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Beijing's bid to move polluting firms watched warily in nearby regions

By David Stanway BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing's polluters. Smog-shrouded Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei have become a front in a "war against pollution" declared by Premier Li Keqiang last month.

China angered by Britain's report on human rights, cancels talks

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - China accused Britain on Tuesday of interfering in its domestic affairs after the British government criticized Beijing's human rights record. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Britain's annual human rights made "irresponsible remarks...about the Chinese political system, rudely slandering and criticizing China's human rights situation".

China angered by Britain's report on human rights, cancels talks

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - China on Tuesday condemned Britain for interfering in its domestic affairs, in response to a human rights report, a day after the British government said Beijing had called off human rights talks. Britain listed China as "a country of concern" in its annual human rights report last week, saying it had observed increased curbs on freedom of expression, association and assembly in 2013. It also cited reports of "the forcible suppression of ethnic unrest in Tibet and Xinjiang."

China raises minimum wage in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin: report

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The monthly minimum wage in Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin will go up by between 11.4 percent and 12.3 percent from Tuesday, the semi-official China News Service reported, as the government continues efforts to boost domestic demand. The central government has repeatedly pledged to increase workers' share of national income, pushing up wages steadily for more than a decade. It accelerated hikes in 2010 as an economic boom spread to the hinterland and fuelled competition for labor.

China's underground resistance

TIANJIN, China, April 1, Reuters - "Come in and have a look." The welcoming sign on the gates of a ramshackle building with metal walls off a highway near this industrial city in northern China masks a grim reality: this is an underground Catholic church barely tolerated by Communist Party authorities.

China's war on smog will be won or lost in polluted Hebei

By David Stanway BEIJING (Reuters) - China's war on pollution is only a few weeks old, but the battle lines are already being drawn between Beijing and Hebei, the province most synonymous with dirty air. A succession of Hebei officials used the annual session of parliament in Beijing this month to urge the central government to boost subsidies to help with job losses and other costs from mandated cuts in industrial production across the country. One local official said Hebei was taking on too much of the burden.

Economic 'honeymoon' between Germany and China fades

By Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - As Xi Jinping prepares to make the first trip to Germany by a Chinese president in eight years, lofty goals to boost trade between the world's top exporters look hopelessly out of reach, and German firms are beginning to rethink their aggressive push into China.

Chinese insurer offers Beijing residents cover against smog

BEIJING (Reuters) - A state-owned Chinese insurer will offer residents of Beijing insurance cover against health risks caused by air pollution, promising to pay out 1,500 yuan ($240) to policy holders hospitalized by smog. The policy, available for 10-50 year olds, will also pay out 300 yuan ($48.56) when the city's official smog index exceeds 300 for five consecutive days, a level considered "hazardous", according to a notice posted on the People's Insurance Company of China (PICC) website (

Chinese activist detained over possible Tiananmen self-immolation

A female Chinese activist has been detained by security authorities after posting online about a possible attempted self-immolation last week in Tiananmen Square, her husband and friends said Tuesday. Wang Jing's husband, who is a Japanese national, said he is worried about her well-being since she was taken away by the authorities in Beijing on Friday, adding he believes she was subsequently transferred to her home city of Jilin.

China confirms 'emergency' near Tiananmen Square: state media

Chinese police dealt with an "emergency" near Beijing's Tiananmen Square during a top government meeting last week, state media reported Monday, after onlookers said they saw smoke in the area. The "emergency" occurred during the opening of China's Communist-controlled National People's Congress on Wednesday, the state-run People's Public Security News said in a report carried on a central government website.
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