BEIJING (Reuters) – The Silk Road, an obscure Kazakh-inspired security forum and a $50 billion Asian infrastructure bank are just some of the disparate elements in an evolving Chinese strategy to try to counter Washington’s “pivot” to the region.
While Chinese leaders have not given the government’s growing list of initiatives a label or said they had an overall purpose, Chinese experts and diplomats said Beijing appeared set on shaping Asia’s security and financial architecture more to its liking.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping feted neighbors India and Myanmar on Saturday, dusting off the 60th anniversary of a now rather obscure agreement signed in the early days of the Cold War to pledge a rising China’s commitment to peace.
In 1954, China, India and Myanmar signed the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, promising mutual non-aggression and non-interference in internal affairs, ideals then incorporated into the Non-Aligned Movement of countries who did not wish to choose between the United States and the Soviet Union.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities held a prominent Uighur academic in leg irons for 20 days and forced him to go without food, his lawyer said on Thursday, after seeing his client for the first time since he was arrested more than five months ago.
Ilham Tohti, an economics professor at Beijing’s Minzu University who has championed the rights of the Muslim Uighur people in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, was detained in January and subsequently charged with separatism.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Wednesday accused the Philippines of creating tension in the region and urged Manila to show “sincerity” in upholding stability after President Benigno Aquino welcomed Japan’s more assertive military policy.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made it clear on Tuesday he wanted an early agreement with his ruling party’s dovish junior partner to ease constitutional curbs that have kept Japan’s military from fighting abroad since World War Two.
BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – China’s top official in charge of Taiwan ties will make a landmark visit to the island this week to try to woo Taiwanese who remain suspicious about a pending trade pact as well as meet a senior figure from the pro-independence opposition.
Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, will be the first head of the body to visit the self-ruled and democratic island, where defeated Nationalist forces fled after losing a civil war to China’s Communists in 1949.
BEIJING, June 18 (Reuters) – PetroChina, the
single biggest investor in Iraq’s oil sector, is pulling some of
its staff out of the Middle East nation, but production remains
unaffected as militant Islamists threaten the unity of OPEC’s
China is Iraq’s largest oil client, and its state energy
firms, which also include Sinopec Group and CNOOC Ltd,
together hold more than a fifth of the country’s oil projects
after securing some of its fields through auctions held in 2009.
HANOI/BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top diplomat scolded Vietnamese officials during talks in Hanoi on Wednesday for “hyping up” a row over a Chinese oil rig drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, in tough comments that suggest relations will remain rocky.
State Councilor Yang Jiechi also told his hosts that the rig’s activities in waters also claimed by Vietnam were “completely legal”, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing in Beijing.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China has drafted rules banning lawyers from drawing attention to cases through the internet and media, which critics say amounts to a gag order stopping them publicizing controversial cases and miscarriages of justice.
China, where rule of law is paid lip service only, has stepped up pressure on freedom of speech and on the small band of rights lawyers and campaigners in recent months, and the latest move would be a further step in that direction.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China executed 13 people on Monday for “terrorist attacks” in the far western region of Xinjiang, state media said, while another three were sentenced to death for a lethal attack at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
“The 13 criminals had planned violent terrorist attacks and ruthlessly killed police officers, government officials and civilians, which took innocent lives, caused huge property losses and seriously endangered public security,” the official news agency Xinhua said.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China sentenced three people to death on Monday over a deadly attack at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last October, state television reported, an incident blamed by the government on Islamist militants.
One attacker was given a life sentence, and four others received jail terms ranging from five to 20 years.