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Apr 23, 2014

China stops prominent rights lawyer from meeting German minister

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police blocked a prominent human rights lawyer from meeting Germany’s deputy chancellor, the lawyer said on Wednesday, in the latest example of curbs on government critics in China.

Sigmar Gabriel was unable to hold talks with members of Chinese civil society during a visit to Beijing on Tuesday, though he declined to comment on why the planned meeting at the German embassy had not taken place.

Apr 22, 2014

China’s seizure of Japanese ship has pre-World War Two roots

BEIJING, April 22 (Reuters) – It all began with a pre-World
War Two contract between China’s then “ship king” and a Japanese
company to lease two Chinese freighters.

When the one-year lease was up in 1937, the ships were
nowhere to be found. That year also marked the start of a
full-scale war between China and Japan.

Apr 14, 2014

Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan

KABUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – China is quietly preparing for a more robust role in the future of Afghanistan, concerned that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep.

The two countries are connected by a narrow mountainous corridor that is almost impassable, which meant Beijing could focus on mining and mineral deals in Afghanistan as Western forces battled Taliban insurgents. But officials say that China is emerging as a key strategic player.

Apr 12, 2014

Fading signals add urgency to search for missing jet

PERTH/BEIJING (Reuters) – The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner resumed on Saturday, five weeks after the plane disappeared from radar screens, amid fears that batteries powering signals from the black box recorder on board were about to die.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said signals picked up during the search in the remote southern Indian Ocean, believed to be “pings” from the black box recorders, were “rapidly fading”.

Apr 12, 2014

Fading signals add urgency to search for missing Malaysian jet

PERTH/BEIJING, April 12 (Reuters) – The search for a missing
Malaysia Airlines jetliner resumed on Saturday, five
weeks after the plane disappeared from radar screens, amid fears
that batteries powering signals from the black box recorder on
board were about to die.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said signals picked up
during the search in the remote southern Indian Ocean, believed
to be “pings” from the black box recorders, were “rapidly
fading”.

Apr 9, 2014

China fires shot across U.S. bow ahead of Obama’s Asia trip

BEIJING (Reuters) – In one of the many frank exchanges U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had in China this week, General Fan Changlong told him how one of his uncles died as a slave in a Japanese mine during World War Two.

Fan, deputy head of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, spoke about the lessons of history, signaling Beijing’s concerns that the United States was siding with Japan against China.

Apr 3, 2014

China demands Malaysia ensure safety of Chinese after kidnap

KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING (Reuters) – China demanded that Malaysia ensures the safety of its nationals on Thursday, after armed men abducted two women, a Chinese tourist and a Philippine hotel worker, from a Malaysian diving resort on Borneo island.

The unidentified gunmen kidnapped the two women on Wednesday night from Singamata island off the coastal town of Semporna in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah.

Apr 1, 2014

Anger in China at brutality in chemical plant protests

BEIJING (Reuters) – Protests against a proposed chemical plant in southern China spread to the provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday, even as authorities signaled they may back down on their construction plans in attempt to head off more unrest.

Public anger has grown after graphic photos surfaced on Chinese social networks early this week, showing demonstrators in the nearby city of Maoming – the location of the proposed plant – lying bloodied on the streets as rows of paramilitary police marched in formation.

Apr 1, 2014

Disgraced China military officer sold ‘hundreds’ of posts: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – A disgraced senior Chinese army officer is accused of selling hundreds of military positions, raking in millions of dollars, sources with ties to the leadership or military told Reuters, in what is likely China’s biggest military scandal in two decades.

In a renewed campaign on graft, Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to go after both powerful “tigers” and lowly “flies”, warning that the issue is so severe it threatens the ruling Communist Party’s survival.

Mar 31, 2014

China summons Manila envoy over South China Sea legal case

BEIJING, March 31 (Reuters) – China summoned the Philippines
ambassador on Monday to lodge a strong complaint over Manila’s
seeking of international arbitration in a festering territorial
dispute over the South China Sea.

The Philippines filed the case against China on Sunday at an
arbitration tribunal in The Hague, subjecting Beijing to
international legal scrutiny over the waters for the first time.

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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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