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Nov 8, 2015

Taiwan opposition says only democracy can decide future

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Only the people of Taiwan can decide its future and will do so in elections in January, the island’s opposition leader and presidential frontrunner said on Sunday, as China’s top newspaper warned peace was at risk if it opted for independence.

A day after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou held historic talks in Singapore, Tsai Ing-wen, leader of Taiwan’s independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said the leaders’ meeting had done nothing to make Taiwan’s people feel safer.

Nov 8, 2015

After historic meet, top China paper warns on Taiwan independence

BEIJING (Reuters) – Those who wish to push for Taiwan’s independence risk overturning the “boat of peace” and must be stopped, the main newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party said on Sunday, a day after a historic meeting between China and Taiwan’s leaders.

Meeting in Singapore on Saturday, China’s President Xi Jinping told Taiwan’s president they must not let proponents of Taiwan’s independence split them, at the first get-together of leaders of the two sides since China’s civil war ended in 1949.

Nov 6, 2015

Leaders of China, Taiwan to meet for first time in six decades

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Leaders of political rivals Taiwan and China meet for the first time in more than 60 years on Saturday for talks that come amid rising anti-Chinese sentiment on the self-ruled democratic island and weeks ahead of elections.

The talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou, the first such meeting since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949, are to be held in the neutral venue of Singapore.

Nov 6, 2015

Vietnam talks trust with China, invites Japanese warship

HANOI/BEIJING, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Vietnam agreed to build a
“truly trustworthy” relationship with China on Friday during a
visit to Hanoi by its President Xi Jinping, but at the same time
invited Beijing’s old rival Japan for joint military exercises
and a visit to a sought-after port.

The diplomatic flurry highlights the fragility of China’s
testy ties with its communist neighbour, and Vietnam’s efforts
to diversity its relations through new alliances with states
locked in bitter disputes with Beijing over its maritime

Nov 6, 2015

China’s Xi says Vietnam ties can survive ‘disruptions’

HANOI/BEIJING (Reuters) – China and Vietnam are good socialist neighbours with a long-shared history of revolutionary friendship and should be able to dispel and survive any “disruptions” in relations, visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping said in Hanoi on Friday.

The two communist-led states have competing claims in the South China Sea, which came to a head last year with Beijing’s parking of an oil rig in waters off the Vietnamese coast, leading to anti-China riots.

Nov 6, 2015

Clash of cultures as democratic Taiwan meets autocratic China

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – As Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was being peppered with reporters’ questions ahead of his historic meeting with China’s leader, Chinese state television was showing a dreary press conference on industrial reform.

Patiently taking some 50 questions from Taiwanese and foreign media on Thursday, the democratically elected Ma stands in contrast to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who almost never answers questions from reporters and who was anointed leader by a tiny core within the ruling Communist Party.

Nov 4, 2015
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China to push cultural ‘blending’ in Xinjiang stability push


(Ethnic Chinese Han tourists pose for a picture in front of a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang province, August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

China will push the study of Mandarin and the “blending” of different races as part of a new stability push in the troubled far western region of Xinjiang, the region’s top Communist Party official said in remarks published on Wednesday.

Nov 4, 2015

Taiwan, China leaders to hold historic meeting in Singapore

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks with Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore on Saturday, the first meeting of leaders from the two rivals since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949.

Both governments said the leaders would discuss cross-strait ties at the unexpected but historic meeting, which comes at a sensitive time in Taiwan, with presidential and parliamentary elections being held in January amid rising anti-China sentiment.

Nov 3, 2015

Taiwan, China leaders to hold historic meeting in Singapore on Saturday

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – The presidents of Taiwan and China will meet in Singapore on Saturday to discuss cross-strait issues, Taiwan’s presidential office said, in the first such meeting of leaders from the two sides since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949.

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou will fly to Singapore to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the presidential office said in a statement.

Nov 2, 2015

China to prosecute former Xinjiang editor who queried party line

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will prosecute the former editor-in-chief of the official Communist Party publication in the violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang on charges of corruption after he queried ethnic and security policies, the paper said on Monday.

Hundreds of people have died in the last few years in Xinjiang unrest blamed by the government on Islamist militants.

    • About Ben

      "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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