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Jun 11, 2013

In Asia, dissidents worry that U.S. may share Prism data

SINGAPORE/BEIJING, June 11 (Reuters) – Dissident and
opposition groups in Asia, including those supported by the
United States, are voicing concern over reports that Washington
may have monitored and collected their conversations and

Some of these groups include legitimate political parties,
others are dissidents given U.S. assistance. But they are
worried that data collected by the National Security Agency
(NSA) and the FBI from U.S. Web giants like Google Inc,
Facebook Inc and Yahoo inc could some day be
used against them.

Jun 11, 2013

China’s latest ‘sacred’ manned space mission blasts off

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese manned spacecraft blasted off with three astronauts on board on Tuesday on a 15-day mission to an experimental space lab in the latest step towards the development of a space station.

The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft was launched from a remote site in the Gobi desert in China’s far west at 5:38 p.m. (0938 GMT) under warm, clear blue skies, in images carried live on state television.

Jun 7, 2013

China grants dissident’s brother passport ahead of Xi-Obama meet

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has granted passports to the mother and eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng which they hope to use to visit him in the United States, the brother said in Friday, a concession by Beijing ahead of a Sino-U.S. summit.

The treatment of Chen Guangcheng’s family has received prominent attention from the United States, especially as Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama meet this week in California.

Jun 5, 2013

China hits back at EU over solar panel duties

BEIJING (Reuters) – China launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe in European wine on Wednesday in response to the European Union’s decision to impose duties on imports of Chinese solar panels, as tensions increased between two of the world’s biggest trading blocs.

The EU will impose duties on imports of Chinese solar panels from Thursday, but announced a dramatically reduced initial rate after pressure from some large member states in the hope of reaching a negotiated settlement with Beijing.

Jun 3, 2013

Blaze at locked Chinese poultry slaughterhouse kills 119: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) – A blaze at a locked poultry slaughterhouse in northeast China killed at least 119 people on Monday with several still unaccounted for, officials and state media said, triggering online outrage in a country with a grim record on fire safety.

The fire broke out just after dawn near Dehui in Jilin province. The provincial government said it sent more than 500 firefighters and more than 270 doctors and nurses to the scene, evacuating 3,000 nearby residents as a precaution.

May 30, 2013

Chinese media rejects accusation of pressure on EU in solar row

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese state media rejected on Thursday European accusations that China was pressuring the European Union to drop plans to impose import duties on Chinese solar panels, adding EU member states had a right to disagree with the tariff.

The EU’s trade chief, Karel De Gucht, bluntly told China this week it was wasting its time trying to put pressure on him to drop the duties plans.

May 30, 2013

Chinese wonder why their tourists behave so badly

BEIJING (Reuters) – From faking marriage certificates to get honeymoon discounts in the Maldives to letting children defecate on the floor of a Taiwan airport, Chinese tourists have recently found themselves at the center of controversy and anger.

Thanks to microblogging sites in China, accounts of tourists behaving badly spread like wildfire across the country, provoking disgust, ire and soul-searching.

May 28, 2013
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China plays down tensions and complaints of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang


(An ethnic Uighur man sits at a local market in Kashgar, Xinjiang province August 2, 2011.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria )

Ethnic minority people in China’s Xinjiang are far more fond of dancing, singing and being good hosts than making trouble, a top official said on Tuesday, dismissing the idea that the far western region is a hotbed of unrest.

May 23, 2013

North Korea says willing to take China’s advice to start talks

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea is willing to take China’s advice and enter into talks, Chinese state television cited an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as saying, following weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula after the North’s latest nuclear test.

However, that prospect seems unlikely as North Korea has repeatedly said it will not abandon nuclear weapons while the United States insists North Korea must take meaningful steps on denuclearization before there can be talks.

May 22, 2013

North Korea sends top Kim Jong-un aide to Beijing

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea sent one of its top military officials as a “special envoy” from its leader Kim Jong-un to Beijing on Wednesday, accompanied by a high-powered delegation in what appeared to be a bid to mend frayed relations with its most important ally.

The delegation led by Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the country’s top military body, was the most senior to visit China since Kim’s kingmaker uncle Jang Song-thaek made the trip in August 2012.

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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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