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  • Maoists still a force 50 years after the Cultural Revolution

    05/15/2016 3:55:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2016 3:57 AM EDT | Gerry Shih
    Fifty years after Mao Zedong unleashed the decade-long Cultural Revolution to reassert his authority and revive his radical communist agenda, the spirit of modern China’s founder still exerts a powerful pull. Millions of people were persecuted, publicly humiliated, beaten or killed during the upheaval, as zealous factionalism metastasized countrywide, tearing apart Chinese society at a most basic level. […] It was only in 1981 — five years after Mao’s death — that China’s government officially pronounced the Cultural Revolution “a catastrophe.” But in the ancient city of Luoyang, the old, the poor and the marginalized gather daily in the main...
  • China's Xi warns against religious infiltration from abroad

    04/25/2016 1:39:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2016 11:10 PM EDT
    Chinese President Xi Jinping says that China must be on guard against nefarious religious influences from abroad. His comments over the weekend follow a tightening of religious space that has seen bans on the wearing of veils and beards in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang and the removal of church crosses in eastern China. “We must resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means and prevent ideological infringement by extremists,” Xi said at a Beijing conference on religions attended by top leaders, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. …
  • Religious groups ‘must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party’ – Pres. Xi Jinping (China)

    04/24/2016 4:22:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Hong Kong Free Press ^ | 24 April 2016
    Religious groups ‘must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party’ – Pres. Xi Jinping 24 April 2016 13:03 • AFP Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organisations and churches. “Religious groups… must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC),” Xi told senior party officials at a conference ending on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency said. But party members must be “unyielding Marxist atheists”, he said, calling on them...
  • Taiwan's Nationalists elect their 1st female leader

    03/26/2016 11:09:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 27, 2016 12:17 AM EDT
    Taiwan’s China-friendly Nationalist Party has elected its first female leader after ousting her as its presidential candidate ahead of January elections that were won by pro-independence rivals. The Kuomintang had ditched Hung Hsiu-chu as her abrasive style and strongly pro-China positions were seen as alienating voters. The veteran legislator and former teacher was elected as leader over three other candidates Saturday and likely faces a difficult time rebuilding the party after its January electoral defeat. […] Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Hung from Beijing, saying he hoped the two parties would continue to oppose “Taiwan independence,” according to the official...
  • Chinese Media Typo Calls President Xi Jinping the 'Last Leader'

    03/14/2016 11:07:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/14
    China's state news agency has had to issue a correction after it referred to President Xi Jinping as "China's last leader", an apparent copyediting error. Xinhua later amended the copy, which had by then been widely reused, and asked outlets to change the reference to "China's top leader". In the end many outlets simply removed Sunday's article in its entirety. Such a mishap is extremely rare as references to China's president are believed to be closely scrutinised. Chinese media is heavily regulated, with government censors often removing content on websites and social media. The two phrases are just one character...
  • China's 'Donald Trump' silenced: latest crackdown sparks fear -- and mockery

    02/29/2016 4:43:29 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    WP ^ | February 29, 2016 | Simon Denyer
    China's 'Donald Trump' silenced: latest crackdown sparks fear -- and mockery By Simon Denyer February 29 at 5:27 AM You like potato, I like potahto. But if the Communist Party tells us to call it a radish, then a radish it is. China's war on free speech -- and the silencing of an influential real estate tycoon who some have nicknamed China's "Donald Trump" for his outspoken views - has sparked some dark humor online. But in amongst the jokes about vegetables, there is also a genuine unease and fear. Retired property developer and celebrity blogger Ren Zhiqiang faced virulent...
  • Who Will Succeed President Xi Jinping?

    02/16/2016 1:14:41 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    EJInsight ^ | Feb 16, 2016 | Willy Lam Wo-lap
    There seems to be no end to President Xi Jinping's lust for power. Just three years after he assumed office, Xi is now basically in complete control of the Communist Party, the government, the military, the judiciary, the law enforcement apparatus, the economy and the diplomacy of his country. Since the beginning of this year, chief officials of a dozen key provinces and autonomous regions - such as Anhui, Sichuan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Guangxi, Inner Mongolia and Tianjin - have openly pledged allegiance to Xi one after another and hailed him as the 'core' of the Communist Party. Since China's economic...
  • Chinese president declares support for Palestinian state

    01/22/2016 12:06:20 PM PST · by Objective Scrutator · 14 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 1/22/16 | Ynetnews
    China supports the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday during an Arab League convention in Cairo. The Palestinian issue "should not be marginalized," Xi said, according to Xinhua, China's official news agency. "We are in favor of putting in place a new mechanism to promote peace as to the Middle East question, and support efforts made by the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation toward this end," said the leader of the world's most populous country and its second-largest economy. Xi declared that that Beijing "firmly supports the...
  • US Navy say "light in the West Coast sky" was a Trident II (D5) missile test at sea from the sub....

