In 1979, as paramount leader Deng Xiaoping reopened China’s depleted economy, he invited some old industrialists who had survived the revolution for a lamb hot pot lunch in a cigarette smoke-shrouded room.
Residents of a blockaded southern Chinese village canceled a protest march after winning concessions from the highest-ranking official yet to intervene in a two-week standoff over land and the death of a local man.
Shinzo Abe became the first sitting Japanese prime minister to visit Yasukuni Shrine since 2006, drawing a quick rebuke from China for paying respects at a site that memorializes war-dead including World War II criminals.
A government-controlled Chinese newspaper linked Zhou Yongkang to a corruption probe for the first time, signaling that an official announcement of an investigation into the ex-security chief may be near.
Demonstrations across China against Japanese businesses and property pose a growing risk for the country’s leaders as the economy slows and the Communist Party prepares for a once-a-decade transition of power.