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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

14 Nov 2017

South China Sea code of conduct talks to be "stabiliser" for region - China premier

MANILA China's agreement to begin talks with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the fine print of a code of conduct framework for the disputed South China Sea will help to stabilise the region, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said.

12 Nov 2017

ASEAN signs free trade, investment pacts with Hong Kong

MANILA Hong Kong signed free trade and investment agreements with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday, in what one of the Chinese territory's officials called a "loud and clear" vote against rising regional trade protectionism.

10 Nov 2017

In China's 'democracy village', no one wants to talk any more

WUKAN, China Surveillance cameras peer at residents from every major street corner. Informants are everywhere, villagers say. And more than a dozen villagers are languishing in prison or detention. | Video

09 Nov 2017

Hong Kong football fans defy China anthem law

HONG KONG Several hundred football fans in Hong Kong defied a Chinese law against disrespecting the national anthem, by jeering it at a friendly international against Bahrain on Thursday.

08 Nov 2017

Under China anthem cloud, rare interest in Hong Kong vs Bahrain football friendly

HONG KONG Some activists in Hong Kong say they plan to defy a Chinese law against disrespecting the national anthem, by jeering it at international football fixtures against Bahrain and Lebanon in the next few days.

02 Nov 2017

Hong Kong seeks law banning booing of China's national anthem

HONG KONG Hong Kong will try to enact a law penalising people who boo the Chinese national anthem "as soon as possible", an official said on Wednesday, in a move that critics say undermines the Chinese-ruled city's autonomy and freedoms. | Video

01 Nov 2017

With more long-haul flights, Shenzhen Airport steps up pressure on Hong Kong

SHENZHEN, China/HONG KONG Shenzhen, which has morphed from a low-cost manufacturing centre into a booming 'Chinese Silicon Valley' technology hub, is a rising threat to Hong Kong's regional domination in international air travel.

17 Oct 2017

China factories grapple with soaring prices as pollution crackdown bites

GUANGZHOU, China Chinese exporters at the country's biggest trade fair are more optimistic about global demand now than six months ago but Beijing's crackdown on pollution is ramping up costs and product prices, hurting smaller factories and foreign buyers.

11 Oct 2017

Hong Kong leader says Asian financial hub faces "grave" challenges

HONG KONG Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam warned in her maiden policy speech on Wednesday that the city faced "grave" challenges and must develop a more diversified economy, unveiling a mix of housing and tax relief policies to raise competitiveness.

10 Oct 2017

Hong Kong regulator aims for 'northbound' China investor ID system in 2018

HONG KONG Hong Kong's securities regulator plans to implement a real-time investor identification system around mid-2018 for "northbound" trading under the Stock Connect program with China, its chief said, a move aimed at detecting potential misconduct.

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