BEIJING (Reuters) – China has charged former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang with leaking state secrets because he warned political ally Bo Xilai in 2012 that Bo was about to be ousted, a crime that can be punishable by death, sources told Reuters.
Although prosecutors charged Zhou on April 3 with intentional disclosure of state secrets, the link to Bo has not previously been made public. Bo, a charismatic politician and one-time rising star within the ruling Communist Party, was jailed for corruption and abuse of power in 2013.
BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – China warned Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Wednesday to heed the lessons of the last time it was in power and not push for independence, as the party announced its candidate for next year’s presidential election.
The DPP’s Chen Shui-bian infuriated Beijing during his time as president from 2000 to 2008. The Chinese accused him of trying to push for the island’s independence and weaken its Chinese cultural heritage.
BEIJING, April 13 (Reuters) – The trial of the former head
of CNPC, China’s top energy group, began on Monday, with charges
of bribery, abuse of power and other corrupt practices making
him the latest in a string of top officials hauled into court by
an anti-graft campaign.
Scores of senior figures in the ruling Communist Party, the
military and state-owned enterprises have been caught in
President Xi Jinping’s two-year war on corruption.
BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan expressed regret on Monday after China rejected its bid to become a founding member of the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), though China said Taiwan is welcome to join as an ordinary member in the future.
In a statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said it confirmed what it said was a Hong Kong media report about the rejection of Taiwan. While the office provided no explanation, it repeated that Taiwan would be welcome to join if it used an appropriate name.
BEIJING/TAIPEI, April 13 (Reuters) – Taiwan is not able to
become a founding member of the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure
Investment Bank (AIIB) but is still welcome to become an
ordinary member in the future, the Chinese government said on
In a statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency,
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said it confirmed what it said was
a Hong Kong media report about the rejection of Taiwan. The
report also said Taiwan could join further down the line, the
Taiwan Affairs Office added.
KINGSTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington is concerned China is using its “sheer size and muscle” to push around smaller nations in the South China Sea, drawing a swift rebuke from Beijing which accused the United States of being the bully.
China’s rapid reclamation around seven reefs in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has alarmed other claimants, such as the Philippines and Vietnam, and drawn growing criticism from U.S. government officials and the military.
BEIJING (Reuters) – An anchor on China’s main state broadcaster, CCTV, apologized on Thursday after a video of him insulting the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, went viral on social media sites, sparking an investigation by the channel.
Mao, who died in 1976, remains a divisive figure.
His image adorns banknotes and his embalmed body attracts hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors a day to Beijing.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Thursday sketched out plans for the islands it is creating in the disputed South China Sea, saying they would be used for military defense as well as to provide civilian services that would benefit other countries.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing that the reclamation and building work in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea was needed partly because of the risk of typhoons in an area with a lot of shipping that is far from land.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese naval frigate has evacuated 225 foreign citizens from strife-torn Yemen, its foreign ministry said, marking the first time that China’s military has helped other countries evacuate their people during an international crisis.
Ten different nationalities were among the evacuees picked up on Thursday afternoon from Aden, Yemen’s second city, and transported to Djibouti, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its website late Thursday.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese prosecutors charged former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang with bribery, abuse of power and intentional disclosure of state secrets on Friday, paving the way for a trial that could expose the inner workings of the ruling Communist Party.
Zhou, 72, is the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the party swept to power in 1949. The decision to prosecute Zhou underscores President Xi Jinping’s commitment to fighting graft at the highest levels.