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  • Flamboyant Son of Fallen Chinese Leader Makes a Statement(am not a brat, never drove a Ferrari)

    04/24/2012 7:34:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/24/12 | MARK MCDONALD
    Flamboyant Son of Fallen Chinese Leader Makes a Statement By MARK MCDONALD | April 24, 2012, 9:47 pm HONG KONG — In the most sensational political drama in decades in China, the fall of the former Politburo member Bo Xilai has captivated the country for months with its cloak-and-dagger intrigue, charges of corruption and murder, and a compelling cast of personalities. Among the central characters in the tumult is Mr. Bo’s son, Bo Guagua, 24, a graduate student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was even mentioned in the official statement describing the reasons for his father’s removal from...
  • Exclusive: China firm boasts about missile-linked North Korea sale: envoys

    Exclusive: China firm boasts about missile-linked North Korea sale: envoys By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS | Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:16am EDT (Reuters) - A Chinese firm that intelligence agencies believe provided North Korea with the body of an off-road transport vehicle used to carry missiles appears to have a press release on its website that boasts about the sale, U.N. diplomats told Reuters. Washington suspects that the Chinese firm, Hubei Sanjiang Space Wanshan Special Vehicle Co., did not sell North Korea an entire vehicle, but a chassis, and may have believed it was for civilian purposes, suggesting the company...
  • Pakistan navy gets its first fast-attack ship from China

    04/23/2012 9:45:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Pakistan navy gets its first fast-attack ship from China BEIJING: Pakistan's navy commissioned its first fast attack craft armed with missiles at a Chinese shipyard on Monday, with its chief admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila saying that the force was fully prepared to counter any elements challenging the country's sovereignty. Sandila was the chief guest at the commissioning of PNS Azmat, Pakistan's first "fast attack craft (missile )" at Xingang shipyard in Tianjin. He said the vessel's induction will supplement the Pakistani navy's combat potential. Describing the commissioning as a milestone in defence and strategic cooperation between Pakistan and China, Sandila...
  • Armed standoff between Wen Jiabao's and Zhou Yongkang's troops over Bo Xilai's subordinate

    04/23/2012 3:04:49 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 23 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | April 21, 2012 | Chosun Daily News
    Wen JiaBao’s PLA unit and Zhou YongKang’s security force were in a standoff, over the custody of Xu Ming, an associate of Bo XiLai. Eventually Zhou’s force was driven out. Zhou is an ally of Bo XiLai. Wen was investigating Bo. Zhou gained custody of Xu Ming first on Mar. 14. On Mar. 19, Wen found out and ordered that Xu Ming be turned over to him. But Zhou resisted. He had Xu moved to another location, but on the way they lost custody of Xu to Wen’s people. Zhou then deployed a security force to regain custody of Xu....
  • A New Trend “Sneaking up on People” (US Mfg Revival)

    04/23/2012 2:48:46 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 4-23-2012 | Chris Mayer
    A New Trend “Sneaking up on People” By Chris Mayer 04/23/12China has lost its edge.There was lots of skepticism about a piece in my March letter called “The Great Comeback No One Will Believe” about the revival of U.S. manufacturing as China loses its cost advantage. But I continue to find evidence that the piece was spot on. I had a good talk with Scott Huff, a principal at Innovate International, which does product development work and contract manufacturing for several industries. Scott’s story is worth passing on because the arc of his career in the last 10 years tells...
  • China Manufacturing Continues Contraction

    04/22/2012 9:13:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 22, 2012, 11:52 p.m. ET | William Kazer and Liu Li
    The preliminary HSBC China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index, a gauge of nationwide manufacturing activity, rose to a two-month high of 49.1 in April compared with a final reading of 48.3 in March, HSBC Holdings PLC said Monday. But the "flash" reading for the month was in contractionary territory for the sixth straight month, and that signals economic growth may still need government help. A reading below 50 indicates contraction from the previous month, while anything above that indicates growth. "As April flash PMI ticked higher, this suggests that the earlier easing measures have started to work and hence should ease...
  • India cut Agni V range under NATO pressure: Chinese media [China-specific Nuclear ICBM]

