| Dec 24, 2013
| 2:30 AM
By the looks of it, U.S. President Barack Obama may be close to joining the French in taking on the Chinese -- in Africa.
According to my sources in the French government, Obama made it clear to both British and French leadership at the onset of his...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:00 AM
BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping has a new year’s resolution for the Communist Party: Be more charming.
In a nation where senior leaders have long seemed distant and remote, revealing few personal details, interacting minimally with...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 8:30 PM
HONG KONG -- U.S. foreign secretary John Kerry sat down Saturday with a group of Chinese bloggers and promised to press the Chinese government to loosen its controls of the internet.
His visit came at a time when China and other Asian governments stand...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 5:30 AM
BEIJING — The Beijing Independent Film Festival has a long history of absurd run-ins with the Chinese authorities, but this year's edition opened in such a Kafka-esque manner it could have been penned by an indie scriptwriter.
It began in mid-...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 11:15 AM
BEIJING -- Spreading rumors on the Internet could get you three years in prison in China, with the penalties rising if the rumor is reposted more than 500 times or viewed by more than 5,000 people.
So says a judicial interpretation issued Monday by...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 10:18 PM
BEIJING — Bo Xilai, at one time the most potent challenger to the current Chinese Communist Party leadership, was sentenced Sunday to life in prison for corruption.
The unexpectedly harsh sentence is likely to be interpreted as a sign of just...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 3:37 PM
BEIJING — At soon as Luo Yuannan heard about the change in China's one-child law, she began to calculate when it would be best for her 2 1/2-year-old son to get a baby sister, because, like many modern Chinese women, Luo is pining for a girl.
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:00 PM
BEIJING -- Gary Locke, the first Chinese American ambassador to Beijing, said Wednesday he will leave his post early next year to rejoin his wife and three children in Seattle.
The former Commerce secretary and two-term governor of Washington said his...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 4:30 PM
More than three years in the making, and easily the most ambitious cinematic rendition yet of the adventures of Buddhist monk Xuanzang and his three demigoblin disciples, "The Monkey King" nonetheless can't match the technical refinement or storytelling...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 5:00 AM
BEIJING — Want to engrave a few words in Chinese on your new iPad? No problem — Apple offers consumers in mainland China free personalization. Just don't get too political.
Say you type in the Dalai Lama's name in Chinese characters into...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 12:17 PM
There is intense focus on Beijing this week, as the plenary meeting of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee, which includes President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, concludes after a series of discussions on economic reforms designed to...