BEIJING (Reuters) – China denounced Vietnam and the Philippines on Monday for getting together on a disputed island in the South China Sea to play soccer and volleyball, calling it “a clumsy farce” and demanded both countries stop causing trouble.
The comments by a foreign ministry spokeswoman were China’s first response to the gathering on the Vietnamese-held island of Southwest Cay on Sunday.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China is waking up to a potentially damaging mismatch in its labor market.
A record 7.27 million graduates – equivalent to the entire population of Hong Kong – will enter the job market this year; a market that has a shortage of skilled workers.
BEIJING, June 4 (Reuters) – China deployed its vast security
apparatus on Wednesday to snuff out commemoration of the
suppression of pro-democracy protests around Tiananmen Square 25
years ago, flooding the streets with police as censors scrubbed
the Internet clean of any mention of the crackdown.
For the ruling Communist Party, the demonstrations in 1989
that clogged Tiananmen Square in Beijing for about six weeks as
well as other cities have long been a taboo topic.
BEIJING, June 4 (Reuters) – From keeping foreign reporters
off Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to widespread censorship of the
Internet, China marked 25 years since the bloody suppression of
pro-democracy protests on Wednesday under a cloak of security.
For the ruling Communist Party, the 1989 demonstrations that
clogged Tiananmen Square and spread to other cities have been a
taboo topic ever since the government termed the protests
BEIJING (Reuters) – China defended the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Tuesday, the eve of the 25th anniversary, saying it had chosen the correct path for the sake of the people.
For the ruling Communist Party, the 1989 demonstrations that clogged Tiananmen Square in Beijing and spread to other cities remain taboo after the government termed the protests “counter-revolutionary”.
BEIJING/MOSCOW, May 16 (Reuters) – Increasingly isolated by
the West over Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin will
hope for a sympathetic ear on a visit next week to China, which
is also being more assertive in its territorial disputes with
Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a big public show of
underscoring the importance of ties with Russia, and Moscow was
the first capital he visited after assuming the presidency last
year. Xi also attended the Winter Olympics in Sochi at Putin’s
BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – A major regional security conference is shaping up as a face-off between Asia’s two biggest powers, as Japan sends its hawkish prime minister and China dispatches a feisty diplomat instead of the usual brass to counter Tokyo’s more assertive message.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took office in 2012 promising to bolster the role of the nation’s military, will deliver the keynote address at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore at the end of the month.
BEIJING, May 9 (Reuters) – China rebuked the United States
on Friday for urging the release of activists detained after
attending a meeting about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests,
saying Washington had no right to demand that criminals be
Wednesday’s call by the U.S. State Department to release
prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and others drew a sharp
riposte from China’s foreign ministry, which regards U.S.
expressions of concern as unwarranted interference in its
BEIJING/HANOI, May 8 (Reuters) – China accused Vietnam on
Thursday of intentionally colliding with its ships in the South
China Sea, but called for talks to end a bitter row sparked by
Beijing’s parking of a giant oil rig in contested waters.
A senior foreign ministry official in Beijing demanded that
Vietnam withdraw its ships after its southern neighbour asserted
that Chinese vessels used water cannon and rammed eight of its
vessels at the weekend near the rig. Hanoi said two vessels were
badly damaged and six people were wounded in the worst setback
to ties between the two Communist nations in years.
BEIJING/HANOI (Reuters) – China on Thursday rejected Vietnamese claims it acted aggressively in the South China Sea and called for a peaceful end to a bitter row sparked by Beijing’s parking of a giant oil rig in contested waters.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said no “clash” had taken place since the dispute erupted at the weekend. He was responding to Vietnam’s assertions that Chinese vessels used water cannon and intentionally rammed eight of its ships, seriously damaging two, and wounding six sailors.