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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.

Apr 13, 2015

China rejects Taiwan as founding member of policy bank

BEIJING/TAIPEI, April 13 (Reuters) – Taiwan is not able to
become a founding member of the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure
Investment Bank (AIIB) but is still welcome to become an
ordinary member in the future, the Chinese government said on

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. The
report also said Taiwan could join further down the line, the
Taiwan Affairs Office added.

Apr 10, 2015

Obama says concerned China bullying others in South China Sea

KINGSTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington is concerned China is using its “sheer size and muscle” to push around smaller nations in the South China Sea, drawing a swift rebuke from Beijing which accused the United States of being the bully.

China’s rapid reclamation around seven reefs in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has alarmed other claimants, such as the Philippines and Vietnam, and drawn growing criticism from U.S. government officials and the military.

Apr 9, 2015

China state TV host apologizes for insulting Mao Zedong

BEIJING (Reuters) – An anchor on China’s main state broadcaster, CCTV, apologized on Thursday after a video of him insulting the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, went viral on social media sites, sparking an investigation by the channel.

Mao, who died in 1976, remains a divisive figure.

His image adorns banknotes and his embalmed body attracts hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors a day to Beijing.

Apr 9, 2015

China mounts detailed defense of South China Sea reclamation

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Thursday sketched out plans for the islands it is creating in the disputed South China Sea, saying they would be used for military defense as well as to provide civilian services that would benefit other countries.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing that the reclamation and building work in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea was needed partly because of the risk of typhoons in an area with a lot of shipping that is far from land.

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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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