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Dec 4, 2013

Son of former Chinese security chief helping with graft probe-sources

BEIJING, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The movements of the eldest son
of retired Chinese domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang have
been restricted while he helps with a corruption investigation,
three sources said, a case that could cause division within the
ruling Communist Party.

If Zhou Yongkang, 71, one of China’s most powerful
politicians of the last decade, were directly implicated in the
probe, he would be the most senior Chinese politician ensnared
in a graft scandal since the Communists came to power in 1949.

Dec 4, 2013

Biden won’t make headway in China if he repeats ‘erroneous’ remarks: paper

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden should not expect to make much progress in defusing tensions over the East China Sea if he plans to repeat “erroneous and one-sided remarks” on the issue when he visits China, a top state-run paper said on Wednesday.

Beijing’s decision to declare an air defense identification zone in an area that includes disputed islands has triggered protests from the United States, Japan and South Korea and dominated Biden’s talks in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Dec 2, 2013

UK’s Cameron clashes with Brussels over EU-China trade

BEIJING (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron promised China’s leaders on Monday he would advocate a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the European Union, riling the EU executive which rejected the move as premature.

On a three-day visit with around 100 business people, the largest-ever British mission of its kind, Cameron said Britain was the Western country most open to Chinese investment and well-placed to take advantage of China’s market liberalization.

Dec 2, 2013

Cameron pushes EU-China trade deal in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in China on Monday saying he wanted to lay the ground for a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the European Union, despite growing unease about his own country’s membership of the bloc.

On a three-day visit with around 100 business people, the largest British mission of its kind ever, Cameron said he wanted his country to play an important role in China’s expansion as it talks about opening up its markets.

Dec 2, 2013

Britain’s Cameron pushes EU-China trade deal in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in China on Monday saying he wanted to lay the ground for a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the European Union, despite growing unease about his own country’s membership of the bloc.

On a three-day visit with around 100 business people, the largest British mission of its kind ever, Cameron said he wanted his country to play an important role in China’s expansion as it talks about opening up its markets.

Nov 29, 2013

China scrambles jets to new defence zone, eyes U.S., Japan flights

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – China scrambled jets
on Friday in response to two U.S. spy planes and 10 Japanese
aircraft, including F-15 fighters, entering its new air defence
zone over the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said,
raising the stakes in a standoff with the United States, Japan
and South Korea.

The jets were scrambled for effective monitoring, Xinhua
cited air force spokesman Shen Jinke as saying. The report gave
no further details.

Nov 29, 2013

China military sends air patrols through new defense zone

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China sent several fighter jets and an early warning aircraft into its new air defense zone over the East China Sea on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said, raising the stakes in a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Japan and South Korea also flew military aircraft through the zone on Thursday while Washington sent two unarmed B-52 bombers into the airspace earlier this week in a sign of support for its ally Japan. None of those aircraft informed Beijing.

Nov 26, 2013
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China aims to harness moderate religious beliefs to promote social harmony

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(Buddhist pilgrims chant scriptures as they pray for good fortune and to celebrate the upcoming Qixi Festival at Dizang Temple in Kanshan township of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province August 12, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer )

China should harness the positive influence of moderate religious believers, including their traditions of benevolence and tolerance, and recognize their contributions to society, the country’s top religious affairs official wrote on Tuesday.

Nov 25, 2013

Asian airlines to give flight plans to China after airspace zone created

BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian aviation officials said airlines would have to inform China of their flight plans before entering airspace over waters disputed with Japan, forcing carriers to acknowledge China’s authority over a newly declared “Air Defense Identification Zone”.

China published coordinates for the zone on the weekend. The area, about two-thirds the size of the United Kingdom, covers most of the East China Sea and the skies over a group of uninhabited islands at the center of a bitter row between Beijing and Tokyo.

Nov 15, 2013

China unveils boldest reforms in decades, shows Xi in command

BEIJING, Nov 15 (Reuters) – China unwrapped its boldest set
of economic and social reforms in nearly three decades on
Friday, relaxing its one-child policy and further freeing up
markets in order to put the world’s second-largest economy on a
more stable footing.

The sweeping changes helped dispel doubts about the
leadership’s zest for the reforms needed to give the economy
fresh momentum as three decades of breakneck expansion shows
signs of faltering.

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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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