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Apr 11, 2012

China braces for next act in leadership drama

BEIJING (Reuters) – “We can’t keep a lid on this,” China’s disgraced leader Bo Xilai was reportedly told by his police chief when the murder scandal now engulfing Bo’s family first began to unravel.

With a once-in-a-decade leadership handover months away, the Communist Party’s elite must be thinking the same thing as they confront the first very public turmoil at the centre of power in more than 20 years.

Apr 11, 2012

China ejects Bo from elite ranks, wife suspected of murder

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Communist Party has banished the country’s brashest and most controversial politician from its top ranks and detained his wife in connection with the murder of a British businessman, the most tumultuous upheaval in the nation’s leadership in decades.

The decision to cast out Bo Xilai from the party’s Central Committee and its Politburo effectively ends the career of the former high-flyer, widely seen as pressing for a top post in China’s next leadership to be decided later this year.

Apr 10, 2012

China suspends Bo from elite ranks, wife suspected of murder

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Communist Party suspended former high-flying politician Bo Xilai from its top ranks and named his wife, Gu Kailai, as a suspect in the murder of a British businessman, explosive revelations on Tuesday likely to rattle leadership succession plans.

The decision to banish Bo from the Central Committee and its Politburo, which effectively ends the career of China’s brashest and most controversial politician, and the confirmation that his wife is suspected in the murder of Briton Neil Heywood were reported by the official Xinhua news agency.

Apr 10, 2012

China, between a rocket and a hard place on North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) – A joke circulating among officials in Beijing pretty much underlines the bind China is in over North Korea’s plans to send a satellite into space.

North Korea’s young ruler Kim Jong-un phones a Chinese leader to tell him about timing of the planned rocket launch. “When will it be?” asks the Chinese leader.

Apr 1, 2012

Mixed signals from China’s factories in March

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s big factories were surprisingly busy in March as a stream of new orders lifted activity to an 11-month high, but credit-constrained smaller manufacturers struggled, suggesting that the economy is still losing steam.

The pickup in production at large factories was attributed to an expected bump as winter ends, and economists cautioned not to read too much into the stronger-than-expected figure.

Mar 30, 2012

China Communist Party scandal triggered by British man’s death – source

BEIJING (Reuters) – The scandal shaking China’s ruling Communist Party just as it readies for leadership change was triggered by claims that the wife of one ambitious candidate was involved in the death of a British businessman, said a source with close ties to key individuals involved.

The comments, corroborated by two other sources who also spoke on condition of anonymity, are the first direct account of events which eventually led to this month’s downfall of Chongqing mega-city chief Bo Xilai who had very publicly bid for a place in the Party’s inner circle later this year.

Mar 30, 2012

Exclusive: China Communist Party scandal triggered by British man’s death: source

BEIJING (Reuters) – The scandal shaking China’s ruling Communist Party just as it readies for leadership change was triggered by claims that the wife of one ambitious candidate was involved in the death of a British businessman, said a source with close ties to key individuals involved.

The comments, corroborated by two other sources who also spoke on condition of anonymity, are the first direct account of events which eventually led to this month’s downfall of Chongqing mega-city chief Bo Xilai who had very publicly bid for a place in the Party’s inner circle later this year.

Mar 30, 2012

Exclusive – China Communist Party scandal triggered by British man’s death

BEIJING (Reuters) – The scandal shaking China’s ruling Communist Party just as it readies for leadership change was triggered by claims that the wife of one ambitious candidate was involved in the death of a British businessman, said a source with close ties to key individuals involved.

The comments, corroborated by two other sources who also spoke on condition of anonymity, are the first direct account of events which eventually led to this month’s downfall of Chongqing mega-city chief Bo Xilai who had very publicly bid for a place in the Party’s inner circle later this year.

Mar 16, 2012

With Bo Xilai down, nine leaders who may soon run China

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – In Chinese power politics, careers are often built on years of toil in quiet conformity, punctuated by the occasional flourish of leadership in time of crisis or a policy initiative that gets adopted nationwide.

The self-destruction of a rival doesn’t hurt much either.

Indeed, Bo Xilai’s ouster as Chongqing party chief on Thursday has put his own leadership prospects on ice and done more to boost the career prospects for his rivals in less time than perhaps anything they did themselves.

Mar 16, 2012

Insight: With Bo Xilai down, nine leaders who may soon run China

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – In Chinese power politics, careers are often built on years of toil in quiet conformity, punctuated by the occasional flourish of leadership in time of crisis or a policy initiative that gets adopted nationwide.

The self-destruction of a rival doesn’t hurt much either.

Indeed, Bo Xilai’s ouster as Chongqing party chief on Thursday has put his own leadership prospects on ice and done more to boost the career prospects for his rivals in less time than perhaps anything they did themselves.

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      "Ben is based in Beijing and covers China regulatory news. He is an ethnic Chinese born and raised in the Philippines, and spent 13 years in Beijing and 15 years in Taipei. He joined Reuters in 1991, serving as Beijing bureau chief from August 2008 to August 2010 and Taipei bureau chief from February 2000 to December 2002."
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