Its warships and special forces are due in the Gulf of Aden by Jan. 6.
History buffs are struggling to preserve a colonial core dating back to 1619, but now in a state of near ruin.
Beijing marked warming ties with Taiwan by sending two pandas, Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, to the Taipei Zoo.
Low-cost lodging is spreading – despite the bad economy – as China's new middle class embraces the open road and business travelers look for bargains.
Once a factory cook, Guo Peiji heeded Deng Xiaoping's call and has made his family wealthy as a restaurateur.
A six-part series by Peter Ford, staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Its economy has broken records, and the country is a global player – but the financial crisis could threaten stability.
A villager from western China, Qi Xuewu headed east in search of a better life, joining 140 million ambitious migrant workers.
For decades, China demonized foreigners and capitalists. Today, businesspeople worldwide jet here from to find profits and a warm welcome. Born in Beijing in 1949, Carl “Ke Lu” Crook has seen the best and worst of Chinese hospitality.
Chinese intellectuals like Prof. Hu Xingdou relish their widening freedom to publish their opinions. But many topics remain taboo, and offenders are still subject to "reeducation through labor."
Sidestepping 'patriotic' churches, Zhang Mingxuan actively promotes his faith – and pays the price in arrests and jailings.
Kang Xueji, a lifelong peasant, relies on remittances for half her income. Still, she’s glad to be rid of collective farms and sirens calling her to work.
The island nation seeks to carve out a bigger role in world affairs as a 'soft power.'
Largely untested, opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says his first priorities are fixing the economy and rescuing the tourist industry.
Three environmental models: Toyota's Prius factory, an electronics recycler, and a village that recycles 80 percent of its trash.
Lawmakers are to pick a new prime minister Monday – the third in four months, reflecting the country's polarized politics.
Japan is quietly emerging as a global trendsetter in pop culture, as well as in green technology and environmental practices.
Her latest novel won Japan's top prize for new fiction writers. Kawakami is one of an emerging group of young Japanese women writers.
Roman Catholic militiamen are gearing up for clashes with Muslim rebels again, more than 30 years after all-out communal war tore through the island of Mindanao.
Renewed violence on the island shows the challenge of wiping out militant groups for good.