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Mar 14, 2011

China to learn Japan nuke lessons, then go ahead

BEIJING, March 14 (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear disaster will
make the new generation of reactors safer, according to China’s
energy chief and to a leading builder, but neither suggested
there would be any change to the timetable for building new
plants.

China is relying on nuclear power as a major part of its
plans to cut dependence on coal over the next decade, with a
target to start building 40 gigawatts of new capacity by 2015 –
almost as much as Japan’s entire nuclear power sector.

Mar 7, 2011

Chinese pin hopes on affordable housing pledge

BEIJING, March 7 (Reuters) – Owning a home is central to the
Chinese dream, but for Beijing residents like 30-year-old Zhang
Xinyuan, just getting an apartment seems like a dream that may
never become reality.

A teacher at a prominent university in Beijing, Zhang is a
member of the country’s growing middle class. But her salary of
80,000 yuan ($12,179) a year has not kept up with the pace of
rising property prices.

Feb 16, 2011

Flood of money needed to fix China’s water woes

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China is now the world’s second largest economy, but hundreds of millions of its people still rely on fouled water that will cost billions of

dollars to clean.

Growing cities, overuse of fertilisers, and factories that heedlessly dump wastewater have degraded China’s water supplies to the extent that half the nation’s rivers and lakes are severely polluted.

Feb 16, 2011

Analysis: Flood of money needed to fix China’s water woes

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China is now the world’s second largest economy, but hundreds of millions of its people still rely on fouled water that will cost billions of dollars to clean.

Growing cities, overuse of fertilizers, and factories that heedlessly dump wastewater have degraded China’s water supplies to the extent that half the nation’s rivers and lakes are severely polluted.

Feb 3, 2011

Fireworks rock China as leaders visit drought areas

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese leaders celebrated the Year of the Rabbit with visits to the drought-stricken north while ordinary citizens rocked city streets with cacophonous fireworks.

Worry about inflation and over-valued property markets did not dampen Beijing residents’ enthusiasm for the ultimate in conspicuous consumption — fireworks that light up the sky and are gone in a puff.

Jan 14, 2011

Ageing China offers silver lining for investors

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Retired professor Chen Chongyu and his wife Liu Zhenjuan dreamed of coming back to China from their daughter’s home in France, but until last year the couple had nowhere to go.

That changed when they found Cherish-Yearn, an upscale retirement community on the fringes of Shanghai and a pioneer in catering to China’s prosperous elderly.

Dec 10, 2010

China’s rivals welcome Nobel for Liu; allies question

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – Western nations hailed the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo as a reminder of the importance of human rights, while Beijing and some of its allies said the prize had been politicised.

Democracy campaigner Liu, who was jailed late last year for 11 years for subversion, was represented at the award ceremony in the Norwegian capital Oslo by an empty chair after China prevented friends and family from attending.

Dec 10, 2010

China’s rivals welcome Nobel for Liu while allies question

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – Western nations hailed the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo as a reminder of the importance of human rights, while Beijing and some of its allies said the prize had been politicised.

Democracy campaigner Liu, who was jailed late last year for 11 years for subversion, was represented at the award ceremony in the Norwegian capital Oslo by an empty chair after China prevented friends and family from attending.

Dec 1, 2010

China’s healthcare plans bump against rural skills gap

DONGYANG, China, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Doctor Liu Youhong made
do for decades with two years of rudimentary medical training,
enough to meet villagers’ basic needs in his untidy rural
corner of the eastern province of Jiangsu.

But now, the dearth of skilled medical doctors in areas
such as Dongyang is proving a major stumbling block to
ambitious plans to offer basic health care to hundreds of
millions in rural China.

Nov 24, 2010

China-Africa trade ties move beyond resources

BEIJING/HONG KONG, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Energy deals took
centre stage during a southern African tour by China’s
leader-in-waiting, but the growing ties between China and Africa
are quickly moving beyond the traditional sectors of energy and
infrastructure.

Vice President Xi Jinping this week wrapped up a visit to
South Africa, Angola and Botswana. Xi, who is expected to succeed
Hu Jintao as head of the ruling Communist Party in 2012,
witnessed the signing of deals worth millions of dollars to build
a power plant and solar panel factory and to increase South
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      "I am the Reuters Insider correspondent in China, where I have lived for ten of the last 15 years. Prior areas of coverage include political and general news, as well as commodities and energy policy and markets."
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