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Jun 23, 2015

China slams Western misconceptions of role in World War Two

BEIJING (Reuters) – Western countries have a lack of appreciation about China’s sacrifices and contributions during World War Two, a senior official said on Tuesday, as the government outlined plans for a military parade through central Beijing to mark the war’s end.

Sino-Japan relations have long been affected by what China sees as Japan’s failure to atone for its occupation of parts of the country before and during the war, and Beijing rarely misses an opportunity to remind its people and the world.

Jun 22, 2015
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Exiles angered as China holds beer festival in Muslim county

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(Bottles of Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co Ltd beer are displayed for sale at a supermarket in Beijing, January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

A county in the heavily Muslim southern part of China’s unruly region of Xinjiang has held a beer festival in the run-up to the holy month of Ramadan, the government said, in what an exiled group called an open provocation.

Jun 22, 2015
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China opens new land route for Indian pilgrims to Tibet

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(A Tibetan monk stands outside a temple near Mount Kailash in Ngari, Tibet Autonomous Region September 3, 2011. Picture taken September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen)

China inaugurated a new land crossing into Tibet on Monday for Indian pilgrims who wish to visit one of the holiest sites in both Hinduism and Buddhism, state media said, as the two countries seek to set aside differences and improve ties.

Jun 19, 2015

Hong Kong leader extends economic olive branch after veto

HONG KONG/BEIJING, June 19 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s leader
extended an olive branch of economic stimulus to the city a day
after lawmakers vetoed a Beijing-backed electoral reform
package, a move economists warned could undermine business in
the Asian financial hub.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he would bring a series
of economic initiatives to lawmakers next week, and called for
their support.

Jun 19, 2015

China state media calls Hong Kong opposition ‘destroyers’ after electoral reform vetoed

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese state media lashed out at Hong Kong’s opposition pro-democracy lawmakers on Friday after the legislature in the financial hub vetoed a Beijing-backed electoral reform package.

The rejection was a rare instance of Hong Kong, the former British colony that reverted to Chinese rule in 1997, voting so heavily against a proposal endorsed by China’s central legislature.

Jun 12, 2015

Exclusive: Two top China graft suspects sick, may not be tried – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Two former senior Chinese officials subject to graft probes are sick and may not be able to stand trial, sources with ties to the leadership said, possibly sparing the Communist Party the embarrassment of having more of its secrets exposed in public.

Since assuming power in late 2012, President Xi Jinping, who doubles as party and military chief, has pursued a relentless campaign against deep-rooted corruption, vowing to go after powerful “tigers” as well as lowly “flies”.

Jun 12, 2015

China premier orders probe after ‘left behind’ children’s death

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has ordered authorities investigate the case of four “left behind” children who died after drinking pesticide in a poor part of southwestern China, as millions of workers are forced to leave their families to find work.

In many rural parts of China, children are left in villages to be looked after by grandparents or other relatives while their parents work in the booming cities.

Jun 11, 2015

China jails former security chief for life after secret trial

BEIJING (Reuters) – China sentenced its powerful former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang to life in jail on Thursday, after he was found guilty at a secret trial of bribery, leaking state secrets and abuse of power, in China’s most sensational graft scandal in 70 years.

Zhou, who was formally charged in April, was tried in the northern city of Tianjin on May 22, admitted his guilt and decided not to appeal against the verdict, state media said.

Jun 9, 2015

Irritated with Myanmar, China to woo opposition leader Suu Kyi

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese leaders will woo Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to the country, a snub for the quasi-military government whose fighting with rebels along China’s border has angered Beijing.

But the visit will also be awkward for China’s ruling Communist Party which has invited Suu Kyi, as her fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo remains in jail and Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing a sweeping crackdown on dissent.

Jun 2, 2015
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China’s Panchen Lama pledges his patriotism in a sensitive year

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(Gyaltsen Norbu (R), the 11th Panchen Lama, speaks with a delegate ahead of the opening of the third plenary meeting of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism but reviled by many Tibetans as a fake has pledged his patriotism, Chinese state media said on Tuesday, amid a year of sensitive anniversaries for Tibet.

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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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