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New York Times reporter leaves China after visa denial

A New York Times reporter left Beijing Thursday after authorities did not grant him a visa, sparking ire in Washington as China ratchets up pressure on foreign media. The United States said it was "deeply concerned that foreign journalists in China continue to face restrictions" after the reporter, Austin Ramzy -- who had been based in China for more than six years -- headed to Taipei. "China is forcing out Austin Ramzy today after 6.5 years," Times China correspondent Ed Wong wrote on Twitter.

White House rebukes China on press freedoms

The United States on Thursday rebuked China over its treatment of foreign media following the departure of a New York Times reporter after authorities did not renew his visa. A White House statement said the United States was "very disappointed" that reporter Austin Ramzy was obliged to leave China and that Beijing's actions "stand in stark contrast with US treatment of Chinese and other foreign journalists."

New York Times reporter leaves China after visa denial

A New York Times reporter was leaving Beijing Thursday after authorities did not grant him a visa, in a case that comes as Chinese authorities ratchet up pressure on foreign media. Austin Ramzy, who has been based in China for more than six years, was to fly to Taipei, where he will be based. "China is forcing out Austin Ramzy today after 6.5 years," Times China correspondent Ed Wong wrote on Twitter. "Sad to be leaving Beijing," Ramzy tweeted. "Hope I can return soon."

China's Wen pleads innocence over hidden riches claim

Former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has pleaded innocence over claims that his family amassed huge wealth during his decade in power, a Hong Kong columnist said, as Beijing ramps up a much-publicised crackdown on official corruption. "I have never been involved and would not get involved in one single deal of abusing my power for personal gain because no such gains whatsoever could shake my convictions," Wen said in a letter to Ng Hong-mun, a columnist with the Ming Pao newspaper, a Hong Kong-based Chinese-language daily.

Chinese tycoon wants to 'rebuild' New York Times

A Chinese tycoon said Monday he is serious about buying the New York Times and wants to work on "rebuilding its credibility and influence" by reforming its award-winning coverage of China. Chen Guangbiao, listed as one of China's 400 richest people and a man known as much for his publicity stunts as his charitable giving, penned an op-ed in the state-run Global Times newspaper headlined: "I intend to buy The New York Times, please don't take it as a joke".

Biden says disputes remain over treatment of U.S. journalists in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the United States and China have "profound disagreements" over the treatment of American journalists in the country. The comments by Biden are the highest-level statement out of Washington on the state of press freedoms in China.

Head of Xinhua says Western media pushing revolution in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Western media organizations are trying to demonize China and promote revolution and national disintegration as they hate seeing the country prosper, the head of China's official Xinhua news agency said in comments published on Wednesday. China's ruling Communist Party has in recent weeks been tightening controls over the Internet and reminding state media of its responsibility to promote a "correct political direction", as President Xi Jinping dashes hopes his administration will embark on political reforms.

Iceland premier to meet Chinese leaders in Beijing

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir will meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang this month in Beijing as the countries sign a free trade agreement, her office said Saturday. "The prime minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir, and her wife, Jonina Leosdottir, will be on an official visit to China on April 15-18," it said in a statement. She will also meet with former premier Wen Jiabao and President Xi Jinping, on a visit that will include the signing of a trade deal between Reykjavik and Beijing after six years of negotiations.

China trade surplus narrows in February: customs

China's trade surplus narrowed month-on-month in February to $15.3 billion, the customs department said Friday, in a month with fewer working days because of the Lunar New Year holiday. In January, China had recorded a trade surplus of $29.2 billion as the country maintained its economic recovery on improving demand. The February surplus was still a major surprise, with the median forecast of 13 economists polled by Dow Jones Newswires predicting a deficit of $16 billion.

Outgoing premier sees a brilliant future for China

Beijing, Mar 5 (EFE).- Wen Jiabao gave his last speech Tuesday as China's prime minister, leaving power with assurances that the Asian giant "has before it a future of unprecedented brilliance." In an address lasting an hour and 40 minutes before the National People's Assembly, the outgoing premier set an economic growth target of 7.5 percent for 2013 and a goal of creating 9 million new jobs.
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