    11/07/2015 9:59:59 PM PST · by Southack · 243 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11/7/2015
    US Navy say "light in the West Coast sky" was a Trident II (D5) missile test at sea from the submarine "Kentucky"
  • [SecDef Ash] Carter says Russia, China potentially threaten global order

    11/07/2015 6:00:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2015 5:20 PM EST | Robert Burns
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday accused Russia of endangering world order, citing its incursions in Ukraine and loose talk about nuclear weapons, and said the U.S. defense establishment is searching for creative ways to deter Russian aggressive and protect U.S. allies. [...] Carter said Russia is undertaking "challenging activities" at sea, in the air, in space and in cyberspace. "Most disturbing, Moscow's nuclear saber-rattling raises questions about Russian leaders' commitment to strategic stability, their respect for norms against the use of nuclear weapons, and whether they respect the profound caution nuclear-age leaders showed with regard to the brandishing of...
  • As President Xi visits the United States, China’s economy is at a tipping point

    09/26/2015 5:42:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/26/2015 | By Shuaihua Wallace Cheng
    China has narrowly escaped major financial crises for over two decades. But the good times may soon be over — and not because of the recent stock market crash. The roller coaster of Chinese stock prices this summer has triggered debates about whether China now faces a serious economic crisis. The Telegraph compared China’s equity bubbles to the situation that led to the 1929 Great Depression. The New York Times and Fortune, on the other hand, have argued that equity bubbles are merely false alarms, and fears about China are overblown. In the short term, the latter argument is more...
  • Obama’s personal ties with Xi yield mixed policy results

    09/24/2015 7:18:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 24, 2015 9:20 PM EDT | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama has invested more time building personal ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping than with most other world leaders. But as Xi arrived in Washington late Thursday for a grand state visit, it’s clear that Obama’s overtures have produced decidedly mixed results. During intimate walks and hours of private discussion around the world, Obama and Xi forged a historic breakthrough to combat climate change and collaborated on efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear program. But there’s been little progress on a pair of vexing security issues that will be at the forefront of their latest round of discussions: China’s...
  • N. Korea state media buries Xi message in snub to China

    09/09/2015 5:24:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 2015/09/09
    N. Korea state media buries Xi message in snub to China North Korea's top newspaper carried congratulatory messages from the leaders of Russia and Cuba on its front page Wednesday, relegating one from China's President Xi Jinping to page two, in what analysts described as a pointed snub to its traditional ally. The messages were rote diplomatic missives that countries friendly to Pyongyang send every year on the anniversary of the founding of the North Korean state in 1948. But while those from Russia's Vladimir Putin and Cuba's Raul Castro were splashed on page one of the party-run Rodong Sinmun,...
  • President Xi just changed the rules of the game in China — Makes things scarier for everyone

    08/27/2015 2:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/27/2015 | Linette Lopez
    The rules of engagement have changed in China. There was a time when loyalty to the party, and loyalty to President Xi Jinping, meant the government left you alone. But there is now a crisis on, and even those who thought they might be safe from the president's ongoing crackdown on corruption need to watch their backs. Someone has to take the fall for a crashing stock market, a slowing economy, and the 145 people killed as a result of an industrial accident in Tianjin earlier this month. And it's not going to be President Xi Jinping. On Thursday the...
  • China Seeks Businessman Said to Have Fled to U.S., Further Straining Ties

    08/03/2015 10:24:34 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 3, 2015 | By MICHAEL FORSYTHE and MARK MAZZETTI
    LOOMIS, Calif. — China is demanding that the Obama administration return a wealthy and politically connected businessman who fled to the United States, according to several American officials familiar with the case. Should he seek political asylum, he could become one of the most damaging defectors in the history of the People’s Republic. The case of the businessman, Ling Wancheng, has strained relations between two nations already at odds over numerous issues before President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States in September, including an extensive cybertheft of American government data and China’s aggressive territorial claims. Mr. Ling...
  • Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence

    05/20/2015 5:30:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2015 8:02 AM EDT
    President Xi Jinping has warned that religions in China must be independent from foreign influence as Beijing asks domestic religious groups to adapt to Chinese society and pledge loyalty to the state.China is ruled by the atheist Communist Party and Beijing tries to control a variety of religions and their spread. …
  • Russia and China Pledge Not to Hack Each Other

