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Jul 31, 2013

China’s Bo to plead guilty, but maybe not to all charges: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai has agreed to plead guilty at a trial likely to be held within weeks, three sources said, in an apparent bid to earn a more lenient sentence and allow authorities to close the door on the country’s biggest political scandal in decades.

But it was not clear if he would plead guilty to all or only some of the charges of accepting bribes, corruption and abuse of power.

Jul 29, 2013

China military puts best foot forward, plays down tensions

LINTONG, China (Reuters) – With handshakes and smiles, China’s military put its best foot forward on Monday as it opened a secretive base to a rare visit by journalists, in an effort to allay Asia’s growing fears about the country’s strategic intentions.

China has advertised its military ambitions with displays of new hardware, from its first test flight of a stealth fighter jet in early 2011 to its launch of a fledgling aircraft carrier – both technologies that need further years of development.

Jul 27, 2013

EU, China resolve solar dispute – their biggest trade row by far

BRUSSELS/BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the European Union defused their biggest trade dispute by far on Saturday with a deal to regulate Chinese solar panel imports and avoid a wider war in goods from wine to steel.

After six weeks of talks, the EU’s trade chief and his Chinese counterpart sealed the deal over the telephone, setting a minimum price for panels from China near spot market prices.

Jul 27, 2013

EU, China reach deal to resolve solar panel trade dispute

BRUSSELS/BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the European Union reached a deal on Saturday to defuse a multi-billion euro dispute over Chinese solar panels that threatened a wider trade war.

After six weeks of talks, the EU’s trade chief and his Chinese counterpart sealed the deal over the telephone, setting a minimum price for panels from China near spot market prices.

Jul 24, 2013

Former China politician Bo’s trial could start this week: source

BEIJING (Reuters) – The trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai could begin as early as this week, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday, marking the beginning of the end of China’s most sensational scandal in decades.

The trial is most likely to take place in the eastern city of Jinan, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid repercussions for talking to a foreign reporter about elite politics.

Jul 23, 2013

China quakes death toll rises to 89, hundreds injured

BEIJING (Reuters) – The death toll from two earthquakes in China’s western Gansu province has climbed to 89, with more than 500 people severely injured, after 1,200 buildings collapsed and tens of thousands more were badly damaged, said the official Xinhua news agency.

The quakes hit eight towns in the remote and mountainous Minxian and Zhangxian counties, about 170 km (105 miles) southeast of the provincial capital of Lanzhou, from 7:45 a.m. on Monday (2345 GMT Sunday), Xinhua said.

Jul 18, 2013

Japan survey ships prepare for deployment, tension with China rises

TOKYO/BEIJING, July 18 (Reuters) – Japan has ordered
geological survey ships to prepare for possible deployment to
the East China Sea after it detected Chinese drilling near the
disputed maritime border, a source with direct knowledge of the
order told Reuters on Thursday.

A plan by Chinese state-run oil firms to dramatically expand
gas drilling in the disputed East China Sea, which threatens to
further damage ties between Asia’s two biggest economies, was
first reported by Reuters on Wednesday.

Jul 18, 2013

Exclusive – Japan survey ships prepare for deployment, tension with China rises

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) – Japan has ordered geological survey ships to prepare for possible deployment to the East China Sea after it detected Chinese drilling near the disputed maritime border, a source with direct knowledge of the order told Reuters on Thursday.

A plan by Chinese state-run oil firms to dramatically expand gas drilling in the disputed East China Sea, which threatens to further damage ties between Asia’s two biggest economies, was first reported by Reuters on Wednesday.

Jul 16, 2013

New North Korea curbs endanger aid efforts: relief worker

BEIJING (Reuters) – New sanctions levied on North Korea after its third nuclear test this year risk pushing the country into a further humanitarian disaster by crimping relief efforts, says an aid worker who has just completed a trip to the isolated state.

Washington imposed sanctions in March on the Foreign Trade Bank, Pyongyang’s main foreign exchange bank, saying it had helped fund North Korea’s banned nuclear weapons program. The measures bar bank dealings by U.S. entities or individuals.

Jul 9, 2013

China vows to step up fight against Dalai Lama as shootings reported

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top official in charge of religious groups and ethnic minorities vowed on Tuesday to step up the fight against exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, as a rights group reported police shootings of monks marking his birthday.

The comments by Yu Zhengsheng, number four in the ruling Communist Party’s hierarchy, appear aimed at thwarting speculation that China’s new leadership could take a softer line on the Dalai Lama.

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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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