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Apr 22, 2014

Tesla expects big investment on charging stations in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects to invest “hundreds of millions of dollars” building charging outlets in China, which could become its biggest global market next year, billionaire co-founder Elon Musk said.

Palo Alto, California-based Tesla plans to compete with rivals such as BMW (BMWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Daimler AG’s (DAIGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Mercedes-Benz for a share of China’s emerging green vehicle market, which the government wants to develop fast.

Mar 31, 2014

China rebel village votes, but hopes fade for fair poll

WUKAN, China (Reuters) – Villagers in southern Guangdong who launched an open revolt against local authorities in 2011 held an election on Monday amid intensifying pressure against protest leaders, who have either been detained or sought asylum abroad.

The government pressure is casting doubt on China’s ability to establish grassroots democracy and underscores the limits of China’s village elections, over which local governments often assert control.

Mar 18, 2014

Angry Chinese families threaten hunger strike over missing plane

BEIJING (Reuters) – Furious Chinese families threatened on Tuesday to go on hunger strike until the Malaysian government tells them the truth about the fate of their relatives aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight which went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Ten days after the airliner vanished an hour into its flight, hundreds of family members are still waiting for information in a Beijing hotel.

Mar 2, 2014

China’s security chief vows justice after deadly train station attack

KUNMING, China (Reuters) – China will spare no effort to seek justice for a “terrorist attack” at a crowded train station, its domestic security chief said, after militants from the restive region of Xinjiang were blamed for chilling violence that killed at least 29 people.

Authorities said a group of knife-wielding “terrorists” launched a “premeditated” attack at the Kunming Railway Station late in China’s southwest on Saturday night. More than 130 people were also wounded.

Jan 23, 2014

Li Hongbo’s paper sculptures stretch the imagination

BEIJING (Reuters) – The line of white, classical busts in Li Hongbo’s dusty Beijing studio could be used for drawing practice in any art classroom in the world. That is until the Chinese artist places his hands on one and lifts gently.

What had looked exactly like solid plaster is transformed into an amorphous worm. A Roman soldier warps like taffy. A pretty English maid rises abruptly like a ghost before slipping back into place as if nothing had happened.

Jan 17, 2014

China decries foreign interference in detained academic case

BEIJING (Reuters) – China decried what it called interference in its internal affairs on Friday, after both the United States and European Union voiced concern over the detention of a high-profile ethnic Uighur academic from the restive western region of Xinjiang.

Police in Beijing on Wednesday seized Ilham Tohti, a prominent economist who has championed the rights of the Muslim Uighur community, from his home and his whereabouts were unknown, his wife and a close friend told Reuters.

Jan 6, 2014

Rodman lands in North Korea for basketball on Kim’s birthday

BEIJING (Reuters) – Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Monday with a team of retired professional basketball players to mark the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

This marks Rodman’s fourth trip to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, where he and his team of fellow former National Basketball Association stars will hold basketball games on Kim’s birthday, which is believed to fall on Wednesday, although it has never been officially confirmed.

Jan 6, 2014

Rodman leaves for North Korea for basketball on leader Kim’s birthday

BEIJING (Reuters) – Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman left Beijing for North Korea on Monday with a team of retired basketball players to mark the birthday of “nice guy” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

This will be Rodman’s fourth trip to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, where he and his team of fellow former National Basketball Association stars will hold basketball games on Kim’s birthday, which is believed to fall on Wednesday, although it has never been officially confirmed.

Jan 6, 2014

Rodman leaves for North Korea to play basketball on leader Kim’s birthday

BEIJING (Reuters) – Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman left Beijing for North Korea on Monday with a team of retired basketball players to mark the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who he declared a “nice guy”.

This will be Rodman’s fourth trip to the North Korean capital Pyongyang, where he and his team of fellow former National Basketball Association stars will hold basketball games on Kim’s birthday.

Dec 19, 2013

Rodman says he’s going to North Korea for fun, not to talk politics

BEIJING (Reuters) – Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman said on Thursday he was not going to North Korea to talk about politics or human rights, despite political tension surrounding the execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle.

Rodman has visited Pyongyang twice before, spending time dining as a guest of Kim, with whom he says he has a genuine friendship.