BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping secured the blessing of his still influential predecessor, Hu Jintao, before launching a corruption probe against a former senior aide to Hu – a sign that internal Communist Party harmony and respect for elders still holds sway in Xi’s historic crackdown on official graft.
Hu signed off on the probe into disgraced former aide Ling Jihua, who is suspected of trying to cover up his son’s death in a luxury sports car crash two years ago, people with ties to the leadership said.
HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – The sustained scrutiny of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign has been traumatic for many Communist Party and government officials who have grown rich on their power to dispense favours. With so much attention on their lifestyles, spending, travel, entertainment and networks of friends and colleagues, many have decided the safest course is to avoid making decisions or seek early retirement, say people familiar with the probes.
“Government officials are feeling insecure,” says Bo Zhiyue, senior research fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore. “It has also fueled mistrust among officials. They report on each other.”
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party announced a corruption investigation into a one-time senior aide to former president Hu Jintao on Monday, as President Xi Jinping opens another front in his sweeping battle against deep-rooted graft.
In a terse and brief statement on its website, the party’s anti-corruption watchdog said that Ling Jihua was being investigated for “suspected serious discipline violations”, the usual euphemism for graft. It gave no other details.
BEIJING, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Philippine President Benigno
Aquino said he and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had a “meeting
of minds” on Tuesday during talks which included a territorial
row that has soured relations between the South China Sea
The Philippines is in dispute with China over parts of the
sea including the Scarborough Shoal, an area believed to be rich
in oil and natural gas as well as fisheries resources.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Taiwan on Sunday to set aside their differences after a rocky patch in ties that saw Beijing rebuke the island for supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Xi met Vincent Siew, Taiwan’s top envoy to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing, and, in a political breakthrough, also met Wang Yu-chi, chairman of Taiwan’s policymaking Mainland Affairs Council, the highest level government-to-government contact between the two on Chinese soil since 1949.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s central bank is likely hold its line against an interest rate cut even as growth slows to a quarter-century trough, as the politics of reform influence the conduct of monetary policy, government sources involved in internal policy discussions say.
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) faces growing pressure to cut interest rates to support growth, but fears that could fuel debt and property bubbles while denting Beijing’s reformist credentials have reduced the chances of any quick moves, according to sources close to the leadership and at top think-tanks.
BEIJING, Oct 22 (Reuters) – China’s central bank is likely
hold its line against an interest rate cut even as growth slows
to a quarter-century trough, as the politics of reform influence
the conduct of monetary policy, government sources involved in
internal policy discussions say.
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) faces growing pressure to
cut interest rates to support growth, but fears that could fuel
debt and property bubbles while denting Beijing’s reformist
credentials have reduced the chances of any quick moves,
according to sources close to the leadership and at top
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chen Ziming, a veteran Chinese dissident who was jailed by Beijing for what it said was his role as one of two “black hands” behind the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, died of cancer on Tuesday, friends said. He was 62.
Chen remained a moderate critic of China’s ruling Communist Party for decades despite serving 13 years in prison for what authorities said was intent to overthrow the government and the spread of counter-revolutionary propaganda.
BEIJING, Oct 15 (Reuters) – China’s disgraced former
domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, looks set to be expelled
from the ruling Communist Party at a key meeting next week,
sources said, possibly paving the way for his formal
Zhou is the most senior party member to have been targeted
in a corruption probe since the Communists swept to power in
1949, and President Xi Jinping has made fighting graft a
cornerstone of his administration.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party believes it has offered enough concessions to Hong Kong in the past, and will give no ground to pro-democracy protests because it wants to avoid setting a precedent for reform on the mainland, sources told Reuters.
The position, arrived at during a meeting of the new National Security Commission chaired by President Xi Jinping in the first week of October, appears to give Hong Kong’s leader little room for manoeuver as he seeks to end the crisis.