    05/10/2015 10:59:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8:32 am ET May 8, 2015 | Olga Razumovskaya
    If the U.S. intelligence community believes that Russia poses a greater cyber spying threat than China, what will it make of this? Russia and China signed a cyber-security deal on Friday, which experts say could firm up Russia’s ties with the east and may become a foundation for binding cyber security ties in the future. According to the text of the agreement posted on the Russian government’s website on Wednesday, Russia and China agree to not conduct cyber-attacks against each other, as well as jointly counteract technology that may “destabilize the internal political and socio-economic atmosphere,” ”disturb public order” or...
  • Communist Party of China Embraces Virtues of Religion in Diplomacy

    05/04/2015 8:28:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-5-4 | Chen Lijun
    Even though the Communist Party of China is officially atheist, and the central government was once wary of religion, subtle signs and increasing activities show there is a changing attitude towards religion in order to unite China and its neighbors. In March last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping stood in the offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, and extolled the profound impact Buddhism has had on China. "Buddhism originated in ancient India," said Xi, the leader of the officially atheist Communist Party of China. "After it was introduced into China, the religion went...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un abandoning Xi Jinping to chase Putin

    11/18/2014 4:07:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-11-18
    Kim Jong-un abandoning Xi Jinping to chase Putin Staff Reporter 2014-11-18 15:11 (GMT+8) Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin. (Internet photo) North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un appears to be switching his diplomatic focus from China to Russia and is attempting to line up a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, reports Duowei News, a Chinese political news outlet based overseas. The 31-year-old dictator, who has reappeared on the scene following a mysterious health-related absence, sent his special envoy Choe Ryong-hae to Moscow on Monday for an eight-day trip with undisclosed intentions, according to a report from South...
  • China and the United States Are Preparing for War [Despite the Obama-Xi handshake deal]

    11/13/2014 5:48:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11/13/2014 | BY MICHAEL PILLSBURY
    At aNov. 12 news conference in Beijing, General Secretary of the Communist Party Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to notify the other side before major military activities, and to develop a set of rules of behavior for sea and air encounters, in order to avoid military confrontations in Asia. "It's incredibly important that we avoid inadvertent escalation," Ben Rhodes, a U.S. deputy national security advisor, was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying. An "accidental circumstance," he said, could "lead into something that could precipitate conflict." Should we really be worried about war between the United...
  • Is China Sending America A Message? (Chinese B*t**Slap Barry)

    11/10/2014 3:20:47 PM PST · by mojito · 24 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tyler Durden
    There was China's president, Xi Jinping, Russia's president Vladimir Putin to his right, next to Philippine president Aquino and the uberwealthy Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. And then there is Barack Obama, right in the middle of the "wives club"...
  • Caption This Photo (Abe and Xi)

    11/10/2014 3:12:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/10
    Japanese PM Abe Shinzo (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right)
  • Xi stresses CPC’s absolute leadership over army (Red China)

    11/08/2014 4:31:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Hsinhua News ^ | 2014-11-01 22:33:20
    Chinese President Xi Jinping said the army is under the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the principle should always be firmly upheld. “The Party commands the gun,” said Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman, at a military political work conference held in a former revolutionary base in the township of Gutian, Fujian Province on Thursday and Friday. The ideological and political development is the lifeline for military building and has safeguarded the CPC’s absolute command of the troops, Xi noted. …
  • US report: China’s human rights record worsening

    10/09/2014 6:03:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 8:19 PM EDT
    A U.S. report released Thursday says China’s human rights record has worsened in key areas over the past year and that limits on free speech and assembly are growing. The annual report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China said the country has tightened restrictions on civil society, rights advocates, journalists and religious organizations. It added that President Xi Jinping has adhered “to the authoritarian model of his predecessors” since taking power last year. That model “poses a serious challenge to U.S.-China relations and China’s own development,” the report said. It recommended that the U.S. press for more freedoms in China,...
  • China Says It Will Never Support Sanctions Against Russia

    09/24/2014 3:39:59 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/24/14 | Tyler Durden
    Russia is already more isolated than at any time since the Cold War" - President Obama, August 2014 "China will never support or join recently imposed sanctions against Russia" - China President Xi Jinping, September 2014
  • Indian TV news anchor sacked after referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping

    09/19/2014 6:36:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    ABC ^ | 19 Sep 2014
    Indian TV news anchor sacked after referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping Fri 19 Sep 2014, 8:47pm An Indian television news anchor has been sacked after referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping, apparently confusing his name for Roman numerals. Mr Xi left India today after a visit to boost trade and economic ties that have been marred by a long-standing border dispute. The TV blooper occurred on a show on Doordarshan News on Wednesday.
  • Exclusive: China seizes $14.5 billion assets from family, associates of ex-security chief: sources

