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Apr 13, 2013

Kerry meets China’s leaders to push them on North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met China’s top leaders on Saturday in a bid to persuade them to exert pressure on North Korea to scale back its belligerent rhetoric and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.

Travelling to Beijing for the first time as secretary of state, Kerry made no secret of his desire to see China take a more activist stance towards North Korea, which in recent weeks has threatened nuclear war against the United States and South Korea.

Apr 10, 2013

China charges former rail minister with graft

BEIJING, April 10 (Reuters) – China formally charged a
former railways minister, Liu Zhijun, with corruption and abuse
of power on Wednesday, setting up the first test of newly
installed President Xi Jinping’s resolve to crack down on
pervasive graft.

Liu faces either a lengthy jail sentence and possibly death.
How severely he is dealt with will be an indicator of how
seriously authorities will take the fight against corruption,
one of the pillars of Xi’s fledgling administration.

Apr 10, 2013

China formally charges former rail minister with graft

BEIJING (Reuters) – China formally charged a former railways minister, Liu Zhijun, with corruption and abuse of power on Wednesday, setting up the first test of newly installed President Xi Jinping’s resolve to crack down on pervasive graft.

Liu faces either a lengthy jail sentence and possibly death. How severely he is dealt with will be an indicator of how seriously authorities will take the fight against corruption, one of the pillars of Xi’s fledgling administration.

Apr 8, 2013

Despite tough talk, China’s North Korea options limited

BEIJING, April 8 (Reuters) – Unprecedented Chinese criticism
of North Korea is unlikely to mean tough new action against
Pyongyang because if China pushes too hard and its troublesome
neighbour collapses, the result would be disastrous for Beijing.

That limits the options for China, even as it has grown
frustrated with Pyongyang since the reclusive state carried out
a third nuclear test in February and ramped up the
sabre-rattling in response to the U.N. sanctions that followed.

Apr 8, 2013

North Korea may be preparing new nuclear test – report

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea, engaged for weeks in threats of war with South Korea and the United States, appears to be preparing for a fourth nuclear test, with movement at its atomic test site mirroring earlier blasts, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The report, quoting a senior South Korean government official, followed unusually harsh rebukes of North Korea by China, Pyongyang’s sole diplomatic and financial ally.

Apr 8, 2013

China rebukes North Korea, says no state should sow chaos

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – China’s leaders issued thinly veiled rebukes to North Korea for raising regional tensions, with the president saying no country should throw the world into chaos and the foreign minister warning that Beijing would not allow mischief on its doorstep.

The weekend comments were the strongest yet by China in response to more than a month of North Korean rhetoric that has included threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States and to wage war with Seoul.

Apr 8, 2013

China rebukes North Korea, says no state should sow chaos

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – China’s leaders issued thinly veiled rebukes to North Korea for raising regional tensions, with the president saying no country should throw the world into chaos and the foreign minister warning that Beijing would not allow mischief on its doorstep.

The weekend comments were the strongest yet by China in response to more than a month of North Korean rhetoric that has included threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States and to wage war with Seoul.

Apr 7, 2013

China warns against “troublemaking” on Korean peninsula

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – China warned against “troublemaking” on its doorstep, in an apparent rebuke to North Korea, and the United States said it was postponing a missile test to help calm high tension on the divided Korean peninsula.

But in the midst of what some described as an unprecedented ratcheting up of rhetoric from Beijing, China began running into criticism from influential political voices in Washington who blamed North Korea’s closest ally for not doing enough to avert the danger of conflagration.

Apr 7, 2013

China deplores Korea tension, warns against regional turmoil

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – China deplored tension on the Korean peninsula on Sunday and in an apparent reference to North Korea, said no country should be allowed to plunge the region into chaos after the United States postponed a missile test to ease talk of war.

The North, led by 30-year-old Kim Jong-un, has been issuing threats of war against the United States and U.S.-backed South Korea since the United Nations imposed sanctions after its third nuclear weapon test in February.

Apr 7, 2013

China asks North Korea to ensure safety of its nationals

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – China deplored rising tension on the Korean peninsula on Sunday, but said its embassy was operating normally in the North Korean capital and asked authorities there to ensure its diplomats and other citizens were kept safe.

North Korea, angry at new sanctions imposed on it for testing nuclear weapons, has made increasingly strident warnings of an imminent war with South Korea and the United States.

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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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