BEIJING (Reuters) – In one of the many frank exchanges U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had in China this week, General Fan Changlong told him how one of his uncles died as a slave in a Japanese mine during World War Two.
Fan, deputy head of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, spoke about the lessons of history, signaling Beijing’s concerns that the United States was siding with Japan against China.
KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING (Reuters) – China demanded that Malaysia ensures the safety of its nationals on Thursday, after armed men abducted two women, a Chinese tourist and a Philippine hotel worker, from a Malaysian diving resort on Borneo island.
The unidentified gunmen kidnapped the two women on Wednesday night from Singamata island off the coastal town of Semporna in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Protests against a proposed chemical plant in southern China spread to the provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday, even as authorities signaled they may back down on their construction plans in attempt to head off more unrest.
Public anger has grown after graphic photos surfaced on Chinese social networks early this week, showing demonstrators in the nearby city of Maoming – the location of the proposed plant – lying bloodied on the streets as rows of paramilitary police marched in formation.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A disgraced senior Chinese army officer is accused of selling hundreds of military positions, raking in millions of dollars, sources with ties to the leadership or military told Reuters, in what is likely China’s biggest military scandal in two decades.
In a renewed campaign on graft, Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to go after both powerful “tigers” and lowly “flies”, warning that the issue is so severe it threatens the ruling Communist Party’s survival.
BEIJING, March 31 (Reuters) – China summoned the Philippines
ambassador on Monday to lodge a strong complaint over Manila’s
seeking of international arbitration in a festering territorial
dispute over the South China Sea.
The Philippines filed the case against China on Sunday at an
arbitration tribunal in The Hague, subjecting Beijing to
international legal scrutiny over the waters for the first time.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of China’s biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said.
More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies, proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or questioned in the past four months, the sources, who have been briefed on the investigation, told Reuters.
BEIJING, March 30 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have
seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion)
from family members and associates of retired domestic security
tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China’s biggest
corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said.
More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies,
proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or
questioned in the past four months, the sources, who have been
briefed on the investigation, told Reuters.
BEIJING/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – China and the European Union have reached a deal to end a dispute over European wine exports to China, the latest sign of improving ties and just days before China’s president visits Europe.
Beijing opened an inquiry last year into whether Europe was selling wine in China at unfairly low prices. The move was widely seen in Europe as retaliation over EU efforts to hit Chinese solar panels with punitive import duties.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A top retired Chinese general has been put under virtual house arrest while he assists with an investigation into the military’s worst corruption scandal in almost a decade, two sources said, an indication the probe might be expanding.
General Xu Caihou, 70, who retired as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission last year and from the Communist Party’s decision-making politburo in 2012, was taken to an undisclosed location on Monday for questioning by anti-corruption investigators, the two sources told Reuters.
BEIJING, March 19 (Reuters) – A Uighur militant leaders
support of an attack this month in China in which 29 people were
knifed to death is clear proof that the world should support
China’s fight against terror, the foreign ministry said on
Beijing blamed the stabbings at a train station in the
southwestern city of Kunming on extremists from China’s far
western region of Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people.