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Sep 3, 2015

China holds massive military parade, to cut troop levels by 300,000

BEIJING (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders.

China’s confidence in its armed forces and growing military assertiveness, especially in the disputed South China Sea, has rattled the region and drawn criticism from Washington.

Aug 14, 2015

Huge blasts at Chinese port kill 50, injure more than 700

TIANJIN, China (Reuters) – Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 50 people, including at least a dozen fire fighters, officials and state media said on Thursday.

At least 700 people were injured, more than 71 seriously, the Tianjin government said on its Weibo microblog, and the official Xinhua news agency said two fires were still burning.

Aug 14, 2015

China investigates Tianjin blasts, experts focus on chemicals stored at port

TIANJIN, China (Reuters) – Investigators searched for clues on Friday to identify what caused two huge explosions at a warehouse storing volatile chemicals at a busy port in northeast China, as foreign and local companies assessed the damage to their operations.

The blasts in the city of Tianjin on Wednesday night killed at least 50 people, including a dozen fire fighters, state media said. About 700 people were injured, 71 seriously.

Aug 14, 2015

China investigates cause of blasts at Tianjin port, firms assess damage

TIANJIN, China, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Investigators searched
for clues on Friday to identify what caused two huge explosions
at a warehouse used to store toxic chemicals and gas at a busy
port in northeast China, as foreign and local companies assessed
the damage to their operations.

The blasts in the city of Tianjin on Wednesday night killed
at least 50 people, including a dozen fire fighters, state media
said. About 700 people were injured, 71 seriously.

Aug 13, 2015

Shockwave from China blast sends victim flying, lucky to survive

TIANJIN, China, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The massive force of the
shockwave from the blast in the Chinese port city of Tianjin
hurled Hua Hongwei a few metres, and then pinned him to the
ground.

The factory worker in his 20s, speaking from a hospital bed,
recounts how he was lucky to survive the series of explosions
that rocked his dormitory, situated about 1 km from the
industrial area.

Aug 13, 2015

Huge explosions in Chinese port area kill at least 17, firefighters missing

TIANJIN, China (Reuters) – At least 17 people were killed and 400 injured when two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, state media said on Thursday.

The blasts, so large that they were seen by satellites in space, sent shockwaves through apartment blocks kilometers away in the port city of 15 million people. Internet videos showed fireballs shooting into the sky and the U.S. Geological Survey registered the blasts late on Wednesday as seismic events.

Aug 11, 2015

China prepares to ordain second bishop with Pope’s approval

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is preparing to ordain a second bishop with the Pope’s approval, the spokesman for a Catholic diocese said on Tuesday, a possible sign of easing relations between the Chinese government and the Vatican.

The possible ordination in central Henan province of Cosmos Ji Chengyi as bishop of Zhumadian and last week’s consecration of Joseph Zhang Yinlin as coadjutor bishop of Anyang follow a strained period between Beijing and Rome since 2011, when the Communist body that governs the church appointed bishops without Vatican approval.

Aug 7, 2015

China removes cross from church after month-long protest ends

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities removed a cross from a church on Friday after Christian protesters ended a month-long sit-in on the building’s roof in a bid to protect the cross from what they said was its unfair removal, witnesses said.

Communist China officially guarantees freedom of religion though authorities are sometimes suspicious of religious groups.

Aug 7, 2015

China accuses Manila, Tokyo of joining forces over South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) – Japan and the Philippines teamed up at a regional security forum this week to attack China over the disputed South China Sea, China’s Foreign Ministry said, as details emerged of sometimes testy exchanges during the talks in Malaysia.

In a statement released around midnight, the ministry cited Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as telling the East Asia Summit on Thursday that Beijing was not impeding freedom of navigation in the contested waterway.

Aug 6, 2015

Chinese Christians hold protest on church roof to protect cross

BEIJING (Reuters) – Christian protesters in China have camped out for a month on the roof of their church to stop authorities from taking down its cross, defying calls from officials to give up their campaign, congregation members said on Thursday.

Communist China officially guarantees freedom of religion though authorities are sometimes suspicious of religious groups.