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Nov 8, 2014

China says hopes Japan can create favorable atmosphere for talks

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Saturday it hopes Japan can create a favorable atmosphere for an expected meeting between the two countries’ leaders, a day after the two sides signaled willingness to put a bitter row over disputed islands on the back burner.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks at a briefing ahead of a meeting by leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group in Beijing.

Nov 7, 2014

China, Japan set aside isle row, paving way for leaders to meet

BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) – China and Japan agreed on Friday to work on improving ties and signaled willingness to put a bitter row over disputed islands on the back burner, paving the way for their leaders to meet at an Asian-Pacific summit next week.

The agreement, ahead of an expected ice-breaking chat between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the gathering in Beijing, signals a thaw in ties between the world’s second- and third-biggest economies.

Nov 6, 2014

China on best behavior for APEC, but guests may not be

BEIJING (Reuters) – From territorial disputes with neighbors to rivalry with the United States, China is setting aside some of its biggest foreign policy challenges to prevent discord at a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders that it hosts next week.

What’s not clear is whether the guests will behave as well.

One potential hotspot is the conflict in Ukraine, as U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both coming for the meeting.

Nov 5, 2014

China says probe into disgraced security chief could take time

BEIJING (Reuters) – The investigation into China’s former domestic security chief is expected to take a long time but the government is committed to releasing details to the public, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Zhou Yongkang is by far the highest-profile figure caught up in President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption. He is the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communist Party took power in 1949.

Oct 27, 2014

China, Vietnam say want lasting solution to sea dispute

HANOI/BEIJING (Reuters) – China and Vietnam agreed on Monday to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying they did not want it to affect relations.

The two countries have sought to patch up ties since their long-running row erupted in May, triggered by China’s deployment a drilling rig in waters claimed by the communist neighbors, which lead to confrontation at sea between rival vessels and violent anti-Chinese protests in Vietnam.

Oct 18, 2014

Companies look for more fairness as China eyes legal reforms at key meeting

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is set to unveil key legal reforms this week that will try to limit the influence local officials have on court cases, a move being closely watched by company executives who hope it will make the legal system more impartial.

The announcement is expected at the end of an Oct. 20-23 meeting of the ruling Communist Party elite, which has made the “rule of law” the theme of the gathering. The meeting, called a plenum, comes at a time when slowing economic growth in the world’s second-largest economy is raising the prospect of more commercial disputes.

Oct 15, 2014

China likely to expel disgraced security chief from party-sources

BEIJING, Oct 15 (Reuters) – China’s disgraced former
domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, looks set to be expelled
from the ruling Communist Party at a key meeting next week,
sources said, possibly paving the way for his formal

Zhou is the most senior party member to have been targeted
in a corruption probe since the Communists swept to power in
1949, and President Xi Jinping has made fighting graft a
cornerstone of his administration.

Oct 14, 2014

China won’t cede to HK protests, army used only as last resort-sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party believes it has offered enough concessions to Hong Kong in the past, and will give no ground to pro-democracy protests because it wants to avoid setting a precedent for reform on the mainland, sources told Reuters.

The position, arrived at during a meeting of the new National Security Commission chaired by President Xi Jinping in the first week of October, appears to give Hong Kong’s leader little room for manoeuver as he seeks to end the crisis.

Sep 19, 2014

China’s Li Na announces her retirement from tennis

BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) – China’s Li Na, Asia’s only grand slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis on Friday, citing the effect of long-term injuries, especially her knees.

“It has been a difficult year, and I have had to face a lot of things, such as making the decision to end my professional tennis career,” Li said in a statement.

Sep 15, 2014

Worry, mystification in China over Scotland independence vote

BEIJING (Reuters) – As Scotland heads to the polls this week to vote on whether to become independent, one country with restive regions of its own is watching the debate unfold with nervousness and some mystification – China.

China has every reason to look askance at the idea of regions separating. It is facing persistent unrest in far-flung and resource-rich Tibet and Xinjiang, and also the matter of Taiwan, the self-ruled island China claims as its own.

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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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