China to increase property market regulation to fend off illegal…

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will step up property market regulation and fight off illegal conduct by property firms and intermediaries, housing minister Wang Menghui said on Monday on the sidelines of the annual parliament meeting. Chinese Housing Minister Wang Menghui attends a news conference during the 19th National Congress of

China’s Premier Li re-elected by parliament to premiership

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament re-elected Li Keqiang as the country’s premier on Sunday. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang drops his ballot during a vote at the sixth plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 18, 2018.

China elects new economic team as President Xi kicks off second term

BEIJING (Reuters) - China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt to reduce systemic risks to the world’s second-largest economy. Newly elected Vice Premiers (L-R) Hu Chunhua, Han

China premier says willing to consider a formal visit to Japan

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday he is willing to consider a formal visit to Japan amid signs of improving ties between the two nations. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and other officials sing national anthem during the closing session of the National

Hawking’s death triggers emotional goodbyes, tributes in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - The death of British physicist Stephen Hawking unleashed a flood of tearful goodbyes on Chinese social media while state television and newspapers paid tribute to the man who had featured in many a school essay in China over the years. FILE PHOTO: British scientist and theoretical

China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea’s growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defense planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead. FILE PHOTO: A Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) soldier takes

Timeline – The rise of Chinese leader Xi Jinping

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, will be re-elected to a second five-year term as president on Saturday by the rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress. FILE PHOTO: A man poses for pictures as he holds postage stamps of Xi Zhongxun, China's former

Tibet can exist with China like ‘European Union’: Dalai Lama

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tibet can exist within China in the same spirit as the European Union sticks together, the territory’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, considered a dangerous separatist by Beijing, said. FILE PHOTO: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks at an interactive session organised by Indian Chamber of

Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views the self-ruled island as a wayward province. U.S. President Donald Trump departs after attending a Friends of

Taiwan doles out incentives to retain talent as China lures investment

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan will dole out more incentives aimed at retaining talented workers and strengthening protection for company trade secrets, the deputy premier said on Friday, in a bid to counter China’s efforts to draw investment by Taiwan companies. FILE PHOTO: A general view of buildings in Taipei's prime

China’s parliament approves government reorganization plan

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday approved a government reorganization plan that merges China’s banking and insurance regulators, gives new powers to policymaking bodies such as the central bank and creates new ministries. FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping (front row, center) and fellow delegates raise their

Cambodia kicks off drills with ‘great friend’ China as U.S. ties sour

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - China and Cambodia on Saturday kicked off military exercises focused on counter-terrorism and rescue operations, highlighting the strong ties between the two countries amid strained relations between Cambodia and the United States. Major General Zhang Jian, commander of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Southern Theatre Command,

How McConnell and Chao used political power to make their family rich

Peter Schweizer, who delved into the Clinton Foundation’s dealings in 2016’s “Clinton Cash,” has turned his sights to the money-making machinations of DC’s political elite.His new book, “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends,” — due out Tuesday from Harper Collins — exposes how politicians

White House says no decision on whether to sign U.S.-Taiwan travel…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has not decided whether he will sign legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet with their Taiwanese counterparts, the White House said on Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

China’s parliament re-elects Xi Jinping as president

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country’s president. Chinese President Xi Jinping walks with his ballot before a vote at the fifth plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March

Xi’s trusted ‘firefighter’ lieutenant becomes China’s vice president

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament chose former top graft-buster Wang Qishan, a key ally of President Xi Jinping, as vice president on Saturday, a widely-expected move that nonetheless breaks with convention and underlines Xi’s dominant authority. Wang Qishan, former secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, drops

Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, a move certain to anger China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province. U.S. President Donald Trump departs after attending a Friends of Ireland event at

China’s Xi says looks forward to smooth U.S.-North Korea talks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is looking forward to smooth talks between the United States and North Korea, President Xi Jinping told the head of South Korea’s National Security Office on Monday, state media said. Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Republic of Korea's National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong

China welcomes positive signals from U.S. and North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday that it welcomes positive signals from the United States and North Korea, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at a regular news briefing.

Indefinite rule for China’s Xi snuffs out activists’ reform hopes

BEIJING (Reuters) - During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first years in office, rights activists tried to remain buoyant despite shrinking opportunities to organize. FILE PHOTO: A paramilitary officer is reflected in a souvenir plate bearing the image of China's President Xi Jinping at a shop nearby the Great Hall

China makes historic move to allow Xi to rule indefinitely

China abolished term limits for Xi Jinping, paving the way for him to be president for life, according to a report. The country’s ruling Communist Party proposed the amendment to the constitution last month and on Sunday the rubber stamp parliament, packed with loyal party members, endorsed it, Reuters reported.Among

China allows Xi to remain president indefinitely, tightening grip…

BEIJING (Reuters) - China removed presidential term limits from its constitution on Sunday, giving President Xi Jinping the right to remain in office indefinitely, and confirming his status as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago. China’s ruling Communist Party announced

China’s insanely powerful leader Xi Jinping allowed to remain Chairman Mao-style ‘president for life’

Rubber-stamp lawmakers abolished presidential term limits – meaning  Xi can rule indefinitely. Nearly 3,000 hand-picked delegates at The National People's Congress endorsed the constitutional amendment Sunday, voting 2,958 in favour. Just two opposed the motion – with three abstaining and one vote invalidated. The amendment upends a system enacted by former Chinese leader

Chinese official warns against creeping Islamisation

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Muslims need to guard against creeping Islamisation, including mosques that copy foreign styles, and strive to practice their faith in a more Chinese way, a senior Chinese Islamic official said on Saturday. Men wait for afternoon prayers to begin at a mosque in China's Linxia, Gansu

Argentina calls for capture of five Chinese fishing boats

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina has issued an international capture order for five Chinese boats it says were illegally fishing in its waters, the coast guard said in a statement on Thursday, following a failed attempt to detain one of the boats at sea. Federal Judge Eva Parcio de Seleme