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Sep 17, 2013

Family lawyers ejected from landmark China torture trial

BEIJING (Reuters) – Lawyers for the family of a Chinese man allegedly tortured to death during an internal Communist Party investigation were thrown out of the court on Tuesday at the start of the landmark, sensitive trial of six party officials accused of the crime.

Yu Qiyi, 42, a chief engineer for a state-owned investment firm in the eastern city of Wenzhou, drowned in April after being dunked repeatedly in a bucket of ice-cold water, state media said last week.

Sep 10, 2013

China warns Japan against stationing workers on disputed isles

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) – China said it would not tolerate provocation after Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday Japan might station government workers on disputed islands in the East China Sea to defend its sovereignty.

Relations between the world’s second- and third-biggest economies have been strained over the uninhabited isles which Japan controls but both countries claim. The isles are known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

Sep 10, 2013

China welcomes Russia’s proposal for Syria weapons handover

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Tuesday it backed a Russian proposal for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, a plan that could avert planned U.S. military strikes in response to the country’s suspected use of its arsenal on civilians.

U.S. President Barack Obama has argued that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, fighting to continue his family’s four-decade rule, must be punished for what Washington says was a poison gas attack on rebel areas that killed more than 1,400 people on August 21.

Sep 4, 2013

China’s ex-security chief helping probe, not target: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, one of the country’s most powerful politicians of the last decade, is helping authorities in a corruption probe and, contrary to media reports, is not currently the target of the investigation, sources told Reuters.

The investigation could take weeks, maybe months, to complete. Even if Zhou is implicated, he is unlikely to follow in the footsteps of disgraced ally Bo Xilai and face prosecution, said the sources, who have ties to the leadership or direct knowledge of the matter.

Sep 3, 2013

Manila accuses China of sea violation, Beijing says wants peace

MANILA/BEIJING, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The Philippines accused
China on Tuesday of violating an informal code of conduct in the
South China Sea by planning new structures on a disputed shoal,
as China’s premier told Southeast Asian leaders Beijing was
serious about peace.

Friction over the South China Sea, one of the world’s most
important waterways, has surged as China uses its growing naval
might to assert its vast claims over the oil- and gas-rich sea
more forcefully, raising fears of a military clash.

Sep 3, 2013

PetroChina supplier Wison says chairman ‘assisting probe’

HONG KONG/BEIJING, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The chairman of a
Chinese oil engineering firm is helping the authorities with an
unspecified investigation, the company said on Tuesday, amid a
widening corruption probe into PetroChina ,
one of its major customers.

Hong Kong-listed Wison Engineering Services Co Ltd
said chairman and controlling shareholder Hua Bangsong “is
assisting relevant authorities” who were conducting an
investigation after sharp falls in Wison’s share price.

Sep 3, 2013

China says wants South China Sea solution but Manila sees worrying signs

BEIJING, Sept 3 (Reuters) – China is serious about wanting a
peaceful resolution to the bitter dispute over the South China
Sea, Premier Li Keqiang told Southeast Asian leaders on Tuesday,
but he signalled it was in no rush to sign a long-mooted accord.

After years of resisting efforts by the 10-member
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to start talks on
an agreement on maritime rules governing behaviour in the
region, the so-called Code of Conduct, China has said it would
host talks between senior officials this month.

Sep 1, 2013

China’s hardline ex-security chief: praised by party, reviled by activists

BEIJING (Reuters) – Few figures are as divisive in China as former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, reportedly under investigation by the ruling Communist Party for corruption.

Even the once ambitious but now ousted politician Bo Xilai, whose trial on corruption ended last week, doesn’t evoke the same depth of feeling that Zhou does.

Sep 1, 2013

China probes top official in latest anti-graft push

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is investigating the head of its state assets regulator, a former top energy executive, for “serious discipline violations”, the government said on Sunday in what appears to be a deepening crackdown on corruption and push for reform.

A brief government announcement said Jiang Jiemin was “suspected of serious discipline violations”, shorthand the government generally uses to describe graft.

Aug 28, 2013

China has much at risk but no reach in Middle East

BEIJING (Reuters) – The worsening Syria conflict has exposed an uncomfortable truth behind China’s cherished policy of non-interference: Beijing cannot do much to influence events even if it wanted to.

With weak and untested military forces unable to project power in the Middle East, China can only play a low-key role in a region that is crucial for its energy security.

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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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