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Oct 12, 2012

China Nobel winner Mo likely to steer clear of politics: translator

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s newest Nobel laureate, novelist Mo Yan, could use his new-found stature to make a subtle difference in the arena of freedom of speech in China, but he is more likely to keep his head down and avoid politics, his translator said on Friday.

The 57-year-old Chinese author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, has achieved his success by working within a system with distinct boundaries, not ignoring them, said Howard Goldblatt, who has translated several of Mo’s works into English, including the acclaimed “Red Sorghum”. The book was later the basis for a film directed by Zhang Yimou.

Sep 17, 2012

China hurts own credibility with Xi’s vanishing act

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, did more than apparently injure his back this month – by vanishing from public without explanation for two weeks, he also wounded his own credibility.

China political experts expressed dismay over the ruling Communist Party’s handling of Xi’s ailment, which remains a state secret despite sources close to the leadership saying he did no more than hurt his back in a swimming pool.

Sep 16, 2012

Analysis: China hurts own credibility with Xi’s vanishing act

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, did more than apparently injure his back this month – by vanishing from public without explanation for two weeks, he also wounded his own credibility.

China political experts expressed dismay over the ruling Communist Party’s handling of Xi’s ailment, which remains a state secret despite sources close to the leadership saying he did no more than hurt his back in a swimming pool.

Sep 8, 2012

China’s president says infrastructure development key to recovery

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese President Hu Jintao urged Asia-Pacific nations on Saturday to speed up infrastructure development to help face the “grave challenges” from the global economy, in comments that follow Beijing’s unveiling of $157 billion in such projects.

The remarks at the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit lent further weight to what analysts see as an increasingly vocal commitment from Beijing to stimulate the economy by leaning heavily on the construction of railroads, ports and other infrastructure.

Sep 7, 2012

Censors monkey with China art show before 18th Party Congress

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The pot-bellied official in a tan golf shirt paused in front of a poster-sized image for a few seconds, asked a member of his entourage to make a note of it, then continued to lead the group on its awkward march through the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

A few hours later, the digitally manipulated photo of China’s legendary Monkey King facing Tiananmen Gate, by Beijing-based artist Chi Peng, was pulled from the wall, one of several works at the SH Contemporary Art Fair deemed unfit for display by Shanghai’s culture police.

Jul 28, 2012

China cancels waste project after protests turn violent

QIDONG, China, July 28 (Reuters) – Chinese officials
cancelled an industrial waste pipeline project on Saturday after
anti-pollution demonstrators occupied a government office in
eastern China, destroying computers and overturning cars.

The demonstration was the latest in a string of protests
sparked by fears of environmental degradation and highlights the
social tensions the government in Beijing faces as it approaches
a leadership transition this year.

Jul 28, 2012

Angry Chinese occupy government office, smash computers in environment protest

QIDONG, China (Reuters) – Angry demonstrators occupied a government office in eastern China on Saturday, destroying computers and overturning cars in a violent protest against an industrial waste pipeline they said would poison their coastal waters.

The demonstration was the latest in a string of protests sparked by fears of environmental degradation and highlights the social tensions the government in Beijing faces as it approaches a leadership transition this year.

Jul 28, 2012

Angry Chinese occupy govt office, smash computers in environment protest

QIDONG, China, July 28 (Reuters) – Angry demonstrators
occupied a government office in eastern China on Saturday,
destroying computers and overturning cars in a violent protest
against an industrial waste pipeline they said would poison
their coastal waters.

The demonstration was the latest in a string of protests
sparked by fears of environmental degradation and highlights the
social tensions the government in Beijing faces as it approaches
a leadership transition this year.

Jun 29, 2012

China main money rate up, market awaits next bank reserve cut

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s main short-term lending rate rose 14 basis points on Friday as banks hoarded money to prepare for extra bank reserve payments due early next month while the market awaited a cut in bank reserve requirements.

The benchmark seven-day weighted-average bond repurchase rate rose to 4.1240 percent at midday from Thursday’s close of 3.9832 percent.

Jun 26, 2012

Angry Birds sweet-talk copycats in booming China market

SHANGHAI, June 26 (Reuters) – When Peter Vesterbacka visited
China last spring, the marketing chief for Rovio, the Finnish
firm behind the video game Angry Birds, saw fake Angry Birds
products everywhere – and he was happy about it.

“I realised that China was already happening in a big way
for us,” Vesterbacka said in an interview.