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Nov 11, 2014

Beijing, Philippines move to calm South China Sea tensions

BEIJING, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Philippine President Benigno
Aquino said he and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had a “meeting
of minds” on Tuesday during talks which included a territorial
row that has soured relations between the South China Sea
states.

The Philippines is in dispute with China over parts of the
sea including the Scarborough Shoal, an area believed to be rich
in oil and natural gas as well as fisheries resources.

Nov 9, 2014

Xi calls for China, Taiwan to set aside differences

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Taiwan on Sunday to set aside their differences after a rocky patch in ties that saw Beijing rebuke the island for supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Xi met Vincent Siew, Taiwan’s top envoy to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing, and, in a political breakthrough, also met Wang Yu-chi, chairman of Taiwan’s policymaking Mainland Affairs Council, the highest level government-to-government contact between the two on Chinese soil since 1949.

Oct 21, 2014

China central bank seen playing safe as slowdown fans policy debate

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s central bank is likely hold its line against an interest rate cut even as growth slows to a quarter-century trough, as the politics of reform influence the conduct of monetary policy, government sources involved in internal policy discussions say.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) faces growing pressure to cut interest rates to support growth, but fears that could fuel debt and property bubbles while denting Beijing’s reformist credentials have reduced the chances of any quick moves, according to sources close to the leadership and at top think-tanks.

Oct 21, 2014

China c.bank seen playing safe as slowdown fans policy debate

BEIJING, Oct 22 (Reuters) – China’s central bank is likely
hold its line against an interest rate cut even as growth slows
to a quarter-century trough, as the politics of reform influence
the conduct of monetary policy, government sources involved in
internal policy discussions say.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) faces growing pressure to
cut interest rates to support growth, but fears that could fuel
debt and property bubbles while denting Beijing’s reformist
credentials have reduced the chances of any quick moves,
according to sources close to the leadership and at top
think-tanks.

Oct 21, 2014

Veteran Chinese democracy activist Chen Ziming dies from cancer

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chen Ziming, a veteran Chinese dissident who was jailed by Beijing for what it said was his role as one of two “black hands” behind the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, died of cancer on Tuesday, friends said. He was 62.

Chen remained a moderate critic of China’s ruling Communist Party for decades despite serving 13 years in prison for what authorities said was intent to overthrow the government and the spread of counter-revolutionary propaganda.

Oct 15, 2014

China likely to expel disgraced security chief from party-sources

BEIJING, Oct 15 (Reuters) – China’s disgraced former
domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, looks set to be expelled
from the ruling Communist Party at a key meeting next week,
sources said, possibly paving the way for his formal
prosecution.

Zhou is the most senior party member to have been targeted
in a corruption probe since the Communists swept to power in
1949, and President Xi Jinping has made fighting graft a
cornerstone of his administration.

Oct 14, 2014

China won’t cede to HK protests, army used only as last resort-sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party believes it has offered enough concessions to Hong Kong in the past, and will give no ground to pro-democracy protests because it wants to avoid setting a precedent for reform on the mainland, sources told Reuters.

The position, arrived at during a meeting of the new National Security Commission chaired by President Xi Jinping in the first week of October, appears to give Hong Kong’s leader little room for manoeuver as he seeks to end the crisis.

Oct 10, 2014

North Korea leader Kim is still in charge, has leg injury – source

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in firm control of his government but has hurt his leg, a source with access to the secretive North’s leadership said, playing down speculation over the 31-year-old’s health and grip on power.

North Korea’s state media, which usually chronicles Kim’s whereabouts in great detail, has not made any mention of his activities since he attended a concert with his wife on Sept. 3, and Kim was absent from early state media coverage of an important political anniversary on Friday.

Oct 9, 2014

North Korea leader Kim is still in charge, has injured leg: source

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in firm control of his government but has hurt his leg, a source with access to the secretive North’s leadership said on Thursday, playing down speculation over the 31-year-old’s health and grip on power.

North Korea’s state media, which usually chronicles Kim’s whereabouts in great detail, has not made any mention of his activities since he attended a concert with his wife on Sept. 3.

Sep 12, 2014

Special Report: China turns up heat on ex-security chief with crash probe

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Little is known about the exact circumstances in which Wang Shuhua was killed. What has been reported, in the Chinese media, is that she died in a road accident sometime in 2000, shortly after she was divorced from her husband. And that at least one vehicle with a military license plate may have been involved in the crash.

Fourteen years later, investigators are looking into her death. Their sudden interest has nothing to do with Wang herself. It has to do with the identity of her ex-husband – once one of China’s most powerful men and now the prime target in President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign.

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      "Ben is based in Beijing and covers China regulatory news. He is an ethnic Chinese born and raised in the Philippines, and spent 13 years in Beijing and 15 years in Taipei. He joined Reuters in 1991, serving as Beijing bureau chief from August 2008 to August 2010 and Taipei bureau chief from February 2000 to December 2002."
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