    03/31/2014 9:11:12 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/30/2014 | Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard
    Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China's biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said. More than 300 of Zhou's relatives, political allies, proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or questioned in the past four months, the sources, who have been briefed on the investigation, told Reuters. The sheer size of the asset seizures and the scale of the investigations into the people around Zhou - both unreported until...
  • Ukraine crisis: Chinese president Xi Jinping urges US to show restraint

    03/10/2014 6:37:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 March 2014
    Ukraine crisis: Chinese president Xi Jinping urges US to show restraint Beijing leader tells Obama and Merkel that they must pursue a political solution to ‘extremely complex’ situation Chinese president Xi Jinping has urged a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine and for all parties to exercise calm and restraint, during separate telephone calls with US president Barack Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel. “The situation in Ukraine is extremely complex, and what is most urgent is for all sides to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid an escalation in tensions,” China’s foreign ministry on Monday cited Xi...
  • China’s president heads cybersecurity body

    02/27/2014 7:37:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2014 10:20 PM EST
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has put himself in charge of a new body to coordinate cybersecurity, in a sign of Beijing’s concern over its vulnerability to online attacks and desire to control the Internet. […] Xi also is quoted as saying online opinion must be properly guided. China has 618 million Internet users, the most of any country. …
  • Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite

    01/22/2014 9:03:28 AM PST · by mojito · 13 replies
    ICIJ ^ | 1/21/2014 | By Marina Walker Guevara, Gerard Ryle, Alexa Olesen, Mar Cabra, Michael Hudson and Christoph Giesen
    Close relatives of China’s top leaders have held secretive offshore companies in tax havens that helped shroud the Communist elite’s wealth, a leaked cache of documents reveals. The confidential files include details of a real estate company co-owned by current President Xi Jinping’s brother-in-law and British Virgin Islands companies set up by former Premier Wen Jiabao’s son and also by his son-in-law. Nearly 22,000 offshore clients with addresses in mainland China and Hong Kong appear in the files obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Among them are some of China’s most powerful men and women — including at...
  • Mass Murderer Mao Made "Mistakes," Chinese Regime Admits

    12/27/2013 4:44:03 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 December 2013 | Warren Mass
    When the Chinese regime remembered the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong's birth on December 26, it was to celebrate, not condemn, his role in history — though the regime did at least acknowledge that Mao had made "mistakes." Mass Murderer Mao Made "Mistakes," Chinese Regime Admits The New American 26 December 2013 Mao Zedong, the founder of communist China, was responsible for the murder of tens of millions of his fellow Chinese. But not surprisingly, when the Chinese regime remembered the 120th anniversary of his birth on December 26, it was to celebrate, not condemn, his role in history....
  • China Honors Mao Amid Growing Public Discontent

    12/27/2013 8:12:55 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | December 26, 2013
    China's leaders on Thursday paid their respects at the mausoleum of Mao Zedong to mark the 120th anniversary of his birth, as the founding father of modern China remains a deeply symbolic but divisive figure in the country. President Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang, along with the five other members of the all-powerful Politburo standing committee, visited the mausoleum in Tiananmen Square, which houses Mao's embalmed body. "The seven top leaders [made] three bows toward Mao's seated statue and [paid] their respects to the remains of Mao," the official Xinhua news agency reported. In a speech to the party...
  • China's Leader Embraces Mao as He Tightens Grip on Country (Good Analysis)

    08/21/2013 4:22:08 PM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/16/2013 | Jeremy Page
    WUHAN, China—On a visit here in July, Chinese President Xi Jinping went to a lakeside villa where Mao Zedong spent summers in the 1950s enjoying such luxuries as a swimming pool and air conditioning. Opening a new exhibition there that makes no mention of the millions who died under Mao's leadership, Mr. Xi declared that the villa should be a center for educating youth about patriotism and revolution. A week earlier, he went to a village from which Mao attacked Beijing in 1949. There, Mr. Xi vowed that "our red nation will never change color." It isn't just Mr. Xi's...
  • No one should be allowed to throw Asia into chaos: Xi Jinping

    04/07/2013 7:19:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    Business Line ^ | 2013/04/07
    No one should be allowed to throw Asia into chaos: Xi Jinping Beijing, Apr 7: Amid raging tension in the Korean peninsula, new Chinese President Xi Jinping today warned that no one should be allowed to throw the region into chaos for “selfish gains”, saying future of rapidly growing Asia depends on peace and stability. “No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gains,” Xi said in apparent reference to US Pivot to Asia Pacific, which China says is aimed at containing it. “Stability in Asia now faces new challenges,...
  • Xi warns CPC of Soviet-style collapse if faced with dissent

