With China's "peaceful rise" giving way to a more muscular approach, Beijing has broadened its "core interests" and exhibited a growing readiness to take risks.
After a day of diplomatic talks with Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Saturday, Chinese authorities here claimed they are committed to working "peacefully" toward the goal of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry will stare down the barrel of North Korea's recent nuclear threats when he arrives here Friday on his first trip to Asia as America's top diplomat — a trip that analysts say will be defined by efforts to persuade China to influence Pyongyang away from making further provocations.
A few hundred pounds of bamboo, another hundred or so pounds of bamboo shoots, some apples, some water and voila — you've got everything it takes to ship a couple of panda bears by land and sea, from China to Canada.
President Obama called on China's new president, Xi Jinping, on Thursday and discussed the challenges posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, and the importance of addressing cybersecurity threats.
Lien Chan, a former vice president of Taiwan who holds an honorary chairmanship of the ruling Kuomintang party, has become entangled in a controversy that is placing the island democracy's politics on the edge.
Xi Jinping, anointed last month as China's new leader, was an impressionable 9-year-old in 1962 when his father, a prominent revolutionary and vice premier, fell out of favor with Mao Zedong.
China's new leader Xi Jinping is highlighting corruption as a scourge that could bring down the Communist Party, though he has yet to offer any specific new proposals to stop it.
China's new leader is highlighting corruption as a scourge that could bring down the Communist Party, though he has yet to offer any specific new proposals to stop it.