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Jul 4, 2012

China frees 21 detained over pollution protests

SHIFANG, China (Reuters) – A Chinese city has released 21 people who were detained after a clash between police and residents protesting against a metals plant they feared would poison them, city officials said on Wednesday, the second unusual official concession in two days.

Thousands of people in the southwestern city of Shifang took to the streets over the past three days against the government’s plans to allow the building of a copper alloy plant, the latest unrest spurred by environmental concerns in the world’s second-largest economy.

Jul 3, 2012

China city scraps alloy plant after protests

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese city scrapped plans for a copper alloy plant on Tuesday after three days of protests by residents who feared it would poison them, in the latest unrest spurred by environmental concerns in the world’s second-largest economy.

The government of Shifang in the southwest Sichuan province, which initially said it would only suspend the project by Shanghai-listed Sichuan Hongda, caved in to pressure and announced the project would be stopped.

Jul 3, 2012

China protest against alloy plant enters third day

BEIJING (Reuters) – Residents in a city in southwest China took to the streets for a third day on Tuesday, demanding the government scrap plans for a copper alloy project they fear will poison them, in the latest unrest spurred by environmental concerns.

The show of defiance in Shifang in Sichuan province has persisted despite authorities saying they have temporarily halted work on the plant and threatening to punish organizers of the protests if they do not give themselves up.

Jun 26, 2012

China has forced refugees back to Myanmar conflict zone: group

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have forced back into Myanmar some ethnic Kachin refugees who have fled across the border to escape civil war, and China is denying basic care to many who remain, a human rights group said on Tuesday.

Myanmar’s government is in talks with autonomy-seeking Kachin rebels, and more than a dozen other ethnic minority rebel groups, to try to end all its decades-old conflicts.

Jun 12, 2012

U.N. optimistic on U.S. aid for North Korea, food still a problem

BEIJING (Reuters) – The United Nations is optimistic it can get the United States to provide aid for isolated North Korea where chronic problems with its agriculture remain a huge stumbling block to development, the top UN official in the country said on Tuesday.

The United States said in April it would not go forward with planned food aid to North Korea, after the impoverished nation’s unsuccessful launch of a long-range missile which Washington had warned would have consequences.

Jun 8, 2012

China’s youngest swimming world champion targets London

BEIJING (Reuters) – Ye Shiwen astounded the swimming world when she produced a devastating freestyle leg in the women’s 200 metres individual medley to land China’s first swimming gold medal at the world championships last July aged just 15.

Now she is one of China’s best hopes to bring home a gold in London this summer as part of a new wave of Chinese athletes who will be making their first appearance at the Olympics.

Jun 8, 2012

Olympics-China’s youngest swimming world champion targets London

BEIJING, June 8 (Reuters) – Ye Shiwen astounded the swimming
world when she produced a devastating freestyle leg in the
women’s 200 metres individual medley to land China’s first
swimming gold medal at the world championships last July aged
just 15.

Now she is one of China’s best hopes to bring home a gold in
London this summer as part of a new wave of Chinese athletes who
will be making their first appearance at the Olympics.

Jun 8, 2012

China says to provide “selfless” help to Afghanistan

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Hu Jintao told his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Friday that China will provide “sincere and selfless help” to Afghanistan, promising to step up trade, aid, investment and security cooperation.

“At present Afghanistan has entered into a critical transition period. China is a trustworthy neighbor and friend of Afghanistan,” Hu told Karzai in central Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People.

Jun 5, 2012

China says only it has right to monitor air pollution

BEIJING (Reuters) – A senior Chinese official demanded on Tuesday that foreign embassies stop issuing air pollution readings, saying it was against the law and diplomatic conventions, in pointed criticism of a closely watched U.S. embassy index.

The level of air pollution in China’s heaving capital varies, depending on the wind, but a cocktail of smokestack emissions, vehicle exhaust, dust and aerosols often blankets the city in a pungent, beige shroud for days on end.

Jun 4, 2012

China stocks fall bizarre 64.89 points on June 4,’89 anniversary

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s censors blocked access to the term “Shanghai stock market” on popular microblogs on Monday after the index fell a bizarre 64.89 points on the anniversary of the bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square.

In another twist, the Shanghai Composite Index opened at 2346.98 points on the 23rd anniversary of the killings in either a deft piece of manipulation or an uncanny double coincidence. The numbers 46.98 are June 4, 1989, backwards.

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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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