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9 APRIL 2018

China’s ‘space dream’: A Long March to the moon

The plunge back to Earth of a defunct Chinese space laboratory will not slow down Beijing’s ambitious plans to send humans to the moon
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-s-space-dream-a-long-march-to-the-moon-1.2198318

4 APRIL 2018

Bibles pulled from China’s online bookstores as Beijing releases white paper on religious policy

Bibles have reportedly been pulled from sale through online bookstores across China, sparking confusion and outrage from frustrated Chinese-Christians on social media amid a tenuous split between the Vatican and Beijing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-04/bibles-allegedly-pulled-from-chinas-online-book-stores/9616560?section=world
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/04/china-cracks-sale-bible-amid-vatican-talks/

19 MARCH 2018

China’s new cabinet members endorsed

13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s national legislature, held the seventh plenary meeting of its first session Monday morning and endorsed the new lineup of the State Council. 
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/181/204/226/1521456648343.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/npc-2018-whos-who-in-chinas-cabinet

18 MARCH 2018

China’s parliament gives Premier Li second term

China’s parliament gave Premier Li Keqiang a second five-year term on Sunday (Mar 18), but he faces a tenure deeper in the shadow of the country’s powerful leader Xi Jinping
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-parliament-gives-premier-li-second-term-10053894
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/76/175/135/1521366927159.html

17 MARCH 2018

Xi Jinping gets second term, with ally Wang Qishan as vice-president

China’s legislature formally endorsed Xi Jinping’s second five-year presidential term on Saturday, and voted in Wang Qishan as the country’s new vice-president
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137615/wang-qishan-chinas-new-vice-president-after
http://www.france24.com/en/20180317-china-xi-jinping-reappointed-second-term-president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43440877

15 MARCH 2018

New vice-chairpersons of 13th CPPCC National Committee

A total of 24 people were elected vice-chairpersons of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at a plenary meeting of its first session on Wednesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/171/57/30/1521108753889.html

14 MARCH 2018

Wang Yang elected chairman of China’s top political advisory body

Wang Yang was elected chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, Wednesday afternoon
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/28/235/75/1521018096117.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137217/wang-yang-down-earth-liberal-taking-chinas-top-advisory

11 MARCH 2018

China’s Congress votes to abolish presidential term limits, allowing Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely

China’s Congress has passed a constitutional amendment that removes presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely and confirming his status as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-11/china-abolishes-presidential-term-limits/9537166?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43361276
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/11/china-s-parliament-lifts-time-limit-on-presidency

27 FEBRUARY 2018

7 things you need to know about lifting term limits for Xi Jinping

At this point, there are more questions than answers about what this means for China, and for other countries. I will pose some of the major questions below and offer best guesses on the answers
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/02/27/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-lifting-term-limits-for-xi-jinping/

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Chinese Communist Party proposes removal of two-term limit for president

China’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-proposes-removal-of-two-term-limit-for-president-15476
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/25/xi-jinping-to-cement-his-power-with-plan-scrap-two-term-limit-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/130/32/1519553491398.html

26 JANUARY 2018

Ma Zhaoxu: China’s next man at the UN

Former foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu will become China’s ambassador to the United Nations headquarters in New York, one of the country’s most prestigious overseas posts, according to diplomatic sources
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/world/2018/01/672_242839.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

The Chinese Dream’ and Xi Jinping’s power politics in 2017

China’s leader Xi Jinping ends 2017 in an unassailable position of power, having consolidated his grip over the Communist Party and state. Xi’s ultimate goal is to transform China into a global superpower
http://www.dw.com/en/the-chinese-dream-and-xi-jinpings-power-politics-in-2017/a-41941966

22 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s new military leaders

The new CMC membership is stacked with Xi’s favoured generals. While the two CMC deputies — Xu Qiliang and Zhang Youxia — share a long history with Xi, the remaining members either served in the former Nanjing Military Region, which encompassed Xi’s former Fujian and Zhejiang strongholds, or have been groomed for higher office since Xi assumed the CMC leadership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/22/chinas-new-military-leaders/

29 OCTOBER 2017

Xi ally Li Qiang named Shanghai party boss — Xinhua

Li Qiang, an ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has been named the top Communist Party official in Shanghai, replacing Han Zheng who last week joined the elite Politburo Standing Committee, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/xi-ally-li-qiang-named-shanghai-party-boss-xinhua-1.2114840
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-leadership-changes-who-is-li-qiang-new-party-chief-of-shanghai

25 OCTOBER 2017

China congress: No heir apparent as Xi reveals top leadership

China has revealed its new senior leadership committee, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping (see the full list of new leaders)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41743804
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-25/meet-president-xi-jinping-new-leadership-team/9086372?section=world
http://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/101/76/75/1508905872099.html
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-25/278369.shtml

24 OCTOBER 2017

What China’s elevation of President Xi Jinping to the Communist pantheon means for the superpower’s future

China’s Communist Party votes to enshrine President Xi Jinping’s ideology in its constitution, making him the country’s most powerful leader since chairman Mao Zedong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-communist-party-constitutional-amendment-ideology-enshrined-superpowers-future-mao-a8017111.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-10-24/xi-jinping-becomes-most-powerful-chinese-leader-since-mao-has-name-added-to-constitution/1711526
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-communist-party-boosts-xi-jinpings-status/av-41092174

