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May 23, 2013

North Korea says willing to take China’s advice to start talks

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea is willing to take China’s advice and enter into talks, Chinese state television cited an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as saying, following weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula after the North’s latest nuclear test.

However, that prospect seems unlikely as North Korea has repeatedly said it will not abandon nuclear weapons while the United States insists North Korea must take meaningful steps on denuclearization before there can be talks.

May 22, 2013

North Korea sends top Kim Jong-un aide to Beijing

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea sent one of its top military officials as a “special envoy” from its leader Kim Jong-un to Beijing on Wednesday, accompanied by a high-powered delegation in what appeared to be a bid to mend frayed relations with its most important ally.

The delegation led by Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the country’s top military body, was the most senior to visit China since Kim’s kingmaker uncle Jang Song-thaek made the trip in August 2012.

May 1, 2013

China’s emotional ties to North Korea run deep in border city

DANDONG, China (Reuters) – Peering at graphic pictures of supposed U.S. biological warfare efforts during the 1950-53 Korean War, Zhang Ping tugs on the sleeve of a visiting foreign reporter to complain about the barbarism visited on his compatriots during the conflict.

“Too terrible, those Americans,” he mutters, standing at a war museum on the Chinese side of the North Korean border, pointing out the pictures of infected animals and insects which China and North Korea say the United States dropped to poison their enemies.

Apr 30, 2013

China steps up customs checks, but North Korea trade robust

DANDONG, China, May 1 (Reuters) – China has stepped up
checks on shipments to and from North Korea almost two months
after agreeing to new U.N. sanctions that demand greater
scrutiny of trade, but the flow of goods in and out of the
reclusive state appears largely unaffected.

The sanctions were imposed after North Korea’s third nuclear
test on Feb. 12. China has said it wants the measures enforced,
but few analysts believe Beijing will take steps that hurt North
Korea as it is committed to a policy of engagement.

Apr 21, 2013

China says aims to banish superstition, promote knowledge

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country’s top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper.

Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said there had been an explosion of religious belief in China along with the nation’s economic boom, which he attributed to a desire for reassurance in an increasingly complex world.

Apr 20, 2013

Strong quake hits China; 71 dead, more than 2,200 injured

BEIJING (Reuters) – A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit a remote, mostly rural and mountainous area of southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 71 people and injuring about 2,200 close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.

The earthquake occurred at 8.02 a.m. (0002 GMT) in Lushan county near Ya’an city and the epicentre had a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Apr 20, 2013

Strong quake hits China, 100 may be dead, injured

BEIJING (Reuters) – A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 28 people and injuring at least 100 close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.

The earthquake occurred at 8.02 a.m. (0002 GMT) in Lushan county near Ya’an city and the epicenter had a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Apr 16, 2013

China points finger at U.S. over Asia-Pacific tensions

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s defense ministry made a thinly veiled attack on the United States on Tuesday for increasing tensions in the Asia-Pacific by ramping up its military presence and alliances in the region, days after the top U.S. diplomat visited Beijing.

China is uneasy with what the United States has called the “rebalancing” of forces as Washington winds down the war in Afghanistan and renews its attention in the Asia-Pacific.

Apr 13, 2013

U.S. says agrees with China on peaceful North Korea solution

BEIJING, April 13 (Reuters) – The United States said on
Saturday that China had agreed to help rid North Korea of its
nuclear capability by peaceful means, but Beijing made no
specific commitment in public to pressure its long-time ally to
change its ways.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met China’s top leaders
in a bid to persuade them to push reclusive North Korea, whose
main diplomatic supporter is Beijing, to scale back its
belligerence and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.

Apr 13, 2013

U.S., China agree on North Korea denuclearization push

BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States and China agreed on Saturday to make a joint effort to push for the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, following weeks of bellicose rhetoric from North Korea and rising tensions in northeast Asia.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met China’s top leaders in a bid to persuade them to exert pressure on North Korea, whose main diplomatic supporter is Beijing, to scale back its belligerence and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.

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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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