BEIJING/CHENGDU, China (Reuters) – A second day of torrid protests against Japan began in Chinese cities on Sunday, with the government struggling to find a balance between venting public anger and containing violence that could backfire ahead of a delicate leadership succession.
The protests over islands claimed by both countries broke out in Beijing and other cities on Saturday, when demonstrators besieged the Japanese embassy, hurling rocks, eggs and bottles, testing cordons of anti-riot police with shields and batons.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping appeared in public on Saturday for the first time in about two weeks, visiting a Beijing university in what appeared to be an effort to dispel rumors of serious illness and a troubled succession.
In a brief English-language report, the Xinhua news agency said Vice President Xi “arrived at China Agricultural University Saturday morning for activities marking this year’s National Science Popularisation Day”.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.