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Sep 1, 2013

China’s hardline ex-security chief: praised by party, reviled by activists

BEIJING (Reuters) – Few figures are as divisive in China as former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, reportedly under investigation by the ruling Communist Party for corruption.

Even the once ambitious but now ousted politician Bo Xilai, whose trial on corruption ended last week, doesn’t evoke the same depth of feeling that Zhou does.

Sep 1, 2013

China probes top official in latest anti-graft push

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is investigating the head of its state assets regulator, a former top energy executive, for “serious discipline violations”, the government said on Sunday in what appears to be a deepening crackdown on corruption and push for reform.

A brief government announcement said Jiang Jiemin was “suspected of serious discipline violations”, shorthand the government generally uses to describe graft.

Aug 28, 2013

China has much at risk but no reach in Middle East

BEIJING (Reuters) – The worsening Syria conflict has exposed an uncomfortable truth behind China’s cherished policy of non-interference: Beijing cannot do much to influence events even if it wanted to.

With weak and untested military forces unable to project power in the Middle East, China can only play a low-key role in a region that is crucial for its energy security.

Aug 28, 2013

Analysis: China has much at risk but no reach in Middle East

BEIJING (Reuters) – The worsening Syria conflict has exposed an uncomfortable truth behind China’s cherished policy of non-interference: Beijing cannot do much to influence events even if it wanted to.

With weak and untested military forces unable to project power in the Middle East, China can only play a low-key role in a region that is crucial for its energy security.

Aug 21, 2013

The art of survival in China: how some of Bo’s cronies cling on

BEIJING (Reuters) – Three years ago, the mayor of China’s sprawling southwestern city of Chongqing was asked to describe how well he got along with his then boss, the ambitious Communist Party leader Bo Xilai.

“Like fish and water,” the portly Huang Qifan told reporters on the sidelines of the annual full session of parliament, using a Chinese expression meaning an almost symbiotic relationship. “Everything is great, magnificent. The whole Communist Party secretariat works smoothly together with one mind.”

Aug 19, 2013

Wife of China’s Bo would only testify to protect son: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai would only agree to provide evidence against him at his trial if a deal had been reached to protect their son, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

Bo, a charismatic senior leader of the Communist Party whose ambitions to join the country’s apex of power were dashed last year, goes on trial on Thursday, charged with corruption, accepting bribes and abuse of power, in China’s most divisive and dramatic case in almost four decades.

Aug 18, 2013

China’s fallen former high-flyer Bo to stand trial Thursday

BEIJING (Reuters) – The trial of disgraced senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai will start on Thursday, when he will face charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power in China’s most divisive and dramatic case in decades.

The long-awaited trial of Bo, 64, a “princeling” son of a late vice premier who is still popular with conservatives and the disaffected, will be the country’s highest-profile hearing since the 1976 downfall of Mao Zedong’s widow, Jiang Qing, and her Gang of Four at the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Aug 18, 2013

Flamboyant Chinese princeling faces final indignity

BEIJING (Reuters) – The writing was perhaps already on the wall for Bo Xilai, the controversial former top official of China’s southwestern city of Chongqing, when he appeared at last year’s parliamentary meeting, alternately chastened and combative.

In earlier annual sessions of parliament, Bo had swept in, all smiles and lanky grace, preceded by a wave of TV cameras and popping flashbulbs. This time he was uncharacteristically restrained.

Aug 18, 2013

Newsmaker – Flamboyant Chinese princeling faces final indignity

BEIJING (Reuters) – The writing was perhaps already on the wall for Bo Xilai, the controversial former top official of China’s southwestern city of Chongqing, when he appeared at last year’s parliamentary meeting, alternately chastened and combative.

In earlier annual sessions of parliament, Bo had swept in, all smiles and lanky grace, preceded by a wave of TV cameras and popping flashbulbs. This time he was uncharacteristically restrained.

Aug 15, 2013

China to phase out use of prisoners’ organs for transplants

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will start phasing out its decades-long practice of using the organs of executed prisoners for transplant operations from November, a senior official said on Thursday, as it pushes to mandate the use of organs from ethical sources in hospitals.

China remains the only country in the world that still systematically uses organs extracted from executed prisoners in transplant operations, a practice that has drawn widespread international criticism. Many Chinese view the practice as a way for criminals to redeem themselves.

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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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