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Apr 21, 2011

Clashes erupt in Shanghai as truck driver strike near port

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A two-day strike over rising fuel prices turned violent in Shanghai on Thursday as thousands of truck drivers clashed with police, drivers said, in the latest example of simmering discontent over inflation.

About 2,000 truck drivers battled baton-wielding police at an intersection near Waigaoqiao port, Shanghai’s biggest, two drivers who were at the protest told Reuters.

Mar 2, 2011

Chinese manga artist draws his way into Japan market

By Royston Chan and Chiaki Kawase

SHANGHAI/TOKYO (Reuters Life!) – Liu Chong, a Shanghai resident, has overcome stylistic differences and parental disapproval to realize his dream: publishing in a mainstream manga magazine in Japan, the home of manga comics.

Brought up on Japanese manga, like many Chinese of his generation, the 26-year-old who goes by the pen name of “L-Dart” made a name for himself in China before managing to cross the sea with his fantasy history graphic novel “Killin-ji,” which started running late last month in “Monthly Big Comic Spirits.”

Feb 27, 2011

China protest call smothered in police blanket

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – An online call for anti-government protests across China on Sunday instead brought an emphatic show of force by police determined to deter any buds of the kind of unrest that has shaken the Middle East.

Lines of police checked passers-by and warned away foreign photo journalists in downtown Beijing and Shanghai after a U.S.-based Chinese website spread calls for Chinese people to emulate the “Jasmine Revolution” sweeping the Middle East and stage gatherings in support of democratic change.

Feb 25, 2011

China evacuates 12,000 from Libya, sends frigate

SHANGAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – China has evacuated 12,000, or about one third, of its citizens from turmoil in Libya, many of them workers for Chinese-run projects in the oil-rich nation, official media said on Friday.

The mass evacuation, supported by a Chinese naval frigate, is the latest test for a government that has encouraged firms to seek business across the developing world, often in conditions considered too difficult or poorly paid for Western firms.

Feb 25, 2011

China evacuates 12,000 from Libya, sends frigate to help

SHANGAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – China has so far evacuated 12,000, or about a third, of its citizens from turmoil in Libya, many of them workers for Chinese-run projects and businesses in the oil-rich nation, official media said on Friday.

The mass evacuation effort, supported by a Chinese naval frigate, is the latest test for a government that has encouraged companies to seek business across the developing world, often in conditions considered too dangerous, difficult or poorly paid for Western firms.

Feb 22, 2011

Chinese workers appeal to Apple over health worries

SUZHOU, China (Reuters) – Chinese workers at a factory making touch screens on contract for Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have urged the U.S. company to help address their grievances over a chemical poisoning they said could still harm their health.

Wintek (2384.TW: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the Taiwanese company that owns the factory in east China’s Suzhou industrial park, has said it used hexyl hydride, also called n-hexane, from May 2008 to August 2009, but stopped after discovering it was making workers ill.

Feb 20, 2011

Chinese police break up Middle East-inspired rally

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Police dispersed scores of people who gathered in central Beijing on Sunday after calls spread online across China urging pro-democracy gatherings inspired by protest rallies across the Middle East.

In the end, the small gatherings in Beijing and Shanghai turned out to be demonstrations of the Chinese authorities’ determination to snuff out even tepid challenges to Communist Party power.

Jan 17, 2011

Chinese teacher helps blind find confidence in art

By Royston Chan

NANNING, China (Reuters Life!) – Inside a brightly-lit room in a lighting store, painting teacher Zeng Bailiang and his group of volunteers are patiently teaching a group of blind students the basics of Chinese painting.

The students in the classes in Nanning, the provincial capital of China’s southern Guangxi province, spend hours practising brushstrokes on a special paper, feeling with their fingers the different wet and dry areas to guide them on their painting.

Jan 16, 2011

Made in China porcelain for British royal wedding

By Royston Chan

BEILIU, China (Reuters Life!) – A Chinese porcelain manufacturing company has won the order to make the official tableware to be used at the British royal wedding of Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton.

Guangxi Sanhuan Group, based in Beiliu, a city in China’s southern Guangxi province known locally for its ceramics and porcelain ware, said they came out tops over more than 500 companies bidding to produce royal wedding porcelain, fighting off stiff competition from manufacturers around the globe.

Jan 16, 2011

Made in China porcelain for royal wedding

BEILIU, China (Reuters) – A Chinese porcelain manufacturing company has won the order to make the official tableware to be used at the British royal wedding of Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton.

Guangxi Sanhuan Group, based in Beiliu, a city in China’s southern Guangxi province known locally for its ceramics and porcelain ware, said they came out tops over more than 500 companies bidding to produce royal wedding porcelain, fighting off stiff competition from manufacturers around the globe.