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China’s South Sea fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, in May 2016.  Photograph:   AFP/Getty Images

The Philippines has expressed “serious concern” after Chinese strategic bombers landed on islands and reefs in disputed areas of the South China Sea,(...)

Police and military personnel work among the wreckage of the Boeing-737 plane that crashed shortly after taking off from the Jose Marti airport in Havana. Photograph: EPA

More than 100 people died when a Boeing 737 crashed soon after taking off from Havana in what appeared to be Cuba’s worst air disaster in nearly 30 ye(...)

Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai was sentenced to life in prison for bribery. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A Chinese court has sentenced Sun Zhengcai, the former Communist Party boss of the southwestern city of Chongqing who was once seen as a rising politi(...)

Liu Xia: “Xiaobo is gone, and there’s nothing in the world for me now. It’s easier to die than live.” Photograph: Petar Kujundzic

Liu Xia, the widow of the late human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, says she is “ready to die” in protest at being under house arrest for over seven year(...)

A South Korean soldier removes loudspeakers in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, on June 16th,  2004. South Korea has again halted the propaganda broadcasts it blares across the border at North Korea. Photograph: Jin-Hee Park/ EPA

South Korea halted the propaganda broadcasts it blares across the border at North Korea on Monday ahead of their first summit in a decade, as US pres(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping says he is personally opposed to life-long rule, in spite of recent removal of two-term limit. Photograph: Naohiko Hatta/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese president Xi Jinping has said that he is “personally opposed” to life-long rule, adding that foreign observers have “misinterpreted” a recent (...)

Supporters of Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir square on Monday following his re-election for a second term. Photograph: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptians were no doubt glued to their televisions, gripped with suspense, as they awaited the results of their presidential election last week. Woul(...)

‘China will not be afraid or back down if a trade war is unavoidable. The country has never surrendered to external pressure, and it will not surrender this time either,’ according to the official Xinhua news agency.

China pledged “no surrender” in a burgeoning trade dispute with the US, saying the country had never surrendered to external pressure and was not abou(...)

Catholic clergy arrive in a procession for Mass on Holy Thursday, ahead of Easter celebrations at Beijing’s government-sanctioned South Cathedral  last week. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

As speculation grows about an imminent deal between the Vatican and Beijing to re-establish relations, Beijing insisted it has made real efforts towa(...)

Wu Ming-yi’s novel The Stolen Bicycle is one of 13 novels long-listed for the Man Booker international prize this year.

Tense cross-strait relations between mainland China and self-ruled Taiwan continue to worsen after a Man Booker international prize nominee had his n(...)

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