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Apr 29, 2012

Chinese play cat and mouse with censor to discuss dissident escape

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese played cat and mouse with the censors on the popular Twitter-like microblog service Weibo on Sunday to express support for escaped blind dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng, while China maintained its silence on what has happened to him.

Neither China nor the United States has commented on whether Chen has sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy, as activists and one diplomat contend, in a drama that threatens to overshadow a two-day Sino-U.S. meeting in Beijing from Thursday, though both sides say the meeting will proceed as scheduled.

Apr 29, 2012

Blind activist scaled wall in great escape from China security apparatus

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – Inside a dilapidated house in China’s rural Shandong province, Chen Guangcheng feigned illness, lying on his bed for extended periods so that his guards would be lulled into complacency, activists said. Then he made his move, scaled a wall and slipped out to freedom.

It was a disciplined deception that allowed the blind Chinese activist to outwit his guards in an escape from house arrest that now threatens diplomatic ties between China and the United States, human rights campaigners involved in the getaway said.

Apr 28, 2012

Rights defender thorn in China’s side

BEIJING (Reuters) – Blind Chinese rights defender Chen Guangcheng has never been one to give up without a fight.

Robbed of his sight as a child, the rural-born Chen taught himself law and used his knowledge with gusto, drawing international attention in 2005 after accusing officials of enforcing late-term abortions and sterilizations.

Apr 27, 2012

Blind China activist makes mystery “escape”

BEIJING (Reuters) – Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, one of the China’s most prominent human rights advocates, has escaped from home imprisonment, activists said on Friday, but uncertainty over his whereabouts and fears about his health have worried supporters.

Chen, a self-schooled legal advocate who campaigned against forced abortions, had been restricted to his village home in Linyi in eastern Shandong province since September 2010 when he was released from jail.

Apr 27, 2012

Home surrounded after blind China activist’s mystery “escape”

BEIJING (Reuters) – A blind legal activist and one of China’s most prominent human rights advocates has escaped home detention in the country’s east, activists said on Friday, but confusion over his whereabouts has worried supporters.

Chen Guangcheng, a self-schooled legal advocate in ailing health who campaigned against forced abortions, had been restricted to his village home in Linyi in Shandong province since September 2010 when he was released from jail.

Apr 25, 2012

Analysis: Myanmar sanctions lifting a boon and a test for China firms

BEIJING (Reuters) – The lifting of decades of broad Western sanctions on Myanmar will prove to be both a boon and a test for China, for years the former Burma’s top investor and trading partner, bringing both risk and opportunity for long-established Chinese firms.

The United States, European Union, Japan, Canada and Australia have all moved in recent weeks to ease or suspend sanctions on Myanmar, as the once pariah nation embarks on landmark democratic reforms and seeks engagement with the world.

Apr 24, 2012

China’s Hu calls for Sudans to exercise restraint

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Hu Jintao called for restraint from the two Sudans on Tuesday after South Sudan President Salva Kiir told Hu that his country’s larger northern neighbor had declared war on the newly-independent state.

Hu “stated that he very much hoped that both Sudans would proceed from the broader considerations of the fundamental interests of both countries’ people and regional peace and stability and adhere to choosing peace, respecting each others’ sovereignty and exercising calm and restraint,” state television said.

Apr 23, 2012

Victoria Beckham turns designer hand to cars

BEIJING (Reuters) – British fashion designer Victoria Beckham had her soccer-superstar husband “David in mind” when helping create a new special edition of Range Rover’s off-road vehicle, the “Evoque”.

“I’ve stayed very true to myself. I’ve designed a car that I want to drive, a car that I think David wants to drive,” the former Spice Girl told Reuters in an interview in Beijing, where she was promoting the vehicle, late on Sunday.

Apr 22, 2012

Interview: James Cameron eyes co-production projects in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – “Avatar” and “Titanic” film director James Cameron said on Sunday that he was looking at co-production of films in China, but would have to weigh issues like censorship and other restrictions before making any decisions.

Hollywood has begun paying serious attention to China, despite the problems of government controls and piracy, reflecting the fast-growing Chinese middle class spending more money in theatres and less on pirated movies.

Apr 22, 2012

James Cameron eyes co-production projects in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – “Avatar” and “Titanic” film director James Cameron said on Sunday that he was looking at co-production of films in China, but would have to weigh issues like censorship and other restrictions before making any decisions.

Hollywood has begun paying serious attention to China, despite the problems of government controls and piracy, reflecting the fast-growing Chinese middle class spending more money in theatres and less on pirated movies.

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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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