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Sep 30, 2012

In Bo’s old stronghold, fall blamed on Chinese elite intrigue

CHONGQING, China (Reuters) – China’s campaign to bury fallen politician Bo Xilai under a litany of alleged misdeeds risks dragging down the ruling Communist Party’s own standing among citizens who have already grown to assume that graft and abuse pervade it.

Bo is almost surely headed for trial and jail after the party leadership on Friday accused him of multiple offences dating back to his early years in government, including taking bribes, engaging in “improper sexual relations” and meddling in an inquiry into his wife’s murder of a British man.

Sep 28, 2012

China seals Bo’s fate ahead of November 8 leadership congress

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party accused disgraced politician Bo Xilai of abusing power, taking huge bribes and other crimes on Friday, sealing the fate of controversial leader whose fall shook a leadership succession due at a congress from November 8.

The high-flying Bo faces a criminal investigation and will almost certainly end up in jail, and with the Communist Party congress nearly six weeks away, he might even be tried or indicted before that meeting.

Sep 19, 2012

China implicates Bo Xilai for first time in criminal case

BEIJING (Reuters) – China implicated for the first time on Wednesday former senior politician Bo Xilai in a criminal act while avoiding naming him directly, in a published account by state media of the trial of his one-time police chief.

Wang Lijun, ex-police chief of southwestern Chongqing city, tried to tell “the Chongqing party committee’s main responsible person at the time” – in other words, then-Chongqing Communist Party boss Bo – that Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, was suspected of murdering a British businessman.

Sep 18, 2012

Anti-Japan protests reignite across China on occupation anniversary

BEIJING/TOKYO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Anti-Japan protests
reignited across China on Tuesday, the sensitive anniversary
marking Tokyo’s occupation of its giant neighbour, escalating a
maritime dispute which has forced major Japanese brandname firms
to suspend business there.

Relations between Asia’s two biggest economies have faltered
badly, with emotions running high on the streets and also out at
sea where two Japanese activists landed on an island at the
centre of the dispute.

Sep 18, 2012

Japanese hunker down in China as protesters regather

BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) – Hundreds of Japanese businesses and the country’s embassy suspended services in China on Tuesday, as anti-Japan protests threatened to reignite and drag a territorial dispute between Asia’s two biggest economies deeper into crisis.

Two people thought to be Japanese nationals landed on one of the islands at the centre of the dispute, police in Okinawa said, raising fears the move could lead to direct clashes.

Sep 16, 2012

Anti-Japan protests widen, China struggles to rein in anger

BEIJING/CHENGDU, China, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Torrid protests
against Japan flared in Chinese cities for a second day on
Sunday, with the government struggling to find a balance between
venting public anger and containing violence that could backfire
ahead of a delicate leadership succession.

The protests over islands claimed by both countries broke
out in Beijing and other cities on Saturday, when demonstrators
besieged the Japanese embassy, hurling rocks, eggs and bottles,
and testing cordons of anti-riot police with shields and batons.

Sep 16, 2012

China struggles to channel anger as anti-Japan protests resume

BEIJING/CHENGDU, China (Reuters) – A second day of torrid protests against Japan began in Chinese cities on Sunday, with the government struggling to find a balance between venting public anger and containing violence that could backfire ahead of a delicate leadership succession.

The protests over islands claimed by both countries broke out in Beijing and other cities on Saturday, when demonstrators besieged the Japanese embassy, hurling rocks, eggs and bottles, testing cordons of anti-riot police with shields and batons.

Sep 15, 2012

China’s Xi finally appears in public amid rumors over health

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping appeared in public on Saturday for the first time in about two weeks, visiting a Beijing university in what appeared to be an effort to dispel rumors of serious illness and a troubled succession.

In a brief English-language report, the Xinhua news agency said Vice President Xi “arrived at China Agricultural University Saturday morning for activities marking this year’s National Science Popularisation Day”.

Sep 13, 2012

China says tensions with Japan likely to hurt trade

BEIJING, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Rising tension between China
and Japan over disputed islands is likely to harm their trade
ties, a senior Chinese commerce official said on Thursday.

Asia’s two largest economies both claim islands in the East
China Sea and tensions have flared since Tuesday when Tokyo
announced it would purchase disputed islands from a private
Japanese owner, an act that Beijing has called a violation of
its sovereignty.

Aug 2, 2012

Disqualified Chinese player Yu quits badminton

BEIJING (Reuters) – Disgraced Chinese Yu Yang has decided to quit badminton while national officials have told their Olympic team leaders and disgraced players to make a public apology for throwing matches at the London Games.

Yu was among eight women’s doubles players expelled from the Games on Wednesday. The others were team mate Wang Xiaoli, South Korean pairs Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, and Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung, plus Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia.

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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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