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Sep 23, 2015

UK’s Osborne wins China investment, criticized on rights

LONDON/BEIJING, Sept 23 (Reuters) – British finance minister
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.

Sep 21, 2015

China military hints at strong opposition to large-scale troop cuts

BEIJING (Reuters) – Bitterness is growing within China’s armed forces to President Xi Jinping’s decision to cut troop numbers by 300,000 and considerable effort will be needed to overcome opposition to the order, according to a source and commentaries in the military’s newspaper.

Xi made the unexpected announcement on Sept. 3 at a military parade in Beijing marking 70 years since the end of World War Two in Asia. The move would reduce by 13 percent one of the world’s biggest militaries, currently 2.3-million strong.

Sep 21, 2015

Britain, China eye stock connect, nuclear and rail deals

BEIJING (Reuters) – Britain and China agreed on Monday to a series of initiatives ranging from an expanded currency swap agreement, Chinese investment in British nuclear power, and a feasibility study for a scheme to connect the London and Shanghai stock markets.

Speaking on the second of a five day visit to China, finance minister George Osborne said Britain would be Beijing’s “best partner in the West”.

Sep 20, 2015

Chancellor Osborne upbeat on slowing China economy

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne expressed his confidence in the slowing Chinese economy on Sunday, saying the country was going through a necessary transformation and was still a driver of global growth.

A string of downbeat activity data combined with wild price swings in the stock markets and a surprise currency devaluation in August have fuelled fears that the Chinese economy may be slowing more sharply than was expected earlier, putting Beijing’s 2015 growth target of 7 percent at risk.

Sep 20, 2015

British finance minister upbeat on slowing China economy

BEIJING (Reuters) – British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne expressed his confidence in the slowing Chinese economy on Sunday, saying the country was going through a necessary transformation and was still a driver of global growth.

A string of downbeat activity data combined with wild price swings in the stock markets and a surprise currency devaluation in August have fueled fears that the Chinese economy may be slowing more sharply than was expected earlier, putting Beijing’s 2015 growth target of 7 percent at risk.

Sep 20, 2015

British finance minister upbeat on slowing China economy

BEIJING, Sept 20 (Reuters) – British finance minister George
Osborne expressed his confidence in the slowing Chinese economy
on Sunday, saying the country was going through a necessary
transformation and was still a driver of global growth.

A string of downbeat activity data combined with wild price
swings in the stock markets and a surprise currency devaluation
in August have fuelled fears that the Chinese economy may be
slowing more sharply than was expected earlier, putting
Beijing’s 2015 growth target of 7 percent at risk.

Sep 18, 2015

China hails U.S. repatriation of corruption fugitive

BEIJING (Reuters) – China hailed the return by the United States on Friday of one of China’s most prominent fugitives wanted for corruption as good progress and a foundation for cooperation days before President Xi Jinping begins a landmark U.S. visit.

The repatriation of Yang Jinjun marked the first time that China has succeeded in getting a person back from the United States who was on a list of 100 wanted corruption suspects published in April, the graft-fighting Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said.

Sep 17, 2015

China defends Xi visit to U.N. forum despite activists’ detention

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s achievements on women’s issues are obvious to an impartial observer, the government said on Thursday in announcing President Xi Jinping’s attendance at a U.N. women’s summit, brushing off concern about its detention of women activists in March.

The five activists were taken into custody on the weekend of March 8, International Women’s Day, after they had planned to demonstrate against sexual harassment on public transport.

Sep 9, 2015

Confident China moves to challenge U.S. in Beijing’s backyard

BEIJING (Reuters) – It is the near future, and China prepares to strike back after being attacked, loosing off ballistic missiles to take out an aircraft carrier and destroying an airfield as a fighter jet takes off.

The enemy is not named in the animation, released late last month by Chinese internet giant Tencent, but the ship looks a lot like a U.S. Nimitz-class carrier, while the destroyed fighter is clearly a Lockheed Martin Corp F-22.

Sep 8, 2015

China party fears most a crisis over corruption, official says

BEIJING (Reuters) – What China’s Communist Party fears most is a crisis over corruption which would threaten its hold on power, but it is confident people will stand by its efforts to combat the problem, a senior official said on Tuesday.

President Xi Jinping has launched a sweeping campaign against graft since assuming the party leadership in 2012 and presidency in 2013, warning, like others before him, that the problem is so severe it could affect the party’s grip on power.

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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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