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Jan 21, 2014

Olympics-China has ‘complete faith’ in Sochi security

BEIJING, Jan 21 (Reuters) – China is confident that Russia will be able to guarantee security at next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, officials said on Tuesday.

To ease fears over possible breaches of security, President Vladimir Putin has ordered safety measures beefed up nationwide after 34 people were killed last month in bombings in Volgograd, another city in southern Russia.

Jan 17, 2014

China to put prominent anti-graft activist on trial next week

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will begin a long-awaited trial next week of a prominent anti-graft activist campaigning for officials to reveal their wealth, his lawyer said on Friday, on charges he broke the law by organizing demonstrations.

Xu Zhiyong, who has also pushed for greater civil rights, was formally arrested in August in a case that has exposed shortcomings in the government’s drive against deep-rooted corruption.

Jan 17, 2014

China questions officials linked to ex-strongman in graft probe: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese investigators have questioned more than a dozen senior officials, including the country’s top prosecutor, about links to retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is the subject of a corruption probe, sources said.

Zhou, 71, is the most senior Chinese politician to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communist Party swept to power in 1949. Three sources, with ties to the leadership, said more than a dozen officials of ranks equivalent to a cabinet minister or vice minister have been questioned since last year in connection with the case.

Jan 17, 2014

China detains prominent Uighur scholar for ‘breaking law’

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have detained the country’s most high-profile Uighur academic, an outspoken critic of official policies in the restive far-western region of Xinjiang, on suspicion of “breaking the law”, the government said on Thursday.

Wednesday’s detention is the latest indication of the government’s increasing hardline stance on dissent surrounding Xinjiang, where violent riots in the past year have killed at least 91 people, rights activists say.

Jan 16, 2014

China detains prominent Uighur scholar for “breaking the law”

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have detained the country’s most high-profile Uighur academic, an outspoken critic of official policies in the restive far-western region of Xinjiang, on suspicion of “breaking the law”, the government said on Thursday.

Wednesday’s detention is the latest indication of the government’s increasing hardline stance on dissent surrounding Xinjiang, where a series of violent riots in the past year have killed at least 91 people, rights activists say.

Dec 25, 2013

China to celebrate Mao’s birthday, but events scaled back

BEIJING (Reuters) – China celebrates the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, on Thursday, but will be scaling back festivities as President Xi Jinping embarks on broad economic reforms which have unsettled leftists.

Mao has become a potent symbol for leftists within the ruling Communist Party who feel that three decades of market-based reform have gone too far, creating social inequalities like a yawning rich-poor gap and pervasive corruption.

Dec 11, 2013

China puts former security chief under house arrest-sources

BEIJING, Dec 11 (Reuters) – China has put Zhou Yongkang, one
of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, under
virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party
investigates accusations of corruption against him, several
sources said on Wednesday.

Zhou is the most senior official to be ensnared in a graft
scandal since the Communists came to power in 1949. He was the
domestic security tsar and a member of the party’s Politburo
Standing Committee – the pinnacle of power in the country – when
he retired last year.

Dec 8, 2013

In Beijing housing market, education drives location

BEIJING (Reuters) – Zhong Jian and his wife are willing to pay double the going rate for a tiny home in a Beijing neighbourhood so their 18-month-old daughter will be eligible to attend a top primary school nearby.

Because public primary schools in many Chinese cities have to admit children who live locally, parents like Zhong are driving up property prices in areas that have the most popular schools. The trend is set to accelerate with a baby boom expected after China eased its one-child policy last month.

Dec 7, 2013

North Korea frees U.S. Korean War veteran after seven weeks

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea freed an 85-year-old retired American soldier on Saturday after detaining him for more than a month for crimes it said he committed during the Korean War six decades ago.

The veteran, Merrill E. Newman, flew to China from North Korea in the morning. Hours later he left on a United Airlines flight to San Francisco to be reunited with his family, sources at Beijing airport said.

Dec 7, 2013

North Korea frees U.S. veteran Merrill Newman

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea freed an 85-year-old retired American soldier on Saturday after detaining him for more than a month for crimes it said he committed during the Korean War six decades ago.

The veteran, Merrill E. Newman, has arrived in China from North Korea and is likely to fly home soon.

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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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