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Jul 24, 2013

Former China politician Bo’s trial could start this week: source

BEIJING (Reuters) – The trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai could begin as early as this week, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday, marking the beginning of the end of China’s most sensational scandal in decades.

The trial is most likely to take place in the eastern city of Jinan, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid repercussions for talking to a foreign reporter about elite politics.

Jun 24, 2013

China persuaded Snowden to flee Hong Kong: sources

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – China orchestrated U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden’s flight from Hong Kong at the weekend to avoid an extradition battle that would have embarrassed both Beijing and Washington, several sources said on Monday.

Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor wanted for exposing secret U.S. government surveillance programs, flew to Moscow on Sunday as Washington sought his arrest, and asked for asylum in Ecuador.

Jun 13, 2013

In first response to Snowden, China skirts direct comment

BEIJING (Reuters) – China refused to be drawn on Thursday on revelations of U.S. electronic surveillance and on the American in Hong Kong who leaked the information, and a senior source said Beijing does not want to jeopardize recently improved ties with Washington.

China has been on a long holiday since National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden told Britain’s Guardian newspaper and the Washington Post last week of the agency’s programs to monitor data at big companies such as Google Inc and Facebook Inc.

Jun 4, 2013

China tried to convince N.Korea to give up nuclear tests: source

BEIJING (Reuters) – China told an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that Pyongyang should stop conducting nuclear and missile tests, but the North showed little sign of heeding the request, said a source with knowledge of the talks held late last month.

Kim dispatched Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the country’s top military body, to explain North Korea’s recent actions but he got a lukewarm reception from his Chinese hosts, said the source, who has close ties to Beijing and Pyongyang.

Jun 4, 2013

Exclusive: China tried to convince N.Korea to give up nuclear tests -source

BEIJING (Reuters) – China told an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that Pyongyang should stop conducting nuclear and missile tests, but the North showed little sign of heeding the request, said a source with knowledge of the talks held late last month.

Kim dispatched Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the country’s top military body, to explain North Korea’s recent actions but he got a lukewarm reception from his Chinese hosts, said the source, who has close ties to Beijing and Pyongyang.

Jun 4, 2013

Exclusive: China tried to convince North Korea to give up nuclear tests – source

BEIJING (Reuters) – China told an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that Pyongyang should stop conducting nuclear and missile tests, but the North showed little sign of heeding the request, said a source with knowledge of the talks held late last month.

Kim dispatched Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the country’s top military body, to explain North Korea’s recent actions but he got a lukewarm reception from his Chinese hosts, said the source, who has close ties to Beijing and Pyongyang.

Mar 17, 2013

China’s new premier pledges reform, sees risks

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday ensuring economic growth was the top priority for his government, pledging to fight graft, tackle vested interests and calling for an end to a cyber-hacking row with the United States.

Li’s first news conference as premier, at the close of the annual meeting of China’s rubber-stamp parliament that confirmed his appointment, covered topics that have been the principal focus of recent government rhetoric, with a strong emphasis on the necessity of reform to deliver long-term economic stability.

Mar 17, 2013

China’s new premier pledges reform, sees risks

BEIJING, March 17 (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
said on Sunday ensuring economic growth was the top priority for
his government, pledging to fight graft, tackle vested interests
and calling for an end to a cyber-hacking row with the United
States.

Li’s first news conference as premier, at the close of the
annual meeting of China’s rubber-stamp parliament that confirmed
his appointment, covered topics that have been the principal
focus of recent government rhetoric, with a strong emphasis on
the necessity of reform to deliver long-term economic stability.

Mar 15, 2013

China’s reform posterboy set to become vice premier: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wang Yang, one of China’s best-known reformers who was passed over for promotion last year, is set to become one of four vice premiers, sources said, a role that will see his credentials for change tested to the full.

The largely rubber-stamp National People’s Congress, or parliament, will name the four vice premiers and cabinet ministers in a tightly scripted ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Saturday.

Mar 11, 2013

China’s Xi flexes muscle, chooses reformist VP: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – A reformist member of China’s decision-making Politburo, Li Yuanchao, is set to become the country’s vice president this week instead of a more senior and conservative official best known for keeping the media in check, sources said.

Li’s appointment would be a sign that new Communist Party leader and incoming president Xi Jinping’s clout is growing, a source with ties to the leadership said. Xi fended off a bid by influential former president Jiang Zemin to install propaganda tsar Liu Yunshan in the job, the source said.

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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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