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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.

Aug 21, 2013

China to allow reporters to watch live TV coverage of Bo trial: media

JINAN, China (Reuters) – The trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be televised live to reporters in eastern China, a Hong Kong-based broadcaster said, a landmark move by authorities to appear transparent as they put a lid on the country’s biggest political scandal in decades.

Bo, 64, is set to appear in public for the first time in 17 months in a court in the eastern city of Jinan in Shandong province, capping the country’s biggest political scandal since the 1976 downfall of the Gang of Four at the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Jun 9, 2013

China’s ‘first lady’ Peng avoids California limelight

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – China’s photogenic “first lady” Peng Liyuan played steel drums in Trinidad, strolled hand-in-hand with a coffee farmer’s daughter in Costa Rica and snapped pictures with her iPhone in the shadow of Mayan ruins in Mexico.

But the glamorous and popular wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped out of the spotlight for two days in California while her husband held unprecedented informal talks with U.S. President Barack Obama at a lush retreat in the desert on the last leg of a four-country trip.

Jun 3, 2013

No neckties: China-U.S. summit will be casual but not relaxed

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Meetings between leaders of the United States and China have mostly been dour, orchestrated affairs conducted by teams of men in dark suits. But China’s new President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama are shedding the script and neckties for their first summit, an informal get-together this week in the California desert.

Since President Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972, which broke decades of estrangement between the two countries, the summits have been carefully plotted rituals. One exception has been a visit by President Jiang Zemin to George W. Bush’s ranch in Texas in 2002, but it was only for a few hours.

Jun 2, 2013

Insight: North Korean economy surrenders to foreign currency invasion

CHANGBAI, China/SEOUL (Reuters) – Chinese currency and U.S. dollars are being used more widely than ever in North Korea instead of the country’s own money, a stark illustration of the extent to which the leadership under Kim Jung-un has lost control over the economy.

The use of dollars and Chinese yuan, or renminbi, has accelerated since a disastrous revaluation of the North Korean won in 2009 wiped out the savings of millions of people, said experts on the country, defectors and Chinese border traders.