19 OCTOBER 2017

One-man rule? China’s Xi Jinping consolidates grip on power

Xi is already China’s most powerful leader in decades, but could he use the world’s biggest political party and its 89 million members to cement that grip and stay in power beyond the customary two terms? And to what end? A 42mn video debate
http://www.france24.com/en/20171018-debate-china-one-man-rule

18 OCTOBER 2017

Xi Jinping delivers report to CPC 19th congress, stressing socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era

Xi Jinping called on all members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to « secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-18/277457.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2115858/key-points-xis-speech-chinas-communist-party-congress
http://live.china.org.cn/2017/10/17/opening-ceremony-of-the-19th-cpc-national-congress/

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Communist Party expels former high-flyer Sun Zhengcai in countdown to key congress

Former political star Sun Zhengcai has been expelled from China’s Communist Party and will face prosecution, state media reported on Friday – two months after his shock downfall and just weeks before a key five-yearly leadership reshuffle
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2113438/chinas-communist-party-expels-former-political-high
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170929_33/
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170929/33348.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

What is Xi Jinping thought?

At the next Congress, Xi Jinping’s thinking will be included in the party’s constitution, just like Mao Zedong’s was. But this thought seems only to be made of rhetoric, nationalism, and an emphasis on China’s greatness. Xi’s much-vaunted contribution to Chinese-style communism tends to stop reforms to maintain power in the hands of the party and his own
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/What-is-Xi-Jinping-thought-41877.html

16 AUGUST 2017

Xi loyalists grab the reins of pivotal projects

Chinese President Xi Jinping is giving close allies full control over two signature projects that promise to help him achieve total political supremacy: the Belt and Road Initiative and the remodeling of Beijing
https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Xi-loyalists-grab-the-reins-of-pivotal-projects?page=1

7 AUGUST 2017

What to expect from Xi Jinping’s Communist Party congress power play

 When Xi Jinping took the helm of China’s ruling Communist Party in late 2012 he had few trusted allies by his side or loyal aides at his command
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2104492/how-chinas-leader-building-team-communist-party

30 JULY 2017

China marks army’s 90th anniversary in huge military parade

President Xi Jinping has overseen a large-scale military parade in a show of force to mark the 90th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army. Xi urged the army to « unswervingly stick to » the Communist Party
https://www.scmp.com/video/china/2104637/xi-jinping-oversees-parade-celebrate-plas-90th-anniversary
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/china-marks-armys-90th-anniversary-huge-military-parade-170730110920587.html
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-xi-wants-world-class-army-to-beat-all-enemies/a-39890302

21 JULY 2017

Chinese Communist Party threatens to punish members if they are religious

The party remains concerned about the enduring issue. “Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party rules and stick to the Party’s faith,” one official writes. They should not be “allowed to seek value and belief in religion”
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Communist-Party-threatens-to-punish-members-if-they-are-religious-41348.html

27 JUNE 2017

China passes tough new national intelligence law

China’s legislature passed a new national intelligence law on Tuesday (June 27) after an unusually brief round of discussions, granting authorities new powers to monitor suspects, raid premises, seize vehicles and devices and operate overseas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-passes-tough-new-national-intelligence-law

20 APRIL 2017

First cargo spacecraft boosts China’s space dream

 China on Thursday launched its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space, a crucial step for the country in building a space station by approximately 2022
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/20/content_15602807.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/20/one-small-step-china-launches-first-cargo-spacecraft

10 APRIL 2017

Beijing offers chinese spy-hunters cash rewards for amateur counter-espionage

China’s Ministry of State Security pledged to pay Chinese citizens 500,000 yuan (about 72,000 dollars) for providing the authorities with any information on espionage activities in the country
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704101052495103-china-security-intelligence-foreign-spies-reward/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2086308/whistle-blowers-wanted-beijingers-urged-report-foreign

3 APRIL 2017

New Party chiefs named in 4 Chinese provinces

The central leadership has named new Party chiefs in four provinces in the latest reshuffle of provincial leadership ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China later this year
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/03/content_15595120.html

2 MARCH 2017

Is Xi Jinping’s political ambition bad for China?

It is an important year for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is consolidating his influence for long-term control of the Communist Party. But China expert Willy Lam explains why Xi’s ambition may be bad for the country
http://www.dw.com/en/is-xi-jinpings-political-ambition-bad-for-china/a-37785583

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Touchdown for Chinese astronauts after record space mission

Two mainland astronauts touched down safely on the grasslands of Ulanqab, in Inner Mongolia, on Friday, ending a month-long mission in China’s bigger quest to establish a permanent space station
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2047229/two-chinese-astronauts-safely-back-earth-after-nations
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/18/content_15528179.html

7 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s finance minister Lou Jiwei steps down, former tax chief to take role

Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, who has been struggling in recent years to tackle the country’s huge debt problems, is stepping down as he approaches retirement age
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2043588/chinas-finance-minister-lou-jiwei-steps-down-former-tax-chief
http://www.atimes.com/article/finance-minister-lou-jiwei-among-three-replaced-reshuffle/

3 NOVEMBER 2016

Long March 5 rocket makes maiden flight

The arrival of the CZ-5 means the gap between China and the US in space has narrowed from decades to years and the game will change profoundly from now on, according to several space analysts
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2042760/chinas-most-powerful-rocket-lifts-island-launch-centre
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2016-11/03/content_15520812.html

