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Jun 4, 2012

China stocks fall bizarre 64.89 points on June 4,’89 anniversary

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s censors blocked access to the term “Shanghai stock market” on popular microblogs on Monday after the index fell a bizarre 64.89 points on the anniversary of the bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square.

In another twist, the Shanghai Composite Index opened at 2346.98 points on the 23rd anniversary of the killings in either a deft piece of manipulation or an uncanny double coincidence. The numbers 46.98 are June 4, 1989, backwards.

Jun 4, 2012

China blocks Tiananmen talk on crackdown anniversary

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s censors blocked internet access to the terms “six four”, “23″, “candle” and “never forget” on Monday, broadening extensive efforts to silence talk about the 23rd anniversary of China’s bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

For China’s ruling Communist Party, the 1989 demonstrations that clogged Tiananmen Square in Beijing and spread to other cities remains taboo, all the more so this year as the government prepares for a tricky leadership handover.

May 25, 2012

China hits back at critical U.S. human rights report

BEIJING (Reuters) – China hit back on Friday at the U.S. State Department’s annual survey of human rights, saying that only the Chinese people could pass judgment on what the Foreign Ministry said were the country’s obvious achievements in the area.

Asked about criticism of China in the report, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei condemned it for being prejudiced.

May 23, 2012

Iran’s Ahmadinejad to visit as China slams new sanctions

BEIJING, May 23 (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad will visit China in June for a security summit and
discuss his country’s disputed nuclear programme with Chinese
President Hu Jintao, a senior diplomat said on Wednesday,
criticising new sanctions aimed at Iran.

Ahmadinejad will be attending the Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation (SCO) meeting hosted by Beijing in June, China’s
Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told reporters at a
briefing. The SCO is a regional security forum that groups
China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
and which Iran is attending as an observer.

May 23, 2012

Iran’s Ahmadinejad to visit China to discuss nuclear issue

BEIJING (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will head to China in June for a regional security meeting, where he will discuss his country’s nuclear programme with Chinese President Hu Jintao, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad will be attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting hosted by Beijing in June, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told reporters at a briefing. The SCO is a regional security forum that groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and which Iran is attending as an observer.

May 14, 2012

London may temper China’s gold medal pride

BEIJING (Reuters) – When Chinese athletes swept to the top of the gold medal table during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the feat was accompanied by a wave of national pride, the culmination of China’s “100 year dream” to host the world’s most prestigious sports event.

Whether China can repeat that feat at this year’s London Games will surely be watched closely by all. But cooler heads may prevail at home if that success is not repeated as China has been buoyed by the country’s other achievements since hosting the Games, such as its bounding economy.

May 14, 2012

Olympics-London may temper China’s gold medal pride

BEIJING, May 14 (Reuters) – When Chinese athletes swept to
the top of the gold medal table during the 2008 Beijing
Olympics, the feat was accompanied by a wave of national pride,
the culmination of China’s “100 year dream” to host the world’s
most prestigious sports event.

Whether China can repeat that feat at this year’s London
Games will surely be watched closely by all. But cooler heads
may prevail at home if that success is not repeated as China has
been buoyed by the country’s other achievements since hosting
the Games, such as its bounding economy.

May 3, 2012

Clinton urges China to help on Iran, North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China on Thursday to help defuse tension over Iran, North Korea and other global flashpoints, seeking to salvage talks that have been overwhelmed by negotiations over a dissident.

In her opening remarks to the two-day U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Clinton pressed China on human rights but avoided mention of Chen Guangcheng, a blind rights activist who sought protection in the U.S. embassy until he left under a deal to stay in China – a deal he later said he regretted.

May 2, 2012

Rights defender Chen a thorn in China’s side

BEIJING (Reuters) – Blind Chinese rights defender Chen Guangcheng has never been one to give up without a fight.

Robbed of his sight as a child, the rural-born Chen taught himself law and used his knowledge with gusto, drawing international attention in 2005 after accusing officials of enforcing late-term abortions and sterilizations.

May 2, 2012

China denounces U.S. as dissident Chen leaves embassy

BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) – Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng
left the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday in Beijing “of his own
volition” after being there for six days, state media said on
Wednesday, as China denounced the United States for interfering
in its internal affairs.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in China
earlier in the day for top-level talks that risk being upstaged
by the drama over Chen whose flight to the U.S. Embassy had not
been confirmed by either China or the United States until now.

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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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