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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.

Nov 8, 2012

China’s Hu promises political reform as party congress opens

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s outgoing President Hu Jintao promised political reform on Thursday, saying the nation faced risk and opportunity in equal measure as he formally opened a congress of the ruling Communist Party that will usher in a once-in-a-decade leadership change.

More than 2,000 hand-picked delegates gathered at Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People for the start of the week-long session, held against a backdrop of growing social unrest, public anger at corruption and a yawning gap between rich and poor.

Nov 8, 2012

China’s outgoing leader sees unprecedented opportunity, unknown risks

BEIJING, Nov 8 (Reuters) – China’s outgoing President Hu
Jintao said the nation faced risk and opportunity in equal
measure as he formally opened a congress of the ruling Communist
Party that will usher in a once-in-a-decade leadership change.

More than 2,000 hand-picked delegates gathered at Beijing’s
cavernous Great Hall of the People for the start of the
week-long session, being held against a backdrop of growing
social unrest, public anger at corruption and a yawning gap
between rich and poor.

Nov 8, 2012

China opens party congress for leadership change

BEIJING, Nov 8 (Reuters) – China opened a congress of its
ruling Communist Party on Thursday, ushering in a
once-in-a-decade leadership change against a backdrop of growing
social unrest, public anger at corruption and a yawning gap
between rich and poor.

More than 2,000 hand-picked delegates gathered at Beijing’s
cavernous Great Hall of the People for the start of the
week-long session, which will see President Hu Jintao give up
his role as party chief to anointed successor Vice President Xi
Jinping.

Nov 7, 2012

China’s premier-in-waiting schooled in free thought

BEIJING (Reuters) – Where other top Chinese leaders can only stand around and look awkward in the presence of English-speaking dignitaries, premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang stands out for his casual and disarming command of the language.

Li’s English skills say more about the man who will run the world’s second-largest economy than just an ability to schmooze U.S. CEOs and European prime ministers – they were learned as a part of a surprisingly liberal university education.

Nov 7, 2012

China heir apparent Xi raised by elite, steeled by turmoil

BEIJING (Reuters) – Three years ago in Mexico, China’s president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, provided a rare glimpse of a future leader who was born into a revolutionary aristocracy and came of age in the tumult of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.

Xi usually sports the dark suit and cautious public mask that is the uniform of China’s Communist Party leadership. But in Mexico, he dropped his guard in a steely defense of his country against criticism from abroad.

Nov 2, 2012

China to promote rising star in Bo Xilai’s old stomping ground: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is set to promote two rising stars and possible future national leaders at a Communist Party congress opening next week, one taking the old job of disgraced former high-flyer Bo Xilai in the country’s biggest metropolis, sources said.

Southwestern Chongqing, left reeling in the wake of a corruption and murder scandal, is expected to go to Sun Zhengcai, a former agriculture minister and current party boss of the chilly northeastern province of Jilin.

Nov 1, 2012

Expect feisty defence from China’s disgraced Bo Xilai

BEIJING (Reuters) – Disgraced former top Chinese politician Bi Xilai can be expected to mount a feisty defence of himself when he finally comes to trial, but a guilty verdict is not in doubt, a lawyer who had a front seat at China’s last major show trial said.

Zhang Sizhi was defence lawyer for Mao Zedong’s widow, Jiang Qing, leader of the “Gang of Four” that wielded supreme power during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. She was given a suspended death sentence in 1981 for the deaths of tens of thousands during that period of chaos.

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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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