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Apr 4, 2013

China mobilizes to fight new bird flu; Japan, HK on guard

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said it was mobilizing resources nationwide to combat a new strain of deadly bird flu that has killed four people, as Japan and Hong Kong stepped up vigilance against the virus and Vietnam banned imports of Chinese poultry.

The H7N9 bird flu strain does not appear to be transmitted from human to human but authorities in Hong Kong raised a preliminary alert and said they were taking precautions at the airport.

Apr 3, 2013

Chinese toll from new bird flu rises to nine cases, three dead

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) – China has found two more cases of a new strain of bird flu and one of the victims has died, state media said on Wednesday, bringing to nine the number of confirmed human infections from the previously unknown flu type.

A 38-year-old cook fell ill early last month while working in the province of Jiangsu, where five of the other cases were found. He died in hospital in Hangzhou city on March 27, the Xinhua news agency reported. Samples tested positive on Wednesday for the new bird flu strain, H7N9.

Apr 3, 2013

Chinese toll from new bird flu rises to 9 cases, 3 dead

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) – China has found two more cases of a new strain of bird flu and one of the victims has died, state media said on Wednesday, bringing to nine the number of confirmed human infections from the previously unknown flu type.

A 38-year-old cook fell ill early last month while working in the province of Jiangsu, where five of the other cases were found. He died in hospital in Hangzhou city on March 27, the Xinhua news agency reported. Samples tested positive on Wednesday for the new bird flu strain, H7N9.

Apr 1, 2013

China’s anger at North Korea overcomes worry over U.S. stealth flights

BEIJING (Reuters) – A show of force by U.S. stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula after talk of war by Pyongyang has caused only minor concern in China, a measure of Beijing’s belief that the North is to blame for the tensions and that hostilities are not imminent.

The presence of U.S. forces in places like South Korea and Japan has long worried Beijing, feeding its fears that it is being surrounded and “contained” by Washington and its allies, especially following the U.S. strategic pivot to Asia.

Mar 27, 2013

China’s “black clinics” flourish as government debates health reform

BEIJING (Reuters) – A one-room shack with a single, bare light bulb on a non-descript Beijing side street is 29-year-old Chinese migrant worker Zhang Xuefang’s best recourse to medical care.

Not recognized as a Beijing resident, she does not qualify for cheaper healthcare at government hospitals, and her hometown is too far away to take advantage of medical subsidizes there.

Mar 22, 2013

China’s glamorous new first lady an instant internet hit

BEIJING (Reuters) – With a smile on her face, dressed in a simple black peacoat and carrying an elegant unbranded bag, China’s new first lady, Peng Liyuan, stepped into the international limelight on Friday and became an instant internet sensation back home.

Stepping off the aircraft in Moscow – the first stop of President Xi Jinping’s maiden foreign trip since assuming office – Peng’s glamorous appearance and obvious affection for her portly husband caused Chinese microbloggers to swoon.

Mar 19, 2013

China’s new diplomats signal thaw with Japan, keeping US at bay

BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) – New Chinese leader Xi
Jinping’s appointment of two top diplomats last week displays a
desire to repair relations with long-time rival Japan after
months of disruption, while keeping the United States and its
strategic pivot to Asia at bay.

Yang Jiechi, a hard-nosed former ambassador to Washington,
has been named the state councillor in charge of the foreign
ministry, its top post. A fluent English-speaker, he firmly
believes the United States should stay out of regional Asian
affairs such as the South China Sea dispute.

Mar 15, 2013

China’s Li Keqiang, a premier schooled in free thought

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s new premier, Li Keqiang, stands out for his casual and disarming command of English in contrast with some other top leaders who can stand around looking awkward in the presence of English-speaking dignitaries.

On Friday, delegates to China’s rubber stamp parliament voted Li in as premier almost unanimously in the Great Hall of the People.

Mar 14, 2013

China envoy says there was no $8 billion South Sudan aid offer

BEIJING (Reuters) – China never promised South Sudan $8 billion in development funds when South Sudanese President Salva Kiir visited Beijing in April, but much more than this could be offered if the country achieves lasting peace, a senior diplomat said on Thursday.

South Sudan’s government announced the figure following the trip, and until now Beijing has neither confirmed nor denied it.

Mar 14, 2013

China envoy says there was no $8 bln S.Sudan aid offer

BEIJING, March 14 (Reuters) – China never promised South
Sudan $8 billion in development funds when South Sudanese
President Salva Kiir visited Beijing in April, but much more
than this could be offered if the country achieves lasting
peace, a senior diplomat said on Thursday.

South Sudan’s government announced the figure following the
trip, and until now Beijing has neither confirmed nor denied it.

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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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