BEIJING, Sept 23 (Reuters) – With ousted senior politician
Bo Xilai jailed for jail, Chinese President Xi Jinping has
stamped his authority on the Communist Party by effectively
warning he will not tolerate dissent as he seeks to push through
tough economic reforms.
Bo was sentenced on Sunday after being found guilty on
charges of corruption, taking bribes and abuse of power. He is
expected to appeal, although since all courts are controlled by
the party the verdict was likely pre-ordained.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, one of the country’s most powerful politicians of the last decade, is helping authorities in a corruption probe and, contrary to media reports, is not currently the target of the investigation, sources told Reuters.
The investigation could take weeks, maybe months, to complete. Even if Zhou is implicated, he is unlikely to follow in the footsteps of disgraced ally Bo Xilai and face prosecution, said the sources, who have ties to the leadership or direct knowledge of the matter.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Few figures are as divisive in China as former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, reportedly under investigation by the ruling Communist Party for corruption.
Even the once ambitious but now ousted politician Bo Xilai, whose trial on corruption ended last week, doesn’t evoke the same depth of feeling that Zhou does.
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Senior figures in China’s ruling Communist Party fear ousted politician Bo Xilai could stage a political comeback one day if he is not dealt a harsh sentence in his trial for corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power, according to sources.
Bo was a rising star who analysts say was seen as a potential rival to President Xi Jinping for leadership of the Party and country before his career was spectacularly derailed by a lurid murder scandal involving his wife.
BEIJING, Aug 21 (Reuters) – China is already building, or
has approved, more than half of a $100 billion network of
high-voltage power lines to connect remote energy producing
regions to the east coast, a top official at the state grid firm
The project has been controversial with critics arguing the
State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s
biggest utility, is betting too much on costly and untested
technology that could expose the system to black outs.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Three years ago, the mayor of China’s sprawling southwestern city of Chongqing was asked to describe how well he got along with his then boss, the ambitious Communist Party leader Bo Xilai.
“Like fish and water,” the portly Huang Qifan told reporters on the sidelines of the annual full session of parliament, using a Chinese expression meaning an almost symbiotic relationship. “Everything is great, magnificent. The whole Communist Party secretariat works smoothly together with one mind.”
BEIJING (Reuters) – One of the charges against disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai relates to his flouting the authority of central leaders in Beijing, sources said, an allegation so sensitive that his trial could start one day sooner to hear it in secret.
The charge is abuse of power, and the accusation is that Bo challenged and ignored the will and rules of the ruling Communist Party, the sources said.
BEIJING (Reuters) – The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai would only agree to provide evidence against him at his trial if a deal had been reached to protect their son, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.
Bo, a charismatic senior leader of the Communist Party whose ambitions to join the country’s apex of power were dashed last year, goes on trial on Thursday, charged with corruption, accepting bribes and abuse of power, in China’s most divisive and dramatic case in almost four decades.
BEIJING (Reuters) – The trial of disgraced senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai will start on Thursday, when he will face charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power in China’s most divisive and dramatic case in decades.
The long-awaited trial of Bo, 64, a “princeling” son of a late vice premier who is still popular with conservatives and the disaffected, will be the country’s highest-profile hearing since the 1976 downfall of Mao Zedong’s widow, Jiang Qing, and her Gang of Four at the end of the Cultural Revolution.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s monthly property inflation moderated for a fourth straight month in July, although annual gains were the strongest this year, complicating policymakers’ task of trying to cool the sector without stifling growth elsewhere.
Real estate, which directly affects about 40 other business sectors in China, is considered to be one of the crucial drivers of activity in the world’s second-largest economy.