    04/22/2012 5:47:33 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 7 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | April 22, 2012 | Daily News & Analysis
    Continuing its tirade against the successful launch of Agni V missile, Chinese state media accused New Delhi of buckling under NATO pressure to cut down the missile's range from 9000 km to 5000 km. The state-run Global Times which derided the missile even before it was launched saying that Chinese nuclear power is "stronger and more reliable and India had no chance" to catch up and said today in yet another scathing write-up that "India has little to celebrate" as China has raced ahead and outclassed India in development." "The Manmohan Singh government, because of pressure from NATO member countries,...
  • Chinese man buries son alive over homework

    04/22/2012 7:41:24 AM PDT · by bkopto · 18 replies
    Indo Asian News Service ^ | April 20, 2012 | Staff
    A man in China's Yunnan province has been detained for allegedly beating his son and burying him alive over daily quibbles, a media report said. The suspect, surnamed Li, killed his six-year-old son for not doing his homework, reported Shanghai Daily citing a report. Li kicked his son in the chest and threw him against the wall. When the boy did not get up, the father hit him on the head with a rock and the boy passed out, the website reported. He then buried the son on a hill instead of taking him to any hospital. Li's three...
  • Neil Heywood death: how news of an Old Harrovian's murder went straight to Barack Obama

    04/22/2012 2:37:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | April 22, 2012 | David Eimer in Dalian, Jason Lewis and Josie Ensor
    Mr Obama was briefed immediately on the suspected poisoning of the 41 year-old, which Chinese officials are linking to Mr Heywood’s powerful political allies, when American diplomats were told of the murder allegation. Gu Kailai, Mr Heywood’s former business partner and the wife of Bo Xilai, a senior politician who had been tipped for the highest political office, is suspected of ordering the Briton’s murder in a case at the centre of a political storm in China. The couple have disappeared from sight as the Communist Party attempts to regain stability....... Mr Obama was informed of suspicions over Mr Heywood’s...
  • Detainee Transfer Announced

    04/22/2012 12:38:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: MMEDIATE RELEASE No. 291-12 April 19, 2012 Detainee Transfer Announced The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of two Uighur detainees from the detention facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to the Government of El Salvador. These detainees were subject to release from Guantanamo as a result of a court order issued on October 7, 2008 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and are voluntarily resettling in El Salvador. As directed by the President's January 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a...
  • RedChina: Insurgency in Xinjiang Complicates Chinese-Pakistani Relations

    04/22/2012 12:23:49 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    China typically exercises caution when making public statements about terrorist attacks in Xinjiang. When China blames attacks on Pakistan-based terrorist organizations, such as the possibly defunct East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), it risks adding tensions to the Sino-Pakistani “all-weather” friendship. [1] However, when China blames attacks on local Uyghurs it is tantamount to an admission that its policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have not created a “harmonious society.” Zhou Yongkang (left), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), shakes hands with a local Uygur farmer...
  • How Mao Became a Hipster Icon

    04/21/2012 3:36:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 20, 2012 | Anand Giridharadas
    The D.J. with the bob haircut and sparkling leggings considers the question. Smoke from her waifish cigarette curls skyward. It’s shortly after 2 p.m., and she has only recently awoken. She is explaining why, in addition to disco music and vintage clothes, she counts herself a fan of the long-departed Chairman Mao. “Some people say Mao was a punk,” Sun Peipei finally offers. She intends this as a compliment. She’s a punk, too. She hunts for words. “He’s more edgy in his thoughts, and he puts his thoughts into actions very outrageously.” Well, yes, in a way. “He’s really different.”...
  • US website covering China's Bo Xilai scandal hacked