2 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s Xi condemns ‘cliques’ and ‘conspiracies’ within party

China’s President Xi Jinping condemned « cliques », « conspiracies » and « fraud » within upper echelons of the Communist Party and said there were urgent problems to be addressed, state media reported on Wednesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-xi-condemns-cliques-and-conspiracies-within-party/3256568.html

27 OCTOBER 2016

President Xi Jinping named as Chinese Communist Party’s ‘core’ leader

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has formally named President Xi Jinping as the “core” of the party leadership, a title that carries deep political meaning and is set to shape the power play in the run-up to a leadership reshuffle next year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2040675/chinese-communist-party-expands-xi-jinpings-political
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/27/content_15517241.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161027_36/

17 OCTOBER 2016

China successfully launches manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 to orbiting laboratory

China has launched two astronauts into space on a mission to dock with an experimental space station. The launch marks the latest stage in the country’s developing space program
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37670842
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2028653/china-launches-manned-mission-orbiting-space-laboratory
http://www.dw.com/en/china-launches-shenzhou-11-two-man-space-mission/a-36056920

4 OCTOBER 2016

Xi Jinping may delay picking China’s next leader, stoking speculation

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, appears prepared to defy the Communist Party’s established script for transferring power and delay the designation of his successor until after a party congress next year, unsettling the party elite and stirring speculation that he wants to prolong his tenure
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/world/asia/china-president-xi-jinping-successor.html?smid=li-share

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

China launches second trial space station

China has moved a step forward in its ambitious pursuit of building a permanent space station, with the successful launch of its Tiangong 2 experimental space lab into orbit on Thursday night
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37370278
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160916_02/

24 JULY 2016

China unveils world’s largest amphibious Aircraft

China has completed production of the world’s largest amphibian aircraft, AG600, that it plans to use to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue operations
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246105739
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/today-headlines/2016-07/24/content_7171059.htm

30 JUNE 2016

CPC has nearly 89 million members

The Communist Party of China (CPC) had 88.758 million members at the end of 2015, according to figures revealed by the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/30/content_15456545.html

25 JUNE 2016

China inaugurates new spaceport as it continues aggressive quest for the stars

China blasted off its Long March-7 new generation carrier rocket on a successful inaugural voyage on Saturday from a new launch centre, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/25/china-inaugurates-new-spaceport-as-it-continues-aggressive-quest/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1981496/sleepy-longlou-countdown-becoming-cape-kennedy-hainan
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/06-25/215688.shtml

18 JUNE 2016

‘Rebel’ China village chief arrested for corruption

The chief of a village that became a symbol of resistance against corruption has been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes, Chinese authorities said Saturday, as a large police operation moved in to head off dissent
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/rebel-china-village-chief-arrested-corruption#sthash.7CMUpKsE.dpuf
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-police-block-wukan-village-ahead-of-anti-corruption-protests/a-19340037
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160618_24/

16 MAY 2016

Beijing carefully ignores anniversary of violent Cultural Revolution

It has been 50 years since the spark that touched off China’s volatile period of mass collectives and student uprising. Beijing did not mark the occasion, and clamped down on social media discussions of the event
http://www.dw.com/en/beijing-carefully-ignores-anniversary-of-violent-cultural-revolution/a-19260230
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36299692
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/china-cultural-revolution-50-media-blackout-160516050538313.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36284297

22 APRIL 2016

China approves Mars probe program

China’s Mars exploration program has been formally approved by the central authorities, Xu Dazhe, director of China National Space Administration, announced on Friday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/22/content_15421324.html

21 APRIL 2016

 China’s Xi moves to take more direct command over military

Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country’s powerful armed forces as head of its increasingly important joint operations, displaying both his strong personal authority and China’s determination to defend its interests.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-xi-moves-more-direct-command-over-military-034110933.html?nhp=1
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-xi-jinping-takes-commander-chief-military-title

25 MARCH 2016

20 arrested over letter asking for resignation of « Comrade Xi Jinping »

Chinese authorities have arrested 19 other people on charges of having participated in the publication of the open letter calling on President Xi Jinping to resign. The total number of detentions now stands at 20: Jia Jia the reporter, the first to be detained, appears less and less involved in the matter and his release is expected
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-35897905
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Open-letter-to-Xi-Jinping-reveals-divided-Party:-Resign,-for-your-own-good-and-the-good-of-the-nation-37011.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/china-widens-crackdown-xi-resignation-letter-160325182008794.html

14 DECEMBER 2015

China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s trial ends amid scuffles

One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Communist Party of China holds event to commemorate Hu Yaobang

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a symposium to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of its former general secretary Hu Yaobang on Friday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
http://atimes.com/2015/11/communist-party-of-china-holds-event-to-commemorate-hu-yaobang/
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-issues-book-commemorating-reformist-leader-hu-yaobang-062837877.html

26 OCTOBER 2015

Xi Jinping on What’s Wrong with Contemporary Chinese Culture

At the Beijing Forum on Literature and Art, President Xi Jinping spoke to a high-level audience of arts professionals about the role of arts and culture in China. The speech was given in Beijing and titled “Talks at the Forum on Literature and Art Work,”
http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/culture/xi-jinping-whats-wrong-contemporary-chinese-culture

