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Nov 14, 2012

Newsmakers: Officials in the running for new China leadership

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party on Wednesday voted in a new Central Committee at the end of the week-long meeting, paving the way for the unveiling of a top leadership line-up the next day.

The committee will appoint a Politburo of about two dozen members and a Politburo Standing Committee, the innermost ring of power with possibly seven members, reduced from the current nine.

Nov 14, 2012

Officials in the running for new China leadership

BEIJING, Nov 14 (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party
on Wednesday voted in a new Central Committee at the end of the
week-long meeting, paving the way for the unveiling of a top
leadership line-up the next day.

The committee will appoint a Politburo of about two dozen
members and a Politburo Standing Committee, the innermost ring
of power with possibly seven members, reduced from the current
nine.

Nov 14, 2012

No surprises as China congress gives clues to new leadership

BEIJING, Nov 14 (Reuters) – China’s Communist Party congress
offered the first clues on a generational leadership change on
Wednesday as X i Jinping and Li Keqiang took the first step to
the presidency and premiership, respectively.

In a brief dispatch, Xinhua news agency said Vice President
Xi and Vice Premier Li had both been elected to the party’s
Central Committee at the end of a key congress, though that
result was never really in any doubt.

Nov 14, 2012

China congress gives first clues to new leadership

BEIJING (Reuters) – Delegates to China’s Communist Party congress offered the first clues to a generational leadership succession on Wednesday after a preliminary vote tapped Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang as anointed successors for President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

In a brief dispatch, Xinhua news agency said Vice President Xi and Vice Premier Li had both been elected to the party’s Central Committee at the end of a key congress, though that result was never really in any doubt.

Nov 12, 2012

China dodges politically sensitive questions at key congress

BEIJING, Nov 13 (Reuters) – In 2007, a year before Beijing
hosted the Olympics, China’s Communist rulers made a special
effort at a five-yearly congress to show the world transparency
and grant rare open access to foreign media.

This year’s conclave is however overshadowed by China’s
biggest political scandal in three decades enveloping former
high-flyer Bo Xilai and a tricky leadership transition, and that
effort has gone into reverse, at least as far as political
policy is concerned.

Nov 11, 2012

At China party congress, allegiance trumps reform

BEIJING (Reuters) – As the senior Communist Party official in one of China’s most prosperous regions, Wang Yang is often cast as an agent of change, a potential force for economic and even political reform should he gain promotion to the party’s highest rung later this week.

But the chief of the southern province of Guangdong appears to be distancing himself from that role while attending the party congress that will usher in China’s once-in-a-decade top leadership transition.

Nov 11, 2012

China slams “distorted” view of copyright piracy problem

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top official in charge of fighting copyright piracy on Sunday slammed what he said was deliberate distortion of the problem by the Western media caused by the country’s poor global image, saying important facts had been ignored.

Foreign governments, including the United States, have for years urged China to take a stronger stand against pervasive violations of intellectual property rights on products ranging from medicines to software to DVD movies sold on the street.

Nov 9, 2012

Obama’s Myanmar trip “no threat to Chinese interests”

BEIJING (Reuters) – A landmark trip by U.S. President Barack Obama to Myanmar this month poses no threat to China’s interests in the Southeast Asian country, a senior Chinese official from a key border province said on Friday.

Obama will become the first U.S. leader to visit Myanmar, the strongest international endorsement of a fragile democratic transition that his administration believes could help counter China’s influence in a strategically important region.

Nov 8, 2012

China city repudiates popular legacy of disgraced Bo Xilai

BEIJING (Reuters) – The leader of the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing sought on Thursday to bury the legacy of its disgraced former top official, Bo Xilai, saying the popular model of development Bo promoted that promised greater equality “did not exist”.

Bo arrived in Chongqing as its Communist Party chief in 2007 and recast it as a bold, egalitarian alternative mode of growth for China known as the “Chongqing model”, pumping money into social housing schemes and infrastructure such as a sleek new subway.

Nov 8, 2012

China’s Hu says graft threatens state, party must stay in charge

BEIJING, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Outgoing Chinese President Hu
Jintao warned on Thursday that corruption threatens the ruling
Communist Party and the state, but said the party must stay in
charge as it battles growing social unrest.

He also promised political reform, but offered no dramatic
changes and ruled out copying a Western style of government.

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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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