July 27, 2012 England's top Premier League teams are playing exhibition games, running soccer clinics for kids and sponsoring fan parties in China, drawn by its massive economic potential. Newly moneyed owners of Chinese teams are snagging big-name European players in a sport that's favored by China's political elite.
July 20, 2012 The country's army swore oaths of loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un after he was given the new title of marshal of the nation. This follows the army chief's dismissal. Analysts suspect the announcements mask far deeper changes, but there's disagreement about what those changes are.
July 10, 2012 Every four years, organizers of the Olympic Games promise that expensive facilities will be put to good use after the crowds depart. But saddled with high maintenance costs, Beijing's Olympic venues, such as the Bird's Nest stadium, are struggling to find an afterlife.
July 1, 2012 China's President Hu Jintao has sworn in a new leader for Hong Kong amid large public protests. The island is marking the 15th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty at a time when mistrust toward China is at its highest level since Hong Kong's handover in 1997.
June 21, 2012 The 54-year-old artist says officials have lifted the strict bail conditions imposed after his release from detention last year. But he says he is not allowed to leave China and that he was prevented from attending a hearing this week on his tax evasion case.
June 12, 2012 North Korea's recent hijacking of three Chinese fishing boats has shaken ties between China and its old ally, six months after the death of reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Now, some Chinese want their government to take a tough stance with North Korea.
June 5, 2012 Chinese artist Yang Weidong has devoted the past four years to asking more than 300 Chinese intellectuals a deceptively simple question: "What do you need?" The resounding answer is "freedom." The results reflect both a sense of crisis and progress, in that such criticism can be openly voiced.