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Dec 13, 2014

Set aside hate, China’s Xi says on Nanjing Massacre anniversary

By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING(Reuters) – China and Japan should set aside hatred and not allow the minority who led Japan to war to affect relations now, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday, as the country marked its first national memorial day for the Nanjing Massacre.

China and Japan have long sparred over their painful history. China consistently reminds its people of the 1937 massacre in which it says Japanese troops killed 300,000 people in its then capital.

Dec 11, 2014

China’s Xi to mark Nanjing massacre amid warming Japan ties

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to attend the first national memorial day for the Nanjing Massacre on Saturday, as China marks a deeply symbolic anniversary while it tries to improve ties with old foe Japan.

China consistently reminds its people of the 1937 massacre in which it says Japanese troops killed 300,000 people in its then capital.

Dec 9, 2014

China releases one of its longest-serving political prisoners, relative says

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has freed one of its longest-serving political prisoners, the ethnic Mongol dissident Hada, who has spent much of the last two decades behind bars, his uncle said on Tuesday.

Beijing fears ethnic unrest in strategic border areas and keeps a tight rein on Inner Mongolia, just as it does on Tibet and Xinjiang in the far west, even though the region is supposed to have a large measure of autonomy.

Dec 7, 2014

China denounces Philippine ‘pressure’ over sea dispute arbitration

BEIJING (Reuters) – China denounced the Philippines on Sunday for putting it under pressure with an international arbitration case over disputed waters, and refused again to participate a week ahead of a deadline to respond in the case.

In a position paper, China outlined its arguments against the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague to take up the case filed by the Philippines last year that could have implications for China’s claims over the South China Sea.

Dec 5, 2014

China arrests ex-security chief for corruption, leaking secrets

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have arrested former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang and expelled him from the ruling Communist Party, accusing him of crimes ranging from accepting bribes to leaking state secrets and setting the stage for his trial.

Zhou, 71, is by far the highest-profile figure caught up in President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption. He is also the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communists swept to power in 1949.

Nov 21, 2014

China’s defense minister calls for improved crisis management

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s defense minister called on Friday for better regional crisis management, saying that his country’s armed forces wanted peace but would never forget bitter lessons of the past.

The expansion of China’s military, increasingly projecting power into Asia-Pacific waters, has raised the hackles of some of its neighbors, which have competing territorial claims in the East China and South China seas.

Nov 18, 2014

Analysis – Hard diplomacy ahead despite China showing its softer side

BEIJING (Reuters) – From a military rules-of-the-road agreement with Washington to $20 billion (12.8 billion pounds) in loans for Southeast Asia, Beijing has set aside the tensions of recent years to present a softer side to the world in the last week.

But proof of whether President Xi Jinping is serious about narrowing differences that have marked his first two years in office will depend on how China’s festering disputes are managed in the months ahead.

Nov 18, 2014

Hard diplomacy ahead despite China showing its softer side

BEIJING (Reuters) – From a military rules-of-the-road agreement with Washington to $20 billion in loans for Southeast Asia, Beijing has set aside the tensions of recent years to present a softer side to the world in the last week.

But proof of whether President Xi Jinping is serious about narrowing differences that have marked his first two years in office will depend on how China’s festering disputes are managed in the months ahead.

Nov 13, 2014

G20 deal on shell companies ‘only discussion’: China

BEIJING/BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) – A G20 deal aimed at cracking down on companies masking their ownership is “only at the discussion stage”, China said on Thursday, dealing a blow to hopes an agreement will be signed off by world leaders this weekend.

A working group at the Group of 20, under host Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department, has been seeking agreement on how to improve beneficial ownership transparency and combat the use of shell companies that can hide ill-gotten money or avoid taxation.

Nov 13, 2014

China to lift aid to Pacific, sees cooperation with Taiwan allies

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping will offer a broad aid package to Pacific island nations at a summit in Fiji next week, a foreign ministry official said on Thursday, adding that there was also room to work with six island states not invited because of ties to Taiwan.

The tiny states of the Pacific Ocean have been a source of diplomatic intrigue between China and Taiwan for decades, with each accusing the other of using “dollar diplomacy” to win recognition.

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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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