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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

19 May 2017

Hong Kong central bank unveils fresh measures to check property price surge

HONG KONG Hong Kong regulators announced new prudential lending measures on Friday to cool a red-hot property market, moving for the second time in six months to discourage buyers from pushing up residential prices that are already at record highs.

19 May 2017

China-Hong Kong bridge to unity, or tentacle of Beijing control?

PEARL RIVER ESTUARY, China As a 30-km (19-mile) bridge between Hong Kong and China across the Pearl River estuary nears completion, Chinese officials are hoping it will bring more than economic integration at a time of growing tension between the two sides. | Video

27 Apr 2017

Customers in short supply at HSBC's Pearl River Delta branches, core of China plan

DONGGUAN, China/LONDON/HONG KONG In the digital age, footfall in bricks-and-mortar outlets is an incomplete measure of business activity, but HSBC's sparsely attended branches in the Pearl River Delta suggest it's not all plain sailing for the bank's expansion in mainland China.

18 Apr 2017

Trump talk tempers exporters' optimism at top China trade fair

GUANGZHOU, China Higher costs and rising wages are among the top headaches for exporters at China's largest trade fair, but days after the first U.S.-China summit under the new president one topic of conversation buzzed about the vast halls: Donald Trump.

04 Apr 2017

Hong Kong's restive youth prepare for long struggle with Beijing

HONG KONG With China's preferred candidate selected as Hong Kong's next chief executive, another blow to the morale of the city's democracy activists, their young leaders are taking a page from Beijing's playbook and preparing for a long battle.

27 Mar 2017

Hong Kong protest leaders charged day after new leader chosen

HONG KONG Hong Kong police on Monday charged nine organisers of the 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations, just a day after a new Beijing-backed leader was chosen, vowing to unite society.

26 Mar 2017

Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension

HONG KONG A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong's next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension. | Video

24 Mar 2017

Hong Kong to choose new leader amid anger at perceived China meddling

HONG KONG A small electoral college chooses a new Hong Kong leader on Sunday amid accusations of meddling by Beijing, denying the Chinese-ruled financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better suited to defuse political tension.

13 Mar 2017

Relief camp in China swells as thousands flee conflict in Myanmar

NANSAN, China Within earshot of mortar fire echoing from beyond a ring of hills, a sprawling relief camp in Southwestern China is swelling steadily after fighting erupted last week between a rebel ethnic army in Myanmar and government troops just across the border.

22 Feb 2017

Hong Kong hands out generous budget, paints brighter outlook

HONG KONG Hong Kong handed out billions of dollars in tax cuts and poverty relief on Wednesday to reflate its economy, and projected a brighter outlook this year amid growing concerns over rising trade protectionism and higher interest rates.

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