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Jul 9, 2014

WHO urges China to tackle state tobacco monopoly in battle on smoking

BEIJING, July 9 (Reuters) – China must separate the
conflicting promotion and prevention roles of its state tobacco
monopoly to reduce smoking-related deaths, which number as much
as 1 million a year, the head of the World Health Organization
(WHO) said on Wednesday.

With more than 300 million smokers, China is the world’s
largest producer and consumer of tobacco. The government has
pledged to curb smoking but its efforts have had little success.

Jun 30, 2014

China to try top military officer in strike against corruption

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will court-marshal one of its most senior former military officers on charges of corruption, state media said on Monday, the highest-ranking official to date felled in President Xi Jinping’s battle against deep-rooted and pervasive graft.

Xu Caihou retired as vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission last year and from the party’s decision-making Politburo in 2012.

Jun 25, 2014

China says Philippines stirring tensions after Aquino supports Japan

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Wednesday accused the Philippines of creating tension in the region and urged Manila to show “sincerity” in upholding stability after President Benigno Aquino welcomed Japan’s more assertive military policy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made it clear on Tuesday he wanted an early agreement with his ruling party’s dovish junior partner to ease constitutional curbs that have kept Japan’s military from fighting abroad since World War Two.

Jun 24, 2014

China’s Supreme Court overturns death sentence for victim of domestic violence: lawyer

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top court has overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her husband after years of violent abuse, her lawyer said on Tuesday, in a move activists say shows the government could be serious about battling domestic violence.

The landmark case of Li Yan, which was widely discussed on the Internet in China, highlights the plight of victims of domestic violence, and drew the attention of international human rights groups.

Jun 13, 2014

China arrests prominent human rights lawyer in case watched by West

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police said on Friday they had arrested a prominent human rights lawyers on charges of causing a disturbance and illegal access to personal information, in a case that has sparked an outcry among rights workers in China and the West.

Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most outspoken dissidents, was detained last month after he attended a meeting in a private home to commemorate the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Jun 12, 2014

China denounces Japan protest over military jets’ close brush

BEIJING, June 12 (Reuters) – China said on Thursday that
Japan’s accusations of Chinese fighter jets flying “abnormally
close” to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea
were aimed at deceiving the international community.

Japan protested after Chinese warplanes flew “abnormally
close” to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea on
Wednesday.

Jun 5, 2014

China frees three activists after Tiananmen anniversary

BEIJING (Reuters) – China released on Thursday three activists who had been detained for a month for attending a meeting to commemorate the military suppression of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, their lawyers said.

The activists were freed a day after the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown, marked by tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong, even as Chinese authorities sought to whitewash the event in the mainland.

Jun 3, 2014

Wary China keeps close watch as Tiananmen anniversary arrives

BEIJING, June 4 (Reuters) – Twenty-five years ago, Wang Nan
took his camera and headed out to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square,
where tens of thousands of people had gathered calling for
democratic reforms. The 19-year-old told a friend he wanted to
record history.

Before he left his home late on June 3, 1989, he asked his
mother”Do you think the troops would open fire?” She said she
did not. Around three hours later, he was shot dead by soldiers.

Jun 1, 2014

How a private commemoration of the Tiananmen protests riled Chinese police

BEIJING (Reuters) – Early last month, 15 people went to a Beijing apartment to mark the 25th anniversary of the crushing of pro-democracy protests around Tiananmen Square. Among them were scholars, a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, writers and the mother of a student who was killed by soldiers on June 4, 1989.

A few days later, five were in police detention after a photograph of the gathering circulated on the Internet. They were charged with “causing a disturbance”, a crime that carries a jail term of up to five years.

May 27, 2014

Vietnam, China trade barbs after Vietnamese fishing boat sinks

HANOI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Vietnam and China traded accusations on Tuesday over the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat not far from where China has parked an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea, as tensions fester between the two countries over the giant drilling platform.

Hanoi said some 40 Chinese fishing boats surrounded the Vietnamese craft on Monday before one of them rammed it and it sank. Vietnamese fishing boats operating nearby rescued the 10 fishermen on board, the government and the coastguard said.