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Apr 13, 2015

China rejects Taiwan as founding member of policy bank

BEIJING/TAIPEI, April 13 (Reuters) – Taiwan is not able to
become a founding member of the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure
Investment Bank (AIIB) but is still welcome to become an
ordinary member in the future, the Chinese government said on
Monday.

In a statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency,
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said it confirmed what it said was
a Hong Kong media report about the rejection of Taiwan. The
report also said Taiwan could join further down the line, the
Taiwan Affairs Office added.

Apr 10, 2015

Obama says concerned China bullying others in South China Sea

KINGSTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington is concerned China is using its “sheer size and muscle” to push around smaller nations in the South China Sea, drawing a swift rebuke from Beijing which accused the United States of being the bully.

China’s rapid reclamation around seven reefs in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has alarmed other claimants, such as the Philippines and Vietnam, and drawn growing criticism from U.S. government officials and the military.

Apr 9, 2015

China state TV host apologizes for insulting Mao Zedong

BEIJING (Reuters) – An anchor on China’s main state broadcaster, CCTV, apologized on Thursday after a video of him insulting the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, went viral on social media sites, sparking an investigation by the channel.

Mao, who died in 1976, remains a divisive figure.

His image adorns banknotes and his embalmed body attracts hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors a day to Beijing.

Apr 9, 2015

China mounts detailed defense of South China Sea reclamation

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Thursday sketched out plans for the islands it is creating in the disputed South China Sea, saying they would be used for military defense as well as to provide civilian services that would benefit other countries.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing that the reclamation and building work in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea was needed partly because of the risk of typhoons in an area with a lot of shipping that is far from land.

Apr 3, 2015

China evacuates foreign nationals from Yemen in unprecedented move

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese naval frigate has evacuated 225 foreign citizens from strife-torn Yemen, its foreign ministry said, marking the first time that China’s military has helped other countries evacuate their people during an international crisis.

Ten different nationalities were among the evacuees picked up on Thursday afternoon from Aden, Yemen’s second city, and transported to Djibouti, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its website late Thursday.

Apr 3, 2015

China’s ex-security chief charged with bribery, abuse of power

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese prosecutors charged former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang with bribery, abuse of power and intentional disclosure of state secrets on Friday, paving the way for a trial that could expose the inner workings of the ruling Communist Party.

Zhou, 72, is the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the party swept to power in 1949. The decision to prosecute Zhou underscores President Xi Jinping’s commitment to fighting graft at the highest levels.

Mar 28, 2015

IOC receives rights assurances for Winter Games bids

BEIJING (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received non-discrimination assurances from Beijing and Almaty’s bids to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, an official said on Saturday after Beijing police raided an anti-discrimination group this week.

The IOC said last year it would include human rights clauses in new contracts to be signed by future Olympic host cities, strengthening its anti-discrimination policy.

Mar 28, 2015

Olympics-IOC receives rights assurances for Winter Games bids

BEIJING, March 28 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received non-discrimination assurances from Beijing and Almaty’s bids to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, an official said on Saturday after Beijing police raided an anti-discrimination group this week.

The IOC said last year it would include human rights clauses in new contracts to be signed by future Olympic host cities, strengthening its anti-discrimination policy.

Mar 25, 2015

Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites

BEIJING (Reuters) – If Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn’t an issue for Chinese who “don’t like” sites like Facebook and Twitter, an official said on Wednesday.

China keeps a tight rein on its Internet. The government has warned that social media, particularly foreign services, could be a destabilizing force for Chinese society or even affect the country’s security.

Mar 25, 2015

Olympics-Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites

BEIJING, March 25 (Reuters) – If Beijing is successful in
its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend
will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn’t an issue for
Chinese who “don’t like” sites like Facebook and Twitter, an
official said on Wednesday.

China keeps a tight rein on its Internet. The government has
warned that social media, particularly foreign services, could
be a destabilising force for Chinese society or even affect the
country’s security.

    • 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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