A sold-out tour of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” ended in Beijing last week. Meanwhile, a Chinese publishing house has nearly finished translating Shakespeare’s works into Mandarin – both signs of the English playwright's surging popularity in China.
The Central Committee focused its annual plenary meeting last month on promoting 'socialist rule of law' among Chinese. In one village, a lawyer who is part of the government's push helped resolved a dispute over a fish pond.
This week's four-day Fourth Plenum in Beijing is one indicator of President Xi's consolidation of power in the party-state. The fate of security czar Zhou Yongkang, who has been detained during an anti-graft probe, is on the agenda.
The city's youth increasingly identify themselves as 'Hong Kong people' rather than Chinese. An effort to bring the mainland's 'patriotic education' to Hong Kong in 2011 failed – resulting in wide gaps in core values.
Ahead of a midnight deadline, Leung Chun-ying told students he would send a deputy to meet with them, but ruled out his resignation. Protesters have threatened to occupy government buildings in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous region of China.
Activist and legislator Martin Lee – hit by tear gas while protesting this week – speaks of his life as a leading pro-democracy intellectual who has long fought for greater freedom in his native city. He says Britain should speak up now.
Mass protests against Beijing's decision to limit choice in the 2017 election for Hong Kong chief executive show no sign of easing. Young people, who are driving the protests, are passing out supplies at makeshift logistic centers.
China is the top oil investor in Iraq, and Islamic State leaders say they have Chinese recruits. But Beijing is reluctant to get involved due to limited military capability in the Middle East and mistrust of US intentions.
After the North backtracked on its promise to investigate within months the fate of Japanese abducted decades ago, an apparently impatient China said it would host a meeting next week between the two countries.