BEIJING, Oct 30 (Reuters) – China’s top family planning
authority said on Friday the central government will leave it to
the provinces to hash out the details of implementing a new
policy allowing couples to have two children.
About 90 million families may qualify for the new two-child
policy, which would help raise the population to an estimated
1.45 billion by 2030, the National Health and Family Planning
Commission said in an online statement. China, the world’s most
populous nation, had 1.37 billion people at the end of last
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s naval commander told his U.S. counterpart that a minor incident could spark war in the South China Sea if the United States did not stop its “provocative acts” in the disputed waterway, the Chinese navy said on Friday.
Admiral Wu Shengli made the comments to U.S. chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson during a video teleconference on Thursday, according to a Chinese naval statement.
BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – A U.S. guided-missile
destroyer sailed close to one of China’s man-made islands in the
South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an angry rebuke from
Beijing, which said it had tracked and warned the ship and
called in the U.S. ambassador to protest.
The USS Lassen’s patrol was the most significant U.S.
challenge yet to the 12-nautical-mile territorial limits China
claims around artificial islands it has built up in the Spratly
archipelago as Beijing exercises its growing maritime power.
WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy sent a guided-missile destroyer close to China’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said it warned and followed the American vessel.
The patrol by the USS Lassen was the most significant U.S. challenge yet to 12-nautical-mile territorial limits China asserts around the islands in the Spratly archipelago and could ratchet up tensions in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes.
WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy sent a
guided-missile destroyer close to China’s man-made islands in
the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, U.S. defense officials
said, a move that could heighten tensions over the strategic
The patrol represents the most serious U.S. challenge to
12-nautical-mile territorial limits China asserts around the
islands and is sure to anger Beijing, which said last month it
would never allow any country to violate its territory in the
Spratly archipelago, where seven outposts have been built.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China has never said the economy must grow seven percent this year, Premier Li Keqiang said in comments reported by the government ahead of a key meeting this week that will set economic and social targets for the next five years.
Li’s comments coincide with remarks by a top central bank official, who said on Saturday that China would be able to keep annual economic growth at around 6-7 percent over that period.
MANCHESTER, England/BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has told Britain he wants to see a united European Union, in his most direct comments on Britain’s relationship with Europe before the country’s EU membership referendum.
Xi told Prime Minister David Cameron Britain was an “important member of the EU” before ending his four-day trip to Britain which sealed multi-billion dollar deals but drew criticism from human rights campaigners.
LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has told Britain he wants to see a united European Union, making his most direct comments to date on Britain’s relationship with Europe ahead of the country’s in-out EU membership referendum.
On the last day of a four-day visit to Britain, Xi told Prime Minister David Cameron of the EU’s importance for China as a strategic partner and its largest trading partner, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
BEIJING, Oct 22 (Reuters) – From binge drinking and David
Beckham to the Labour Party’s role in recognising Communist
China, Chinese state media has kicked into overdrive to praise
Sino-British relations and point out shared interests as
President Xi Jinping is feted in London.
Since the ruling Conservative Party decided it wanted
Britain to be China’s “best partner in the West”, something
championed by finance minister George Osborne, old arguments
about human rights and the fate of formerly British-ruled Hong
Kong have largely fallen by the wayside.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China praised the British royal family on Wednesday for its treatment of President Xi Jinping in London and rejected suggestions Prince Charles had been rude by skipping a state banquet for the Chinese leader the day before.
British commentators have suggested heir to the throne Charles, who is close to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, was deliberately avoiding Tuesday’s state banquet at Buckingham Palace in Xi’s honor.