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Feb 22, 2012

Chinese firm seeks halt of iPad sales in Shanghai

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese technology firm sought to halt the sale of Apple Inc’s iPads across the affluent city of Shanghai, arguing at a local court hearing on Wednesday that the U.S. firm had infringed on its trademark.

Previous court rulings in favor of Proview Technology (Shenzhen) have covered specific retailers in smaller cities, but a Shanghai order, if imposed, would eat into one of Apple’s biggest markets in China.

Jan 11, 2012

China helps pandas who aren’t born to be wild

DUJIANGYAN, China (Reuters) – China on Wednesday began sending pandas bred in captivity into a protected area in southwestern Sichuan province, the most ambitious attempt to rebuild the country’s depleted population of giant pandas in a natural habitat.

The first six pandas selected from 108 raised by the Chengdu Giant Panda Rehabilitation Project were released for “wildlife training” in a forest area covering more than 130 hectares (320 acres) called Panda Valley.

Dec 15, 2011

Soccer-Tigana set to sign for Shanghai – club

SHANGHAI, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Former French
international Jean Tigana will land in Shanghai on Saturday to
put the finishing touches to a deal which will see him manage
Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, the club told
Reuters on Thursday.

Tigana, who has managed in France, England and Turkey, quit
as coach of Bordeaux earlier this year, and is now expected to
steer the Chinese side who earlier this week announced the
signing of Chelsea’s French striker Nicola Anelka.

Dec 7, 2011

China factory unrest spreads amid economic uncertainty

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Workers at a
foreign-owned factory in China were on strike on Wednesday after
a week of industrial disputes in coastal manufacturing hubs,
with a wave of unrest showing no sign of abating as they push
back against rising economic pressures.

China’s economy is showing signs of strain due to mounting
piles of local government debt, a sharp drop in external demand
for exports and nagging inflation. A pronounced slowdown that
could lay off millions of migrant factory workers would be a
major concern for Beijing’s stability-obsessed leaders.

Dec 5, 2011

China’s Wu targets Phelps again in London

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Wu Peng, the man who ended nearly a decade of domination by Michael Phelps in the 200 metres butterfly, said a change in his training regime and a strong season had given him the confidence to aim for a medal at next year’s London Olympics.

Wu’s good season included two victories over 14-times Olympic champion Phelps, ending the American’s 60-race winning streak in the 200m which had spanned nine years.

Dec 5, 2011

Swimming-China’s Wu targets Phelps again in London

BEIJING, Dec 5 (Reuters) – China’s Wu Peng, the man
who ended nearly a decade of domination by Michael Phelps in the
200 metres butterfly, said a change in his training regime and a
strong season had given him the confidence to aim for a medal at
next year’s London Olympics.

Wu’s good season included two victories over 14-times
Olympic champion Phelps, ending the American’s 60-race winning
streak in the 200m which had spanned nine years.

Dec 2, 2011

Hundreds strike at Singapore-owned plant in China

SHANGHAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – More than 200 workers at a
Singapore-owned electronics plant in Shanghai remained on
strike for a third day on Friday to denounce what they said was
a management plan for mass layoffs, the latest outbreak of
labour unrest in China.

Blue-jacketed workers, chanting slogans and holding aloft
banners demanding management explanations, blocked the entrance
to the factory owned by Hi-P International in the
Pudong district of China’s commercial hub.

Oct 28, 2011

Protest in east China subsides as gov’t suspends taxes

ZHILI, China (Reuters) – Days of protests in an east China town over a tax dispute appeared to have subsided on Friday amid a security clampdown, and media reported that officials had suspended tax collection that sent hundreds of rural migrants into the streets.

Traffic in Zhili, a factory town in wealthy Zhejiang province about a two-hour drive from Shanghai, flowed smoothly and damaged cars and debris had been cleared.

Oct 27, 2011

Tax dispute sparks east China street protests

HUZHOU, China (Reuters) – More than a thousand people flooded the streets of a town in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on Thursday night, smashing cars and facing riot police as they extended earlier protests sparked by a dispute between tax officials and a store owner.

At around 8 p.m. in the center of Zhili township near Huzhou city, protesters — most from neighboring Anhui province — marched toward the local government offices, overturning cars and shouting: “People of Anhui, unite!”

Sep 28, 2011

China authorities under fire after Shanghai subway

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese authorities came under fire on Wednesday after the worst subway train accident in 42 years raised fresh concerns that the world’s second biggest economy was sacrificing safety in the rush to develop.

Officials were still investigating the cause of Tuesday’s crash in the financial capital Shanghai in which 270 people were injured, 20 of them critically.