BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities put on trial on Friday an outspoken journalist accused of revealing state secrets and rejected an appeal by a prominent Uighur scholar whose life sentence on separatism charges had sparked an outcry from the West.
The closed-door trial of Gao Yu, 70, accused of providing state secrets to foreign contacts, began on Friday morning in a Beijing court.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese prosecutors could upgrade the charges against a prominent human rights lawyer, saying that he incited “ethnic hatred and discrimination” when he wrote a microblog post criticizing the government’s account of a mass knife attack, his lawyer said on Thursday.
The new charges against Pu Zhiqiang add to evidence that the case against him is politically motivated, his supporters say. They come amid what rights groups say is the most severe clampdown on human rights in decades.
BEIJING (Reuters) – After an awkward handshake, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held formal talks on Monday for the first time since the two leaders took office, a breakthrough in efforts to improve ties between the Asian rivals.
Television footage showed Abe waiting for Xi to greet him at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, a departure from usual protocol in which the Chinese leader is on hand waiting for a guest. Xi was unsmiling and stiff as the two shook hands and he did not speak to Abe when they first met.
BEIJING (Reuters) – The risks faced by China’s economy are not that scary and the government is confident it can head off the dangers, President Xi Jinping told global business leaders on Sunday to dispel worries about the world’s second-largest economy.
In a speech to chief executives at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit, Xi said even if China’s economy were to grow 7 percent, that would still rank it at the forefront of the world’s economies.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Saturday it hopes Japan can create a favorable atmosphere for an expected meeting between the two countries’ leaders, a day after the two sides signaled willingness to put a bitter row over disputed islands on the back burner.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks at a briefing ahead of a meeting by leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group in Beijing.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Communist Party pledged on Tuesday to speed up legislation to fight corruption and make it tougher for officials to exert control over the judiciary, even as it stressed full control over the courts.
The decision, released by the official Xinhua news agency, was reached at a four-day party meeting, or plenum, last week.
BEIJING (Reuters) – One of China’s most senior former military officers has confessed to taking “massive” bribes in exchange for help in promotions, state media said on Tuesday, as the government moves closer to his court martial as part of its war on graft.
Xu Caihou retired as vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission last year and from the ruling Communist Party’s decision-making Politburo in 2012.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A filmmaker who made a documentary on China’s constitutional governance will stand trial on charges of “illegal business activity”, raising questions about Beijing’s promise to uphold the rule of law in accordance with the constitution.
Shen Yongping will be the first person prosecuted for documenting China’s constitutional history in a film called “100 years of constitutional governance”, his lawyer, Zhang Xuezhong, told Reuters in a telephone interview on Monday.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Communist Party unveiled legal reforms on Thursday aimed at giving judges more independence and limiting local officials’ influence over courts, but it made no mention of the fate of its former domestic security chief who is under investigation for corruption.
The moves, made at a closed-door meeting of the ruling party’s elite, are pivotal to the workings of China’s market economy, the world’s second largest. They come at a time when slowing growth raises the prospect of more commercial disputes.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China is set to unveil key legal reforms this week that will try to limit the influence local officials have on court cases, a move being closely watched by company executives who hope it will make the legal system more impartial.
The announcement is expected at the end of an Oct. 20-23 meeting of the ruling Communist Party elite, which has made the “rule of law” the theme of the gathering. The meeting, called a plenum, comes at a time when slowing economic growth in the world’s second-largest economy is raising the prospect of more commercial disputes.