| Jul 24, 2013
| 8:01 PM
BEIJING – Bo Xilai, the charismatic former Chinese Communist Party boss of Chongqing who was purged last year and whose wife was convicted of poisoning a British business associate, has been charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power,...
| 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...
| Jan 10, 2014
It would be difficult to believe that China's leaders didn't expect a negative reaction from its neighbors and the United States when it announced the creation of an expansive air defense identification zone over the East China Sea in late November. But...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 4:42 PM
BEIJING — The Chinese leadership is hyping a Communist Party meeting that began Saturday as the greatest financial rethink since leader Deng Xiaoping launched China's economic revolution in the late 1970s.
In keeping with past patterns, the...
| 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...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:47 AM
BEIJING -- Financial markets, economists and even one amateur limerick writer gave the thumbs down to the new Chinese Communist Party leadership’s long-awaited platform on economic reform.
Although a communiqué issued Tuesday night at the close of...
| 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...
| Sep 27, 2013
So the German people have spoken, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been reelected. That means the European Union will continue to be a tortoise. Next May, following the European Parliament elections, we will discover just how slow and unhappy a creature...
| Jul 20, 2012
At the beginning of May, with a couple of months to go until the Mexican elections, I interviewed Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the presidential candidate of the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party. We spoke for more than an hour, most of which he...
| Mar 13, 2011
The Beauty of Humanity Movement
Penguin Press: 312 pp., $25.95
It begins and ends with pho — in a noodle shop in Old Hanoi. Old man Hung is a true professional — his delicious soup is a metaphor for a dying way of...