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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.

Mar 30, 2014

Exclusive: China seizes $14.5 billion assets from family, associates of ex-security chief – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of China’s biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said.

More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies, proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or questioned in the past four months, the sources, who have been briefed on the investigation, told Reuters.

Mar 30, 2014

China seizes $14.5 bln assets from family, associates of ex-security chief -sources

BEIJING, March 30 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have
seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion)
from family members and associates of retired domestic security
tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China’s biggest
corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said.

More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies,
proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or
questioned in the past four months, the sources, who have been
briefed on the investigation, told Reuters.

Mar 21, 2014

EU, China end wine dispute ahead of Xi’s European tour

BEIJING/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – China and the European Union have reached a deal to end a dispute over European wine exports to China, the latest sign of improving ties and just days before China’s president visits Europe.

Beijing opened an inquiry last year into whether Europe was selling wine in China at unfairly low prices. The move was widely seen in Europe as retaliation over EU efforts to hit Chinese solar panels with punitive import duties.

Mar 20, 2014

Former top China army officer under house arrest in graft probe: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – A top retired Chinese general has been put under virtual house arrest while he assists with an investigation into the military’s worst corruption scandal in almost a decade, two sources said, an indication the probe might be expanding.

General Xu Caihou, 70, who retired as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission last year and from the Communist Party’s decision-making politburo in 2012, was taken to an undisclosed location on Monday for questioning by anti-corruption investigators, the two sources told Reuters.

Mar 19, 2014

China says Uighur militant’s support of knife attack proves terror

BEIJING, March 19 (Reuters) – A Uighur militant leaders
support of an attack this month in China in which 29 people were
knifed to death is clear proof that the world should support
China’s fight against terror, the foreign ministry said on
Wednesday.

Beijing blamed the stabbings at a train station in the
southwestern city of Kunming on extremists from China’s far
western region of Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people.

Mar 18, 2014

Plane search spans Asia, but investigation shows little progress

KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING (Reuters) – China deployed 21 satellites to scour its territory for a missing Malaysian jetliner, while Australia said it had drastically narrowed its sector of the search area but was still looking in an expanse of ocean the size of Spain and Portugal.

Malaysia said on Tuesday it had conferred with the U.S. and Chinese ministers on the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, an unprecedented 26-nation operation that now spans Asia from the Caspian Sea to the southern Indian Ocean.

Mar 17, 2014

China: Malaysia must immediately expand search for missing plane

BEIJING (Reuters) – Malaysia must “immediately” expand and clarify the scope of the search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared with 239 people on board, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday in a statement posted on its website.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular briefing in Beijing that China’s ambassador to Malaysia met Malaysia’s foreign minister on Monday.

Mar 11, 2014

Wild theories fill void left by missing Malaysian plane

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Shot down by a military jet. Blown up by terrorists. Hijacked by elves.

Ranging from the barely believable to the wildly absurd, popular theories about the fate of a missing Malaysian airliner circulate widely even as anguished relatives wait for news of its 239 passengers and crew.

Mar 4, 2014

Exiled Uighur leader urges calm after China attack

BEIJING (Reuters) – A prominent exiled Uighur leader has urged China’s government to respond calmly to a knife attack in southwestern China and not “demonize” ethnic Uighurs after Beijing blamed the mass killings on extremists from the far western region of Xinjiang.

Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress, also said tension could only be reduced in Xinjiang if China acknowledged rights issues the large Uighur minority faces.

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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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