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Dec 30, 2014

Exclusive: Former China president Hu approved probe into aide – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping secured the blessing of his still influential predecessor, Hu Jintao, before launching a corruption probe against a former senior aide to Hu – a sign that internal Communist Party harmony and respect for elders still holds sway in Xi’s historic crackdown on official graft.

Hu signed off on the probe into disgraced former aide Ling Jihua, who is suspected of trying to cover up his son’s death in a luxury sports car crash two years ago, people with ties to the leadership said.

Dec 25, 2014

Long-jailed China dissident to sue over detention

BEIJING (Reuters) – A dissident who had been one of China’s longest-serving political prisoners until his release this month will sue the government for illegally detaining him and is suffering severe mental problems, his wife and son said on Thursday.

The ethnic Mongol activist, Hada, had spent much of the last two decades behind bars, including the last four years in an extra-judicial “black jail”. Many Mongols in China go by just one name.

Dec 22, 2014

China probes former senior aide to Hu Jintao over graft

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party announced a corruption investigation into a one-time senior aide to former president Hu Jintao on Monday, as President Xi Jinping opens another front in his sweeping battle against deep-rooted graft.

In a terse and brief statement on its website, the party’s anti-corruption watchdog said that Ling Jihua was being investigated for “suspected serious discipline violations”, the usual euphemism for graft. It gave no other details.

Dec 13, 2014

Set aside hate, China’s Xi says on Nanjing Massacre anniversary

By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING(Reuters) – China and Japan should set aside hatred and not allow the minority who led Japan to war to affect relations now, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday, as the country marked its first national memorial day for the Nanjing Massacre.

China and Japan have long sparred over their painful history. China consistently reminds its people of the 1937 massacre in which it says Japanese troops killed 300,000 people in its then capital.

Dec 11, 2014

China’s Xi to mark Nanjing massacre amid warming Japan ties

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to attend the first national memorial day for the Nanjing Massacre on Saturday, as China marks a deeply symbolic anniversary while it tries to improve ties with old foe Japan.

China consistently reminds its people of the 1937 massacre in which it says Japanese troops killed 300,000 people in its then capital.

Dec 9, 2014

China releases one of its longest-serving political prisoners, relative says

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has freed one of its longest-serving political prisoners, the ethnic Mongol dissident Hada, who has spent much of the last two decades behind bars, his uncle said on Tuesday.

Beijing fears ethnic unrest in strategic border areas and keeps a tight rein on Inner Mongolia, just as it does on Tibet and Xinjiang in the far west, even though the region is supposed to have a large measure of autonomy.

Dec 7, 2014

China denounces Philippine ‘pressure’ over sea dispute arbitration

BEIJING (Reuters) – China denounced the Philippines on Sunday for putting it under pressure with an international arbitration case over disputed waters, and refused again to participate a week ahead of a deadline to respond in the case.

In a position paper, China outlined its arguments against the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague to take up the case filed by the Philippines last year that could have implications for China’s claims over the South China Sea.

Dec 5, 2014

China arrests ex-security chief for corruption, leaking secrets

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have arrested former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang and expelled him from the ruling Communist Party, accusing him of crimes ranging from accepting bribes to leaking state secrets and setting the stage for his trial.

Zhou, 71, is by far the highest-profile figure caught up in President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption. He is also the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communists swept to power in 1949.

Nov 21, 2014

China’s defense minister calls for improved crisis management

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s defense minister called on Friday for better regional crisis management, saying that his country’s armed forces wanted peace but would never forget bitter lessons of the past.

The expansion of China’s military, increasingly projecting power into Asia-Pacific waters, has raised the hackles of some of its neighbors, which have competing territorial claims in the East China and South China seas.

Nov 18, 2014

Analysis – Hard diplomacy ahead despite China showing its softer side

BEIJING (Reuters) – From a military rules-of-the-road agreement with Washington to $20 billion (12.8 billion pounds) in loans for Southeast Asia, Beijing has set aside the tensions of recent years to present a softer side to the world in the last week.

But proof of whether President Xi Jinping is serious about narrowing differences that have marked his first two years in office will depend on how China’s festering disputes are managed in the months ahead.

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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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