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North Korean leader Kim Jong-unshakes hands with South Korean president Moon Jae-in  in the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea. Photograph: EPA

North and South Korea have promised to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons and to declare an official end to the Korean War this year, after (...)

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump: Each country is hoping for a dramatic – and unlikely – win over the other. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA handout, Lucas Jackson/Reuters

When Alex Wellerstein, a nuclear historian who has studied crises and breakthroughs dating to the earliest cold war arms races, tried to imagine the p(...)

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 (...)

Xi Jinping will on Tuesday give the most anticipated speech of his already historic presidency at the Bo’ao Forum for Asia. Photograph: Reuters

Xi Jinping will on Tuesday give the most anticipated speech of his already historic presidency. During an address to a Chinese government-hosted forum(...)

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(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the closing session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

China’s emboldened president Xi Jinping laid out a hardline nationalist agenda as he closed the country’s annual parliament on Tuesday, saying China w(...)

 A propaganda poster showing China’s President Xi Jinping on a wall in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese state media have dismissed as “shameless” and “prejudiced” critics of this weekend’s vote in the rubber-stamp parliament to scrap presidential(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping has cracked down on civil society in China in recent years. File photograph: Wu Hong/ EPA

Nearly 4,000 delegates gathered for China’s ceremonial parliament are set to give hefty backing on Sunday to a plan to remove term limits on the presi(...)

Souvenir plates featuring portraits of current and late Chinese leaders (from right) Xi Jinping, Deng Xiaoping, Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong are displayed for sale at a shop next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, March 1, 2018. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

The official organ of China’s ruling Communist Party has defended plans to remove term limits for the presidency, saying they do not mean Xi Jinping w(...)

Mr Xi has discarded the attempt by Deng Xiaoping to institutionalise checks on the power of China’s leaders — itself a reaction to the wild excesses of the era of Mao Zedong.

Sometimes an announcement succeeds in being both unsurprising and shocking. It had long been evident that China’s Xi Jinping would not — indeed, could(...)

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