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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.

Dec 4, 2013

Son of former Chinese security chief helping with graft probe-sources

BEIJING, Dec 4 (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.

Nov 22, 2013

China president to promote allies in sweeping reshuffle: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to promote a string of allies in coming months as part of a sweeping reshuffle of the Communist Party, the government and the military, three separate sources with ties to the leadership said.

The reshuffle would allow Xi, who is also party and military chief, to deepen his power base and counter opposition to the bold reforms unveiled this month at the third plenum of the party’s leaders, said the sources.

Nov 10, 2013

Founder of new China party aims to work within system

BEIJING (Reuters) – For someone who has just set up a new political party in the face of a de facto ban by a Chinese government that tolerates no dissent, Wang Zheng has surprisingly modest aims.

Wang and other supporters of disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, formed the China Zhi Xian Party – literally “the constitution is the supreme authority” party – last week. It named Bo as “chairman for life”.

Nov 9, 2013

Exclusive – Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up political party

BEIJING (Reuters) – Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party’s de facto ban on new political groups.

The Zhi Xian Party, literally “the constitution is the supreme authority” party, was formed on November 6, three days before the opening on Saturday of a key conclave of top Communist Party leaders to discuss much-needed economic reforms, the sources said.

Nov 9, 2013

Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up political party

BEIJING (Reuters) – Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party’s de facto ban on new political groups.

The Zhi Xian Party, literally “the constitution is the supreme authority” party, was formed on November 6, three days before the opening of a key conclave of top Communist Party leaders to discuss much-needed economic reforms, the sources said.

Nov 9, 2013

China opens key meeting to set reform agenda

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese leaders began a four-day secret meeting on Saturday to set a reform agenda for the next decade as they try to push more sustainable growth after three decades of breakneck expansion, amid signs of continuing debate on how to implement the reforms.

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang must unleash new growth drivers as the world’s second-largest economy loses steam, burdened by industrial overcapacity, piles of debt and soaring house prices.

Nov 6, 2013

Failure to end China’s labour camps shows limits of Xi’s power

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has been blocked in efforts to dismantle the country’s labour camp system in a clear sign that he has yet to cement his grip on the ruling Communist Party a year after gaining power, leadership sources said.

Xi, whose father was sacked as vice premier and then imprisoned for seven years during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, is deeply opposed to the use of labour camps for arbitrary detention and his failure to close them suggests he is not as strong as he appears, the sources said.

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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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