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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.

Mar 7, 2013

Exclusive: China wealth fund, Commerce Ministry to get new heads – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will likely appoint savvy international dealmakers to run its giant sovereign wealth fund and Commerce Ministry in a soft power push to soothe fears over a planned spending spree to boost Beijing’s ownership of strategic global assets.

Securities regulator Guo Shuqing is tipped to take the helm at the $482 billion state investment vehicle, China Investment Corp (CIC) CIC.UL, and China’s chief trade representative, Gao Hucheng, is seen running the Commerce Ministry, two sources with leadership ties told Reuters.

Mar 7, 2013

China wealth fund, Commerce Ministry to get new heads – sources

BEIJING, March 7 (Reuters) – China will likely appoint savvy
international dealmakers to run its giant sovereign wealth fund
and Commerce Ministry in a soft power push to soothe fears over
a planned spending spree to boost Beijing’s ownership of
strategic global assets.

Securities regulator Guo Shuqing is tipped to take the helm
at the $482 billion state investment vehicle, China Investment
Corp (CIC), and China’s chief trade representative, Gao
Hucheng, is seen running the Commerce Ministry, two sources with
leadership ties told Reuters.

Mar 4, 2013

Critic of unbridled growth tipped as new China environment minister

BEIJING, March 4 (Reuters) – Pan Yue, a high-profile
official with a history of taking on big state-owned interests,
has emerged as the front-runner to become China’s new
environment minister, sources said, amid growing public
discontent over worsening pollution in the country.

Pan, a former journalist, is tipped to take over from
career bureaucrat Zhou Shengxian when Premier-in-waiting Li
Keqiang forms his new cabinet during the annual session of
parliament which begins on Tuesday, three independent sources
familiar with the matter said.

Mar 4, 2013

China hammers out rail restructuring – sources

BEIJING, March 4 (Reuters) – China is likely to split its
sprawling, scandal-plagued Railways Ministry into operations and
commercial arms, two sources said, part of an overhaul of the
bureaucracy as a new set of leaders takes charge in Beijing.

In other plans, the government is also likely to set up a
single regulator for food safety, although details are still
being finalised.

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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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