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Mar 12, 2012

Rising Chinese political stars step out in parliament

BEIJING (Reuters) – With his easy laugh, undyed hair and casual style, Hu Chunhua is not one of your average Chinese leaders, who are better known for their rigid and dull uniformity.

Stepping out this week at China’s annual meeting of parliament, Inner Mongolia Communist Party boss Hu is one of the country’s rising political stars, and like other senior leaders mixing with the media this past week he has been forthcoming about challenges facing his region.

Mar 10, 2012

China says key pipeline safe despite Myanmar fighting

BEIJING, March 10 (Reuters) – A Chinese oil pipeline
being built through Myanmar has not been affected by fighting
between Myanmar forces and rebels, a Chinese security official
said on Saturday, adding that China had been trying to help find
a solution to the conflict.

A 17-year-old ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army
(KIA), one of the Myanmar’s most powerful rebel groups, broke
down last June sending Kachins fleeing across the long border
with China into tent settlements.

Mar 7, 2012

China says some foreign firms exploit workers

BEIJING (Reuters) – Some foreign companies in China exploit their workers by forcing them to do overtime or underpaying them, the labor minister said on Wednesday, as controversy swirls over working conditions at a plant that makes Apple Inc’s iPhones and iPads.

Apple has faced a slew of bad press following deaths and reports of suicides at its China supply firms.

Mar 5, 2012

No crowing for China’s red rooster at parliament

BEIJING (Reuters) – A contender for China’s top leadership, Bo Xilai used to strut though the annual parliament meeting like a bantam cockerel.

Feted for his crime-fighting skills and transforming smoggy Chongqing into a model of “red” socialist revival, Bo has come under an awkward silence at this year’s gathering of China’s National People’s Congress after a long-time aide disappeared into a scandal that has baffled and tantalised fans and foes.

Mar 3, 2012

China to promote cultural identity to Taiwan’s youth

BEIJING (Reuters) – A senior Chinese official pledged on Saturday to reach out to the youth of Taiwan to get them to identify more closely with China, as Beijing frets about pro-independence sentiment on the self-ruled democratic island it claims as its own.

The comments by Jia Qinglin, the Communist Party’s fourth-ranked leader, underscore China’s continuing fears about the future of the island which Beijing has vowed to bring under its control, with the use of force, if necessary.

Feb 29, 2012

Twenty dead in attack in China’s restive west

BEIJING (Reuters) – Attackers wielding knives killed 13 people in China’s Xinjiang region before police shot seven of them dead, the government said, in the latest violence to strike the ethnically divided northwestern area.

Xinjiang’s government said the killings on Tuesday night occurred on a busy pedestrian street in Yecheng County near Kashgar, a city in the south of Xinjiang that has been beset by tension between the mainly Muslim Uighur people and Han Chinese.

Feb 16, 2012

China sending envoy to Syria as it steps up diplomatic effort

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Thursday it would send a senior diplomat to Syria as it steps up efforts to mediate in the Syrian crisis after being scolded by the West and many in the Arab world for vetoing a U.N. resolution calling for Syria’s president to step down.

China and Russia this month blocked a draft U.N. Security Council resolution backing an Arab plan urging President Bashar al-Assad to give up power after 11 months of bloodshed between Syrian forces and protesters demanding reform.

Feb 14, 2012

China’s Wen says urgent to prevent chaos in Syria

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Tuesday it was urgent to prevent war and chaos in Syria and vowed to work through the United Nations to seek an end to civil strife in the country.

His comments came days after China and Russia blocked a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that backed an Arab plan urging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quit amid his government’s violent crackdown on opposition groups.

Feb 9, 2012

China says Syrian opposition visited, first such contract

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Thursday that a Syrian opposition delegation had visited the country this week and met a vice foreign minister, the first contact reported by Beijing in the wake of its veto in the U.N. of a draft resolution on the country.

The delegation from the Syrian National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, lead by its deputy general coordinator Hassan Mana, made a four-day trip to China, leaving on Thursday,

Feb 7, 2012

China says may send envoy to discuss Syria crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is considering sending an envoy to the Middle East to discuss the crisis in Syria, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, as it sought to assuage popular anger at its vetoing of an Arab League-backed U.N. resolution on the country.

China, along with Russia, blocked a draft U.N. resolution that backed an Arab plan urging President Bashar al-Assad to quit. Russia has dispatched its Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, to Damascus — he was due to meet Assad Tuesday.

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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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