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Mar 30, 2014

China seizes $14.5 bln assets from family, associates of ex-security chief -sources

BEIJING, March 30 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have
seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion)
from family members and associates of retired domestic security
tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China’s biggest
corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said.

More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies,
proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or
questioned in the past four months, the sources, who have been
briefed on the investigation, told Reuters.

Mar 20, 2014

Former top China army officer under house arrest in graft probe: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – A top retired Chinese general has been put under virtual house arrest while he assists with an investigation into the military’s worst corruption scandal in almost a decade, two sources said, an indication the probe might be expanding.

General Xu Caihou, 70, who retired as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission last year and from the Communist Party’s decision-making politburo in 2012, was taken to an undisclosed location on Monday for questioning by anti-corruption investigators, the two sources told Reuters.

Mar 13, 2014

China premier warns on economic slowdown as data fans stimulus talk

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned on Thursday that the economy faces “severe challenges” in 2014 – comments that came as weak data fanned speculation the central bank would relax monetary policy to support stuttering growth.

Li, speaking at a news conference on the final day of China’s yearly parliament, hinted Beijing would tolerate slower economic expansion this year while it pushes through reforms aimed at providing longer-term and more sustainable growth.

Mar 2, 2014

China’s state planning body grows more assertive as revamp looms

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will present proposals to revamp its behemoth economic planning agency at an annual session of parliament this week, sources said, but the organization’s role as an antitrust regulator could eventually be enhanced.

Chinese and foreign companies, including U.S. technology firms Qualcomm Inc. and InterDigital Inc., have fallen afoul of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in recent months as its anti-monopoly arm has become more assertive.

Feb 10, 2014

China considers new powers for pollution watchdog as part of government shakeup

BEIJING (Reuters) – China could grant its undersized environment ministry new powers over resources, possibly allowing it to veto future projects, and more muscle to punish polluters as part of a government shake-up to tackle decades of unchecked growth.

Sources with ties to the leadership told Reuters that the government was considering a sweeping reorganization of cabinet ministries next month that will dissolve the Ministry of Land and Resources and transfer some powers to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), long regarded as too weak to punish law-breaking polluters.

Feb 10, 2014

China considers new powers for pollution watchdog as part of govt shakeup

BEIJING, Feb 10 (Reuters) – China could grant its undersized
environment ministry new powers over resources, possibly
allowing it to veto future projects, and more muscle to punish
polluters as part of a government shake-up to tackle decades of
unchecked growth.

Sources with ties to the leadership told Reuters that the
government was considering a sweeping reorganisation of cabinet
ministries next month that will dissolve the Ministry of Land
and Resources and transfer some powers to the Ministry of
Environmental Protection (MEP), long regarded as too weak to
punish law-breaking polluters.

Jan 17, 2014

China questions officials linked to ex-strongman in graft probe: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese investigators have questioned more than a dozen senior officials, including the country’s top prosecutor, about links to retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is the subject of a corruption probe, sources said.

Zhou, 71, is the most senior Chinese politician to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communist Party swept to power in 1949. Three sources, with ties to the leadership, said more than a dozen officials of ranks equivalent to a cabinet minister or vice minister have been questioned since last year in connection with the case.

Dec 25, 2013

China to celebrate Mao’s birthday, but events scaled back

BEIJING (Reuters) – China celebrates the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, on Thursday, but will be scaling back festivities as President Xi Jinping embarks on broad economic reforms which have unsettled leftists.

Mao has become a potent symbol for leftists within the ruling Communist Party who feel that three decades of market-based reform have gone too far, creating social inequalities like a yawning rich-poor gap and pervasive corruption.

Dec 11, 2013

China puts former security chief under house arrest-sources

BEIJING, Dec 11 (Reuters) – China has put Zhou Yongkang, one
of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, under
virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party
investigates accusations of corruption against him, several
sources said on Wednesday.

Zhou is the most senior official to be ensnared in a graft
scandal since the Communists came to power in 1949. He was the
domestic security tsar and a member of the party’s Politburo
Standing Committee – the pinnacle of power in the country – when
he retired last year.

Dec 4, 2013

Exclusive: Son of former Chinese security chief helping with graft probe – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – The movements of the eldest son of retired Chinese domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang have been restricted while he helps with a corruption investigation, three sources said, a case that could cause division within the ruling Communist Party.

If Zhou Yongkang, 71, one of China’s most powerful politicians of the last decade, were directly implicated in the probe, he would be the most senior Chinese politician ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communists came to power in 1949.

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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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