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Feb 28, 2015

Sri Lanka concerned by China loans, rules out submarine visits

BEIJING (Reuters) – Sri Lanka is concerned with the roughly $5 billion in Chinese loans it has and will send its finance minister to Beijing to discuss the issue, the foreign minister said on Saturday, as he also ruled out future Chinese submarine visits to the country.

New Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects that China has invested in, including a $1.5 billion “port city” project in the capital Colombo.

Feb 27, 2015

Sri Lanka says China to be consulted on any project re-think

BEIJING (Reuters) – Sri Lanka will not make any decision on Chinese projects it is reviewing until it consults China, Sri Lanka’s foreign minister said on Friday, pledging that his new government would welcome Chinese investors.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects that China has invested in, including a $1.5 billion “port city” project in Colombo.

Feb 13, 2015

With eye on Japan, China plans big military parades under Xi: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese troops are rehearsing for a major parade in September where the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is expected to unveil new homegrown weapons in the first of a series of public displays of military might planned during President Xi Jinping’s tenure, sources said.

China will hold up to four PLA parades in the coming years in the face of what Beijing sees as a more assertive Japan under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wants to ease the fetters imposed on Tokyo’s defense policy by a post-war, pacifist constitution.

Jan 2, 2015

China demands answers after stampede in financial hub Shanghai

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese state media and the public criticized the government and police on Friday for failing to prevent a New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai that killed 36 people and dented the city’s image as modern China’s global financial hub.

Apart from Hong Kong, which is run as a separate territory, Shanghai is China’s most international and cosmopolitan city, a glitzy home to global companies with ambitions to become a world financial center by 2020.

Jan 1, 2015

Youthful China bid to shake off years of underachievement

BEIJING (Reuters) – Global football officials have long waited for China to start punching its weight on the world stage but the decade since the national team’s run to the 2004 Asian Cup final has been marked by serial underachievement and a battle against corruption.

Local leagues remain tarnished by an anti-corruption drive that swept up dozens of players and officials in recent years, and fans remain wary of a team dumped in the first round of the last two tournaments.

Jan 1, 2015

Soccer-Youthful China bid to shake off years of underachievement

BEIJING, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Global soccer officials have long waited for China to start punching its weight on the world stage but the decade since the national team’s run to the 2004 Asian Cup final has been marked by serial underachievement and a battle against corruption.

Local leagues remain tarnished by an anti-corruption drive that swept up dozens of players and officials in recent years, and fans remain wary of a team dumped in the first round of the last two tournaments.

Dec 30, 2014

Exclusive: Former China president Hu approved probe into aide – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping secured the blessing of his still influential predecessor, Hu Jintao, before launching a corruption probe against a former senior aide to Hu – a sign that internal Communist Party harmony and respect for elders still holds sway in Xi’s historic crackdown on official graft.

Hu signed off on the probe into disgraced former aide Ling Jihua, who is suspected of trying to cover up his son’s death in a luxury sports car crash two years ago, people with ties to the leadership said.

Dec 25, 2014

Long-jailed China dissident to sue over detention

BEIJING (Reuters) – A dissident who had been one of China’s longest-serving political prisoners until his release this month will sue the government for illegally detaining him and is suffering severe mental problems, his wife and son said on Thursday.

The ethnic Mongol activist, Hada, had spent much of the last two decades behind bars, including the last four years in an extra-judicial “black jail”. Many Mongols in China go by just one name.

Dec 22, 2014

China probes former senior aide to Hu Jintao over graft

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party announced a corruption investigation into a one-time senior aide to former president Hu Jintao on Monday, as President Xi Jinping opens another front in his sweeping battle against deep-rooted graft.

In a terse and brief statement on its website, the party’s anti-corruption watchdog said that Ling Jihua was being investigated for “suspected serious discipline violations”, the usual euphemism for graft. It gave no other details.

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.

    • 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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