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Sep 12, 2014

China turns up heat on ex-security chief with crash probe

BEIJING/HONG KONG, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Little is known about
the exact circumstances in which Wang Shuhua was killed. What
has been reported, in the Chinese media, is that she died in a
road accident sometime in 2000, shortly after she was divorced
from her husband. And that at least one vehicle with a military
license plate may have been involved in the crash.

Fourteen years later, investigators are looking into her
death. Their sudden interest has nothing to do with Wang
herself. It has to do with the identity of her ex-husband – once
one of China’s most powerful men and now the prime target in
President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign.

Aug 1, 2014

Exclusive: China’s Xi likely to promote army general who exposed graft – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping is likely to promote a corruption whistleblower to China’s top military decision-making body to underscore his determination to tackle graft inside the country’s rapidly modernizing armed forces, two sources said.

General Liu Yuan, 62, the eldest son of late president Liu Shaoqi, is set to be appointed to the Central Military Commission during a meeting of the Communist Party’s elite 205-member Central Committee in October, a source close to the leadership and a second source with ties to the military said.

Jul 30, 2014

Exclusive: China’s Xi reached deal with former leaders to investigate ex-security chief: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Two influential former Chinese leaders gave their consent for President Xi Jinping to investigate ex-domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, sources told Reuters, a sign the corruption probe will not open a rift in the ruling Communist Party.

Xi would not have been able to investigate someone as powerful as Zhou without the agreement of senior party members and other retired top officials, political analysts said.

Jul 29, 2014

China says investigating powerful former security chief for graft

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Communist Party said on Tuesday it had launched a corruption investigation into former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, one of the country’s most influential politicians of the last decade, in a case that has its origins in a party power struggle.

Zhou, 71, is by far the highest-profile figure caught up in President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption. Indeed, Zhou is the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the party swept to power in 1949.

May 23, 2014

The power struggle behind China’s corruption crackdown

BEIJING/HONG KONG, May 23 (Reuters) – Liu Han seemed to
thrive in the company of officials.

Even a birthday party in 2011 for Liu’s primary-school aged
son drew a crowd of bureaucrats in Chengdu, the capital of
China’s western Sichuan province where the flamboyant mining
tycoon was based. “There was a mayor of a nearby city with a
population of three or four million,” recalls Australian
political lobbyist John Halden who helped win approval for Liu’s
mining investments in Western Australia and was invited to the
October 15 celebration. “There were senior people from the
provincial treasury and about seven or eight officials from the
city of Chengdu.”

May 23, 2014

Special report: The power struggle behind China’s corruption crackdown

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Liu Han seemed to thrive in the company of officials.

Even a birthday party in 2011 for Liu’s primary-school aged son drew a crowd of bureaucrats in Chengdu, the capital of China’s western Sichuan province where the flamboyant mining tycoon was based. “There was a mayor of a nearby city with a population of three or four million,” recalls Australian political lobbyist John Halden who helped win approval for Liu’s mining investments in Western Australia and was invited to the October 15 celebration. “There were senior people from the provincial treasury and about seven or eight officials from the city of Chengdu.”

May 11, 2014

Chinese elite push for release of jailed Nobel laureate

BEIJING, May 11 (Reuters) – A group of “princelings”,
children of China’s political elite, has quietly urged the
Communist Party leadership to release jailed Nobel laureate Liu
Xiaobo on parole to improve the country’s international image,
two sources said.

Liu’s release is not high on the agenda of the party, which
is trying to push through painful economic, judicial and
military reforms amid the most extensive crackdown on corruption
in over six decades, the sources with ties to the leadership
said, requesting anonymity.

May 9, 2014

China audits State Grid as corruption crackdown seen widening

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is auditing the State Grid Corp of China, the utility said in the wake of a magazine report that one of the most senior executives in the world’s largest utility was under investigation.

Caixin, a well-respected Chinese business magazine, reported this week that Zhu Changlin, head of the State Grid’s North China operations, is under investigation, leading industry and government sources to believe State Grid could be next in line in the government’s campaign against graft.

Apr 20, 2014

China firm plans $1 billion distressed asset fund for foreigners

BEIJING (Reuters) – A unit of one of China’s biggest bad-debt banks plans to woo foreign investors with a $1 billion fund for soured property loans and distressed real-estate assets, reopening the sector to outsiders after a failed attempt last decade.

That the fund is being launched just as growth in the world’s second-largest economy has slowed to an 18-month low and the housing market is losing strength is no coincidence.

Apr 16, 2014

China’s Xi purging corrupt officials to put own men in place: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said.

Xi hopes that removing corrupt officials and those resisting change will allow him to consolidate his grip on power and implement difficult economic, judicial and military reforms that he believes are vital to perpetuate one-party rule, said the sources, who have ties to the leadership.

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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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