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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.

Feb 14, 2014

Kerry says China willing to pressure N.Korea on nuclear plans

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday China is willing to exert more pressure to get North Korea to give up its nuclear programme.

He told reporters in Beijing he was pleased that China “could not have more forcefully reiterated its commitment” to the goal of denuclearising North Korea.

Feb 14, 2014

Kerry says China willing to push North Korea more on nuclear plans

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that China is willing to exert more pressure to get North Korea to give up its controversial nuclear program and take additional steps to achieve this goal.

Speaking in Seoul before leaving for Beijing, Kerry said China should be doing more to help nudge Pyongyang – which has rattled the region with nuclear tests and angry rhetoric – into line.

Feb 12, 2014

Japan on backfoot in global PR war with China after Abe shrine visit

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) – Japan risks losing a global PR battle with China after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to a controversial shrine for war dead and comments by other prominent figures on the wartime past helped Beijing try to paint Tokyo as the villain of Asia.

Sino-Japanese ties have long been plagued by territorial rows, regional rivalry and disputes stemming from China’s bitter memories of Japan’s occupation of parts of the country before and during World War Two. Relations chilled markedly after a feud over disputed East China Sea isles flared in 2012.

Feb 11, 2014

China, Taiwan agree to open offices after historic talks

BEIJING (Reuters) – China and Taiwan, at odds for more than six decades, agreed at historic talks on Tuesday to set up representative offices as early as possible, though sensitive political issues like a formal peace treaty were not up for discussion.

The talks between Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Minister Wang Yu-chi and China’s Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, who heads the Taiwan Affairs Office, were the first since the 1949 creation of the People’s Republic of China.

Feb 2, 2014

China’s unwanted babies once mostly girls, now mostly sick, disabled

TIANJIN, China (Reuters) – Fangfang was just a few days old when she was abandoned on a near freezing New Year’s Day in north China.

She was relatively lucky. Unlike the many who are found dumped in train stations or toilets, her family left her at a safe, warm shelter.

Jan 30, 2014

Chinese give Year of the Horse a toned-down welcome

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese welcomed the arrival of the Year of the Horse with toned down celebrations on Thursday, as people heeded government pleas to set off fewer of the fireworks believed to bring good fortune, because of concern about air pollution.

Chinese New Year, which begins on Friday, is normally marked by riotous displays of fireworks and countless firecrackers, which are thought to bring good luck and scare off evil spirits.

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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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