23 OCTOBER 2015

Xi relies on ‘second red generation’ generals to maintain grip

Generals belonging to the so-called second red generation are increasingly dominant in the Chinese military, riding their parents’ coattails to power, following the purge of two top uniformed officers in President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign
http://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Xi-relies-on-second-red-generation-generals-to-maintain-grip

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

China launches new workhorse ‘Long March’ rocket with 20 ‘micro satellites’ aboard

China on Sunday launched a new, smaller type of rocket from its « Long March » family which will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1859957/china-launches-new-workhorse-long-march-rocket-20-micro
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2015-09/20/c_134641510.htm

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

China military parade commemorates WW2 victory over Japan

With swarms of fighter jets and helicopters flying overhead, some 12,000 troops marched through the center of Beijing as China marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with its biggest ever display of military might
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/02/asia/china-world-war-ii-military-parade/index.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-xi-jinpings-speech-commemoration-70th-anniversary-japanese-wwii-surrender
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-34125418

3 JULY 2015

Why the Communist Party’s new security law is bad news for China

From « social contradictions » to food safety, from environmental crisis to foreign religions, from the Internet to outer space, there is hardly any realm of the country’s activity that doesn’t fall under the rubric of national security risk in the new law
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/02/opinions/china-security-law-nicholas-bequelin/index.html

1 JULY 2015

China adopts new law on national security

China’s top legislature on Wednesday adopted a new national security law highlighting cyber security and demanding the establishment of a coordinated, efficient crisis management system.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-07/01/c_134372812.htm

11 JUNE 2015

China jails former security chief Zhou Yongkang for life for bribery, corruption

China’s ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang has been jailed for life – the most senior politician to face corruption charges under Communist rule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-ex-security-chief/1908474.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/11/china-s-crackdown-on-corruption-ex-security-chief-handed-life-sentence/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-33095453

5 APRIL 2015

Late Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang can be laid to rest – a decade after death

The family of late liberal Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang said on Sunday they had finally received approval for the burial of his ashes, a decade after his death
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1757115/late-chinese-leader-zhao-ziyang-can-be-laid-rest-decade-after-death

6 MARCH 2015

A Modern Cult of Personality? Xi Jinping Aspires To Be The Equal of Mao and Deng

Having been in office for just over two years, President Xi Jinping has already laid claim to being the third most powerful politician of post-liberation China, just after Chairman Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping
http://www.jamestown.org/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=43626&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=943c3fb1d23aefca0021f99432e34917#.VQH5Iu9_nmS

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Former Chinese propaganda chief Deng Liqun dies at 100

Former Chinese propaganda chief and communist hardliner Deng Liqun, a fierce critic of the economic reforms championed by late leader Deng Xiaoping, died Tuesday at the age of 100, state media reported.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/471418/former-chinese-propaganda-chief-deng-liqun-dies-at-100

30 JANUARY 2015

Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values

For Education Minister Yuan Guiren, high schools and universities should shun or ban textbooks that promote « non-Chinese » values. Previously, President Xi Jinping had also attacked freedom of thought. Teachers who speak out are hounded, fired and even jailed
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-government-attacks-textbooks-that-promote-Western-values-33337.html
http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/china-warns-against-western-values-in-imported-textbooks/?ref=asia&_r=0

26 JANUARY 2015

China: The Eclipse of the Politburo

Evidence suggests the Politburo Standing Committee is in decline, while the central party bureaucracy gains more clout.
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/china-the-eclipse-of-the-politburo/

17 DECEMBER 2014

Mourners mark China leader Zhao Ziyang’s 10th death anniversary

Mourners have gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of China’s purged former leader, Zhao Ziyang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30863571

29 DECEMBER 2014

China’s Xi calls for tighter ideological control in universities

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for greater « ideological guidance » in China’s universities and urged the study of Marxism, state media reported on Monday, as the country tightens control on Western ideology
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-calls-tighter-ideological-control-universities

8 DECEMBER 2014

Xi Jinping: the growing cult of China’s ‘Big Daddy Xi’

Xi Jinping completes two years as president in January and as he enters his third year in office a growing cult of personality is being built around the 61-year-old as he fights to stamp his authority onto the Chinese Communist Party.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11279204/Xi-Jinping-the-growing-cult-of-Chinas-Big-Daddy-Xi.html

Zhou’s arrest affirms Xi’s grip on power: Experts

The arrest of former public security czar Zhou Yongkang and his expulsion from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) underscore President Xi Jinping’s tightening grip on power. It is also the Chinese leader’s biggest and boldest move yet in his two-year campaign to root out corruption across all ranks, experts said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/zhous-arrest-affirms-xis-grip-power-experts

5 DECEMBER 2014

China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang

Ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30352458
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11276723/China-arrests-former-security-chief-Zhou-Yongkang.html

3 NOVEMBER 2014

China stresses Communist party’s control over military

Anyone calling for China’s People’s Liberation Army to be loyal to the state rather than the Communist party has a « very black heart », military media said Monday, after President Xi Jinping stressed: « The party commands the gun »
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/441148/china-stresses-communist-party-control-over-military
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/11/xi-emphasizes-partys-command-army/

24 OCTOBER 2014

China launches orbiter for lunar mission

China launched an unmanned spacecraft early Friday to test technologies to be used in the Chang’e-5, a future probe that will conduct the country’s first moon mission with a return to Earth.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-10/24/content_15182263.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439382/china-launches-first-mission-to-moon-and-back

