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Mar 11, 2015

China says Dalai Lama less and less influential, but must reincarnate

BEIJING (Reuters) – Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is becoming less influential, both abroad and in Tibet, but his suggestion he will not reincarnate is still a “betrayal” of the religion and the country, a top Chinese official said on Wednesday.

China says the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, is a violent separatist. The Buddhist monk denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet.

Mar 9, 2015

China says Dalai Lama ‘profanes’ Buddhism by doubting his reincarnation

BEIJING (Reuters) – Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is profaning Buddhism by suggesting that he will not be reincarnated when he dies, the Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet said on Monday, in some of China’s strongest comments to date on the subject.

Tibetan Buddhism holds that the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death. China says the tradition must continue and it must approve the next Dalai Lama.

Mar 7, 2015

China border province says did not host Myanmar rebel leader

BEIJING (Reuters) – The government of the Chinese border province of Yunnan has not played host to an ethnic Chinese Myanmar rebel leader and does not support him in fighting Myanmar’s government, the province’s top official said on Saturday.

Myanmar has accused Chinese mercenaries of fighting with the rebels, and has urged China to cooperate to prevent “terrorist attacks” being launched from Chinese territory.

Mar 6, 2015

Hu Jintao not implicated in aide’s investigation, official says

BEIJING (Reuters) – Retired Chinese President Hu Jintao is not being implicated in a corruption probe into a former top aide, a senior government spokesman said on Friday, adding that the official was being investigated more over financial issues than political ones.

Ling Jihua was demoted in September 2012 without explanation. Sources told Reuters that the move happened after his son was involved in a deadly crash involving a luxury sports car in Beijing.

Mar 6, 2015

Former China leader not implicated in aide’s investigation, official says

BEIJING (Reuters) – Retired Chinese President Hu Jintao is not being implicated in a corruption probe into a former top aide, a senior government spokesman said on Friday, adding that the official was being investigated more over financial issues than political ones.

Ling Jihua was demoted in September 2012 without explanation. Sources told Reuters that the move happened after his son was involved in a deadly crash involving a luxury sports car in Beijing.

Mar 3, 2015

Exclusive: China investigates second top officer for graft – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is investigating a second former top military officer on suspicion of corruption, two independent sources told Reuters, as President Xi Jinping widens his campaign against deep-rooted graft in the country.

Guo Boxiong, 72, was a vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission until he stepped down in 2012. Another former vice chairman, Xu Caihou, was put under investigation last year for corruption.

Mar 2, 2015

Setting aside rancor over Hong Kong, China welcomes Prince William

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a warm welcome to Prince William on Monday as he began the first visit to the mainland by a member of the British royal family in almost three decades, setting aside the rancor with London over Hong Kong.

William’s trip to China is the first since Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip paid a visit in 1986, and follows some sparring between London and Beijing over last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations in the former British colony of Hong Kong.

Feb 28, 2015

Sri Lanka concerned by China loans, rules out submarine visits

BEIJING (Reuters) – Sri Lanka is concerned with the roughly $5 billion in Chinese loans it has and will send its finance minister to Beijing to discuss the issue, the foreign minister said on Saturday, as he also ruled out future Chinese submarine visits to the country.

New Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects that China has invested in, including a $1.5 billion “port city” project in the capital Colombo.

Feb 27, 2015

Sri Lanka says China to be consulted on any project re-think

BEIJING (Reuters) – Sri Lanka will not make any decision on Chinese projects it is reviewing until it consults China, Sri Lanka’s foreign minister said on Friday, pledging that his new government would welcome Chinese investors.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects that China has invested in, including a $1.5 billion “port city” project in Colombo.

Feb 13, 2015

With eye on Japan, China plans big military parades under Xi: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese troops are rehearsing for a major parade in September where the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is expected to unveil new homegrown weapons in the first of a series of public displays of military might planned during President Xi Jinping’s tenure, sources said.

China will hold up to four PLA parades in the coming years in the face of what Beijing sees as a more assertive Japan under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wants to ease the fetters imposed on Tokyo’s defense policy by a post-war, pacifist constitution.

    • About Ben

      "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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