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Oct 24, 2012

China propaganda post likely to go to a conservative Hu loyalist

BEIJING, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A loyal ally of Chinese
President Hu Jintao is the front-runner to become propaganda
minister during a once-in-a-decade generational leadership
change, two sources said, but while media-savvy he is unlikely
to drastically loosen tight controls.

Liu Qibao is tipped to be appointed to the post during the
Communist Party’s 18th congress, which opens on Nov. 8, at which
the party will anoint Xi Jinping as the country’s fifth
generation leader after Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin
and Hu Jintao.

Oct 22, 2012

China leftists urge parliament not to expel Bo Xilai

BEIJING (Reuters) – A group of Chinese leftists has issued a public letter calling on the country’s largely rubber stamp parliament not to expel disgraced former top leader Bo Xilai from its ranks, saying the move is legally questionable and politically motivated.

Stripping membership from Bo – the one-time Communist Party chief of Chongqing who is accused of abusing power, taking huge bribes and other crimes – also removes his immunity from prosecution, and paves the way for formal charges against him.

Oct 19, 2012

China power brokers agree preferred leadership team: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s three most powerful men have come up with preferred candidates to head up the nation’s incoming new leadership team, sources said, in a ticket that includes financial reformers but leaves a question mark over its commitment to political reform.

The seven-member list has been drawn up by past, present and future presidents ahead of a once-in-a-decade leadership change to be finalised next month at the ruling Communist Party’s 18th congress, said three sources with ties to senior party leaders.

Oct 19, 2012

Exclusive: China power brokers agree preferred leadership team – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s three most powerful men have come up with preferred candidates to head up the nation’s incoming new leadership team, sources said, in a ticket that includes financial reformers but leaves a question mark over its commitment to political reform.

The seven-member list has been drawn up by past, present and future presidents ahead of a once-in-a-decade leadership change to be finalized next month at the ruling Communist Party’s 18th congress, said three sources with ties to senior party leaders.

Oct 8, 2012

Insight: “Little Hu” may play big role in China’s political future

RIGHT UJUMCHIN, China (Reuters) – On the remote grasslands of northeastern China, a politician little known in the West has made a name for himself as a rising leader. Hu Chunhua is already talked of by some as a future president.

“I know that in Mongolia they’re saying he could become China’s president one day,” former wrestler Biligungtumar, 43, told Reuters in remote Inner Mongolia, referring to the independent country, which neighbors the Chinese region.

Oct 8, 2012

“Little Hu” may play big role in China’s political future

RIGHT UJUMCHIN, China, Oct 9 (Reuters) – On the remote
grasslands of northeastern China, a politician little known in
the West has made a name for himself as a rising leader. Hu
Chunhua is already talked of by some as a future president.

“I know that in Mongolia they’re saying he could become
China’s president one day,” former wrestler Biligungtumar, 43,
told Reuters in remote Inner Mongolia, referring to the
independent country, which neighbours the Chinese region.

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.

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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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