23 OCTOBER 2014

Beijing embraces ‘rule of law with Chinese characteristics’

China’s Communist rulers declared Thursday that the country would embrace the « rule of law with Chinese characteristics », official media reported after a key party meeting touted as heralding legal reform.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439164/beijing-embraces-rule-of-law-with-chinese-characteristics
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-10/23/content_15181985.html
http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1023/c90785-8799088.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

China to launch second space lab in 2016, official says

China will launch its second orbiting space laboratory in two years’ time, a top official said Wednesday, the latest step in an ambitious space programme Beijing says will one day land a Chinese man on the moon.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/431538/china-to-launch-second-space-lab-in-2016-official-says
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-eyes-first-space-station-around-2022

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s ex-president drops down rankings: paper

Former Chinese leader Hu Jintao has slipped further down the Communist Party rankings, state-run media said Tuesday, as his successor Xi Jinping consolidates his authority in the one-party state
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-ex-president-drops-down-rankings-paper

25 AUGUST 2014

The Red Beatification of Xi Jinping

He is not yet one of the “saints” of the Chinese Communist Party along with Mao and Deng. But already, after less than two years in office, Xi Jinping is, to borrow a phrase from the Catholic Church, being “beatified” – given pre-sainthood status.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/red-beatification-xi-jinping/

1 AUGUST 2014

Xi Jinping wants to be Mao but will not learn from the latter’s mistakes

Concentrating power in top leader of party, state and army has unleashed a flood of flattery and brought back the cult of personality that had been « abolished » after the death of the Great Helmsman. However, the new leader’s style and way of exercising power fails to heed the fact that when one rises above all others, one feels free to make blunders
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xi-Jinping-wants-to-be-Mao-but-will-not-learn-from-the-latter’s-mistakes-31787.html

28 JULY 2014

Probes and propaganda: Xi’s double strategy to consolidate power

Under Xi Jinping, China’s government formed after the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress at the end of 2012 has adopted a double strategy to bring its control to the country’s 31 province-level governments. On the one hand, Beijing plays tough through the party’s inspection system; on the other hand, it exerts soft power softly through propaganda
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140728000004&cid=1101

1 JULY 2014

Xu Caihou’s Family Arrested: Was He Involved in Military Coup?

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) finally announced on June 30th that Xu caihou was expelled from the Communist Party for alleged corruption and his case handed to prosecutors for investigation. Following is earlier report on his case by http://www.ntd.tv/en/programs/news-politics/china-forbidden-news/20140630/117427-xu-caihous-family-arrested-was-he-involved-in-military-coup.html

30 JUNE 2014

Top China military official Gen Xu Caihou accused

One of China’s most senior military officials has been accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28084886
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418185/china-communist-party-expels-four-top-officials-over-graft

14 JUNE 2014

China official probed for ‘disciplinary violations’

Su Rong, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is the highest-ranking official to come under investigation under President Xi Jinping, who has vowed to fight corruption
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/china-probes-top-politician-graft-2014614142225515823.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-official-probed-disciplinary-violations-media

4 JUNE 2014

China’s Tiananmen Square locked down by security forces on 25th anniversary

Authorities blanketed central Beijing with heavy security today on the 25th anniversary of the bloody military suppression of pro-democracy protests centred on Tiananmen Square, pre-empting any attempts to publicly commemorate one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10873978/Chinas-Tiananmen-Square-locked-down-by-security-forces-on-25th-anniversary.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413526/beijing-tightens-security-for-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen-crackdown

3 JUNE 2014

China Defends Crackdown Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

China on Tuesday defended as « lawful » its detention of government critics ahead of this week’s 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-cracks-down-on-critics-ahead-of-tiananmen-anniversary/1928154.html

6 MAY 2014

China detains series of dissidents ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen massacre

Several dissidents disappear in Beijing and Guangzhou and a well-known lawyer is arrested on charges of « causing unrest » ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10809825/China-detains-series-of-dissidents-ahead-of-25th-anniversary-of-Tiananmen-massacre.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-detains-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-2014569270309666.html

Six injured in knife attack at Chinese train station

At least six people have been injured in a knife attack at a station in Guangzhou, Chinese officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27289398
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/06/china-knife-attack-wounds-six-in-guangzhou/

17 APRIL 2014

Xi Jinping ‘using purge of Chinese officials to fill key positions with allies’

Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10772555/Xi-Jinping-using-purge-of-Chinese-officials-to-fill-key-positions-with-allies.html

14 APRIL 2014

Beijing: two more Zhou Yongkang cronies arrested

For experts and analysts, the government is trying to rid itself of former powerful « national security czar. » Zhao Miao and Yan Cunzhang, two of his associates, are the latest victims, both accused of corruption. For one observer, a « power struggle » is underway

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing:-two-more-Zhou-Yongkang-cronies-arrested-30830.html

3 MARCH 2014

China Captures Remaining Suspects in Train Station Attack

China says it has captured the final three suspects in the stabbing rampage at a train station that killed 29 people and injured 143 others. Citing the Ministry for Public Security Monday, the official Xinhua news agency says the suspects who carried out the attack are part of a terrorist gang led by Abdurehim Kurban.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-captures-remaining-suspects-in-train-station-attack/1862890.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/03/china-ethnic-uighurs-say-they-are-being-harassed-after-train-station-knife-/

