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Oct 17, 2015

Chinese general says will never recklessly resort to force in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will never “recklessly” resort to the use of force in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese general said on Saturday, amid tensions over Beijing’s building of islands in the disputed waters.

China’s relations with several Southeast Asian countries, especially the Philippines and Vietnam, have been strained over Beijing’s increasingly assertive tone on territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Oct 16, 2015

China wants naval drills with Southeast Asia in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s defense minister said on Friday that he is willing to hold joint drills in the disputed South China Sea with Southeast Asian countries, covering accidental encounters and search and rescue, striking a conciliatory tone over an increasingly tense spat.

China’s relations with several Southeast Asian countries, especially the Philippines and Vietnam, have been strained over Beijing’s increasingly assertive tone in pushing territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.

Oct 13, 2015

Ahead of Xi’s Britain trip, China says hopes for unified EU

BEIJING (Reuters) – China hopes the European Union remains united and continues to play an important role in the world, a top Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday ahead of President Xi Jinping’s trip to Britain, a country which will vote by 2017 on whether to leave the EU.

Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the bloc it joined in 1973 as the ‘in’ and ‘out’ campaigns prepare for battle in a referendum on membership.

Oct 1, 2015

Difficult to buy a gun in China, but not explosives

BEIJING (Reuters) – A series of deadly bomb blasts in China this week has shown how easy it is to acquire explosives in the country, revealing a major gap in its huge security apparatus as the economy slows and anger grows over issues like graft and poor public services.

In a country where firearms are banned for most people, the bombings in the southwestern city of Liuzhou on Wednesday, and others in recent years around the country, demonstrate lax enforcement of rules to control access to bomb-making material.

Oct 1, 2015

At least 50 said killed in September Xinjiang attack as China warns on security

BEIJING (Reuters) – At least 50 people died in an attack last month at a coal mine in China’s far-western Xinjiang, Radio Free Asia reported on Thursday, as a visiting senior leader warned that the security situation in the violence-prone region was “very serious”.

The government says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists in energy-rich Xinjiang, on the border of central Asia, where hundreds have died in violence in recent years.

Sep 28, 2015

EU pushes China on greater financial transparency

BEIJING (Reuters) – China needs to be more transparent in explaining its financial policies to the world following a stock market tumble over the summer, and be aware of risks from new financial instruments, a senior European Union official said on Monday.

World financial markets have been watching closely since Chinese stock markets collapsed in mid-June following a long bull run, in turn dragging down indices across the globe.

Sep 27, 2015

Feted in China, Xi’s U.S. profile dims in shadow of pope

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – On Friday morning,
Chinese President Xi Jinping enjoyed the symbolic high point of
his first state visit to the United States – a 21-gun salute as
he stood with President Barack Obama outside the White House.

For most Americans, it was a sideshow: the main news
networks were deep into their fourth straight day of blanket
coverage of Pope Francis’ historic U.S. visit.

Sep 27, 2015

In Uighur heartland, China vows ‘heavy pressure’ to defeat militants

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will maintain “heavy pressure” to defeat militants in its far western region of Xinjiang, China’s fourth most senior leader said during a visit to its ethnic Uighur heartland, urging religious figures to take the lead in opposing extremism.

The government says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists in energy-rich Xinjiang, which sits strategically on the borders of central Asia and where hundreds have died in violence in recent years.

Sep 23, 2015
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China probes deputy religion chief for suspected graft

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(Xujiahui cathedral in Shanghai, 5 Nov 2005/Heurik)

A deputy head of the Chinese government department which oversees religious groups is being investigated for suspected graft, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Tuesday.

Zhang Lebin, a deputy director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, is suspected of “serious discipline violations”, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said, using the usual euphemism for corruption.

Sep 23, 2015

Osborne wins China investment, criticised on rights

LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne won an offer of more Chinese investment in Britain on Wednesday but his trip to a violence-prone region of China drew criticism from a human rights group.

Hualing Industry and Trade Group, based in China’s Xinjiang region, intends to invest 60 million pounds ($90 million) to kick off the three projects in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield which will have a final gross value of 1.2 billion pounds.

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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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