan protests delay visit of China's Xi Jinping

China's president has cancelled his visit to Pakistan due to ongoing conflict in Islamabad between the government and protesters seeking to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

China's President Xi to make first visit to India

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first visit to India as head of state on a regional visit starting this week which will also take in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Tajikistan, the foreign...

China tells US adviser Susan Rice to end close-up aerial and naval surveillance

US national security adviser Susan Rice shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Jane Perlez A senior Chinese military officer has urged the US to halt "close-in" aerial and naval surveillance of China.

Australian drug death row cases in China prompt warning

David Wroe The federal government has issued a stark warning about China's harsh drug penalties amid fears over a spate of cases of Australians facing death row over drug charges in the country.

China, Russia to build seaport: report

Russia's gas giant Gazprom CEO, Alexei Miller (right), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhang Gaoli outside Yakutsk for an event to mark the start of a new gas pipeline.

China and Russia will build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia's Sea of Japan coast, reports said, in a further sign of the powerhouses' growing alliance.

Japan lodges record defence budget request in response to strengthening China

Keen to build a more active military: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan's defence ministry has made its biggest ever budget request as Tokyo bolsters its military amid worries over China's expanding naval reach.

China tells journalists to learn 'Marxist news values'

Chinese flags stand for sale at a magazine stall in the Tianhe district of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. China's government may set its 2014 growth target at 7 percent, the Economic Information Daily reported on Dec. 3, citing the State Information Center. This compares with a goal of 7.5 percent for this year. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

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China ordered its journalists on Saturday to learn "Marxist news values" and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the ruling Communist Party, the latest step in President Xi Jinping's...