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Dec 8, 2013

In Beijing housing market, education drives location

BEIJING (Reuters) – Zhong Jian and his wife are willing to pay double the going rate for a tiny home in a Beijing neighbourhood so their 18-month-old daughter will be eligible to attend a top primary school nearby.

Because public primary schools in many Chinese cities have to admit children who live locally, parents like Zhong are driving up property prices in areas that have the most popular schools. The trend is set to accelerate with a baby boom expected after China eased its one-child policy last month.

Dec 7, 2013

North Korea frees U.S. Korean War veteran after seven weeks

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea freed an 85-year-old retired American soldier on Saturday after detaining him for more than a month for crimes it said he committed during the Korean War six decades ago.

The veteran, Merrill E. Newman, flew to China from North Korea in the morning. Hours later he left on a United Airlines flight to San Francisco to be reunited with his family, sources at Beijing airport said.

Dec 7, 2013

North Korea frees U.S. veteran Merrill Newman

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea freed an 85-year-old retired American soldier on Saturday after detaining him for more than a month for crimes it said he committed during the Korean War six decades ago.

The veteran, Merrill E. Newman, has arrived in China from North Korea and is likely to fly home soon.

Dec 4, 2013

Biden calls for trust with China amid airspace dispute

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, visiting China as a dispute over a new Chinese air defence zone rattles nerves around the region, said on Wednesday that relations between Washington and Beijing had to be based on trust.

Beijing’s decision to declare an air defence identification zone in an area that includes disputed islands has triggered protests from the United States, Japan and South Korea, and dominated Biden’s talks in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Dec 4, 2013

Exclusive: Son of former Chinese security chief helping with graft probe – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – The movements of the eldest son of retired Chinese domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang have been restricted while he helps with a corruption investigation, three sources said, a case that could cause division within the ruling Communist Party.

If Zhou Yongkang, 71, one of China’s most powerful politicians of the last decade, were directly implicated in the probe, he would be the most senior Chinese politician ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communists came to power in 1949.

Dec 4, 2013

Son of former Chinese security chief helping with graft probe-sources

BEIJING, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The movements of the eldest son
of retired Chinese domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang have
been restricted while he helps with a corruption investigation,
three sources said, a case that could cause division within the
ruling Communist Party.

If Zhou Yongkang, 71, one of China’s most powerful
politicians of the last decade, were directly implicated in the
probe, he would be the most senior Chinese politician ensnared
in a graft scandal since the Communists came to power in 1949.

Dec 4, 2013

Biden won’t make headway in China if he repeats ‘erroneous’ remarks: paper

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden should not expect to make much progress in defusing tensions over the East China Sea if he plans to repeat “erroneous and one-sided remarks” on the issue when he visits China, a top state-run paper said on Wednesday.

Beijing’s decision to declare an air defense identification zone in an area that includes disputed islands has triggered protests from the United States, Japan and South Korea and dominated Biden’s talks in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Dec 2, 2013

UK’s Cameron clashes with Brussels over EU-China trade

BEIJING (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron promised China’s leaders on Monday he would advocate a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the European Union, riling the EU executive which rejected the move as premature.

On a three-day visit with around 100 business people, the largest-ever British mission of its kind, Cameron said Britain was the Western country most open to Chinese investment and well-placed to take advantage of China’s market liberalization.

Dec 2, 2013

Cameron pushes EU-China trade deal in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in China on Monday saying he wanted to lay the ground for a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the European Union, despite growing unease about his own country’s membership of the bloc.

On a three-day visit with around 100 business people, the largest British mission of its kind ever, Cameron said he wanted his country to play an important role in China’s expansion as it talks about opening up its markets.

Dec 2, 2013

Britain’s Cameron pushes EU-China trade deal in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in China on Monday saying he wanted to lay the ground for a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the European Union, despite growing unease about his own country’s membership of the bloc.

On a three-day visit with around 100 business people, the largest British mission of its kind ever, Cameron said he wanted his country to play an important role in China’s expansion as it talks about opening up its markets.

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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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