    04/21/2012 5:43:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 04/21/12
    US website covering China's Bo Xilai scandal hacked A US-based Chinese-language website that has reported extensively on the Bo Xilai scandal in China says it was crippled for several hours by a concerted hacking attack. The Boxun website had to move to a new webhost after the denial-of-service attack on Friday, its manager said. Boxun has reported for several weeks on the scandal surrounding Bo Xilai. Mr Bo was removed from key political posts as his wife was investigated for the murder of a British businessman. Boxun's original webhost,, told the Associated Press news agency that the hack was...
  • Bo Xilai Still Admired Locally in China

    04/21/2012 5:24:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    VOA News ^ | 04/19/12
    April 19, 2012 Bo Xilai Still Admired Locally in China VOA News Chinese state media are painting former Communist Party leader Bo Xilai as a fallen star, tainted by corruption and an allegedly murderous wife. But in Chongqing, the southwestern megalopolis he governed, the politician was often admired for overseeing impressive economic growth and city improvement projects. The swift removal of Bo from his post, and his wife’s arrest for the alleged murder of a British citizen, have shocked many residents of Chongqing. “The mood here is bafflement and surprise. The average people on the street tend to love him....
  • News of Drama in China Consulate Reached Obama

    04/21/2012 5:24:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    President Barack Obama was briefed on a former provincial police chief's overnight stay in a U.S. consulate in China in February while it was in progress or soon after it ended, a senior administration official said Friday, shedding new light on how significantly the U.S. viewed the encounter at the time. The 30-hour visit to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu by Wang Lijun, who had just been relieved of his job as police chief, rapidly spurred controversy in China and came just a week before Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to become China's next leader, paid a visit...
  • China: Beijing Steps In to Steady City Bo Ruled

    04/20/2012 7:08:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04/20/12 | BRIAN SPEGELE
    Beijing Steps In to Steady City Bo Ruled By BRIAN SPEGELE BEIJING—A senior Chinese leader expressed concern over the stability of development in Chongqing, the city run by fallen politician Bo Xilai until last month, and promised greater central-government support for the city in the aftermath of the upheaval. The statement marks the latest sign that China's central government is working to secure its hold over Chongqing, where Mr. Bo built a power base that helped launch him to national prominence. In recent weeks Chinese authorities have amped up official rhetoric against Mr. Bo and increased scrutiny of the city's...
  • Panetta: China Assisted North Korea Missile Program

    04/20/2012 4:09:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    VOA News ^ | 04/20/12 | Shannon Van Sant
    April 20, 2012 Panetta: China Assisted North Korea Missile Program Shannon Van Sant | Beijing A Chinese border policeman displays confiscated vanadium bound for North Korea at a checkpoint in Dandong, Liaoning province. Chinese border police have seized 70 kg (154 lb) of the strategic metal vanadium bound for North Korea, foiling an attempt to smuggle a material used to make missile parts, FILE July 24, 2009. China has recently joined with other countries in condemning North Korea for a failed missile launch earlier this month. It was a rare public rebuke of its internationally isolated ally, leading many to...
  • 1.06 Million New "Green Cards" Issued In 2011

    04/18/2012 12:22:28 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 30 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 09 April 2012 | Jerry Kammer
    The Department of Homeland Security reports that 1,062,040 new "Legal Residents" were admitted to the USA during 2011. "Green Cards" allow non-citizens to lawfully work in the USA and to receive almost every form of public assistance.
  • China's Wen in Iceland, eyes on Arctic riches

    04/20/2012 10:06:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:17am EDT | Mia Shanley
    China's premier Wen Jiabao was in Iceland on Friday, beginning a tour of northern Europe that will focus on Chinese investment in a continent eager for funds and to trade with the rising world power. … That the prime minister of the world's most populous nation should stop first, however, on a remote island of just 320,000 has raised hopes for an injection of Chinese cash into an economy ravaged by the bursting of a financial bubble in 2008—but also suspicion of Beijing's hunger for natural resources. A Chinese developer is fighting a government decision last year to bar him...
  • Pyongyang must remember to heed China's advice

