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Apr 1, 2014

Anger in China at brutality in chemical plant protests

BEIJING (Reuters) – Protests against a proposed chemical plant in southern China spread to the provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday, even as authorities signaled they may back down on their construction plans in attempt to head off more unrest.

Public anger has grown after graphic photos surfaced on Chinese social networks early this week, showing demonstrators in the nearby city of Maoming – the location of the proposed plant – lying bloodied on the streets as rows of paramilitary police marched in formation.

Apr 1, 2014

Disgraced China military officer sold ‘hundreds’ of posts: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – A disgraced senior Chinese army officer is accused of selling hundreds of military positions, raking in millions of dollars, sources with ties to the leadership or military told Reuters, in what is likely China’s biggest military scandal in two decades.

In a renewed campaign on graft, Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to go after both powerful “tigers” and lowly “flies”, warning that the issue is so severe it threatens the ruling Communist Party’s survival.

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.

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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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