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Mar 25, 2015

Olympics-Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites

BEIJING, March 25 (Reuters) – If Beijing is successful in
its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend
will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn’t an issue for
Chinese who “don’t like” sites like Facebook and Twitter, an
official said on Wednesday.

China keeps a tight rein on its Internet. The government has
warned that social media, particularly foreign services, could
be a destabilising force for Chinese society or even affect the
country’s security.

Mar 24, 2015

UK official says IMF inclusion of yuan “very live” issue

BEIJING/LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – Britain weighed in on
Tuesday to the debate on anointing the yuan as a major reserve
currency, saying the issue was “very live” after Beijing asked
the IMF to include the currency in its Special Drawing Rights
(SDR) basket.

The yuan is the world’s fifth most-used currency in trade,
and Beijing has made almost weekly strides this year in
introducing the infrastructure needed to float it freely on
global capital markets.

Mar 21, 2015

Beijing says Winter Games bid a spur to fight smog

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics will spur the city in its fight against a serious air pollution, a senior official said on Saturday, putting an overall figure of $7.6 billion on efforts to tackle the issue.

While Beijing made strenuous efforts to clean up its air in time for the 2008 summer Olympics, the city still suffers from terrible smog, so bad on occasion that it forces the airport to shut and envelops everything with a thick, choking haze.

Mar 21, 2015

Olympics-Beijing says Winter Games bid a spur to fight smog

BEIJING, March 21 (Reuters) – Beijing’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics will spur the city in its fight against a serious air pollution, a senior official said on Saturday, putting an overall figure of $7.6 billion on efforts to tackle the issue.

While Beijing made strenuous efforts to clean up its air in time for the 2008 summer Olympics, the city still suffers from terrible smog, so bad on occasion that it forces the airport to shut and envelops everything with a thick, choking haze.

Mar 17, 2015

Defying U.S., European allies say they’ll join China-led bank

PARIS/BEIJING (Reuters) – Germany, France and Italy said on Tuesday they had agreed to join a new China-led Asian investment bank after close ally Britain defied U.S. pressure to become a founder member of a venture seen in Washington as a rival to the World Bank.

The concerted move to participate in Beijing’s flagship economic outreach project was a diplomatic blow for the United States, reflecting European eagerness to partner with China’s fast-growing economy, the second largest in the world.

Mar 16, 2015

Disgraced former top Chinese military officer dies before trial

BEIJING (Reuters) – One of the most senior Chinese military officers to be accused of corruption has died of cancer, the state news agency Xinhua said on Monday, sparing the government what could have been an embarrassing trial.

Xu Caihou retired as vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission in 2013 and from the ruling Communist Party’s decision-making Politburo in 2012.

Mar 15, 2015

China threatens ‘decisive’ response after Myanmar bombing

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s military will take “decisive” measures if there is a repeat attack by Myanmar forces on Chinese territory, a senior military officer said after a bomb from a Myanmar aircraft fell in Chinese territory and killed four Chinese people.

Myanmar government forces have been battling rebels on the border with China since last month and China has urged Myanmar to “lower the temperature”.

Mar 11, 2015

China says Dalai Lama less and less influential, but must reincarnate

BEIJING (Reuters) – Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is becoming less influential, both abroad and in Tibet, but his suggestion he will not reincarnate is still a “betrayal” of the religion and the country, a top Chinese official said on Wednesday.

China says the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, is a violent separatist. The Buddhist monk denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet.

Mar 9, 2015

China says Dalai Lama ‘profanes’ Buddhism by doubting his reincarnation

BEIJING (Reuters) – Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is profaning Buddhism by suggesting that he will not be reincarnated when he dies, the Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet said on Monday, in some of China’s strongest comments to date on the subject.

Tibetan Buddhism holds that the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death. China says the tradition must continue and it must approve the next Dalai Lama.

Mar 7, 2015

China border province says did not host Myanmar rebel leader

BEIJING (Reuters) – The government of the Chinese border province of Yunnan has not played host to an ethnic Chinese Myanmar rebel leader and does not support him in fighting Myanmar’s government, the province’s top official said on Saturday.

Myanmar has accused Chinese mercenaries of fighting with the rebels, and has urged China to cooperate to prevent “terrorist attacks” being launched from Chinese territory.

    • 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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