    04/20/2012 7:00:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Global Times ^ | 04/17/12
    Pyongyang must remember to heed China's advice Global Times | April 17, 2012 01:18 By Global Times Pyongyang must remember to heed China's advice The UN Security Council issued a statement Monday strongly condemning North Korea for trying to launch a satellite last week. China voted for the decision. The statement calls for stricter sanctions on North Korea. It also says that if North Korea continues satellite launches or nuclear tests, the Security Council will take further action. China has taken a clear attitude in condemning Pyongyang. Some analysts take it as a result of North Korea neglecting China's discouragement...
  • Dozens under arrest in China in connection with Bo Xilai scandal

    04/19/2012 7:30:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/18/12 | Malcolm Moore
    Dozens under arrest in China in connection with Bo Xilai scandal China has detained dozens people with connections to Bo Xilai, it was claimed as the Communist party pledged to "thoroughly investigate" the politician and his wife's alleged role in the death of British businessman Neil Heywood. By Malcolm Moore, Chongqing 5:40PM BST 18 Apr 2012 At least 39 people are thought to be being held, alongside Mr Bo, in the seaside town of Beidaihe, a favourite retreat for Communist party leaders. "The detainees include Xu Ming, who had a very special relationship with Mr Bo, and some of the...
  • The Threat of Substandard Drugs

    04/19/2012 3:23:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 19, 2012 | Roger Bate
    In the past few months, fake cancer drugs have been found in clinics from California to Illinois. These fakes, which probably originated in China, were traded by numerous Middle Eastern and European traders, all of whom claimed they had no idea the products were fake. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating.But a more subtle and probably greater danger is that some drugs that make it to the U.S. legally simply do not work. All companies make mistakes and occasionally release drugs that don’t work properly. Sometimes negligence is the cause; witness the recent problems at the Puerto...
  • Frenzied hours for US on fate of a China insider (Obama rejected Bo Xilai aide defection attempt)

    04/19/2012 3:04:18 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 24 replies
    NDTV ^ | April 18, 2012 | Steven Lee Myers and Mark Landler
    Washington: On the evening of February 6, a vice mayor of a major Chinese city who had a reputation as a crime fighter turned up at the American Consulate in Chengdu in an agitated state, telling a tale of corruption and murder that has ensnared the Obama administration in a scandal it wants nothing to do with. Wang Lijun was taken past police officers loyal to a powerful former patron, Bo Xilai. The official, Wang Lijun, sought asylum, fearing for his life even as Chinese security forces quickly surrounded the building and asked the American diplomats inside to turn him...
  • China plans to launch 21 rockets, 30 satellites this year

    04/19/2012 12:42:50 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    XNA ^ | Jan 20, 2012
    China plans to launch 21 rockets, 30 satellites this year by Staff Writers Beijing (XNA) Jan 20, 2012 China plans to launch 21 rockets and 30 satellites this year, exceeding its record of 19 rockets and 22 satellites launched in 2010, the main contractor for the country's space program told Xinhua on Wednesday. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC) said that the company will strive to ensure the success of all launch missions, including the launch of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, which will achieve space rendezvous and docking missions with the orbiting Tiangong-1 vehicle. According to the company's plan...
  • China's new rockets expected to debut within five years

    04/19/2012 12:40:34 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    XNA ^ | Feb 09, 2012
    China's new rockets expected to debut within five years by Staff Writers Beijing, China (XNA) Feb 09, 2012 China started development of modern carrier rockets in 1956, and Long March rockets have become the main carriers for China's satellite launching. China's new generations of the Long March rocket family, Long March-5, -6 and -7 are expected to make their maiden flights in the next five years, a rocket scientist has said. Yu Menglun, also academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said in a recent interview that China has sought to develop non-toxic, low-cost, highly reliable, adaptable and safe carrier...
  • China to launch 100 satellites during 2011-15

