Former top China military officer admits taking 'massive' bribes: Chinese news agency

Megha Rajagopalan and Sui-Lee Wee One of China's most senior former military officers has confessed to taking "massive" bribes in exchange for help in promotions, state media said on Tuesday, as the government moves closer to his...

South Korean court orders Japanese firm to compensate forced labourers

Choe Sang-hun Young girls volunteering for the war effort were forced to work in factory during Japanese colonial rule of Korea. Now courts have ruled compensation is in order.

China launches experimental moon orbiter

China has launched an experimental spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

China's Communist Party weighs boosting rule of law

Law review: China is considering increasing the power of the rule of law.

Calum MacLeod Announcements expected on Thursday at the end of the closed-door session that began Monday should reveal how much legal reform is acceptable to the party leadership under President Xi Jinping.


China's pursuit of corrupt officials takes Australia into uncharted waters

China's pursuit of the money trail of its corrupt officials brings it to Australia.

Philip Wen In its worldwide pursuit of corrupt officials who have absconded with billions in illicit funds, China is, increasingly loudly, asking foreign governments for help.

Attack in western China claims at least 22 lives

Disorder: Armed Chinese police patrol the streets of Urumqi, the main city in Xinjiang, in May.

Andrew Jacobs Han residents in China's Xinjiang region are living in fear, after ethnic tension triggered violent attacks.

Japan, China aim for summit meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Talks between Japanese and Chinese officials have raised hopes of a thaw in relations between the two countries.

China signs trade deals with Russia

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (fourth from right) and China's Premier Li Keqiang (third from right) visit an international forum and exhibition in Moscow.

Michael Birnbaum With the West pushing hard to isolate Russia, President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday turned to the East to find an escape hatch as his nation celebrated dozens of trade deals with neighbouring China.

Vladimir Putin's tiger Kuzya crosses into China, prompting a diplomatic rush

Andrew Jacobs Siberian tiger Kuzya, like Mr Putin, has territorial ambitions, which this week drew him across the frigid Amur River that separates Russia and China.

Taiwan's president urges China to embrace democracy

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, front, raises his fist during National Day celebrations marking the 103rd anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China in Taipei, Taiwan.

Chris Zappone Taiwan's President used the country's National Day celebrations to urge mainland China to embrace democracy, starting with troubled Hong Kong.

China quake displaces thousands, one dead, 300 injured

Outdoor respite: Residents rest outdoor in the aftermath of an earthquake in the town of Yongping in south-west China's Yunnan province.

Aftershocks continue after an earthquake in southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province killed one person, left more than 300 people injured and displaced thousands more.

Possible thaw between China and Dalai Lama on Tibet

The Dalai Lama.

Annie Gowen The Dalai Lama has said informal talks are continuing with the Chinese about a possible return to his homeland of Tibet, if only for a visit, and he has cautiously praised Chinese President Xi...

China body-searched 10,000 pigeons: reports

The 10,000 pigeons released in a ceremony for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, with each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports say.

Meet Joshua Wong, the teenager taking on communist China

Joshua Wong

Philip Wen A skinny, bespectacled 17-year-old is at the forefront of a surging protest movement in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong protests scrubbed from China's media

Pro-democracy protesters.

Didi Tang China's government has cut off news about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media,...

How one night of tear gas in Hong Kong just shut down all Instagram in China

Protesters gather in the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex.

Beijing: Social media users in China gave a collective groan Monday after the country's Communist rulers blocked Instagram in the wake of protests in Hong Kong.

China battles homegrown terror fears and rise of Islamic State

Children leave school under armed guard in Urumqi.

Philip Wen “They don’t have this where you’re from do they?” a school supervisor says wryly. “It’s as though its wartime.”

Four school kids stabbed to death in China


A knife-wielding man has stabbed to death four primary schoolchildren in southern China, state media report, the latest in a series of such attacks in recent years.

India beats China into Mars orbit, for a fraction of cost of US probe

Tensions: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in May.

Ganesh Nagarajan A $US74 million ($83 million) Indian spacecraft entered orbit around Mars on Wednesday after an almost yearlong voyage, and for 11 per cent of the cost of the US Maven probe.

Once-banned Modi embraced by US as interests align on China

Bibhudatta Pradhan and Shobhana Chandra A decade ago, the United States saw Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an international pariah. Next week he'll address a sell-out crowd at Madison Square Garden and stroll down the red carpet at...