2 MARCH 2014

Xinjiang separatists behind deadly China rail attack: Xinhua

More than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at a train station in southern China, drawing police fire, in what authorities called a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists based in the far west, state media said Sunday. Thirty-three people were killed and 130 wounded
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/03/02/401858/China-blames.htm
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/02/world/asia/china-railway-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

2 JANUARY 2014

Communist leaders battle to regain ‘street cred’

China’s normally reclusive leaders have been flocking onto the streets to court the masses after Xi Jinping, their commander-in-chief, scored a major propaganda coup by popping out for a bun lunch at a working man’s diner.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10546660/Communist-leaders-battle-to-regain-street-cred.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

In China, One-child policy eased as laojiao centres close

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Assembly today adopted a resolution loosening the country’s one-child policy. It also formally abolished Re-education through labour camps, also known as laojiao centres.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-child-policy-eased-as-laojiao-centres-close-29912.html

26 DECEMBER 2013

China marks Mao Zedong’s 120th birthday anniversary

Chairman Mao should not be worshipped as a god, but was a man who made “mistakes”, says Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, on the 120th anniversary of the Great Helmsman’s birth
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25518017
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/26/muted-celebrations-as-china-remembers-chairman-mao/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/26/c_132998764.htm

19 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese journalists face Marxist ideology exam

Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam early next year to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist party’s increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/chinese-journalists-ideology-exam-media

14 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese lunar rover lands on moon

A spacecraft carrying China’s first lunar  rover landed has on the moon, state television showed, a major step for the emerging superpower’s ambitious space programme.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/china-first-lunar-rover-set-touchdown-2013121454636469941.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25356603

11 DECEMBER 2013

China puts former security chief under house arrest-sources

China has put Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, under virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party investigates accusations of corruption against him, several sources said on Wednesday.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-puts-former-security-chief-under-house-arrest-sources
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-puts-former-security-chief-under-house-arrest/1807918.html

2 DECEMBER 2013

China launches its first unmanned moon probe

China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10487670/China-launches-its-first-unmanned-moon-probe.html

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese Party Meeting Calls for Establishing ‘National Security Council’

The leaders of the Chinese Communist Party have resolved to establish a national security council (guojia anquan weiyuanhui) in order to “perfect the national security system and strategy, and guarantee national security” http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41616&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=effae2bbb02addd05e33b2cfed2bc216#.UoQBP8vLTIU

9 NOVEMBER 2013

Pivotal CPC Third Plenary Session opens in Beijing

The four-day Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee will deliberate on a draft decision of the CPC Central Committee on « major issues concerning comprehensively deepening reforms. »
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131109000103&cid=1101
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/09/china-leaders-meeting-economy-beijing-reforms
http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/09/21366218-chinas-communist-party-promises-unprecedented-reform-but-will-it-deliver?lite

Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up political party

Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in defiance of a decades-old de facto ban on new political parties.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/supporters-chinas-disgraced-bo-xilai-set-political-party

8 NOVEMBER 2013

China party says no to political reform on eve of key meet

China’s Communist Party gave an emphatic no to any political reform that may threaten its rule in a lengthy document published on Friday, the day before it starts a key meeting to set the economic agenda for the next decade.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-party-says-no-political-reform-eve-key-meet?page=0%2C0

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10435245/Communist-Party-rejects-hostile-calls-for-political-opening.html

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Explosions Near Communist Party Building in China

A series of small blasts have killed at least one person outside a provincial office of the ruling Communist Party. The blasts in Taiyuan in Shanxi province appeared to have been caused by home-made bombs
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/06/explosions-china-communit-party-office
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/06/china-blasts-in-taiyuan-kill-at-least-one-person-close-to-communist-party-/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24830724

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese vote no on democracy

A rising proportion of China’s middle class believes the country does not need to become a democracy or introduce elections, despite its increasingly important role in the world. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/chinese-vote-no-on-democracy/story-e6frg6so-1226750801937?goback=%2Egde_2387236_member_5803285263811633152#sthash.f35iZhCm.dpuf

25 OCTOBER 2013

China court upholds Bo Xilai’s life sentence

A Chinese court has dismissed ousted politician Bo Xilai’s appeal against his conviction and life sentence for corruption and abuse of power in one of China’s most politically charged trials in decades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/china-court-upholds-bo-xilai-life-sentence-2013102551029229115.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/25/china-bo-xilai-s-appeal-rejected-as-court-upholds-life-sentence/

11 OCTOBER 2013

Beijing ‘Strikes Hard’ Prior to Major Political Meeting

Before a major political meeting to be held in Beijing next month, the Chinese Communist Party has launched a new campaign aimed at striking hard against those who might protest its rule, according to internal documents obtained by Epoch Times. The campaign, which is likely to be instituted in various ways across the country, will involve police mobilization, household visits, arrest quotas, ramped up surveillance measures, and strict adherence to Party ideology.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/314917-beijing-strikes-hard-prior-to-major-political-meeting/

1st OCTOBER 2013

Modern China celebrates 64th birthday

It is the People’s republic of China’s 64th birthday, and the middle kingdom has been celebrating its rebirth and rise under the Communist party’s rule.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/01/modern-china-celebrates-64th-birthday/

