• A Chinese People's Liberation Army, PLA, officer practices conducting the military band before the opening session of the 12th National People's Congress, NPC, in Beijing. The Chinese government annouced its 2014 budget Wednesday, including a 12.2 percent increase in defense spending. Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images
    March 5, 2014   BY Andy Swab 

    The Chinese government announced Wednesday that their defense budget will increase by 12.2 percent, nearly 808 billion yuan, for the 2014 fiscal year.

    In U.S. dollars, China will be boosting its defense budget from $117 billion to approximately $132 billion, the biggest military increase in the last three years, Reuters reports. The military expansion includes investments in computer software technology and a boost in spending for their navy, one capable of operating in international waters. Continue reading

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    March 5, 2014  

    With help from fisherman and citizen scientists, researchers in Japan and the U.S. are tracking the nucleotides in the ocean creatures who swim in the plume of water tainted with radiation from Fukushima. Their research is part of a long-term effort to figure out when — if ever — certain fish will be safe to eat. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

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    March 5, 2014   BY Jaywon Choe 

    The United States says it has no reason to be concerned by Japan’s stockpile of weapons-grade plutonium, even as China voices strong objections to the nuclear reserve. Responding to questions from reporters, Joseph Macmanus, the U.S. ambassador to the United … Continue reading

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    February 28, 2014  

    The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan remains a post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien got a rare tour inside the plant, where three nuclear reactors melted down after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, to learn more about the long-term solutions for stemming the radioactive contamination. Continue reading

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    February 16, 2014  

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has discussed climate change in both China and Indonesia during his latest diplomatic mission in Asia. Why has climate change grabbed a top spot on Kerry’s agenda in Asia? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Geoff Dyer, a foreign policy writer for the Financial Times, about Kerry’s trip and current U.S. foreign policy in Asia. Continue reading

  • February 16, 2014   BY Kayla Ruble 

    PBS NewsHour is following the news of the day, from trapped miners in South Africa to amnesty offers in Ukraine. Continue reading

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    December 4, 2013  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. officials say Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping traded arguments over China’s new air defense zone during a diplomatic trip to Beijing. Also, the European Commission has imposed fines of $2.3 billion on major U.S. and European banks for rigging interest rates. Continue reading

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    December 3, 2013  

    Vice President Joe Biden voiced his support for Japan in Tokyo on the first stop of a week-long Asia tour. Tensions between Japan and China are growing after China imposed an air defense zone over a string of disputed islands. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

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    December 3, 2013  

    Tensions are rising between global powers China and Japan over newly declared air defense zone over disputed islands. For insight into the seriousness of the dispute and potential ramifications, Gwen Ifill talks to two former State Department officials, Kurt Campbell and Susan Shirk. Continue reading

    November 30, 2013  

    The Wall Street Journal’s John Bussey gives us the context behind the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands administered by Japan in the East China Sea. Under a treaty the U.S. is obligated to defend Japan against any attack on a territory the country administers. Continue reading