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Apr 3, 2015

China evacuates foreign nationals from Yemen in unprecedented move

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese naval frigate has evacuated 225 foreign citizens from strife-torn Yemen, its foreign ministry said, marking the first time that China’s military has helped other countries evacuate their people during an international crisis.

Ten different nationalities were among the evacuees picked up on Thursday afternoon from Aden, Yemen’s second city, and transported to Djibouti, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its website late Thursday.

Apr 3, 2015

China’s ex-security chief charged with bribery, abuse of power

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese prosecutors charged former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang with bribery, abuse of power and intentional disclosure of state secrets on Friday, paving the way for a trial that could expose the inner workings of the ruling Communist Party.

Zhou, 72, is the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the party swept to power in 1949. The decision to prosecute Zhou underscores President Xi Jinping’s commitment to fighting graft at the highest levels.

Mar 28, 2015

IOC receives rights assurances for Winter Games bids

BEIJING (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received non-discrimination assurances from Beijing and Almaty’s bids to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, an official said on Saturday after Beijing police raided an anti-discrimination group this week.

The IOC said last year it would include human rights clauses in new contracts to be signed by future Olympic host cities, strengthening its anti-discrimination policy.

Mar 28, 2015

Olympics-IOC receives rights assurances for Winter Games bids

BEIJING, March 28 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received non-discrimination assurances from Beijing and Almaty’s bids to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, an official said on Saturday after Beijing police raided an anti-discrimination group this week.

The IOC said last year it would include human rights clauses in new contracts to be signed by future Olympic host cities, strengthening its anti-discrimination policy.

Mar 25, 2015

Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites

BEIJING (Reuters) – If Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn’t an issue for Chinese who “don’t like” sites like Facebook and Twitter, an official said on Wednesday.

China keeps a tight rein on its Internet. The government has warned that social media, particularly foreign services, could be a destabilizing force for Chinese society or even affect the country’s security.

Mar 25, 2015

Olympics-Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites

BEIJING, March 25 (Reuters) – If Beijing is successful in
its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend
will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn’t an issue for
Chinese who “don’t like” sites like Facebook and Twitter, an
official said on Wednesday.

China keeps a tight rein on its Internet. The government has
warned that social media, particularly foreign services, could
be a destabilising force for Chinese society or even affect the
country’s security.

Mar 24, 2015

UK official says IMF inclusion of yuan “very live” issue

BEIJING/LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – Britain weighed in on
Tuesday to the debate on anointing the yuan as a major reserve
currency, saying the issue was “very live” after Beijing asked
the IMF to include the currency in its Special Drawing Rights
(SDR) basket.

The yuan is the world’s fifth most-used currency in trade,
and Beijing has made almost weekly strides this year in
introducing the infrastructure needed to float it freely on
global capital markets.

Mar 21, 2015

Beijing says Winter Games bid a spur to fight smog

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics will spur the city in its fight against a serious air pollution, a senior official said on Saturday, putting an overall figure of $7.6 billion on efforts to tackle the issue.

While Beijing made strenuous efforts to clean up its air in time for the 2008 summer Olympics, the city still suffers from terrible smog, so bad on occasion that it forces the airport to shut and envelops everything with a thick, choking haze.

Mar 21, 2015

Olympics-Beijing says Winter Games bid a spur to fight smog

BEIJING, March 21 (Reuters) – Beijing’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics will spur the city in its fight against a serious air pollution, a senior official said on Saturday, putting an overall figure of $7.6 billion on efforts to tackle the issue.

While Beijing made strenuous efforts to clean up its air in time for the 2008 summer Olympics, the city still suffers from terrible smog, so bad on occasion that it forces the airport to shut and envelops everything with a thick, choking haze.

Mar 17, 2015

Defying U.S., European allies say they’ll join China-led bank

PARIS/BEIJING (Reuters) – Germany, France and Italy said on Tuesday they had agreed to join a new China-led Asian investment bank after close ally Britain defied U.S. pressure to become a founder member of a venture seen in Washington as a rival to the World Bank.

The concerted move to participate in Beijing’s flagship economic outreach project was a diplomatic blow for the United States, reflecting European eagerness to partner with China’s fast-growing economy, the second largest in the world.

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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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