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Bo Xilai: Chinese ex-politician to appeal against life term

China’s disgraced former politician Bo Xilai is appealing against his sentence, reports say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24203465

22 SEPTEMBER 2013

China’s disgraced Bo Xilai given life term for corruption

A Chinese court has found disgraced former top politician Bo Xilai guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/22/bo-xilai-speaks-in-chinese-court-after-being-given-life-sentence/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201392215851545302.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hotel-style-prison-awaits-chinas-bo-xilai-inmates

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Blog crackdown chills China’s political debate

A government-backed campaign to assert greater control over social media has lead to increased self-censorship by some of China’s most influential bloggers, chilling political discourse in the country.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370867/blog-crackdown-chills-china-political-debate

24 AUGUST 2013

Chinese police arrest anti-corruption campaigner Xu Zhiyong

Police have arrested one of China’s most prominent rights activists who has called for officials to disclose their wealth, his lawyer said on Friday.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/112419/chinese-citizens-movement-leader-arrested/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10262461/Chinese-police-arrest-anti-corruption-campaigner-Xu-Zhiyong.html

23 AUGUST 2913

Chinese court releases video of Bo Xilai’s wife testifying against him

Video footage released by a court in east China shows Gu Kailai testifying against her husband, disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai, who is currently on the second day of his trial on Friday. The 64-year-old former Communist party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing has been charged with illegally taking almost 27 million yuan (£2.8m), corruption and abuse of power

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/aug/23/chinese-court-bo-xilai-wife-testifying-video

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/201382314854147169.html

22 AUGUST 2013

Bo Xilai: Disgraced politician goes on trial in China

The trial of Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician once tipped for the highest levels of power, has begun.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23776348
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bo-xilai-denies-taking-bribes/1734705.html

3 AUGUST 2013

Xi consolidates control over the military

With the promotion of a number of PLA officer to general, Xi Jinping appears to be seeking to consolidate his control over the military.

http://thediplomat.com/china-power/xi-consolidates-control-over-the-military/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+the-diplomat+%28The+Diplomat+RSS%29

1 JULY 2013

China’s Communist Party membership exceeds 85 million

The number of Communist Party of China members has surpassed 85 million, according to latest figures from the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130701000090&cid=1101

18 JUNE 2013

Religion is out for Communist Party members: official

Zhu Weiqun, director of the national ethnic and religion commission of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee, the nation’s political advisory body, recently declared that the party needs to maintain the principle that its members cannot practice religion, or else it will « tear the party apart » and cause religious activities to « fundamentally collapse. » If party members want to practice a religion, they should first leave the party, he added. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130618000127&cid=1101

14 JUNE 2013

Government for the people in China ?

An apparent contradiction exists at the heart of political commentary on China. On the one hand, some foreign China watchers frequently discuss how ordinary Chinese citizens are growing increasingly dissatisfied with their government and communist party rule. On the other hand, public opinion polls have shown a high level of popular support for the ruling Chinese Communist Party.                                                                                                      http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/14/government-for-the-people-in-china/

11 JUNE 2013

China Launches 15-day Manned Space Mission

China launched a manned space mission Tuesday, continuing its ambitious goal of building its own space station. Among the many tasks to be undertaken during the 15-day flight, the astronauts will lead lectures from space to educate Chinese students. China launched the manned Shenzhou-10 spacecraft from a satellite launch center in the Gobi desert. The space craft is carrying two men and one woman and will travel through space for 15 days.           http://www.voanews.com/content/china-launches-15day-manned-space-mission/1679276.html                                                                   http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/11/china-launches-sacred-space-mission/          http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2013-06/11/c_132447869.htm

8 JUNE 2013

China’s Xi Jinping appears more Maoist than reformer so far

The president and Communist Party leader looks the part of an American politician, but in his first months in power he has proved to be more hard-line than his recent predecessors.                                                                                                                                    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-china-xi-20130608,0,2308743.story?page=1

6 JUNE 2013

Xi Jinping’s schizophrenia: no political reform some (minimal) economic reform

The « dream » of reforms seems gone, and Xi is increasingly using Maoists tones: gagging the press, eliminating dissidents, rewriting the Party’s history to clear the slate of its errors, and God. Minimum changes made to economy to avoid damaging the interests of princes and senior cadres of the Party. Six months after the takeover of Xi, the analysis of an expert. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xi-Jinping’s-schizophrenia:-no-political-reform-some-(minimal)-economic-reform-28132.html

31 MAY 2013

Tiananmen Mothers condemn China’s President Xi Jinping

More than 100 people whose relatives were killed during China’s 1989 crackdown on protestors in Tiananmen Square have lashed out at Xi Jinping, accusing the country’s new president of taking “giant steps backwards”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10091067/Tiananmen-Mothers-condemn-Chinas-President-Xi-Jinping.html                                                                                                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22727940

24 MAY 2013

China’s reform hands fail to clap

On the one hand, the preserving stability (weiwen) apparatus has pulled out all the stops to shackle dissidents and stymie other « destabilizing elements » in society. With the same strong-armed efficacy with which he has consolidated his hold over the military and police forces, supremo Xi is imposing a quasi-Maoist straitjacket on the ideological arena. On the other hand, more signs have appeared that the Xi-Li leadership is mapping out a package of economic and financial http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-02-240513.html

26 APRIL 2013

Chinese People Lack Faith in Communist Party, Survey Finds

Close to 80 percent of respondents in a state online survey said they have no confidence in the Chinese regime’s leadership or reform policies. The survey was deleted within one day.                                                                                                                                http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/26365-chinese-people-lack-faith-in-ruling-party-survey-finds/

17 APRIL 2013

The Rise of China’s Reformers?