    04/19/2012 12:14:58 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    IANS ^ | Mar 14, 2012
    China to launch 100 satellites during 2011-15 by Staff Writers Beijing, China (IANS) Mar 14, 2012 File image. China has set a target of completing a space mission of "100 rockets, 100 satellites" between 2011 and 2015, according to a space official. According to Zhang Jianheng, deputy general manager of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC), on an average China will complete about 20 launch missions each year before 2015, Xinhua reported Saturday. "The densely arranged launch missions and flight tests have posed an unprecedented challenge to the country's space programme," said Zhang. Zhang said China launched 19...
  • India Successfully Tests ICBM. China Unimpressed

    04/19/2012 11:32:54 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 21 replies
    India successfully launched its first domestically developed long-range intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday morning, joining a handful of nations that possess ICBM technology. The Agni V missile, capable of carrying a one-ton nuclear warhead, was launched this morning from Wheeler Island, off the coast of the state of Orissa, after a bad-weather delay yesterday. The Agni V was launched just after 8:00 a.m. local time and flew for 20 minutes before hitting its designated target in the Indian Ocean. Officials were thrilled with the smooth operation. “With this missile launch, India has emerged as a major missile power,” V. K....
  • India tests nuke-capable missile able to hit China

    04/18/2012 10:29:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2012 | RAVI NESSMAN
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India announced Thursday that it had successfully test launched a new nuclear-capable missile that would give it, for the first time, the capability of striking the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai. The government has hailed the Agni-V missile, with a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles), as a major boost to its efforts to counter China's regional dominance and become an Asian power in its own right.
  • UPDATE 1-India tests long-range missile; capable of reaching China

    04/18/2012 9:12:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 18, 2012 | Jatindra Dash
    UPDATE 1-India tests long-range missile; capable of reaching China (Reuters) - India test-fired a long range missile capable of reaching deep into China and Europe on Thursday, thrusting the emerging Asian power into an elite club of nations with intercontinental nuclear weapons capabilities. A scientist at the launch site said the launch was successful, minutes after television images showed the rocket with a range of more than 5,000 km (3,100 miles) blasting through clouds from an island off India's east coast. "It has met all the mission objectives," S.P.Dash, director of the test range, told Reuters. "It hit the target...
  • U.S. gov't urged to act on rumors of NK-China missile ties

    04/18/2012 7:28:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/19/12 | Lee Chi-dong
    2012/04/19 04:41 KST U.S. gov't urged to act on rumors of NK-China missile ties By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. lawmaker has formally requested the Obama administration examine reports of possible missile cooperation between North Korea and China, a congressional source said Wednesday. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) said the U.S. should do something if the allegations are found true, added the source. He cited some experts' analysis of a transporter-erector-launcher that carried what is believed to be the North's new...
  • Rotting From Within: Investigating the massive corruption of the Chinese military

    04/18/2012 10:47:39 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 4/16/2012 | John Garnaut
    In many fields of international competition, China is less sanguine about its abilities than outsiders. Chinese leaders often remind Westerners that China is a developing country, with hundreds of millions of people living in poverty, an unbalanced economy, and high social tensions. What should most worry Beijing, and provide some comfort to those who fear Chinese military expansionism, is the state of corruption in the People's Liberation Army (PLA). True, the world underestimated how quickly a four-fold jump in Chinese military spending in the past decade would deliver an array of new weaponry to prevent the United States from interfering...
  • The Chinese Navy Is Betting Big On Its New Submarine Hunting Drones

