• China's hopes for a smooth, once-a-decade political transition have been shaken by a lurid new scandal involving the death of a senior official's son.

    In this photo taken on March 14, 2010, Ling Jihua, a loyal aide and confidante to President Hu Jintao, left, looks on as Chinese President Hu Jintao, bottom right, signs a document after attending the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 5:00 AM EST
  • These three satellite imageries taken from left, March 20, June 24 and Aug. 6, 2012, by GeoEye-1 satellite, and released Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly shows development of the building construction at Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center in North Korea. Allison Puccioni at IHS Jane's Defence Weekly said in a statement Tuesday the imagery taken by the GeoEye-1 satellite Aug. 6 showed a dome had been hoisted atop the reactor building. She says it may take several more years for th

    At Yongbyon, a nuclear facility creeps toward completion with the emplacement of a key structure.  

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT
  • In this July 18, 2012 file photo, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, second from left, shakes hands with visiting U.N. delegates during his meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, unseen, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

    The world's two biggest economies are entering the final stages of political campaigns to pick their national leaders. But that's where the similarities end.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 30, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT
  • China should not use bilateral talks to attempt to "divide and conquer" nations with competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, the United States said Tuesday.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT
  • In this May 4, 2012 file photo, Chinese President Hu Jintao, right, Premier Wen Jiabao, left, and Vice President Xi Jinping, center, clap as they arrive for a conference to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Youth League at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China's ruling communists are sticking to their trademark secrecy by keeping mum on the dates of a crucial leadership conference due this fall.

    China's ruling Communists are sticking to their trademark secrecy by keeping mum on the dates of a major party congress this fall that will promote new leaders.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 3:10 AM EDT