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.
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.
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.
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.