    04/18/2012 5:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 12, 2012 | Eloise Lee & Robert Johnson
    The Chinese Navy Is Betting Big On Its New Submarine Hunting Drones Tackling the long-time nuisance of American submarines off its coastal waters China is deploying drones to its Navy ships. While not a new development on its own, there are reports of increased drone deployment to the PLA's ships, and a heightened attack against U.S. drone contractors. UPI reports Chinese hackers have ramped up their barrage of infected emails to glean as much information about the Pentagon's UAV strategy and development as they can. It's no secret that the Chinese military is in the habit of copying foreign hardware,...
  • Marco Polo was not a swindler -- he really did go to China

    04/17/2012 6:38:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    AlphaGalileo ^ | Monday, April 16, 2012 | Universitaet Tübingen
    It has been said that Marco Polo did not really go to China; that he merely cobbled together his information about it from journeys to the Black Sea, Constantinople and Persia and from talking to merchants and reading now-lost Persian books. But in Marco Polo was in China: New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues, (Brill Verlag) Hans Ulrich Vogel, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Tübingen, puts paid to such rumors. He begins with a comprehensive review of the arguments for and against, and follows it up with evidence from relevant Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, German and...
  • Russia-China Su-35 Fighter Talks Frozen

    04/17/2012 5:48:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 17/04/2012
    Russia-China Su-35 Fighter Talks Frozen Negotiations on the sale of Russian advanced Su-35 Flanker-E fighters to China have been put on hold over Beijing’s refusal to buy a large consignment, Russian state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Tuesday. “We have been promoting the Su-35 fighter on the Chinese market,” Rosoboronexport deputy chief Viktor Komardin said. “However, China only wants to buy a limited number [of aircraft] whereas we want [to sell] a large consignment to make [the deal] economically viable.” He offered no indication of the numbers involved The negotiations have been ongoing for more than one and a half...
  • Exclusive: Briton killed after threat to expose Chinese leader's wife

    04/17/2012 4:12:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    The British businessman whose murder has sparked political upheaval in China was poisoned after he threatened to expose a plan by a Chinese leader's wife to move money abroad, two sources with knowledge of the police investigation said. It was the first time a specific motive has been revealed for Neil Heywood's murder last November, a death which ended Chinese leader Bo Xilai's hopes of emerging as a top central figure and threw off balance the Communist Party's looming leadership succession.
  • BREAKING NEWS: North Korea launches rocket, South Korean news agency Yonhap reports

    04/12/2012 4:04:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 96 replies
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  • Chinese Student And His Parents Are Charged In Iowa With Rape And Attempting To Bribe The Victim

    04/16/2012 3:17:16 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-16-2012 | Michael Kelley
    Chinese Student And His Parents Are Charged In Iowa With Rape And Attempting To Bribe The Victim Michael Kelley April 16, 2012, 3:49 PM Peng Tang, a 21-year-old student in the University of Iowa, has been charged with the first-degree kidnapping and attempting to bribe the alleged victim in a case that has become a big story in China, according to chinaSMACK. Tang has pleaded not guilty to first-degree kidnapping and was charged on April 13 with solicitation to commit an aggravated misdemeanor and tampering with a witness or juror, according to The Daily Iowan. Tang's parents, who arrived in...
  • Bo downfall a test for China political system: analysts

    04/16/2012 9:51:44 AM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    Space Wars ^ | April 11, 2012
    Bo downfall a test for China political system: analysts by Staff Writers Beijing April 11, 2012 Timeline of Chinese leader Bo Xilai's downfall Beijing April 11, 2012 - Key dates in the downfall of Bo Xilai, the former rising star in China's ruling Communist Party who has been suspended from the powerful Politburo on suspicion of "serious discipline violations". FEBRUARY, 2012 - 2: Bo's right-hand man and Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun is demoted - 6: Wang visits US embassy in Chengdu reportedly seeking political asylum - 7: Wang leaves US embassy of his own volition - 8: Wang is...
  • China gripped by Bo saga worthy of Hollywood

