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Sep 4, 2014

China tobacco monopoly blocks full ban on tobacco ads – sources

BEIJING, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Intense lobbying by China’s
powerful state tobacco monopoly resulted in the weakening of
controversial legislation that had been meant to introduce a
complete advertising ban in the world’s largest consumer and
producer of tobacco, sources said.

The proposed total advertising ban pitted anti-smoking
advocates and the health ministry, which blames cigarettes for
causing one million deaths in China a year, against the State
Tobacco Monopoly Administration.

Aug 18, 2014

Chinese military’s ability to wage war eroded by graft, its generals warn

BEIJING (Reuters) – As tensions spike between China and other countries in Asia’s disputed waters, serving and retired Chinese military officers as well as state media are questioning whether China’s armed forces are too corrupt to fight and win a war.

A slew of articles in official media in recent months have drawn parallels with the rampant graft in the People’s Liberation Army and how a corrupt military contributed to China’s defeat in the Sino-Japan War 120 years ago.

Aug 14, 2014

Qualcomm denies direct financial links with Chinese antitrust expert

BEIJING (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc, under investigation for possible monopolistic practices in China, said it had no direct financial links with an antitrust expert sacked from a government advisory post after state media reported he had received payments from the firm.

The San Diego-based company has been under investigation since November by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), one of China’s three antitrust regulators, over how the company licenses its patents and prices its chipsets.

Aug 14, 2014

China sacks anti-monopoly adviser over Qualcomm payment – Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A Chinese academic who sat on a
government anti-monopoly advisory committee has been sacked, the
country’s official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday,
saying he had taken payments from U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc
.

Xinhua said Zhang Xinzhu, a member of the top government
think-tank the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the
cabinet’s anti-monopoly experts committee, took “huge rewards”
from Qualcomm, itself the subject of an antitrust investigation.
The news agency did not say specifically what the payments were
for.

Aug 6, 2014

Canadian couple detained by China safe but closely watched, says son

DANDONG China (Reuters) – A Canadian couple detained in China on suspicion they stole state secrets are safe but under constant guard, according to messages they passed on via the Canadian embassy, their son said on Wednesday.

Kevin and Julia Garratt, who ran a coffee shop on the Chinese border with North Korea, were detained on Monday, their family members have said.

Aug 6, 2014

Canadian in China probe trained N.Korean missionaries – audio

SEOUL/DANDONG China (Reuters) – A Canadian man under investigation in China for threatening national security said he ran a prayer and training facility outside the Chinese city of Dandong that was frequented by North Koreans, many of whom became Christians before returning to the isolated country.

Kevin Garratt, who with his wife Julia Dawn Garratt is being investigated for suspected theft of military and intelligence information, also ran a coffee shop in Dandong, which was closed on Tuesday with a notice in the window reading: “See you soon.”

Aug 5, 2014

Canadian in China investigation says trained N.Koreans to be missionaries-audio

SEOUL/DANDONG China (Reuters) – A Canadian man under investigation in China for threatening national security said he ran a prayer and training facility outside the Chinese city of Dandong which was frequented by North Koreans, many of whom were converted to Christianity before re-entering the isolated country.

Kevin Garratt, who with his wife Julia Dawn Garratt is being investigated for suspected theft of military and intelligence information, also ran a coffee shop in Dandong, which was closed on Tuesday with a notice in the window reading: “See you soon.”

Aug 5, 2014

Canadian-run cafe on China-North Korean border was Christian hangout: sources

SEOUL/DANDONG China (Reuters) – A coffee shop in China run by a Canadian couple who are being investigated for threatening national security openly displayed bibles and was known as a meeting point for foreign Christians in the area, people who have been to the cafe on the border with North Korea said on Tuesday.

Christian influences were apparent throughout Peter’s Coffee House in the city of Dandong, several people told Reuters, even though such outward signs of religiosity could have drawn attention from Chinese authorities, especially since North Korea is so hostile to proselytising.

Aug 5, 2014

China says investigating two Canadians suspected of threatening national security

DANDONG China (Reuters) – China is investigating a Canadian couple who ran a coffee shop on the Chinese border with North Korea for the suspected theft of military and intelligence information and for threatening national security, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The official Xinhua news agency identified the two as Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn Garratt. In a brief report, Xinhua said the State Security Bureau of Dandong city in northeast Liaoning province was investigating the case, adding it involved the stealing of state secrets.

Aug 4, 2014

China says can build what it wants on South China Sea isles

BEIJING (Reuters) – China can build whatever it wants on its islands in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, rejecting proposals ahead of a key regional meeting to freeze any activity that may raise tensions in disputed waters there.

Southeast Asian foreign ministers this week hold security talks with counterparts, including those from the United States and China, in Myanmar, with escalating tensions over maritime disputes in Asia likely to be a major issue.

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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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