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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.

Mar 2, 2014

China blames Xinjiang militants for deadly attack at station

BEIJING (Reuters) – China blamed militants from the restive far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday for an attack at a train station on the other side of the country by knife-wielding “terrorists” in which at least 33 died, including four of the assailants, who were shot dead.

The attack, in the balmy southwestern city of Kunming late on Saturday evening, marks a major escalation in the simmering unrest which had centered on Xinjiang, a heavily Muslim region strategically located on the borders of Central Asia.

Mar 1, 2014

At least 28 die in “terrorist” attack at Chinese train station

BEIJING, March 2 (Reuters) – At least 28 people were killed
by knife-wielding attackers in a “violent terrorist attack” at a
train station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, and
police shot dead five of the assailants, state media said on
Sunday.

Another 113 people were wounded, the official Xinhua news
agency said, revising down an earlier higher figure. It said the
attack had taken place late on Saturday evening.

Mar 1, 2014

At least 27 dead in ‘terror’ attack at Chinese train station

BEIJING (Reuters) – At least 27 people have been killed in a “violent terror attack” at a train station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming by a group of unidentified people brandishing knives, state media said on Sunday.

Another 162 were injured, the official Xinhua news agency added. It said the attack had taken place late on Saturday evening.

Feb 28, 2014

Chinese criticize state firm behind Three Gorges dam over graft probe

BEIJING (Reuters) – A scathing report on corruption at the company that built China’s $59-billion Three Gorges dam, the world’s biggest hydropower scheme, has reignited public anger over a project funded through a special levy paid by all citizens.

The report by the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog last week found that some officials at the Three Gorges Corporation, set up in 1993 to run the scheme, were guilty of nepotism, shady property deals and dodgy bidding procedures.

Feb 25, 2014

China charges prominent Uighur professor with separatism

BEIJING (Reuters) – Authorities in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang have charged a prominent ethnic Uighur professor with separatism, his wife and lawyer said on Tuesday, in a case which has attracted concern in the United States and Europe.

Police in Beijing last month detained Ilham Tohti, a well-known economist who has championed the rights of the Muslim Uighur community, who come from Xinjiang. He was subsequently taken to Xinjiang’s regional capital Urumqi.

Feb 23, 2014

Exclusive: China, eyeing Japan, seeks WW2 focus for Xi during Germany visit

BEIJING (Reuters) – China wants to make World War Two a key part of a trip by President Xi Jinping to Germany next month, much to Berlin’s discomfort, diplomatic sources said, as Beijing tries to use German atonement for its wartime past to embarrass Japan.

China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public contrition for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated official apologies for wartime suffering are sometimes undercut by contradictory comments by conservative politicians.

Feb 20, 2014

China charges former mining magnate with murder, gun-running

BEIJING (Reuters) – China unveiled dramatic details of charges against a former mining magnate on Thursday, accusing him of crimes ranging from murder to gun-running and extortion as part of a “mafia-style” gang he led.

In an announcement carried by the official Xinhua news agency, prosecutors in central China said they had laid charges against the former chairman of Hanlong Mining, which had tried to take over Australia’s Sundance Resources Ltd.

Feb 14, 2014

China says 11 ‘terrorists’ killed in new Xinjiang unrest

BEIJING (Reuters) – Eleven “terrorists” were killed during an attack in China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest violence to hit a part of the country with a large Muslim population.

A leading member of the ethnic Turkic Uighur community in exile said such attacks were a response to heavy-handed Chinese rule in the region and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on a visit to Beijing, expressed concern over the state of human rights in Xinjiang, to the annoyance of his hosts.

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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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