    04/16/2012 9:44:52 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Space Wars ^ | April 13, 2012
    China gripped by Bo saga worthy of Hollywood by Staff Writers Beijing April 13, 2012 The spectacular fall from grace of Chinese Communist Party leader Bo Xilai has triggered a riveting political scandal seeped in twists and turns worthy of a Hollywood thriller or detective novel. Bo's sacking as head of the Chongqing megacity, his purge from the powerful Politburo and the revelation that his wife is a suspect in the alleged murder of a Briton feed into what has become China's biggest political scandal in decades. "Bo will be the first member of the Political bureau (Politburo) since the...
  • Banned pesticides found in teas sold in Fujian, Sichuan & Hainan

    04/14/2012 3:00:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    What's on Xiamen ^ | 15 Apr 2012
    TEA produced by some of China's top companies contained residue of banned pesticides, Greenpeace said in a report. The environmental organization tested nine brands of 18 types of tea sold in Beijing, Sichuan and Hainan, including green tea, oolong tea and jasmine tea. Prices ranged from 120 yuan (US$19) to 2,000 yuan per kilogram. Some brands tested, such as Wuyutai and Zhangyiyuan, are among the most popular in China. The tests showed that all the samples contained at least three types of pesticide residue from a total of 29 pesticides identified. One type of oolong tea, bearing the Richun brand,...
  • China: Gu Kailai Said to Have Named Zhou Yongkang as Coup Mastermind(purge escalates)

    04/15/2012 5:08:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    NDTV ^ | 04/13/12
    Gu Kailai Said to Have Named Zhou Yongkang as Coup Mastermind Gu Kailai, the wife of an ousted Chinese politician, may have given evidence against her husband's ally in order to save herself from the death penalty. Gu was arrested on April 10—the same day her husband Bo Xilai was sacked as Chongqing's Communist Party Secretary. Gu is likely to be convicted for the murder of British citizen and family friend Neil Heywood. According to online news service Boxun, an anonymous source on Thursday said that Gu Kailai exposed a plot between Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai to stage a...
  • Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops': Sensational new claims....

    04/15/2012 4:53:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/14/12 | Hazel Knowles and Jonathan Petre
    Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops': Sensational new claims about expat's mystery death in hotel Neil Heywood was 'poisoned to cover up adultery and £800m wire transfers' Websites claim Chinese official has confessed that he prepared the poison By Hazel Knowles and Jonathan Petre A British businessman found dead in a Chinese hotel was murdered on the orders of a fallen Communist Party chief, according to new reports. The extraordinary accounts – published on respected Mandarin-language websites yesterday – claimed to expose a sex-and-money scandal behind China's biggest political crisis in a generation. The websites described how...
  • Party May Be Long-Term Loser in Chinese Scandal

    04/15/2012 3:14:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Party May Be Long-Term Loser in Chinese Scandal By MICHAEL WINES and SHARON LaFRANIERE BEIJING — The scandal that climaxed here on Tuesday when Communist Party leaders suspended the Politburo member Bo Xilai and accused his wife of murder seems poised to destroy a charismatic party leader who challenged President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s vision for China. But for the Chinese leaders who purged Mr. Bo, there are threats as well. In the view of some analysts and party insiders, that same scandal has raised the notion of high-level misconduct among China’s elite to a level that...
  • Neil Heywood mystery: Gilded lifestyle of murder suspect's son Bo Guagua

    04/15/2012 3:06:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/14/12 | Patrick Sawer, Josie Ensor and Richard Eden
    Neil Heywood mystery: Gilded lifestyle of murder suspect's son Bo Guagua New pictures have cast a fascinating light on the privileged lifestyle and influential circle of friends surrounding the son of ousted Chinese Communist party leader Bo Xilai. By Patrick Sawer, Josie Ensor and Richard Eden 9:00PM BST 14 Apr 2012 A prime seat at the Beijing Olympics, nights out with Oxford friends, and a mentor at the heart of the British establishment – this is the gilded lifestyle of the son of the ousted Chinese Communist party leader linked to the death of a British businessman. These pictures shine...
  • Bo Xilai’s wife arrested in murder probe

