BEIJING (Reuters) – They are the face of China’s cities, building the skyscrapers and staffing the restaurants, but until now China’s census takers have counted migrant workers as if they were still planting rice on the farm.
That will change with the 2010 census, when China is for the first time counting people based on where they actually live, rather than where they are registered under the household registration, or ‘hukou’, system.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s dwindling band of pro-democracy dissidents believe awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to one of their own could bring change to the world’s most populous country, his wife told Reuters.
Liu Xiaobo, jailed in 2009 for 11 years for subversion, won the prize for his decades of non-violent struggle for human rights, putting China’s rights record in the spotlight at a time when the world’s most populous nation is starting to play a bigger role on the global stage.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China will try its best to block a Nobel Peace prize for jailed Chinese writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo, his wife told Reuters ahead of the Nobel Committee’s announcement on Friday.
Liu is considered one of the front-runners for the prize, although the Nobel Committee often confounds expectations. Czech politician and former dissident Vaclav Havel is one of those pushing for Liu to win the prize.
DALIAN, China, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Steel demand growth in
China, the world’s biggest steel market, will revive by early
2011, Jose Carlos Martins, executive director of ferrous metals
at the world’s top iron ore miner Vale (VALE5.SA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), said on
“I see demand slowing for two or three months, then growing
again. We need to prepare for growth again by the end of 2010 or
in early 2011,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a
conference in Dalian, a major Chinese port.
DALIAN, China (Reuters) – Iron ore prices should follow steel prices, not the other way round, a spokesman for China’s steel industry said on Tuesday, reopening a war of words over who sets the price of China’s biggest import commodity.
China is by far the world’s top steel producer, with almost half of global production in 2009, so using steel prices to guide iron ore prices would give it a large measure of control over the cost of the ingredient globally.
DALIAN, China, Sept 28 (Reuters) – China reopened its war of
words with global iron ore miners on Tuesday as the spokesman for
the country’s big steel mills vowed they would not be bullied
into accepting unfavourable pricing systems.
Shan Shanghua, secretary general of the China Iron & Steel
Association (CISA), said iron ore prices should be based on steel
prices, a reversal of the current market in which China, the
world’s biggest steelmaker, is the top iron ore buyer.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China cited increased government transparency via the Internet and reforms in the police and judicial sector as its main areas of progress in human rights in the past year, in a white paper released on Sunday.
China has long countered what it calls Western concepts of individual rights by saying it offers its vast population improving access to basics like food, housing and education.
BEIJING, Sept 26 (Reuters) – China’s Ministry of Commerce
has upheld heavy duties on imports of chicken parts from the
United States, standing tough on a long-running dispute over
mutual market access.
The Ministry raised the minimum level of anti-dumping duties
it first announced in February this year. It will charge duties
of between 50.3 percent and 105.4 percent on imports beginning
Sept. 27, it said in a statement on its website on Sunday.
BEIJING/TOKYO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister
Naoto Kan waded into an acrimonious dispute over Japan’s
detention of a Chinese fisherman on Sunday, dismissing China’s
demands for an apology and compensation as out of the question.
The row has bounced back and forth between the two sides
with demands for an apology and rejections, illustrating the
fragility of ties between Asia’s two biggest economies troubled
by Chinese memories of wartime occupation and maritime
BEIJING (Reuters) – China marked the 30th anniversary of its controversial one-child policy with talk of relaxing rules, at least in some provinces, that have reined in population growth but caused heartache for millions of couples.
With a population expected to peak at 1.65 billion in 2033, China has been cautious about dropping an unpopular policy that was originally supposed to last one generation.