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Sep 7, 2015

Blast reported at chemical plant in eastern China

BEIJING (Reuters) – An explosion shook a chemical plant in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, state media said on Monday, though there were no immediate reports of casualties in a country on edge after blasts killed more than 160 people last month.

The blast caused a fire and thick smoke to bellow from the plant in Lishui city shortly before midnight, state radio said on its official Weibo microblog.

Sep 3, 2015

Five Chinese ships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Five Chinese Navy
ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off
Alaska, the Pentagon said, in an apparent first for China’s
military that came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the
U.S. state.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said it was the first
time the United States had seen Chinese navy ships in the Bering

Sep 3, 2015

China puts on huge show of force at parade, to cut troop levels

BEIJING (Reuters) – China put on its biggest display of military might on Thursday in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders but which underscored Beijing’s growing confidence in its armed forces.

President Xi Jinping, speaking on a rostrum overlooking Beijing’s Tiananmen Square before the parade began, offered an unexpected olive branch by saying China would cut its troop levels by 300,000. That would streamline one of the world’s biggest militaries, currently around 2.3-million strong.

Sep 2, 2015

China to put on huge show of force for World War Two anniversary

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will put on a huge show of force on Thursday with goose-stepping troops and nuclear-capable missiles parading through Beijing, marking 70 years since the end of World War Two and the country’s growing military might and confidence.

More than 12,000 soldiers, most Chinese but with contingents from Russia and elsewhere, will march past Tiananmen Square overseen by President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of several other friendly nations, including Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Sep 2, 2015

China’s Xi urges resumption of North Korea nuclear talks

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a resumption of multilateral nuclear talks with North Korea on Wednesday and said he opposed any move to worsen tension.

North and South Korea averted a full-on military confrontation last week and reached an agreement to improve ties following a rare exchange of artillery fire over their heavily fortified border.

Aug 31, 2015

China party says no disrespect meant with Jiang sign removal

BEIJING (Reuters) – The removal of a stone plinth sign written by former Chinese president Jiang Zemin at the entrance of a key Communist Party training center is not a sign of disrespect, a senior official said on Monday, after rumors of destabilizing party infighting.

Jiang stepped down as party chief in 2002 and state president in 2003 but remained head of the military for another year after stacking the Politburo, one of the party’s elite ruling bodies, with his people.

Aug 30, 2015

Beijing battens down, cranks up propaganda ahead of war parade

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing is battening down the hatches and cranking up the propaganda ahead of a massive military parade this week to mark the end of World War Two, shooing cars from streets and shutting factories for the Communist Party’s biggest event of the year.

Some 12,000 soldiers will march through Beijing’s central Tiananmen Square on Thursday, mostly Chinese but with Russian and a few other foreign contingents, accompanied by tanks and armored vehicles, as fighter jets scream overhead

Aug 28, 2015

Taiwan military tells veterans to avoid Beijing’s World War Two parade

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Taiwan’s military on Friday urged war veterans to stay away from a victory parade in Beijing next week marking the end of World War Two, saying Nationalist forces led the war, after China announced old soldiers from Taiwan would attend the celebration.

China’s official narrative downplays the wartime contribution of Nationalist government troops in battling Japanese occupiers. It focuses instead on Communist forces, who were also fighting an on-off civil war with the Nationalists.

Aug 27, 2015

China says WW2 victory for all Chinese as prepares to welcome Taiwan official

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – World War Two was a victory for all Chinese people and Nationalist veterans from Taiwan will be warmly welcomed at a military parade next week, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, as Beijing prepares to welcome a former senior Nationalist leader.

In China’s official narrative, the wartime contribution of Nationalist government troops in battling occupying Japanese troops is hardly mentioned.

Aug 26, 2015

China’s Xi vows unceasing fight against Tibet separatism

BEIJING, Aug 26 (Reuters) – China will wage an unceasing
fight against separatism in its restive mountainous region of
Tibet, President Xi Jinping said, as the government repeated it
would never accept exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai
Lama’s genuine autonomy proposals.

This year marks several sensitive anniversaries for the
remote region that China has ruled with an iron fist since 1950,
when Communist troops marched in and took control in what
Beijing calls a “peaceful liberation”.

    • About Ben

      "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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