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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.

Apr 18, 2012

Syria says wants only small, “neutral” truce mission

BEIJING (Reuters) – Syria said on Wednesday that a U.N. truce observer force would not need more than 250 monitors nor independent air support, challenging U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s assessment of what was needed for the operation.

The seven-day-old truce has held in some parts of Syria since President Bashar al-Assad pledged to enforce it last week, but in strong opposition areas such as Homs, Hama, Idlib and Deraa, the army continues to attack the rebels, using heavy weapons in violation of the pledge by Damascus to pull back.

Apr 9, 2012

Beijing grapples with Games legacy four years on

BEIJING (Reuters) – Four years after Beijing hosted a spectacular summer Olympics, China’s bustling capital sees vastly improved public transport and infrastructure, but many of the venues built for the event languish unloved, underused and draining public finances.

The jewels in the crown were two architecturally-stunning buildings — the main “Bird’s Nest” stadium and the “Water Cube” aquatics centre, described by International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge as “beautiful” and “unprecedented” venues.

Apr 9, 2012

Olympics-Beijing grapples with Games legacy four years on

BEIJING, April 9 (Reuters) – Four years after Beijing hosted
a spectacular summer Olympics, China’s bustling capital sees
vastly improved public transport and infrastructure, but many of
the venues built for the event languish unloved, underused and
draining public finances.

The jewels in the crown were two architecturally-stunning
buildings — the main “Bird’s Nest” stadium and the “Water Cube”
aquatics centre, described by International Olympic Committee
President Jacques Rogge as “beautiful” and “unprecedented”
venues.

Mar 20, 2012

China raises concern to North Korea about rocket launch

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s envoy on North Korea has expressed concern about the North’s planned rocket launch, a Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday, in China’s latest bid to coax the North to abandon the launch that could stymie a U.S. aid offer.

On Monday, the Chinese envoy, Wu Dawei, met the North’s vice foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, in Beijing, the second meeting between China and North Korea in five days over the North’s planned rocket launch.

Mar 16, 2012

China leader’s ouster could cloud succession plans

BEIJING (Reuters) – Ambitious Chinese Communist Party leadership contender Bo Xilai has been toppled from his post as head of the inland city of Chongqing, in a move risking a backlash from backers of his controversial vision of socialist growth.

His abrupt downfall, announced on Thursday by the official Xinhua news agency, exposes ideological divisions as a new generation prepares to take power in China later this year, and may stir tensions between supporters of his more traditional, state-dominated version of socialism, and liberal critics, who saw him as a dangerous opportunist.

Mar 15, 2012

China leader’s ouster roils succession plans

BEIJING (Reuters) – Ambitious Chinese Communist Party leadership contender Bo Xilai has been toppled from his post as head of the inland city of Chongqing, in a move risking a backlash from backers of his controversial vision of socialist growth.

His abrupt downfall, announced on Thursday by the official Xinhua news agency, exposes ideological divisions as a new generation prepares to take power in China later this year, and may stir tensions between supporters of his more traditional, state-dominated version of socialism, and liberal critics, who saw him as a dangerous opportunist.

Mar 15, 2012

Flamboyant Chinese princeling falls from grace

BEIJING (Reuters) – The writing was perhaps already on the wall for Bo Xilai, the controversial former top official of China’s southwestern city of Chongqing, when he appeared at this month’s parliamentary meeting, alternatively chastened and combative.

In past parliament sessions Bo has swept in, all smiles and lanky grace, preceded by a wave of TV cameras and popping flashbulbs, but last week he was uncharacteristically restrained when he appeared at a rare and packed news conference on the sidelines of the annual meeting.

Mar 15, 2012

China removes top leadership contender Bo from post

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Communist Party boss of China’s southwestern city of Chongqing, Bo Xilai, has been removed, state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday, following a scandal involving a senior aide who took refuge in a U.S. diplomatic mission last month.

Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang will replace Bo, Xinhua said in a brief report, and will also keep his vice premier portfolio.

Mar 14, 2012

China’s Wen rebukes key leadership contender

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao rebuked on Wednesday a high-profile contender for top leadership over a February incident in which a top aide took refuge in a U.S. diplomatic mission.

Bo Xilai, the ambitious Communist Party head of the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, has been the subject of much speculation since Vice Mayor Wang Lijun, his longtime police chief, went to ground in the U.S. Consulate in nearby Chengdu until he was coaxed out and placed under investigation.

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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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