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May 12, 2015

Optics as well as substance important as Modi visits China

BEIJING (Reuters) – When Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in the ancient city of Xian on Thursday at the start of a visit to China, he will be met by Chinese President Xi Jinping, in an unusual departure from normal protocol.

Top Chinese leaders almost never travel outside Beijing to meet senior foreign guests on bilateral visits, and Xi’s appearance in Xian, located in Xi’s home province of Shaanxi, underscores China’s determination to set aside past rancour between the world’s two most populous nations, experts said.

May 12, 2015

Optics as well as substance important as India’s Modi visits China

BEIJING (Reuters) – When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in the ancient city of Xian on Thursday at the start of a visit to China, he will be met by Chinese President Xi Jinping, in an unusual departure from normal protocol.

Top Chinese leaders almost never travel outside Beijing to meet senior foreign guests on bilateral visits, and Xi’s appearance in Xian, located in Xi’s home province of Shaanxi, underscores China’s determination to set aside past rancor between the world’s two most populous nations, experts said.

May 8, 2015

Images show Vietnam’s South China Sea reclamation, China defends own

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – Newly released images show Vietnam has carried out significant land reclamation at two sites in the disputed South China Sea, though the scale and pace is dwarfed by that of China, a U.S. research institute said.

In response, China condemned Vietnam’s actions, and said its work in the region was part of an obligation to the international community to improve navigation safety and contribute to science and research, including building observation platforms to monitor sea levels.

May 6, 2015

Top EU official confident of Britain’s future in bloc

BEIJING (Reuters) – The European Union’s foreign policy chief said that she was confident Britain would remain within the bloc as it was in the interests of both the EU and Britain, which goes to the polls on Thursday.

The stakes are higher than usual for the election because of a rare confluence of factors which mean Britain’s future in the EU, as well as its national cohesion, could hinge on the outcome.

May 5, 2015

EU says seeking closer security cooperation with China

BEIJING (Reuters) – Europe aims to improve security and defense cooperation with China, especially in the Middle East and in the fight against human trafficking, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday following high-level talks in Beijing.

Federica Mogherini’s two-day visit comes as Beijing launches a diplomatic offensive to move Sino-European relations beyond trade and raise China’s international profile, buoyed by its success winning European participation in a new Asian bank.

May 4, 2015

China’s Xi calls for ‘equal’ political talks with Taiwan

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping offered the head of Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party on Monday “equal” talks to resolve their political differences, but only if Taiwan accepts it is part of China, a concept many Taiwanese balk at.

Xi, in his role as head of China’s ruling Communist Party, met Nationalist chairman Eric Chu in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, the first meeting between the leaders of the old political rivals in six years, China’s Xinhua news agency said.

Apr 15, 2015

Exclusive: China ex-security chief warned Bo Xilai he would be ousted – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has charged former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang with leaking state secrets because he warned political ally Bo Xilai in 2012 that Bo was about to be ousted, a crime that can be punishable by death, sources told Reuters.

Although prosecutors charged Zhou on April 3 with intentional disclosure of state secrets, the link to Bo has not previously been made public. Bo, a charismatic politician and one-time rising star within the ruling Communist Party, was jailed for corruption and abuse of power in 2013.

Apr 15, 2015

China warns Taiwan opposition as it names presidential candidate

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – China warned Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Wednesday to heed the lessons of the last time it was in power and not push for independence, as the party announced its candidate for next year’s presidential election.

The DPP’s Chen Shui-bian infuriated Beijing during his time as president from 2000 to 2008. The Chinese accused him of trying to push for the island’s independence and weaken its Chinese cultural heritage.

Apr 13, 2015

Graft trial opens of former head of China’s top energy group

BEIJING, April 13 (Reuters) – The trial of the former head
of CNPC, China’s top energy group, began on Monday, with charges
of bribery, abuse of power and other corrupt practices making
him the latest in a string of top officials hauled into court by
an anti-graft campaign.

Scores of senior figures in the ruling Communist Party, the
military and state-owned enterprises have been caught in
President Xi Jinping’s two-year war on corruption.

Apr 13, 2015

Taiwan rejected as founding member of Beijing-led multilateral bank

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan expressed regret on Monday after China rejected its bid to become a founding member of the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), though China said Taiwan is welcome to join as an ordinary member in the future.

In a statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said it confirmed what it said was a Hong Kong media report about the rejection of Taiwan. While the office provided no explanation, it repeated that Taiwan would be welcome to join if it used an appropriate name.

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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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