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Sep 22, 2014

Blasts in China’s Xinjiang kill two; govt censures officials

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Two people were killed and several more injured in at least three explosions in China’s troubled far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, state media reported, but gave few details.

The blasts came as China punished 17 regional officials and police “for being accountable” for a July 28 attack by masked militants that led to almost 100 deaths of police, officials and civilians, and for the subsequent killing of a pro-Beijing imam.

Jul 28, 2014

Insight – Satellites and seafood: China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

TANMEN China (Reuters) – On China’s southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his ageing vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coastguard should he run into bad weather or a Philippine or Vietnamese patrol ship when he’s fishing in the disputed South China Sea.

By the end of last year, China’s homegrown Beidou satellite system had been installed on more than 50,000 Chinese fishing boats, according to official media. On Hainan, China’s gateway to the South China Sea, boat captains have paid no more than 10 percent of the cost. The government has paid the rest.

Jul 27, 2014

Satellites and seafood: China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

TANMEN China (Reuters) – On China’s southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coastguard should he run into bad weather or a Philippine or Vietnamese patrol ship when he’s fishing in the disputed South China Sea.

By the end of last year, China’s homegrown Beidou satellite system had been installed on more than 50,000 Chinese fishing boats, according to official media. On Hainan, China’s gateway to the South China Sea, boat captains have paid no more than 10 percent of the cost. The government has paid the rest.

Jul 16, 2014

Chinese oil rig moved away from disputed waters off Vietnam

SHANGHAI/HANOI (Reuters) – A Chinese oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea after finding signs of oil and gas and is being moved away from the area, more than two months after its deployment damaged relations with Hanoi.

The Vietnamese coastguard said the $1-billion rig had been towed from contested waters. China’s official Xinhua news agency said the rig would be relocated off the southernmost island province of Hainan. It gave no timeframe.

Jul 16, 2014

China oil rig finishes exploration in disputed waters off Vietnam

SHANGHAI/HANOI (Reuters) – A Chinese oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea after finding signs of oil and gas, a top Chinese energy firm said on Wednesday, more than two months after its deployment hurt ties with Vietnam.

Vietnam’s coastguard said the $1 billion deepwater rig was being moved towards China’s southernmost island province of Hainan. China’s official Xinhua news agency said it would be relocated to an area off Hainan but gave no details or a date.

Jul 4, 2014

U.S. ‘concerned’ about being barred from GSK-linked China trial

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The United States is worried that its officials have been barred from attending the Aug. 7 trial in China of British investigator Peter Humphrey and his American wife Yu Yingzeng after the couple were arrested last year following work they did for British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC.

The concerns, voiced by the U.S. embassy in Beijing, adds a political dimension to the trial, which could become another thorny issue between the two economic powers, already tussling over areas ranging from cyber security and human rights to Chinese policy in the South China Sea.

Jul 1, 2014

Shanghai trade zone cuts FDI restrictions, but avoids significant changes

SHANGHAI, July 1 (Reuters) – The Shanghai government has
shortened its list of sectors where foreign investment is to be
banned or restricted in the new Shanghai free trade zone (FTZ),
but the changes show only a slight relaxation for foreign
entrance into the Chinese markets.

A comparison shows that the Shanghai municipal government
cut the 2014 “negative list” by 27 percent, to 139 items from
190 items in the one issued last year.

Jun 30, 2014

Sex video new twist in GSK China bribery scandal

SHANGHAI/LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s
tangled web of problems in China, including a sex video
of its former China chief and anonymous emails alleging
corruption, are highlighted in a lengthy draft report prepared
for the British drugs firm and seen by Reuters.

The report into the origin of the video and emails was
compiled at the request of GSK by ChinaWhys, a Shanghai-based
company founded by British investigator Peter Humphrey and his
American wife Yu Yingzeng. Presented to GSK on June 6, 2013, it
did not reach a conclusion as to who was behind the actions.

Jun 26, 2014

Former Wal-Mart China employees prepare to file suit

SHANGHAI, June 26 (Reuters) – Former employees are preparing
to sue Wal-Mart in China after an arbitration committee rejected
their case for better compensation than the company has offered
after closing the store where they worked in central Hunan
province.

Dozens of workers challenged the way that Wal-Mart Stores
Inc closed the underperforming store in the city of
Changde in March and attempted negotiations for better
compensation before turning to arbitration.

Jun 1, 2014

In China, managers are the new labor activists

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Behind China’s biggest strike in decades last month was a new player in Chinese labor activism: management.

A previously unpublished account from inside the strike at Taiwanese shoe manufacturer Yue Yuen obtained by Reuters shows that supervisors were the first to challenge senior plant leaders about the social insurance contributions that became the focus of the dispute. Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings declined to comment.