With China’s political transition now complete, the country — and the world economy — is left with a pressing question: Does the new team in Beijing have the vision and the political will to revive stalled yet crucial economic reforms? Few observers are optimistic about the answer. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139295/evan-a-feigenbaum-and-damien-ma/the-rise-of-chinas-reformers?page=show

16 MARCH 2013

China People’s Congress approves new cabinet

China’s parliament has approved a new cabinet, completing the leadership transition that saw Xi Jinping confirmed as president on Thursday.                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21812057                                                                              http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-03/16/c_132238467.htm                                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/102318/china-installs-cabinet-of-party-vets-technocrats/  http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/att/2013npc/site1/20130317/002170196e1c12af4a8810.pdf

15 MARCH 2013

Li Keqiang named as China’s prime minister

He replaces Wen Jiabao, and for the next 10 years will be responsible for the day-to-day guiding of government policy, and overseeing the economy                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/15/li-keqiang-becomes-china-s-prime-minister/                                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133152423533287.html                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21796641

14 MARCH 2013

Xi Jinping named as China’s president

China’s parliament formally elected Xi Jinping as the country’s new president, completing the country’s second orderly political succession since the Communist Party took power in 1949                                                                                                                                    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013314590447477.html                                                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21766622

China’s parliament elects new state leadership

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, was elected president of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission (CMC) on Thursday.                           http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-03/14/c_132233769.htm

Li Yuanchao elected Chinese vice president                                                                                           http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-03/14/c_132233077.htm

10 MARCH 2013

China unveils cabinet reshuffle plan

The number of ministries under the State Council will reduce from 27 to 25 while several departments and agencies are reorganized, according to a plan of institutional restructuring and functional transformation of the State Council, submitted to the national legislative session Sunday. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/766982.shtml

27 FEBRUARY 2013

China: 100+ leading intellectuals sign human rights petition

More than a hundred leading intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for China’s national legislature to ratify a major human rights treaty as lawmakers are preparing to convene in Beijing next week to attend the inaugural session of the 12th National People’s Congress.                                                                                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/99497/china-100-leading-intellectuals-sign-human-rights-petition/                http://cmp.hku.hk/2013/02/26/31531/                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21597752

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Xi Jinping’s imperfect inner circle

Barely three months after assuming the posts of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) general secretary and Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman, Xi Jinping has done well in buttressing his authority within the party’s upper echelons. Xi’s remarkable consolidation comes in spite of the fact that he is not associated with any comparably powerful clique within the party apparatus – unlike predecessors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, who are heads of the Shanghai Faction and the Communist Youth League (CYL) Faction, respectively http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-190213.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

5 ways China could become a democracy

Few have seriously thought about the probability and the various plausible scenarios of a regime transition in China — until now. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/13/5-ways-china-could-become-a-democracy/

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Chinese Communist Party must tolerate ‘sharp criticism’, says Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping, who will formally assume China’s presidency at next month’s National People’s Congress, made the comments on Wednesday during an event commemorating the Lunar New Year although state media only reported the speech on Thursday evening. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9855279/Chinese-Communist-Party-must-tolerate-sharp-criticism-says-Xi-Jinping.html

14 JANUARY 2013

Is Xi Jinping a Reformer? It’s Much Too Early to Tell (A Response to Nicholas Kristof)                                                                                              http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/xi-jinping-reformer-its-much-too-early-tell-response-nicholas-kristof                                                                 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/opinion/sunday/kristof-looking-for-a-jump-start-in-china.html?_r=0

7 JANUARY 2013

Beijing prizes loyalty over skill in reshuffle

China has reshuffled the party and administrative leaderships of a dozen-odd provinces and directly-administered cities in the wake of the 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress. The traits and political orientations of the new regional chiefs reflect the authorities’ priorities about seeking gradual change while guaranteeing stability. At the same time, ample opportunities have been afforded to a handful of sixth-generation leaders – a reference to rising stars born in the 1960s – to build up their national stature and reformist credentials http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/OA08Ad02.html

The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19312232

With wife’s conviction, what is next for China’s Bo Xilai?

Murder conviction for the wife of Bo Xilai, once one of China’s most powerful men, may have brought to an end the investigation into the death of British businessman Neil Heywood but it left in question the fate of her husband, who is being pursued for party « disciplinary violations. »
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/20/13371562-with-wifes-conviction-what-is-next-for-chinas-bo-xilai?lite

25 JULY 2012

Beijing installs acting mayor as city recovers from floods

Wang Anshun was appointed vice mayor and acting mayor of Beijing on Wednesday following a decision by the standing committee of Beijing’s Municipal People’s Congress. The local legislative body also accepted the resignation of Guo Jinlong as mayor of Beijing. Guo had only been named as head of Beijing’s Communist Party branch on July 3.
http://gbtimes.com/news/beijing-installs-acting-mayor-city-recovers-floods
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9426121/Beijing-mayor-promoted-in-midst-of-flood-chaos.html