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Jul 4, 2010

West China city braces for deadly riot anniversary

URUMQI, China (Reuters) – The capital of China’s remote western region of Xinjiang feels like a city under siege, the day before it marks the first anniversary of ethnic rioting which killed around 200 people.

Armed police, some with helmets and shields, elbow through Urumqi’s crowded roadside restaurants, security cameras monitor buses and taxis, guards check the bags of visitors to markets and hotels, the city’s central square is closed for repairs and some shops are shuttered on quieter-than-usual streets.

Jun 29, 2010

Google tweaks China site in bid to keep license

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, June 29 (Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research)
said it will stop automatically redirecting Web searchers in
China to an uncensored portal in Hong Kong as it hopes to
convince Beijing to renew its operating license in the world’s
largest Internet market.

Users are now required to click anywhere on the Google.cn
page in order to get redirected to the Google Hong Kong search
site, instead of being automatically rerouted.

Jun 29, 2010

Google tweaks rerouting in fight for China business

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Google Inc said on Tuesday it will stop automatically rerouting users in China to an uncensored search page, a move that aims to preserve its operating license and signals a fight to save the firm’s Chinese business.

Google’s unexpected announcement comes ahead of a Wednesday deadline for renewal of its China license. The internet giant said China had made clear it was unhappy with a system which sends users directly to its uncensored Hong Kong portal.

Jun 18, 2010

Second strike hits China Toyota supplier

ZHONGSHAN, China/BEIJING (Reuters) – A parts supplier for Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Friday it was dealing with its second strike in China this week, the latest in a rash of factory labor disputes across the country.

The chance of more industrial action also loomed over a Honda plant in the southern manufacturing heartland of Guangdong, where workers said there had been no apparent progress despite a Friday deadline for management to present a new pay deal.

Jun 17, 2010

New China strike, as media support migrant workers

BEIJING (Reuters) – China must lift the incomes of workers to protect stability, the country’s top official paper said on Thursday, after the latest in a series of labour disputes briefly closed a supplier for Toyota Motor Corp.

The Toyoda Gosei plant, in the northern port city of Tianjin close to Beijing, was shut down on Tuesday by a strike but employees went back to work the next day after managers agreed to discuss wage increases, a company spokesman said.

Jun 17, 2010

China Toyota supplier reopened after brief strike

BEIJING (Reuters) – China must lift the incomes of workers to protect stability, the country’s top official paper said on Thursday, after the latest in a series of labour disputes briefly closed a supplier for Toyota Motor Corp.

The Toyoda Gosei plant, in the northern port city of Tianjin close to Beijing, was shut down on Tuesday by a strike but employees went back to work the next day after managers agreed to discuss wage increases, a company spokesman said.

Jun 14, 2010

China evictions slam door on elites, workers alike

BEIJING (Reuters) – Xu Xiaoqi went to seek justice weighed down by an oversized portrait of her dead father, a senior Chinese military officer, its giant frame hanging from her neck as a defiant message to the officials she is battling.

Once a member of China’s protected Communist Party elite, Xu faces the same problem as hundreds of thousands of the country’s ordinary farmers and workers — the demolition of a home.

Jun 11, 2010

Ahmadinejad labels Iran sanctions “worthless paper”

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slammed the latest U.N. sanctions against it on Friday as lacking legal value, but said he did not expect China’s support for the resolution to harm ties.

Ahmadinejad, speaking during a visit to China’s commercial capital of Shanghai, called the U.N. Security Council a tool of the United States and branded Wednesday’s resolution, triggered by a nuclear programme the West believes is aimed at developing atomic weapons, “a piece of worthless paper”.

Jun 11, 2010

Ahmadinejad shrugs off sanctions to praise China ties

SHANGHAI, June 11 (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad shrugged off China’s support for new U.N. sanctions
against Tehran over its nuclear activities on Friday, praising
ties between the two countries during a visit to China.

At a ceremony in Shanghai, host city of the World Expo,
Ahmadinejad spoke of his hopes of building a “better world”.

Jun 3, 2010

Yuan needs to be seen among broader imbalances -UK

BEIJING, June 3 (Reuters) – China’s yuan currency should be
looked at as part of a host of global imbalances which need to
be dealt with and will be discussed at this week’s G20 meeting,
British finance minister George Osborne said on Thursday.

China came under renewed pressure to let the yuan appreciate
on Wednesday when a letter obtained by Reuters showed the United
States government was considering investigating whether its
strict currency policy created an illegal trade subsidy.

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      "I moved to Afghanistan in late 2010 after nearly six years reporting from China, initially covering energy issues and more recently writing about political and general news. I have also worked in Spain and Britain."
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