Ben's Feed
Sep 13, 2012

China says tensions with Japan likely to hurt trade

BEIJING, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Rising tension between China
and Japan over disputed islands is likely to harm their trade
ties, a senior Chinese commerce official said on Thursday.

Asia’s two largest economies both claim islands in the East
China Sea and tensions have flared since Tuesday when Tokyo
announced it would purchase disputed islands from a private
Japanese owner, an act that Beijing has called a violation of
its sovereignty.

Aug 2, 2012

Disqualified Chinese player Yu quits badminton

BEIJING (Reuters) – Disgraced Chinese Yu Yang has decided to quit badminton while national officials have told their Olympic team leaders and disgraced players to make a public apology for throwing matches at the London Games.

Yu was among eight women’s doubles players expelled from the Games on Wednesday. The others were team mate Wang Xiaoli, South Korean pairs Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, and Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung, plus Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia.

Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-Disqualified Chinese player Yu quits badminton

BEIJING, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Disgraced Chinese Yu Yang has
decided to quit badminton while national officials have told
their Olympic team leaders and disgraced players to make a
public apology for throwing matches at the London Games.

Yu was among eight women’s doubles players expelled from the
Games on Wednesday. The others were team mate Wang Xiaoli, South
Korean pairs Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, and Ha Jung-eun and
Kim Min-jung, plus Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of
Indonesia.

Jul 29, 2012

“Greyjing”? Air pollution fouls Beijing’s name

BEIJING (Reuters) – With its parks, centuries-old palaces, history and culture, Beijing should be one of the more pleasant capitals of the world. Instead, it’s considered among the worst to live in because of chronic air pollution.

Lung cancer rates are rising among the 20 million residents of China’s capital, health officials say. For many multinational companies, Beijing is considered a hardship posting and, despite the extra allowances that classification brings, some executives are leaving.

Jul 29, 2012

Bo wife murder charge vexes skeptical Chinese

BEIJING, China (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party might insist that the murder charge against Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai, is a simple case of all being equal before the law, but winning over the jury of public opinion is proving tough.

Since China’s last big political scandal — the purge of Shanghai party chief Chen Liangyu in 2007 — its citizens have flocked to sign up to the Twitter-like microblogging site Sina Weibo, ensuring this time there will be lively public debate about the case against Bo and Gu, despite tight censorship.

Jul 24, 2012

China plays cards close to chest in military transparency bid

TONGZHOU, China, July 24 (Reuters) – China showed off an
elite helicopter unit to foreign media on Tuesday in its latest
bid to address concerns about its growing military might amid
increasingly aggressive moves to assert its sovereignty over the
South China Sea.

China organises annual tours of military bases to try to
assuage those concerns and to answer criticism over a perceived
lack of transparency, but officials refused to answer any
contentious questions.

Jul 19, 2012

China strengthens Africa ties with $20 billion in loans

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday offered $20 billion in loans to African countries over the next three years, boosting a relationship that has been criticized by the West and given Beijing growing access to the resource-rich continent.

The loans offered were double the amount China pledged for the previous three-year period in 2009 and is the latest in a string of loans to the poverty-stricken nation.

Jul 15, 2012

China frigate heads home, averts S.China Sea standoff

MANILA/BEIJING, July 15 (Reuters) – A Chinese frigate
grounded in disputed waters close to the Philippines was
refloated on Sunday and headed back home, averting a possible
standoff with the Philippines navy amid rising tensions in the
strategically key South China Sea.

The South China Sea has become Asia’s biggest potential
military flashpoint as Beijing’s sovereignty claim over the huge
area has set it against Vietnam and the Philippines as the three
countries race to tap possibly huge oil reserves.

Jul 15, 2012

China frigate heads home, averts new Philippines row

MANILA/BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese frigate which ran aground in disputed waters close to the Philippines managed to extricate itself on Sunday and was heading home, averting a possible standoff with Philippine vessels amid rising tensions in the strategic South China Sea.

The South China Sea has become Asia’s biggest potential military flashpoint as Beijing’s sovereignty claim over a huge, looping area has set it against Vietnam and the Philippines as the three countries race to tap possibly huge oil reserves.

Jul 8, 2012

China pollution protest ends, but suspicion of government high

SHIFANG, China (Reuters) – Lao Zhou splutters with rage when asked if he believes government promises to scrap plans for a copper refinery near his home in southwest China, a project which has sparked violent protests.

“They’re liars!” the ruddy-faced farmer exclaims, spitting out his words in thickly accented Mandarin. “Nobody believes they won’t build it eventually.”

    • About Ben

      "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."
    • Follow Ben