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Selection of lightweight from Taiwan's ruling party a sign of weakness

Without the usual boisterous and contentious primary election, and without the traditional backroom wheeling and dealing among party elders and luminaries to decide their next presidential candidate, Taiwan's ruling political party, the KMT, has moved with uncharacteristic alacrity to select a political lightweight to compete against opposition Democratic Progressive Party heavyweight candidate Tsai Ing-wen in next year's election.

The Chinese government's sinking credibility

The worst domestic maritime tragedy since China's Communists came to power — the still-unexplained capsizing of a Yangtze River cruise ship that claimed more than 440 lives in the dark of night June 1 — has generated worldwide media attention.

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China's bizarre anti-Japanese TV and movie kitsch backfires

China's sustained, state-mobilized anti-Japanese propaganda campaign, one that has permeated the main news, arts and entertainment industries, has run into a wave of domestic criticism, as many World War II-themed anti-Japanese dramas on television have come across as bizarre, vulgar, even pornographic kitsch. The campaign is causing public revulsion and condemnation.

Soldiers from the People's Liberation Army navy stand guard as the Dixmude, the third French Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, arrives at Wusong military dockyard, in Shanghai, China. (Associated Press)

French flotilla in Shanghai fuels talk of deal

A French naval flotilla left Singapore and arrived in Shanghai on May 9 for a weeklong visit, fueling a wave of speculation that the timing of the rare naval visit, the first since 2013, signals the two sides may be ready to cut a deal.

The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un does not appear interested in holding sincere talks on giving up his nuclear arms. (Associated Press)

Kim Jong-un stirs Chinese controversy over name of mountain he claims to have scaled

The story Monday of North Korea's obese leader, Kim Jong-un, scaling a 9,000-foot mountain — in leather shoes and neat dress coat, on a pair of legs that had undergone operation and needed a walking cane only a couple of months ago — has stirred up a firestorm on China's Internet, the world's largest closed cyber community with over 600 million users known as Netizens.

Myanmar bombed Chinese village

A Myanmar government MiG-29 fighter plane on March 8 flew over a Chinese village in the border province of Yunnan and dropped a bomb on a house believed to be a safe haven for the Kokang rebels. No major casualty was announced by either the Chinese or the Burmese side.

In this Friday, Feb.20, 2015 photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a traditional attire of the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, waves during an event marking the 28th anniversary of its statehood in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India. China summoned India's ambassador over  Modi's visit to a disputed border region in the Himalayas, a long-festering irritant in relations between the Asian giants.(AP Photo/Press Trust of India)INDIA OUT

Indian PM riles China

China has unleashed its anger on the man President Xi Jinping has been trying his best to cultivate in recent months, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the Indian leader on Feb. 20 visited the Indian state called Arunachal Pradesh — the place Beijing calls "South Tibet" and insists is its "sacred and indivisible territory."

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev riled Mao Zedong in the late 1950s with a proposal to build Soviet long-wave submarine communications stations inside China. (AP Photo)

Zhou Yongkang cronies executed for 'gangster crimes'

A Chinese mining tycoon, his brother and three associates were executed Feb. 9 in China for "gangster crimes." But it is clear the tycoon's association with China's former security czar Zhou Yongkang was the real reason for their fate.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election to opposition leader Maithripala Sirisena.  (AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan, File)

China stung by Sri Lanka's election

Sri Lanka's presidential election earlier this month dealt China a major blow as opposition leader Maithripala Sirisena, who had made curtailing excessive Chinese influence the main focus of his campaign, won a surprise victory over the Beijing-friendly incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Some say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg deleting Chinese dissident Liao Yiwu's Facebook account is an attempt to curry favor with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China lauds Facebook's blocking of dissident's account

A leading Chinese Communist Party newspaper is savoring Facebook's decision to block a leading exiled Chinese dissident's account, praising the company's voluntary move as yet another sign that Chinese human rights activists deserve punishment not only by the communist government but also by leading Western social media outlets.

 A Tiananmen rebel exiled in Taiwan, renowned for his courage, charisma and extraordinary personal narrative, has declared his candidacy for a seat as an independent in the island democracy's parliament called the Legislative Yuan.

Tiananmen rebel practices democracy in Taiwan

The global Chinese community is abuzz about an unusual event: A Tiananmen rebel exiled in Taiwan, renowned for his courage, charisma and extraordinary personal narrative, has declared his candidacy for a seat as an independent in the island democracy's parliament called the Legislative Yuan.