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Nov 9, 2012

Rising China leaders say open to wealth declarations

BEIJING (Reuters) – Two rising Chinese political stars who may join the top leadership next week said on Friday they believe officials will eventually have to declare their assets publicly, as the Communist Party battles persistent corruption.

The comments by Wang Yang, party boss of Guangdong province, and Yu Zhengsheng, Shanghai’s Communist chief, come at a time of heightened sensitivity about the wealth of China’s top leaders on the eve of a once-a-decade leadership transition.

Nov 6, 2012

As China enters new era, how much of Mao will stay?

BEIJING (Reuters) – In 1981, five years after his death, China’s ruling Communist Party began to save history from Mao Zedong.

Today, speculation about whether it is poised to finish the job has cast a spotlight on one of the most emotive debates simmering inside the party – how much of Mao can it erase without undermining its authority.

Nov 1, 2012

China struggles for solution to growing NIMBY movement

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – It looked like another victory for the people when the Chinese city of Ningbo announced the suspension on Sunday of a petrochemical project after days of street protests by citizens concerned it would pollute their community.

It may turn out to be more complicated.

As China’s increasingly affluent urban population battles back against the breakneck growth-at-all-costs model that has fuelled the economy for three decades, environmental activists say the apparently straightforward narrative that has played out several times in recent years – government backs down, citizens win – is simplistic.

Oct 28, 2012

Insight: China grassroots democracy challenge awaits new leaders

XIANGSHAN/WUKAN, China (Reuters) – Hua Youjuan is an unlikely Chinese official.

Free-spirited but driven, she left her village at age 17, got a degree in marketing, and opened a string of businesses in nearby cities in eastern China before settling in the coastal boomtown of Ningbo, 160 km (100 miles) from home.

Oct 28, 2012

China’s Sany Heavy poised for economic “golden age”

SHANGHAI, Oct 29 (Reuters) – China’s construction equipment
sector is slowly but surely digging itself out from under a
mountain of inventory and will return to growth in the second or
third quarter of next year as the economy recovers, the
president of Sany Heavy Industry Co Ltd said.

Xiang Wenbo said that will set up the industry for a return
to high-speed growth during the 2013-2017 period, which he
expects to be a “golden age” of development in China under new
Communist Party leaders due to take office at a once-a-decade
handover in November.

Oct 28, 2012

China grassroots democracy challenge awaits new leaders

XIANGSHAN/WUKAN, China, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Hua Youjuan is an
unlikely Chinese official.

Free-spirited but driven, she left her village at age 17,
got a degree in marketing, and opened a string of businesses in
nearby cities in eastern China before settling in the coastal
boomtown of Ningbo, 160 km (100 miles) from home.

Oct 18, 2012

Nestle sales disappoint as Asian growth slows

ZURICH/SHANGHAI, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Nestle’s sales
growth slowed more than expected in the first nine months of the
year as demand cooled in the emerging markets driving the
world’s biggest food company.

Underlying sales growth at the maker of KitKat chocolate
bars and Maggi soup slowed to 6.1 percent from 6.6 percent in
the first half.

Oct 12, 2012

China Nobel winner Mo likely to steer clear of politics: translator

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s newest Nobel laureate, novelist Mo Yan, could use his new-found stature to make a subtle difference in the arena of freedom of speech in China, but he is more likely to keep his head down and avoid politics, his translator said on Friday.

The 57-year-old Chinese author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, has achieved his success by working within a system with distinct boundaries, not ignoring them, said Howard Goldblatt, who has translated several of Mo’s works into English, including the acclaimed “Red Sorghum”. The book was later the basis for a film directed by Zhang Yimou.

Sep 17, 2012

China hurts own credibility with Xi’s vanishing act

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, did more than apparently injure his back this month – by vanishing from public without explanation for two weeks, he also wounded his own credibility.

China political experts expressed dismay over the ruling Communist Party’s handling of Xi’s ailment, which remains a state secret despite sources close to the leadership saying he did no more than hurt his back in a swimming pool.

Sep 16, 2012

Analysis: China hurts own credibility with Xi’s vanishing act

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, did more than apparently injure his back this month – by vanishing from public without explanation for two weeks, he also wounded his own credibility.

China political experts expressed dismay over the ruling Communist Party’s handling of Xi’s ailment, which remains a state secret despite sources close to the leadership saying he did no more than hurt his back in a swimming pool.