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Nov 29, 2013

China military sends air patrols through new defense zone

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China sent several fighter jets and an early warning aircraft into its new air defense zone over the East China Sea on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said, raising the stakes in a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Japan and South Korea also flew military aircraft through the zone on Thursday while Washington sent two unarmed B-52 bombers into the airspace earlier this week in a sign of support for its ally Japan. None of those aircraft informed Beijing.

Nov 26, 2013
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China aims to harness moderate religious beliefs to promote social harmony

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(Buddhist pilgrims chant scriptures as they pray for good fortune and to celebrate the upcoming Qixi Festival at Dizang Temple in Kanshan township of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province August 12, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer )

China should harness the positive influence of moderate religious believers, including their traditions of benevolence and tolerance, and recognize their contributions to society, the country’s top religious affairs official wrote on Tuesday.

Nov 25, 2013

Asian airlines to give flight plans to China after airspace zone created

BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian aviation officials said airlines would have to inform China of their flight plans before entering airspace over waters disputed with Japan, forcing carriers to acknowledge China’s authority over a newly declared “Air Defense Identification Zone”.

China published coordinates for the zone on the weekend. The area, about two-thirds the size of the United Kingdom, covers most of the East China Sea and the skies over a group of uninhabited islands at the center of a bitter row between Beijing and Tokyo.

Nov 15, 2013

China unveils boldest reforms in decades, shows Xi in command

BEIJING, Nov 15 (Reuters) – China unwrapped its boldest set
of economic and social reforms in nearly three decades on
Friday, relaxing its one-child policy and further freeing up
markets in order to put the world’s second-largest economy on a
more stable footing.

The sweeping changes helped dispel doubts about the
leadership’s zest for the reforms needed to give the economy
fresh momentum as three decades of breakneck expansion shows
signs of faltering.

Nov 12, 2013

China to revamp security in face of threats at home, abroad

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will set up a new “state security committee” as it seeks to tackle growing social unrest and unify the powers of a disparate security apparatus in the face of growing challenges at home and abroad, the government said on Tuesday .

Details of how the committee will work and when exactly it will begin operations were left unclear in the announcement, carried by state news agency Xinhua at the end of a key meeting of the ruling Communist Party to map out political and economic reforms.

Nov 11, 2013

In China, pro-Bo Xilai party not seen a threat, but a demand for rights

BEIJING (Reuters) – A political party formed by followers of ousted politician Bo Xilai does not appear to be a threat to China’s Communist rulers in itself, but is another example of a growing number of citizens speaking up for their rights and the rule of law.

Several well-known supporters of Bo have distanced themselves from the China Zhi Xian Party – literally “the constitution is the supreme authority” party. Its formation last week challenges the long-ruling Communist Party’s ban on other parties, but Zhi Xian is unlikely to bring people out on the streets or demand Bo’s political rehabilitation.

Nov 10, 2013

Founder of new China party aims to work within system

BEIJING (Reuters) – For someone who has just set up a new political party in the face of a de facto ban by a Chinese government that tolerates no dissent, Wang Zheng has surprisingly modest aims.

Wang and other supporters of disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, formed the China Zhi Xian Party – literally “the constitution is the supreme authority” party – last week. It named Bo as “chairman for life”.

Nov 9, 2013

Exclusive – Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up political party

BEIJING (Reuters) – Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party’s de facto ban on new political groups.

The Zhi Xian Party, literally “the constitution is the supreme authority” party, was formed on November 6, three days before the opening on Saturday of a key conclave of top Communist Party leaders to discuss much-needed economic reforms, the sources said.

Nov 9, 2013

Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up political party

BEIJING (Reuters) – Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party’s de facto ban on new political groups.

The Zhi Xian Party, literally “the constitution is the supreme authority” party, was formed on November 6, three days before the opening of a key conclave of top Communist Party leaders to discuss much-needed economic reforms, the sources said.

Nov 9, 2013

China opens key meeting to set reform agenda

BEIJING, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Chinese leaders began a four-day
secret meeting on Saturday to set a reform agenda for the next
decade as they try to push more sustainable growth after three
decades of breakneck expansion, amid signs of continuing debate
on how to implement the reforms.

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang must unleash new
growth drivers as the world’s second-largest economy loses
steam, burdened by industrial overcapacity, piles of debt and
soaring house prices.

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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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