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Oct 21, 2013

Hollywood must think bigger about China, says producer Janet Yang

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – With a few exceptions, Hollywood studios are moving far more slowly than Chinese companies in the world’s second-largest movie market, said U.S. producer Janet Yang, whose works include “The Joy Luck Club” and “Shanghai Calling”.

Many studios, like Paramount Pictures with its “Transformers” franchise, have been taking steps to appeal to China’s fast-growing audiences by hiring Chinese actors or featuring Chinese products in their films.

Sep 12, 2013

Mr Clean catches China’s graft tigers by the tail

SHANGHAI, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Behind China’s aggressive
drive to root out corruption is Wang Qishan, a
historian-turned-economist who once felt so bad about getting
free parking that he reportedly sent a colleague back to pay the
fee.

President Xi Jinping launched the anti-corruption campaign
after becoming Communist Party chief in November.

Aug 28, 2013

China leaders fear Bo comeback if sentence is not harsh: sources

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.

Aug 26, 2013

At trial, Chinese prosecutor demands Bo be severely punished

JINAN, China (Reuters) – Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted top politician Bo Xilai on Monday, the fifth day of his landmark trial, saying his “whimsical” challenge to bribery, graft and abuse of power charges flew in the face of the evidence.

Bo was a rising star in China’s leadership circles when his career was stopped short last year by a murder scandal in which his wife Gu Kailai was convicted of poisoning a British businessman, Neil Heywood, who had been a family friend.

Aug 25, 2013

China’s Bo slams former police chief as vile liar

JINAN, China (Reuters) – Ousted senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai angrily ripped into his former police chief on Sunday on the fourth day of his trial, calling him a “vile character” who faked testimony accusing Bo of covering up a murder committed by his wife.

Bo was a rising star in China’s leadership circles when his career was stopped short last year by a murder scandal which saw his wife Gu Kailai convicted of poisoning a British businessman.

Aug 24, 2013

China’s Bo admits knowing of embezzled funds

JINAN, China (Reuters) – Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai accepted responsibility for 5 million yuan ($817,000) in funds he is accused of embezzling which ended up in his wife’s bank account, saying he had let his attention wander, in testimony read out in court on Saturday.

Bo, once a rising star in China’s leadership, is facing charges of corruption, bribery and abuse of power in China’s most dramatic trial since the Gang of Four were dethroned in 1976, at the end of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.

Aug 24, 2013

Mystery African meat piques appetites during China trial

JINAN, China (Reuters) – Testimony in the trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai has produced salacious details about the opulent and supposedly corrupt lifestyle of the family of the once high-flying Communist Party aristocrat.

But perhaps no tidbit has attracted as much attention as the piece of exotic meat Bo’s son, Guagua, brought back from a visit to Africa in 2011.

Aug 23, 2013

China’s media calls Bo a liar as trial enters second day

JINAN, China (Reuters) – China’s state media called ousted politician Bo Xilai arrogant and a liar for his robust defense at his landmark trial, the country’s highest profile court case since the Gang of Four was dethroned in the 1970s and put in the dock.

Bo’s trial in the eastern city of Jinan entered the second day on Friday. On Thursday, Bo, the former Communist Party chief of the Chongqing region, said he was framed in bribery charges against him and had admitted to them under psychological pressure during interrogation.

Aug 22, 2013

China’s Bo Xilai goes on trial, culmination of dramatic fall

JINAN, China (Reuters) – Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai appeared in public for the first time in more than a year on Thursday to face trial in eastern China, the final chapter of the country’s most politically charged case in more than three decades.

A court in the city of Jinan said on its microblog feed that Bo, five of his family members and 19 journalists attended the hearing. It did not give details.

Aug 21, 2013

Divisive, dramatic case of Bo Xilai comes to trial in China

JINAN, China (Reuters) – The long-awaited trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai opens on Thursday, beginning the final, dramatic chapter of the country’s most politically charged case in more than three decades.

Bo, 64, will appear in public for the first time in 17 months in a court in the eastern city of Jinan, where he will face charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. He will almost certainly be found guilty.