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Aug 25, 2015

West and Japan snub China parade but Putin, North Korean official coming

BEIJING (Reuters) – Major Western leaders will not attend a military parade in China next week to mark the end of World War Two, leaving President Xi Jinping to stand with leaders and officials from Russia, Sudan, Venezuela and North Korea at his highest-profile event of 2015.

More than 10,000 troops – mostly Chinese but with contingents from Russia, Mongolia and elsewhere – will march through central Beijing next Wednesday in a parade that will be the highlight of events marking 70 years since the war’s end.

Aug 7, 2015

China accuses Manila, Tokyo of joining forces over South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) – Japan and the Philippines teamed up at a regional security forum this week to attack China over the disputed South China Sea, China’s Foreign Ministry said, as details emerged of sometimes testy exchanges during the talks in Malaysia.

In a statement released around midnight, the ministry cited Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as telling the East Asia Summit on Thursday that Beijing was not impeding freedom of navigation in the contested waterway.

Aug 6, 2015

China warns Taiwan against return to ‘evil ways’ of independence

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – China’s top policy maker on Taiwan warned the self-ruled island on Thursday it would soon have to choose between continuing the peaceful development of ties, or returning to the “evil ways” of independence, which would threaten the peace.

The harsh comments came as a 73-year-old Taiwan politician announced he would run for president in January, likely acting as a spoiler boosting the chances of an independence-leaning opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rival to win.

Aug 1, 2015

On Army Day, China warns of growing border security risks

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s military warned on Saturday on its founding anniversary of growing risks along its borders, including in the disputed waters of the South and East China Seas.

The Chinese military, the world’s largest, has embarked upon an ambitious modernisation programme in recent years.

Aug 1, 2015

On Army Day, China warns of growing border security risks

BEIJING, Aug 1 (Reuters) – China’s military warned on
Saturday on its founding anniversary of growing risks along its
borders, including in the disputed waters of the South and East
China Seas.

The Chinese military, the world’s largest, has embarked upon
an ambitious modernisation programme in recent years.

Jul 31, 2015
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Uncertain times fuel occult beliefs in China’s Communist Party hierarchy

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(People hold burning incense to pray at Yonghegong Lama Temple on the first day of new year in Beijing, January 1, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

Sometime in the last year, a group of mid-ranked government officials gathered for a dinner in a private room in a Beijing restaurant, all slightly nervous, but keen with anticipation.

Jul 31, 2015

Rights groups slam decision to give Beijing Winter Games

BEIJING (Reuters) – Human rights activists on Friday criticized the decision to award Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying the International Olympic Committee had sent the wrong message at a time of growing government pressure on activists and civil society.

Campaigners say human rights have deteriorated markedly in China since Beijing held the 2008 Summer Games. The last two years under President Xi Jinping’s administration have been marked by a sweeping crackdown on dissidents, activists and human rights lawyers.

Jul 31, 2015

Olympics-Rights groups slam decision to give Beijing Winter Games

BEIJING, July 31 (Reuters) – Human rights activists on Friday criticized the decision to award Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying the International Olympic Committee had sent the wrong message at a time of growing government pressure on activists and civil society.

Campaigners say human rights have deteriorated markedly in China since Beijing held the 2008 Summer Games. The last two years under President Xi Jinping’s administration have been marked by a sweeping crackdown on dissidents, activists and human rights lawyers.

Jul 29, 2015

China says to fight terror, people smuggling with Turkey

BEIJING (Reuters) – The leaders of China and Turkey agreed on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in fighting terror and people smuggling, a senior Chinese diplomat said, following friction between the two over Uighurs from China’s Xinjiang who have fled to Turkey.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority that calls Xinjiang home, have left China in recent years, traveling to Turkey via Southeast Asia, having first illegally crossed the Chinese border.

Jul 29, 2015

Uncertain times fuel occult beliefs in China’s Party hierarchy

BEIJING (Reuters) – Sometime in the last year, a group of mid-ranked government officials gathered for a dinner in a private room in a Beijing restaurant, all slightly nervous, but keen with anticipation.

The guest of honor – a Buddhist master who would predict their fortunes.

The master looked around the room and into the eyes of each of the dozen or so attendees, according to one of those present, who spoke on condition of anonymity as officials and Communist Party members are not supposed to believe in “superstition”.

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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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