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Nov 9, 2013

Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up political party

BEIJING (Reuters) – Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party’s de facto ban on new political groups.

The Zhi Xian Party, literally “the constitution is the supreme authority” party, was formed on November 6, three days before the opening of a key conclave of top Communist Party leaders to discuss much-needed economic reforms, the sources said.

Nov 9, 2013

China opens key meeting to set reform agenda

BEIJING, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Chinese leaders began a four-day
secret meeting on Saturday to set a reform agenda for the next
decade as they try to push more sustainable growth after three
decades of breakneck expansion, amid signs of continuing debate
on how to implement the reforms.

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang must unleash new
growth drivers as the world’s second-largest economy loses
steam, burdened by industrial overcapacity, piles of debt and
soaring house prices.

Nov 9, 2013

China’s leaders open key meeting to set reform agenda

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese leaders began a four-day secret meeting on Saturday to set a reform agenda for the next decade as they try to steer the giant economy towards more sustainable growth after three decades of breakneck expansion.

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang must unleash new growth drivers as the world’s second-largest economy loses steam, burdened by industrial overcapacity, piles of debt and soaring house prices.

Nov 6, 2013

Failure to end China’s labour camps shows limits of Xi’s power

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has been blocked in efforts to dismantle the country’s labour camp system in a clear sign that he has yet to cement his grip on the ruling Communist Party a year after gaining power, leadership sources said.

Xi, whose father was sacked as vice premier and then imprisoned for seven years during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, is deeply opposed to the use of labour camps for arbitrary detention and his failure to close them suggests he is not as strong as he appears, the sources said.

Nov 6, 2013

Insight: Failure to end China’s labour camps shows limits of Xi’s power

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has been blocked in efforts to dismantle the country’s labor camp system in a clear sign that he has yet to cement his grip on the ruling Communist Party a year after gaining power, leadership sources said.

Xi, whose father was sacked as vice premier and then imprisoned for seven years during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, is deeply opposed to the use of labor camps for arbitrary detention and his failure to close them suggests he is not as strong as he appears, the sources said.

Nov 4, 2013

China’s Sun Yang to be detained after car crash

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Olympics swimming champion Sun Yang will spend seven days in detention, state media said on Monday, after a car he was driving without a license collided with a bus in the latest incident to taint the reputation of the world record holder.

Sun was not injured in the Sunday afternoon accident in the eastern city of Hangzhou, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Nov 4, 2013

Swimming-China’s Sun Yang to be detained after car crash

BEIJING, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Chinese Olympics swimming champion Sun Yang will spend seven days in detention, state media said on Monday, after a car he was driving without a licence collided with a bus in the latest incident to taint the reputation of the world record holder.

Sun was not injured in the Sunday afternoon accident in the eastern city of Hangzhou, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Nov 2, 2013
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China says it will stamp out the Dalai Lama’s voice in Tibet

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(Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama speaks on “The Virtue of Non-violence” at The Beacon Theatre in New York October 20, 2013.)

China aims to stamp out the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his restive and remote homeland by ensuring that his “propaganda” is not received by anyone on the internet, television or other means, a top official said.

Nov 2, 2013

China to end use of prisoners’ organs for transplants in mid-2014

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – China, the only country that still systematically takes organs from executed prisoners for use in transplant operations, plans to end the controversial practice by the middle of next year, a senior official said on Saturday.

By mid-2014, all hospitals licensed for organ transplants will be required to stop using organs from executed prisoners and only use those voluntarily donated and allocated through a fledging national system, said Huang Jiefu, a former deputy health minister who heads the organ transplant reform.

Nov 2, 2013

China says will stamp out Dalai Lama’s voice in Tibet

BEIJING (Reuters) – China aims to stamp out the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his restive and remote homeland by ensuring that his “propaganda” is not received by anyone on the internet, television or other means, a top official said.

China has tried, with varying degrees of success, to prevent Tibetans listening to or watching programs broadcast from outside the country, or accessing any information about the Dalai Lama and the exiled government on the internet.

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      "I started working at Reuters in 2002 as an equities reporter in Shanghai, before moving to Beijing in 2005 to work on the general news and politics file. My primary areas of coverage are China's relations with Southeast Asia and Taiwan, the development of China's military, and ethnic minority issues in China."
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