BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) – China has found two more cases of a new strain of bird flu and one of the victims has died, state media said on Wednesday, bringing to nine the number of confirmed human infections from the previously unknown flu type.
A 38-year-old cook fell ill early last month while working in the province of Jiangsu, where five of the other cases were found. He died in hospital in Hangzhou city on March 27, the Xinhua news agency reported. Samples tested positive on Wednesday for the new bird flu strain, H7N9.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A show of force by U.S. stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula after talk of war by Pyongyang has caused only minor concern in China, a measure of Beijing’s belief that the North is to blame for the tensions and that hostilities are not imminent.
The presence of U.S. forces in places like South Korea and Japan has long worried Beijing, feeding its fears that it is being surrounded and “contained” by Washington and its allies, especially following the U.S. strategic pivot to Asia.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A one-room shack with a single, bare light bulb on a non-descript Beijing side street is 29-year-old Chinese migrant worker Zhang Xuefang’s best recourse to medical care.
Not recognized as a Beijing resident, she does not qualify for cheaper healthcare at government hospitals, and her hometown is too far away to take advantage of medical subsidizes there.
BEIJING (Reuters) – With a smile on her face, dressed in a simple black peacoat and carrying an elegant unbranded bag, China’s new first lady, Peng Liyuan, stepped into the international limelight on Friday and became an instant internet sensation back home.
Stepping off the aircraft in Moscow – the first stop of President Xi Jinping’s maiden foreign trip since assuming office – Peng’s glamorous appearance and obvious affection for her portly husband caused Chinese microbloggers to swoon.
BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) – New Chinese leader Xi
Jinping’s appointment of two top diplomats last week displays a
desire to repair relations with long-time rival Japan after
months of disruption, while keeping the United States and its
strategic pivot to Asia at bay.
Yang Jiechi, a hard-nosed former ambassador to Washington,
has been named the state councillor in charge of the foreign
ministry, its top post. A fluent English-speaker, he firmly
believes the United States should stay out of regional Asian
affairs such as the South China Sea dispute.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s new premier, Li Keqiang, stands out for his casual and disarming command of English in contrast with some other top leaders who can stand around looking awkward in the presence of English-speaking dignitaries.
On Friday, delegates to China’s rubber stamp parliament voted Li in as premier almost unanimously in the Great Hall of the People.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China never promised South Sudan $8 billion in development funds when South Sudanese President Salva Kiir visited Beijing in April, but much more than this could be offered if the country achieves lasting peace, a senior diplomat said on Thursday.
South Sudan’s government announced the figure following the trip, and until now Beijing has neither confirmed nor denied it.
BEIJING, March 14 (Reuters) – China never promised South
Sudan $8 billion in development funds when South Sudanese
President Salva Kiir visited Beijing in April, but much more
than this could be offered if the country achieves lasting
peace, a senior diplomat said on Thursday.
South Sudan’s government announced the figure following the
trip, and until now Beijing has neither confirmed nor denied it.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China hopes for improved ties with the Roman Catholic Church, it said on Thursday, a day after the election of the new pope, but it stressed the Vatican must take the initiative and end diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
China’s 8-12 million Catholics are divided between the Communist Party-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, that has installed bishops without Vatican approval, and an underground church, whose members meet in private, wary of state control.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Four years ago in Mexico, China’s new president provided a rare glimpse of a leader who was born into a revolutionary aristocracy and came of age in the tumult of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.
On Thursday, Xi Jinping sported the dark suit and cautious public mask that is the uniform of the party leadership as he took his place as the head of state after delegates to China’s rubber stamp parliament voted him in almost unanimously at the cavernous Great Hall of the People.