Chinese actors play Japanese soldiers in a film.  China is to  mark in style  the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, or the second World War. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Returning home from dinner on the bus last Saturday night, we were halted at the Dongzhimen intersection in downtown Beijing to make way for scores of(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe poses with members of Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z. Photograph: Reuters

Asia’s two economic giants Japan and China squared off against each other over a chain of disputed islands and a visit to a controversial shrin(...)