    04/14/2012 2:37:38 PM PDT · by mgist · 6 replies
    financial Times ^ | 4/10/2012 | Alderlini
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. China’s Communist party has formally dismissed Bo Xilai, one of its most powerful leaders, from his positions at the top of the ruling hierarchy and arrested his wife on suspicion of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood. In a one-line statement, state media announced on Tuesday night that Mr Bo had been suspended from the 25-member politburo, the second-highest decision-making body in...
  • China’s mysterious Internet outage; speculation over a ‘kill switch’

    04/14/2012 9:41:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 04/13/12 | Hana Stewart-Smith
    China’s mysterious Internet outage; speculation over a ‘kill switch’ By Hana Stewart-Smith | April 13, 2012, 5:33am PDT At approximately 11am local time yesterday, Internet users around China reported significant Internet blackouts. Not only were they unable to access some Chinese sites, but also many foreign Web sites that had not previously been blocked. The issue was not isolated to China. Web users in Hong Kong and Japan also reported issues with accessing Chinese sites. A number of explanations immediately came to light, with the most viable cause being the 8.7 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia on Wednesday, that might have...
  • Spies from China, Russia and Iran infect American universities to steal gov’t, corporate secrets

    04/13/2012 11:04:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 15:48 EST, 9 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:14 EST, 9 April 2012 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    American universities have become infected with foreign spies posing as humble students and researchers, who are working to steal government secrets and new technologies to take back to their own countries. Untold numbers of foreign agents are hidden among the thousands of legitimate international students who are studying science, technology and engineering in the US. China, Russia and Iran are among the nations who are attempting to exploit the culture of openness and transparency in American higher education. … Several recent arrests and discoveries illustrate the point. Even the high-profile network of Russian sleeper agents that was dismantled in 2010...
  • Neil Heywood death: Bo Xilai's son 'escorted from his home near Harvard university by US officials'

    04/13/2012 4:32:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/13/12 | Raf Sanchez, Boston, Jon Swaine in Washington and Matthew Holehouse
    Neil Heywood death: Bo Xilai's son 'escorted from his home near Harvard university by US officials' The son of the Chinese power couple embroiled in the scandal over British businessman Neil Heywood's death was escorted from his home by US officials, as experts said he could obtain asylum in America. By Raf Sanchez, Boston, Jon Swaine in Washington and Matthew Holehouse 10:00PM BST 13 Apr 2012 Bo Guagua, the Harrow- and Oxford-educated son of Bo Xilai, was slipped out of his luxury flat near Harvard University late on Thursday night, in a pre-arranged pick-up by law-enforcement officers. Wearing a dark...
  • Fans of Bo Xilai rally to ousted chief in China

    04/13/2012 4:28:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    WP ^ | 04/14/12 | Andrew Higgins
    Fans of Bo Xilai rally to ousted chief in China By Andrew Higgins, Saturday, April 14, 4:28 AM HONG KONG — With China’s propaganda apparatus in overdrive as the Communist Party demolishes the reputation of one of its former stars, a few defiant and angry fans are sticking to their guns. “We support the Chongqing Model and Bo Xilai,” declared a call to arms posted on the Web site of the Progress Society, a pugnacious “new left” fraternity that trumpets the ousted Chongqing Party boss as a hero. Its logo features a panda wearing a Mao cap and clutching a...
  • China braces for next act in leadership drama

    04/13/2012 4:22:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/12 | Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim
    China braces for next act in leadership drama By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING | Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:02pm EDT (Reuters) - "We can't keep a lid on this," China's disgraced leader Bo Xilai was reportedly told by his police chief when the murder scandal now engulfing Bo's family first began to unravel. With a once-in-a-decade leadership handover months away, the Communist Party's elite must be thinking the same thing as they confront the first very public turmoil at the centre of power in more than 20 years. Revelations about the former Chongqing party chief issued by...