October 29, 2012 As China approaches a once-in-a-decade leadership transition, fissures in the country's political system are deepening. A scandal involving a top official has left the party reeling, and calls for reforms are mounting steadily. Critics say the communists of today have become what they once opposed.
October 29, 2012 Bao Tong was once a senior figure in the Communist Party. He was ousted and jailed for seven years after the Tiananmen Square events of 1989 and is still followed everywhere by security officers. But he doesn't hesitate to speak his mind, and is a scathing critic of the country's current leaders.
October 20, 2012 As China prepares for a once-in-a-decade leadership transition, pressures are mounting for the party to change. Discontent over stalled political reforms, a U-turn in economic policy, and a political scandal involving murder and corruption suggest change is expected — but it could be only limited in scope.
September 28, 2012 The once high-flying politician faces wide-ranging criminal charges involving murder, bribery and sex. It's the latest development in what is the country's most sensational political scandal in many years.
September 24, 2012 As North Korea prepares for an unusual parliamentary meeting Tuesday, farmers have told the Western media that new agricultural rules will give them more control over their crops — which would mark a significant change for the state-run economy. It raises hopes that the country is on the verge of a major shift.
September 19, 2012 The leaked photos came just before a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Last year, the Chinese tested a stealth plane while the previous defense secretary, Robert Gates, was visiting. The moves are seen as an attempt by the Chinese to show off their rapidly expanding military technology.
September 17, 2012 China's state-run media warns of trade retaliation against Japan, following a weekend of anti-Japanese protests across China over Japan's purchase of disputed islands in the East China Sea. As the economic cost of these protests begins to escalate, NPR correspondent Louisa Lim tries to find out exactly who's behind them.
September 16, 2012 Tens of thousands of people took to the streets to denounce Japan's purchase of a disputed chain of uninhabited islands in the South China Sea. This rising tide of anti-Japanese nationalism is now escalating into violence, with some Japanese businesses reporting attacks.
September 15, 2012 A controversy that has lasted decades boiled over this past week, spilling into China's streets Saturday. Thousands demonstrated in one of the biggest protests in Beijing in recent years.