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Jan 6, 2012

China mulls new energy “super-ministry” – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is considering a proposal to create an energy “super-ministry” as part of a sweeping cabinet reshuffle in 2013, two independent sources said, a step that would help Beijing impose its will on an industry beset by bureaucratic infighting.

The new ministry would replace the National Energy Administration, China’s main energy regulator, and take on the energy-related duties now scattered across other government bodies, said the sources, who requested anonymity due to political sensitivities.

Jan 6, 2012

Exclusive: China mulls new energy “super ministry”

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is considering a proposal to create an energy “super-ministry” as part of a sweeping cabinet reshuffle in 2013, two independent sources said, a step that would help Beijing impose its will on an industry beset by bureaucratic infighting.

The new ministry would replace the National Energy Administration (NEA), China’s main energy regulator, and would take on the energy-related duties currently scattered across other government bodies, said the sources, who requested anonymity due to political sensitivities.

Dec 22, 2011

Exclusive: North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said.

The source added that the military, which is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, has pledged allegiance to the untested Kim Jong-un, who takes over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded after World War Two.

Dec 21, 2011

N.Korea military, uncle to share power with Kim’s heir

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said.

The source added that the military, which is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, has pledged allegiance to the untested Kim Jong-un, who takes over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded after World War Two.

Dec 21, 2011

N.Korean military back Kim’s heir but will rule together

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea’s new young leader will have to share power with an uncle and the military after the death of his father Kim Jong-il as the isolated country shifts to collective rule from strongman dictatorship, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said.

The source added that the military, which is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, has pledged allegiance to the untested Kim Jong-un who takes over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded after world War Two.

Dec 21, 2011

Exclusive: N.Korea military backs Kim heir but will share power

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea’s new young leader will have to share power with an uncle and the military after the death of his father Kim Jong-il as the isolated country shifts to collective rule from strongman dictatorship, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said.

The source added that the military, which is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, has pledged allegiance to the untested Kim Jong-un who takes over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded after world War Two.

Dec 21, 2011

Exclusive – North Korea military back heir but will share power

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea’s new young leader will have to share power with an uncle and the military after the death of his father Kim Jong-il as the isolated country shifts to collective rule from strongman dictatorship, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said.

The source added that the military, which is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, has pledged allegiance to the untested Kim Jong-un who takes over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded after world War Two.

Dec 8, 2011

China seeks extradition of runaway factory bosses-sources

BEIJING, Dec 8 (Reuters) – China is seeking the
extradition of private entrepreneurs who have fled abroad after
defaulting on billions of yuan owed to state banks and loan
sharks, two independent sources said, a rare move underlining
Beijing’s concern over the scale of losses.

Airports and other border crossings have received lists
containing the names of heavily indebted small and medium
enterprise (SME) bosses who are not permitted to leave the
country, said the sources, who have direct knowledge of the
situation and requested anonymity due to political
sensitivities.

Nov 11, 2011

Politics stymie China’s EU aid offer

BEIJING (Reuters) – Diplomatic deadlock is curbing China’s will to provide cash to help end the euro zone crisis after Europe spurned the simplest of Beijing’s three key demands, two independent sources have told Reuters.

China had offered help in return for European support to grant it either more influence at the International Monetary Fund, market economy status in the World Trade Organization, or the lifting of a European arms embargo, said the sources, both of whom have direct knowledge of the matter, including one who has ties to the leadership in Beijing.

Nov 11, 2011

Exclusive – Politics stymie China’s EU aid offer, sources say

BEIJING (Reuters) – Diplomatic deadlock is curbing China’s will to provide cash to help end the euro zone crisis after Europe spurned the simplest of Beijing’s three key demands, two independent sources have told Reuters.

China had offered help in return for European support to grant it either more influence at the International Monetary Fund, market economy status in the World Trade Organisation, or the lifting of a European arms embargo, said the sources, both of whom have direct knowledge of the matter, including one who has ties to the leadership in Beijing.

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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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