The stakes are high for both the US and Asian nations bordering vital sea lanes where territory is disputed and military conflict possible.
Even China's state sanctioned churches have criticized the crackdown on Christian crosses in Wenzhou.
Xi Jinping's options to defuse the crisis come with high political and economic costs.
Some experts say that the model designed three decades ago is at risk of collapse.
Foreign participants in a Beijing-organized forum hail Chinese policies as bloody crackdown ensues.
Questions abound over a political agreement reached between Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy.
One dam project is to come under greater scrutiny while another may be locked in a court battle.
Foreign reporters and observers are prevented from independently verifying state media accounts.
It's in neither country's interest to go to war, experts say.
Beijing downplays report that China is set to overtake the US in terms of purchasing power.
The Ukraine crisis overshadows U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia trip.
The challenge of meeting energy demand in the region may well come at the expense of water resources.
It may be concerned over similar aspirations by Tibetans and Uyghurs to vote themselves out of the current arrangement with Beijing.
Despite China's bluster on Tibet, there is hope for a resumption of talks between the Dalai Lama's envoys and Beijing, some experts say.
In an unprecedented move, Washington says China's so-called 'nine-dash line' is inconsistent with international law.
Will parliament pave the way for Aung San Suu Kyi to make a bid for the presidency?
The new year is expected to be dominated by Japan-China tensions, a Cambodian political crisis, Myanmar's charter change debate, Tibetan protests, and uncertainty in North Korea.
Governments in the region are feeling the heat of media scrutiny.
Experts believe China is moving in the direction after establishing a similar zone in the East China Sea.
The authoritarian state is close to lifting a ban on gay marriages without formally recognizing such unions.
The party leadership says economic reforms to be proposed at the key forum will be comprehensive and unprecedented.
Credit boom in the region shows no signs of abating even as debt piles up.
The U.S. president grapples with a government shutdown and debt concerns.
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.