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 says it'll invest an additional $361 billion in renewable energy projects by 2020, and in the process create 13 million new jobs. The move's in sharp contrast to Donald Trump's promise to reinvigorate the coal industry in the US. Mary Kay Magistad of The World's "Whose Century Is It?" podcast says China seems to have a clearer vision of the future.
The US and China have just announced their commitment to the Paris climate deal, in a strong push to lead almost 200 countries to pledge to cut carbon emissions. But the future of that tandem climate change approach depends on the outcome of US elections.
The beginning of the "American Century" is usually considered to have started around World War II. Are we still in the so-called American Century? China's economic rise has looked impressive, even intimidating from a distance. But a rise is rarely linear, nor without its challenges.
China's tight restrictions on Internet usage by its citizens is well-known. But human rights advocates are hoping that tech leaders who met with President Xi Jinping this week will use their influence on China's leaders, like they have done before in the US.
A more prosperous China is getting more interested in wellness — and Daoist temples are offering courses on nutrition, health, meditation and tai chi. Government money is pouring into temples as Beijing has said nice things about Daoism, says journalist and author Ian Johnson.
China has a growing group of nouveau riche. Much of that wealth has been amassed by Communist Party elites and their friends but some are discovering that having money without manners doesn't buy them respect. A few of them are seeking to remedy that.
In a trip that's as much about Xi Jinping reconnecting with a country he visited in the 1980s as it is about a foreign country assessing him, the Chinese vice president, and presumptive next-in-line to be the nation's top leader, is kicking off a U.S. trip that will take him from the halls of power of Washington, D.C., to a farm in Iowa.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping along with several Chinese leaders visiting Iowa on Feb. 15 agreed to purchase $4.31 billion worth of U.S. soybeans from Iowa farms. China is expected to sign more deals with a total record purchase of 12 million tons of soybeans this year.
The Chinese people don't know much about where their big leadership transition is supposed to happen -- but they know it's soon. Slowly, more people are calling on the government to be more transparent in its process.
China's about to complete its once-a-decade leadership transition, with Xi Jinping taking over for Wen Jiabao. As Wen prepares to leave office, he was surprisingly frank about his administration's failings -- and offered concrete advice to his successor.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula are running high, with North Korea vowing to take pre-emptive military strikes against South Korea and U.S. forces around the Pacific Ocean, while the South is promising to respond to any aggression with bullets first, and politics later.
Monday morning brought with it speculation that North Korea might be preparing another nuclear test, which would be an escalation of an already tense situation. But by afternoon, South Korean officials walked back that idea. But tensions remain high.
The man who leaked the NSA's data tracking practices is 29-year-old government contractor named Edward Snowden. He is now hiding out in Hong Kong, an independent city within China who's residents have previously fled to the United States for similar security.
China's emergence as a global economic force has meant great wealth for its most well-connected. But that money doesn't always come with manners, so there's a new movement among some of China's wealthy elite to brush up on their behavior.