Ben Blanchard

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

26 Jun 2017

Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo released on medical parole

BEIJING Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winning rights activist Liu Xiaobo has been released from prison on medical parole and is being treated in hospital for late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer said on Monday.

09 Jun 2017

China "gravely concerned" as teachers reported killed in Pakistan

BEIJING, June 9 China said on Friday it was "gravely concerned" at Islamic State claims that the group killed two Chinese teachers it kidnapped in Pakistan's Baluchistan province last month, where Beijing is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure projects.

08 Jun 2017

West underestimates China's new Silk Road, German envoy says

BEIJING Western countries are underestimating China's new Silk Road project, which is an important scheme, despite concerns it is too China-centric and so far lacking in opportunities for foreign firms, Germany's ambassador to China said on Thursday.

07 Jun 2017

Gay Chinese battle inertia, conservatism to push rights

BEIJING When Chinese sexologist Li Yinhe was looking for top-level government support for same-sex marriage in the early 2000s, she asked the then mayor of Beijing, Wang Qishan, a friend, for help.

05 Jun 2017

China says 31 nationals detained in Zambia for illegal mining

BEIJING/LUSAKA Zambia has detained 31 Chinese nationals for illegal mining in the African country's copper belt but has failed to provide strong proof of their crimes, a senior Chinese diplomat said as he lodged a complaint.

27 May 2017

As premier heads to Europe, China says resolute about opening its market

BEIJING China is determined to open its market and is positive about promoting talks on a China-EU investment agreement, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday ahead of Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Brussels for a summit with the European Union.

26 May 2017

China says Taiwan activist confesses to harming state security, Taiwan says charges vague

BEIJING/TAIPEI China said on Friday that a Taiwan rights activist has been arrested on suspicion of subversion and has confessed to harming state security, as Taiwan said the charges were vague and unconvincing.

26 May 2017

Gay rights in China get fillip from Taiwan same-sex marriage ruling

BEIJING Taiwan's decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry has proved a shot in the arm for the gay rights movement in Asia, but it is likely to be many years before China approves similar measures, amid deep-rooted opposition in some quarters. | Video

25 May 2017

Taiwan same-sex marriage ruling brightens outlook for gay rights in China

BEIJING, May 25 Taiwan's decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry has proved a shot in the arm for China's gay rights movement, but it is likely to be many years before Beijing approves similar measures, amid deep-rooted opposition in some quarters.

19 May 2017

China says willing to put South Korea ties back on track, urges THAAD resolution

BEIJING China wants to put ties with South Korea back on a "normal track", President Xi Jinping said on Friday, but Beijing also urged Seoul to respect its concerns and resolve tensions over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system that it opposes.

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