President Xi Jinping was formally handed a second term Wednesday, with no clear successor emerging in a revamped ruling council, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for him to dominate China for decades to come.
As a US strike group led by an aircraft carrier steamed toward the Korean peninsula Sunday, a senior official said President Donald Trump has asked to be provided with a range of options for eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat.
No one is 100 percent sure what will happen when the most powerful Chinese leader in a generation meets a mercurial American president who has been in office fewer than 100 days, as Trump and Xi open a new chapter in the world's most consequential relationship.
China's atheistic communist rulers now say that certain religious beliefs are worth promoting for the sake of national development. Only a generation ago, nearly all forms of religious worship were essentially banned in China. The World's Matthew Bell toured a park in the Chinese city of Nanjing, where people seek help from "higher powers."
China is threatening to revoke visas for two dozen journalists from the New York Times and Bloomberg. Both news organizations have published reports about the personal wealth of those close to China's top leaders.
China on Saturday joined the US and the former Soviet Union as the only nations to stick a moon landing. The Chang'e 3 lander and its Jade Rabbit rover will now spend months exploring the moon's surface.
What will happen with the Obama administration's ballyhooed "Asia Pivot"? And what will come of the recent brinksmanship over disputed islands in the East China Sea? Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn of the Sinica podcast share their predictions of how US and China relations will play out in the coming year.
Known as Chunwan, the New Year's variety show typically draws hundreds of millions of viewers. But when it aired on January 30, 2014, it seemed long on propaganda and short on entertainment, disappointing nearly 60% of Chinese, according to a survey.
There is plenty at stake in Ukraine for many governments around the world, especially China. Beijing has developed strong ties with Ukraine in recent years, but Chinese leaders don't want to risk alienating their much more powerful friends in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin got his gas deal. The Russian president traveled to Shanghai and oversaw the signing of a $400 billion, 30-year agreement to sell natural gas to the Chinese. It was an important moment of cooperation for two countries that see themselves as rivals of the US.
The military coup in Thailand hasn't been popular. Protests are frequent, and now they're using a popular symbol from the movie The Hunger Games, a three-finger salute, to signal their displeasure. That story and more in today's Global Scan.
Caribbean coral reefs provide food, create jobs and draw millions of tourists every year, but they are disappearing. Parrotfish are one key to their survival. Parents in China have a way to ensure success for their children: pay to get them into the army. And ISIS militants in Iraq want to head to Rome next, all in today's Global Scan.