BEIJING (Reuters) – A series of deadly bomb blasts in China this week has shown how easy it is to acquire explosives in the country, revealing a major gap in its huge security apparatus as the economy slows and anger grows over issues like graft and poor public services.
In a country where firearms are banned for most people, the bombings in the southwestern city of Liuzhou on Wednesday, and others in recent years around the country, demonstrate lax enforcement of rules to control access to bomb-making material.
BEIJING (Reuters) – At least 50 people died in an attack last month at a coal mine in China’s far-western Xinjiang, Radio Free Asia reported on Thursday, as a visiting senior leader warned that the security situation in the violence-prone region was “very serious”.
The government says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists in energy-rich Xinjiang, on the border of central Asia, where hundreds have died in violence in recent years.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China needs to be more transparent in explaining its financial policies to the world following a stock market tumble over the summer, and be aware of risks from new financial instruments, a senior European Union official said on Monday.
World financial markets have been watching closely since Chinese stock markets collapsed in mid-June following a long bull run, in turn dragging down indices across the globe.
BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – On Friday morning,
Chinese President Xi Jinping enjoyed the symbolic high point of
his first state visit to the United States – a 21-gun salute as
he stood with President Barack Obama outside the White House.
For most Americans, it was a sideshow: the main news
networks were deep into their fourth straight day of blanket
coverage of Pope Francis’ historic U.S. visit.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China will maintain “heavy pressure” to defeat militants in its far western region of Xinjiang, China’s fourth most senior leader said during a visit to its ethnic Uighur heartland, urging religious figures to take the lead in opposing extremism.
The government says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists in energy-rich Xinjiang, which sits strategically on the borders of central Asia and where hundreds have died in violence in recent years.
A deputy head of the Chinese government department which oversees religious groups is being investigated for suspected graft, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Tuesday.
Zhang Lebin, a deputy director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, is suspected of “serious discipline violations”, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said, using the usual euphemism for corruption.
LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne won an offer of more Chinese investment in Britain on Wednesday but his trip to a violence-prone region of China drew criticism from a human rights group.
Hualing Industry and Trade Group, based in China’s Xinjiang region, intends to invest 60 million pounds ($90 million) to kick off the three projects in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield which will have a final gross value of 1.2 billion pounds.
LONDON/BEIJING, Sept 23 (Reuters) – British finance minister
George Osborne won an offer of more Chinese investment in
Britain on Wednesday but his trip to a violence-prone region of
China drew criticism from a human rights group.
Hualing Industry and Trade Group, based in China’s Xinjiang
region, intends to invest 60 million pounds ($90 million) to
kick off the three projects in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield
which will have a final gross value of 1.2 billion pounds.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Bitterness is growing within China’s armed forces to President Xi Jinping’s decision to cut troop numbers by 300,000 and considerable effort will be needed to overcome opposition to the order, according to a source and commentaries in the military’s newspaper.
Xi made the unexpected announcement on Sept. 3 at a military parade in Beijing marking 70 years since the end of World War Two in Asia. The move would reduce by 13 percent one of the world’s biggest militaries, currently 2.3-million strong.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Britain and China agreed on Monday to a series of initiatives ranging from an expanded currency swap agreement, Chinese investment in British nuclear power, and a feasibility study for a scheme to connect the London and Shanghai stock markets.
Speaking on the second of a five day visit to China, finance minister George Osborne said Britain would be Beijing’s “best partner in the West”.