The authoritarian state is close to lifting a ban on gay marriages without formally recognizing such unions.
Xi bags tens of billions of dollars in investments and energy deals during a regional trip.
The region appears to be in a state of denial despite taking the lion's share of cases.
A pact to restart a joint industrial project is overshadowed by Pyongyang's nuclear threat.
They use the ballot to express their frustration with rising graft, human rights abuses and land grabs.
Right groups worry Prime Minister Hun Sen may further tighten the screws on opposition politicians.
A warming climate will flood cities, and take a toll on farm production, fish catch, tourism and health.
Prospects of six-party talks resuming are seen as slim.
Pressure builds on US President Barack Obama to raise rights issues with his Chinese counterpart at an upcoming summit.