This coming-out party is already tarnished by a worsening human rights record.
OPEC's only Asian member, it has failed to meet its production quota and is quitting the cartel this year.
Xingzhi School in Beijing teaches nearly 1,200 kids not allowed to attend public school say their migrant-worker parents lack residency permits.
The Sochi 2014 Winter Games are threatened by a looming international boycott, environmental concerns, and public protests against local development.
Despite earlier tensions over Tibet, French President Nicolas Sarkozy will attend the opening ceremonies in August.
While the G-8 sets vague goals on global warming, Beijing clears its polluted skies – by fiat.
Ahead of Beijing Olympics, the international group Justice for North Korea hopes to press China to accept North Korean refugees as defectors, not migrants.
The Beijing Organizing Committee has enlisted cheerleaders from the New England Patriots football team to hone the Chinese elite squad's skills.
For the first time, the Summer Games will include BMX cyclists. Beijing wants some of the edginess that snowboarding added to the Winter Games.
From gourds to politics: Lu Banglie uses the legal system to protect farmers' rights.
Newly elected leaders in Thailand and Malaysia face mounting domestic discontent.
A strategic semiconductor firm gets leeway on promoting faith in its halls.
The number of smoke-free cabs has surged since a 2005 ruling in a case brought by Koichi Yasui.