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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.

Apr 4, 2013

China readies to fight new bird flu; Japan, HK on guard

BEIJING (Reuters) – The death toll from a new strain of bird flu rose to five in China on Thursday as Beijing said it was mobilising resources nationwide to combat the virus, Japan and Hong Kong stepped up vigilance and Vietnam banned imports of Chinese poultry.

The H7N9 bird flu strain does not appear to be transmitted from human to human but authorities in Hong Kong raised a preliminary alert and said they were taking precautions at the airport.

Apr 4, 2013

China mobilizes to fight new bird flu; Japan, HK on guard

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said it was mobilizing resources nationwide to combat a new strain of deadly bird flu that has killed four people, as Japan and Hong Kong stepped up vigilance against the virus and Vietnam banned imports of Chinese poultry.

The H7N9 bird flu strain does not appear to be transmitted from human to human but authorities in Hong Kong raised a preliminary alert and said they were taking precautions at the airport.

Apr 3, 2013

Chinese toll from new bird flu rises to nine cases, three dead

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) – China has found two more cases of a new strain of bird flu and one of the victims has died, state media said on Wednesday, bringing to nine the number of confirmed human infections from the previously unknown flu type.

A 38-year-old cook fell ill early last month while working in the province of Jiangsu, where five of the other cases were found. He died in hospital in Hangzhou city on March 27, the Xinhua news agency reported. Samples tested positive on Wednesday for the new bird flu strain, H7N9.

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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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