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Jul 15, 2014

China tells U.S. to stay out of South China Seas dispute

BEIJING (Reuters) – China told the United States on Tuesday to stay out of disputes over the South China Sea and leave countries in the region to resolve problems themselves, after Washington said it wanted a freeze on stoking tension.

Michael Fuchs, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Strategy and Multilateral Affairs, said no country was solely responsible for escalating tension in the region. But he reiterated the U.S. view that “provocative and unilateral” behaviour by China had raised questions about its willingness to abide by international law.

Jul 8, 2014

Fearing graft probes, Chinese officials shun spotlight, seek retirement

BEIJING (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption has sown so much fear that many Chinese officials are doing anything to stay out of trouble – from dithering over approving big-ticket projects to seeking early retirement.

A small number of top executives under investigation at state-owned enterprises have even committed suicide.

Jul 3, 2014

With one eye on Washington, China plots its own Asia ‘pivot’

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.

Jun 28, 2014

China fetes India, Myanmar, says Beijing poses no threat

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.

Jun 26, 2014

Uighur scholar kept in chains in China, lawyer says

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.

Jun 25, 2014

China says Philippines stirring tensions after Aquino supports Japan

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.

Jun 24, 2014

Chinese official looks to charm Taiwan during landmark visit

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.

Jun 18, 2014

China’s oil operations in Iraq unaffected, cuts some staff

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
second-largest producer.

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.

Jun 18, 2014

China scolds Vietnam for ‘hyping up’ South China Sea oil rig row

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.

Jun 18, 2014

China plan to gag lawyers online denounced as insult

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.

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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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