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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

Nov 17 2017

After ditching Taiwan, China says Panama will get the help it needs

BEIJING China will provide Panama with whatever help it needs after the Central American country ditched long-standing ties with self-ruled Taiwan in June, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday after talks between the two countries' presidents.

Nov 10 2017

Trump praises 'productive' China talks, but tough action seen ahead

BEIJING U.S. President Donald Trump lauded his Beijing meetings on trade and North Korea as "very productive", ending a visit which Chinese media declared set a "new blueprint" for handling ties, even as the White House looks set for tougher action on China.

Nov 02 2017

China's Xi says hopes to promote relations with North Korea: KCNA

SEOUL/BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping replied to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's congratulatory message on China's Communist Party Congress, saying he hopes to promote ties between the two countries, North Korea's state news agency said on Thursday.

Nov 01 2017

South Korea's Moon says cannot recognize North Korea as nuclear state

SEOUL/BEIJING South Korea will never tolerate North Korea as a nuclear state, nor will Seoul have nuclear weapons, President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday, as China pledged to work on denuclearization after setting aside a dispute with Seoul over an anti-missile system.

Oct 31 2017

China, South Korea agree to mend ties after THAAD standoff

SEOUL/BEIJING Seoul and Beijing on Tuesday agreed to move beyond a year-long stand-off over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, a dispute that has been devastating to South Korean businesses that rely on Chinese consumers.

Oct 31 2017

Beijing seen poised for fresh South China Sea assertiveness

HONG KONG/BEIJING China has quietly undertaken more construction and reclamation in the South China Sea, recent satellite images show, and is likely to more powerfully reassert its claims over the waterway soon, regional diplomats and military officers say. | Video

Oct 27 2017

Ahead of Trump trip, China urges U.S. not to allow Taiwan president in

BEIJING/TAIPEI China urged the United States on Friday not to allow Taiwan's president to travel through U.S. territory en route to the island's diplomatic allies in the Pacific, a sensitive visit shortly ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's trip to Beijing.

Oct 25 2017

China unveils new leadership line-up with no clear successor to Xi

BEIJING China's ruling Communist Party broke with recent precedent on Wednesday, unveiling a new leadership line-up without a clear successor to President Xi Jinping, who has become arguably the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. | Video

Oct 25 2017

Factbox: Xi allies dominate China's new 25-member Politburo

While the new seven-member Politburo Standing Committee unveiled on Wednesday by China's ruling Communist Party was not packed with people regarded as close to President Xi Jinping, his allies dominate the new Politburo - the second tier in Beijing's power structure.

Oct 25 2017

Factbox: Xi allies dominate China's new 25-member Politburo

While the new seven-member Politburo Standing Committee unveiled on Wednesday by China's ruling Communist Party was not packed with people regarded as close to President Xi Jinping, his allies dominate the new Politburo - the second tier in Beijing's power structure.

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