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Sep 19, 2014

China’s Li Na announces her retirement from tennis

BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) – China’s Li Na, Asia’s only grand slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis on Friday, citing the effect of long-term injuries, especially her knees.

“It has been a difficult year, and I have had to face a lot of things, such as making the decision to end my professional tennis career,” Li said in a statement.

Sep 15, 2014

Worry, mystification in China over Scotland independence vote

BEIJING (Reuters) – As Scotland heads to the polls this week to vote on whether to become independent, one country with restive regions of its own is watching the debate unfold with nervousness and some mystification – China.

China has every reason to look askance at the idea of regions separating. It is facing persistent unrest in far-flung and resource-rich Tibet and Xinjiang, and also the matter of Taiwan, the self-ruled island China claims as its own.

Sep 14, 2014

China on track to develop Indian railways as Xi heads to S.Asia

NEW DELHI/BEIJING, Sept 14 (Reuters) – China will pledge to
invest billions of dollars in India’s rail network during a
visit by President Xi Jinping this week, bringing more than
diplomatic nicety to the neighbours’ first summit since Narendra
Modi became prime minister in May.

The leaders of Asia’s three biggest economies – China, India
and Japan – have crisscrossed the region this month, lobbying
for strategic influence, building defence ties, and seeking new
business opportunities.

Sep 10, 2014
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China tells Dalai Lama again to respect reincarnation

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(The Dalai Lama gestures before speaking to students during a talk at Mumbai University February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

China repeated a call on the Dalai Lama on Wednesday to respect what it said was the historic practice of reincarnation, after the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader implied in a newspaper interview he may be the last to hold the position.

Sep 9, 2014

Ahead of Xi trip, China says not seeking to contain India

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is not seeking to contain India by military or other means, a senior diplomat said on Tuesday, ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next week to a country with which Beijing has a history of uneasy ties and mutual suspicion.

From economic parity in 1980, China’s growth has outstripped India’s fourfold and Beijing has sought to recycle some of its vast export surpluses into foreign investment in resources and infrastructure in South Asia to feed its industrial machine.

Sep 9, 2014

Ahead of President Xi’s trip, China says not seeking to contain India

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is not seeking to contain India by military or other means, a senior diplomat said on Tuesday, ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next week to a country with which Beijing has a history of uneasy ties and mutual suspicion.

From economic parity in 1980, China’s growth has outstripped India’s fourfold and Beijing has sought to recycle some of its vast export surpluses into foreign investment in resources and infrastructure in South Asia to feed its industrial machine.

Sep 4, 2014

China tobacco monopoly blocks full ban on tobacco ads – sources

BEIJING, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Intense lobbying by China’s
powerful state tobacco monopoly resulted in the weakening of
controversial legislation that had been meant to introduce a
complete advertising ban in the world’s largest consumer and
producer of tobacco, sources said.

The proposed total advertising ban pitted anti-smoking
advocates and the health ministry, which blames cigarettes for
causing one million deaths in China a year, against the State
Tobacco Monopoly Administration.

Aug 18, 2014

Chinese military’s ability to wage war eroded by graft, its generals warn

BEIJING (Reuters) – As tensions spike between China and other countries in Asia’s disputed waters, serving and retired Chinese military officers as well as state media are questioning whether China’s armed forces are too corrupt to fight and win a war.

A slew of articles in official media in recent months have drawn parallels with the rampant graft in the People’s Liberation Army and how a corrupt military contributed to China’s defeat in the Sino-Japan War 120 years ago.

Aug 14, 2014

Qualcomm denies direct financial links with Chinese antitrust expert

BEIJING (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc, under investigation for possible monopolistic practices in China, said it had no direct financial links with an antitrust expert sacked from a government advisory post after state media reported he had received payments from the firm.

The San Diego-based company has been under investigation since November by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), one of China’s three antitrust regulators, over how the company licenses its patents and prices its chipsets.

Aug 14, 2014

China sacks anti-monopoly adviser over Qualcomm payment – Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A Chinese academic who sat on a
government anti-monopoly advisory committee has been sacked, the
country’s official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday,
saying he had taken payments from U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc
.

Xinhua said Zhang Xinzhu, a member of the top government
think-tank the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the
cabinet’s anti-monopoly experts committee, took “huge rewards”
from Qualcomm, itself the subject of an antitrust investigation.
The news agency did not say specifically what the payments were
for.

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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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