Hong Kong must focus on finding a leader to heal the political rifts, not hugs and handshakes – South China Morning Post

South China Morning PostThis governance problem is a political one, and that is the crux of Hong Kong’s ills. And it’s going to take someone who can mend political rifts, … Read More

Regina Ip pledges to defend academic freedom and allow discussion of Hong Kong independence in schools – South China Morning Post

South China Morning PostChief executive contender Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has pledged to defend academic freedom and to allow students to discuss Hong Kong independence in schools, in sharp contrast … Read More

Hong Kong votes to elect panel to choose next leader – Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.comAround a thousand protesters rallied in Hong Kong on Saturday against what they view as a continuous crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers and an electoral system skewed towards Beijing. “The direct … Read More

Hong Kong’s pan-democratic camp reaches a fork in the road – South China Morning Post

South China Morning PostLast Wednesday, Beijing and the Hong Kong government confirmed pan-democrats banned from entering the mainland would be granted travel documents. The move was hailed as a conciliatory … Read More

Abe’s comments “wrong and dangerous”: article – Xinhua

XinhuaBEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — The world should be cautious against Japan’s attempt to break its peaceful constitution and the potential threat to regional peace, Chinese experts warned on Friday. … Read More

Xi Visits Beijing Neighborhood, Lighting Up Social Media – New York Times (blog)

Xi Visits Beijing Neighborhood, Lighting Up Social MediaNew York Times (blog)News of the visit spread rapidly on China’s social media and appeared to originate from a Beijing resident, a self-professed … Read More

Billionaire kingpin Liu Han accused of heading organised crime gang – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldBeijing: A car drives up and screeches to a halt outside a quiet riverside teahouse. Gunmen emerge, shots ring out; three men drop to the floor, dead. The … Read More

US, China promise improved cooperation on combating climate change – Fox News

Fox NewsBEIJING – The United States and China have promised to cooperate more closely in combatting climate change. In a joint statement issued after a visit by U.S. Secretary of … Read More

Kerry presses China to ease Internet controls – The News International

The News InternationalBEIJING: US Secretary of State John Kerry said he urged Chinese leaders to support Press freedom and a free Internet. Speaking on Saturday after talks with Chinese leaders, … Read More

Chinese Ask Kerry to Help Tear Down a Firewall – New York Times

New York TimesBEIJING — A group of Chinese bloggers asked the United States to take up the cause of Internet freedom in an unusual meeting on Saturday with Secretary of … Read More

US, China promise closer cooperation on climate change – Fox News

Fox NewsBEIJING – The United States and China promised Saturday to cooperate more closely in combatting climate change following a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. … Read More

China to Further Pressure North Korea Over Nuclear Program – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalBEIJING—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday he received firm commitments from Chinese leaders to take additional steps to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program. Mr. … Read More

China to Toughen Stance on North Korea, Kerry Says – New York Times

New York TimesBEIJING — After a day of meetings with senior Chinese officials, Secretary of State John Kerry asserted on Friday that China was prepared to step up the pressure … Read More

Kerry presses China to ease territorial claims, rein in North Korea – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIJING — Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Friday appealed to China to rein in its North Korean ally and to ease its provocative territorial claims, but … Read More

China says 11 ‘terrorists’ killed in new Xinjiang unrest – Reuters

ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) – Eleven “terrorists” were killed during an attack in China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest violence to hit … Read More

In China, Kerry talks NKorea, regional tensions – Businessweek

BusinessweekBEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday appealed for China’s help in bringing a belligerent North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks but faced an uncertain … Read More

US top diplomat in China amid North Korea, territorial tensions – BBC News

BBC NewsUS Secretary of State John Kerry has met China’s President Xi Jinping, in a visit expected to focus on North Korea and regional territorial tensions. Mr Kerry told reporters … Read More

Kerry in China Seeking Help in Easing Tensions in N. Korea, Maritime Disputes – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Beijing for talks aimed at encouraging Chinese leaders to put more pressure on ally North Korea to end its nuclear … Read More

Kerry meets China’s Xi amid heightened Asia tensions – AFP

AFPBeijing — US Secretary of State John Kerry met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, as Washington’s security allies Tokyo and Manila fret over China’s far-reaching territorial claims. Kerry started … Read More

Kerry In Beijing For Talks – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Beijing for meetings with senior Chinese officials in an attempt to get help on bringing North Korea back to nuclear disarmament … Read More

Air defence zone in South China Sea is unlikely, say Chinese experts – South China Morning Post

Air defence zone in South China Sea is unlikely, say Chinese expertsSouth China Morning PostChina is unlikely to set up an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China … Read More

China looks to halt New Year’s fireworks to curb air pollution – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIJING — Fireworks are as integral to Chinese New Year as pine trees are to Christmas. But with smog blanketing many Chinese cities these days, environmental activists, meteorologists … Read More

Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong gets four-year jail sentence – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldRIghts crusader counts the cost of activism. Beijing: China has sentenced prominent human rights advocate Xu Zhiyong to four years in jail in the country’s most high-profile prosecution … Read More

Accused dissident calls for China to democratize – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIJING — Xu Zhiyong, a Chinese activist who has pressed officials to disclose their assets, championed equal access to education and fought for other causes, released a strongly … Read More

Activists on trial as China steps up campaign against dissent – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIJING — At least seven Chinese activists who have advocated for greater rule of law, fairer access to education and other issues are being put on trial this … Read More