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Aug 1, 2015

On Army Day, China warns of growing border security risks

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s military warned on Saturday on its founding anniversary of growing risks along its borders, including in the disputed waters of the South and East China Seas.

The Chinese military, the world’s largest, has embarked upon an ambitious modernisation programme in recent years.

Aug 1, 2015

On Army Day, China warns of growing border security risks

BEIJING, Aug 1 (Reuters) – China’s military warned on
Saturday on its founding anniversary of growing risks along its
borders, including in the disputed waters of the South and East
China Seas.

The Chinese military, the world’s largest, has embarked upon
an ambitious modernisation programme in recent years.

Jul 31, 2015
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Uncertain times fuel occult beliefs in China’s Communist Party hierarchy

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(People hold burning incense to pray at Yonghegong Lama Temple on the first day of new year in Beijing, January 1, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

Sometime in the last year, a group of mid-ranked government officials gathered for a dinner in a private room in a Beijing restaurant, all slightly nervous, but keen with anticipation.

Jul 31, 2015

Rights groups slam decision to give Beijing Winter Games

BEIJING (Reuters) – Human rights activists on Friday criticized the decision to award Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying the International Olympic Committee had sent the wrong message at a time of growing government pressure on activists and civil society.

Campaigners say human rights have deteriorated markedly in China since Beijing held the 2008 Summer Games. The last two years under President Xi Jinping’s administration have been marked by a sweeping crackdown on dissidents, activists and human rights lawyers.

Jul 31, 2015

Olympics-Rights groups slam decision to give Beijing Winter Games

BEIJING, July 31 (Reuters) – Human rights activists on Friday criticized the decision to award Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying the International Olympic Committee had sent the wrong message at a time of growing government pressure on activists and civil society.

Campaigners say human rights have deteriorated markedly in China since Beijing held the 2008 Summer Games. The last two years under President Xi Jinping’s administration have been marked by a sweeping crackdown on dissidents, activists and human rights lawyers.

Jul 29, 2015

China says to fight terror, people smuggling with Turkey

BEIJING (Reuters) – The leaders of China and Turkey agreed on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in fighting terror and people smuggling, a senior Chinese diplomat said, following friction between the two over Uighurs from China’s Xinjiang who have fled to Turkey.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority that calls Xinjiang home, have left China in recent years, traveling to Turkey via Southeast Asia, having first illegally crossed the Chinese border.

Jul 29, 2015

Uncertain times fuel occult beliefs in China’s Party hierarchy

BEIJING (Reuters) – Sometime in the last year, a group of mid-ranked government officials gathered for a dinner in a private room in a Beijing restaurant, all slightly nervous, but keen with anticipation.

The guest of honor – a Buddhist master who would predict their fortunes.

The master looked around the room and into the eyes of each of the dozen or so attendees, according to one of those present, who spoke on condition of anonymity as officials and Communist Party members are not supposed to believe in “superstition”.

Jul 20, 2015

China to prosecute former aide to retired president

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will prosecute a former senior aide to retired president Hu Jintao after an investigation found that he took bribes and engaged in other corrupt behavior, the government said on Monday, the latest top official to fall in a graft crackdown.

Ling Jihua has been expelled from the Communist Party and his case handed over to judicial authorities, the official Xinhua news agency said, meaning he will face prosecution.

Jul 20, 2015

U.S. Admiral says his South China Sea surveillance flight ‘routine’

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – A top U.S. Navy admiral said he joined a routine surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, drawing a stern rebuke from China which said such activities seriously damaged mutual trust between the two countries.

Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, confirmed at a press roundtable in Seoul on Monday that he had been aboard the seven-hour flight of a Boeing P-8 surveillance plane, but gave no specific details about the flight.

Jul 14, 2015

China says police shoot dead three Xinjiang ‘terrorists’

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police in the northeastern city of Shenyang shot dead three knife-wielding Uighur militants screaming for Islamic holy war and wounded another on Monday as they tried to resist arrest, the government and state media said.

China’s government has repeatedly blamed attacks in the far western region of Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur people, and other parts of the country on Islamist militants.

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      "I started working at Reuters in 2002 as an equities reporter in Shanghai, before moving to Beijing in 2005 to work on the general news and politics file. My primary areas of coverage are China's relations with Southeast Asia and Taiwan, the development of China's military, and ethnic minority issues in China."
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