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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.

Jun 16, 2014

China executes 13 people for “terrorist” attacks in Xinjiang

BEIJING (Reuters) – China executed 13 people on Monday for “terrorist attacks” in the far western region of Xinjiang, state media said, while another three were sentenced to death for a lethal attack at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

“The 13 criminals had planned violent terrorist attacks and ruthlessly killed police officers, government officials and civilians, which took innocent lives, caused huge property losses and seriously endangered public security,” the official news agency Xinhua said.

Jun 16, 2014

China sentences three to death for Tiananmen Square attack

BEIJING (Reuters) – China sentenced three people to death on Monday over a deadly attack at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last October, state television reported, an incident blamed by the government on Islamist militants.

One attacker was given a life sentence, and four others received jail terms ranging from five to 20 years.

Jun 15, 2014

China’s Li flies into UK to talk trade, seal deals worth $30 bln

LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will fly into Britain on Monday for the first time since taking office on a visit focused on moving the relationship beyond the political differences of the past and signing more than $30 billion of deals.

Britain’s relations with China took a nosedive in 2012 after Prime Minister David Cameron met the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader whom Beijing says is a separatist. Ties have recovered somewhat since, and Cameron visited China last year.

Jun 13, 2014

China says will never send military to oil rig spat with Vietnam

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese official said on Friday that China will never send military forces to the scene of an increasingly ugly spat with Vietnam over an oil rig in the South China Sea, and accused Hanoi of trying to force an international lawsuit.

China claims about 90 percent of the South China Sea, but parts of the potentially energy-rich waters are also subject to claims by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Jun 10, 2014

China says wants to counter Vietnam’s ‘slander’ on South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Tuesday that it wanted to counter Vietnam’s “slander” to the world about what was happening in disputed areas of the South China Sea, after Beijing asked the United Nations to circulate documents outlining its position.

A senior U.S. diplomat called on China to provide evidence to back up its claim to 90 percent of the sea, believed to be rich in energy and minerals.

Jun 10, 2014

China says wants to counter Vietnam’s “slander” on S.China Sea

BEIJING, June 10 (Reuters) – China said on Tuesday that it
wanted to counter Vietnam’s “slander” to the world about what
was happening in disputed areas of the South China Sea, after
Beijing asked the United Nations to circulate documents
outlining its position.

A senior U.S. diplomat called on China to provide evidence
to back up its claim to 90 percent of the sea, believed to be
rich in energy and minerals.

Jun 9, 2014

China says Vietnam, Philippines’ mingling on disputed isle a ‘farce’

BEIJING (Reuters) – China denounced Vietnam and the Philippines on Monday for getting together on a disputed island in the South China Sea to play soccer and volleyball, calling it “a clumsy farce” and demanded both countries stop causing trouble.

The comments by a foreign ministry spokeswoman were China’s first response to the gathering on the Vietnamese-held island of Southwest Cay on Sunday.

Jun 8, 2014

China taps tech training to tackle labor market mismatch

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is waking up to a potentially damaging mismatch in its labor market.

A record 7.27 million graduates – equivalent to the entire population of Hong Kong – will enter the job market this year; a market that has a shortage of skilled workers.

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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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