BEIJING/HANOI, May 8 (Reuters) – China on Thursday rejected
Vietnamese claims it acted aggressively in the South China Sea
and called for a peaceful end to a bitter row sparked by
Beijing’s parking of a giant oil rig in contested waters.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said no “clash”
had taken place since the dispute erupted at the weekend. He was
responding to Vietnam’s assertions that Chinese vessels used
water cannon and intentionally rammed eight of its ships,
seriously damaging two, and wounding six sailors.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Tokyo’s governor said on Saturday that he had passed on a message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Chinese leaders that Abe wants relations to improve, during a rare high-level visit as bilateral ties continue to sour.
Governor Yoichi Masuzoe, who was Abe’s favored candidate during the governor election in February, said he delivered the message on behalf of Abe to China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang and former top Chinese diplomat Tang Jiaxuan.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police blocked a prominent human rights lawyer from meeting Germany’s deputy chancellor, the lawyer said on Wednesday, in the latest example of curbs on government critics in China.
Sigmar Gabriel was unable to hold talks with members of Chinese civil society during a visit to Beijing on Tuesday, though he declined to comment on why the planned meeting at the German embassy had not taken place.
BEIJING, April 22 (Reuters) – It all began with a pre-World
War Two contract between China’s then “ship king” and a Japanese
company to lease two Chinese freighters.
When the one-year lease was up in 1937, the ships were
nowhere to be found. That year also marked the start of a
full-scale war between China and Japan.
KABUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – China is quietly preparing for a more robust role in the future of Afghanistan, concerned that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep.
The two countries are connected by a narrow mountainous corridor that is almost impassable, which meant Beijing could focus on mining and mineral deals in Afghanistan as Western forces battled Taliban insurgents. But officials say that China is emerging as a key strategic player.
PERTH/BEIJING (Reuters) – The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner resumed on Saturday, five weeks after the plane disappeared from radar screens, amid fears that batteries powering signals from the black box recorder on board were about to die.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said signals picked up during the search in the remote southern Indian Ocean, believed to be “pings” from the black box recorders, were “rapidly fading”.
PERTH/BEIJING, April 12 (Reuters) – The search for a missing
Malaysia Airlines jetliner resumed on Saturday, five
weeks after the plane disappeared from radar screens, amid fears
that batteries powering signals from the black box recorder on
board were about to die.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said signals picked up
during the search in the remote southern Indian Ocean, believed
to be “pings” from the black box recorders, were “rapidly
BEIJING (Reuters) – In one of the many frank exchanges U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had in China this week, General Fan Changlong told him how one of his uncles died as a slave in a Japanese mine during World War Two.
Fan, deputy head of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, spoke about the lessons of history, signaling Beijing’s concerns that the United States was siding with Japan against China.
KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING (Reuters) – China demanded that Malaysia ensures the safety of its nationals on Thursday, after armed men abducted two women, a Chinese tourist and a Philippine hotel worker, from a Malaysian diving resort on Borneo island.
The unidentified gunmen kidnapped the two women on Wednesday night from Singamata island off the coastal town of Semporna in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah.
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.