    02/15/2013 7:28:48 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    PTI ^ | February 15, 2013
    Beijing: China's new Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has warned cadres of a Soviet-style collapse if the party is confronted with ideological dissent, military disloyalty and corruption, the deadly mix that led to the dramatic disintegration of once mighty Soviet Union. China must heed the still "deeply profound" lessons of the former Soviet Union, where political rot, ideological heresy and military disloyalty brought down the governing party, Xi, 59, reportedly told party leaders during his tour of Guangdong province in December last year soon after his election as the General Secretary of the ruling party a month before. "Why did...
  • China's new Princess - the daughter of Communist president Xi Jinping studying quietly at Harvard

    11/17/2012 10:26:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/18/2012 | Sharon Churcher
    China's new Princess - the daughter of Communist president Xi Jinping studying quietly at Harvard Xi Mingze, 20, has been studying at the leading US university under a pseudonym since 2010 'She is a bookworm, very quiet and studious' Xi is said to have 24 hour protection from bodyguards By Sharon Churcher Demurely dressed in a high-necked jumper on a chilly autumn day, the pretty 20-year-old brunette could be any university student. But this photograph posted on Facebook shows Xi Mingze, the new 'princess' of China. As the cherished only daughter of China's new president Xi Jinping, Ms Xi, nicknamed...
  • The secret story behind Xi Jinping’s disappearance, finally revealed? (OMG, a flying chair?)

    11/03/2012 4:14:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    WaPo ^ | November 1, 2012 | Max Fisher
    <p>The meeting turned violent. They went at it hammer and sickle. Xi Jinping tried to calm them down. He put himself physically in the crossfire and unwittingly into the path of a chair as it was thrown across the room. It hit him in the back, injuring him. Hence the absence, and the silence, and the rumours.</p>
  • UPDATE 4-China's Xi finally appears in public amid rumours over health

    09/16/2012 8:02:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/15/12
    UPDATE 4-China's Xi finally appears in public amid rumours over health Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:53pm IST * Xi visits Beijing university, first public appearance in two weeks * Pictures show him looking well, laughing * Rumours had flown about his health, Xi had missed meeting with Clinton * Communist Party gearing up for tricky leadership succession By Chris Buckley and Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping appeared in public on Saturday for the first time in about two weeks, visiting a Beijing university in what appeared to be an effort to dispel rumours of...
  • Off-Script Scramble for Power in a Chinese Leader’s Absence

    09/14/2012 7:42:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    September 13, 2012 Off-Script Scramble for Power in a Chinese Leader’s Absence By IAN JOHNSON and JONATHAN ANSFIELD BEIJING — With still no sign of China’s designated new leader, Xi Jinping, who has not been seen in public since Sept. 1, many insiders and well-connected analysts say the Chinese political ship is adrift, with factions jockeying to shape an impending Communist Party conclave. The government has maintained its official silence about Mr. Xi’s absence. After an initial burst of chatter, blog posts alluding to Mr. Xi have been effectively smothered on China’s social media platforms, and China’s beleaguered Foreign Ministry...
  • Chinese Mystery: Where Is Xi Jinping?(Has he gone Chia Head?)

    09/11/2012 5:57:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Chinese Mystery: Where Is Xi Jinping? . By JEREMY PAGE, FLEMMING EMIL HANSEN and JOSH CHIN BEIJING—Speculation gathered steam about the health and whereabouts of the man expected to take the reins as China's top leader in a matter of weeks as Chinese authorities keep their usual tight grip on information about the nation's leaders. . Monday, Chinese authorities failed to explain why Vice President Xi Jinping, who hasn't been seen in public since Sept. 1, had missed another meeting with a visiting foreign dignitary, Denmark's prime minister. Rumors that all wasn't well with 59-year-old Mr. Xi were sparked last...
  • Mystery over whereabouts of China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping

    09/10/2012 2:13:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/10/2012 | Malcolm Moore
    Xi Jinping, 59, has not been seen in public since September 1, setting off rumours that he may be seriously ill or worse ahead of his unveiling at the Communist party's 18th Congress. Such is the opacity of the party, however, that there has been no explanation for Mr Xi's absence; yesterday (MON), the Chinese Foreign ministry simply said, after several questions: "We have told everyone everything". The last sighting of Mr Xi, the current vice-president, came when he gave a speech at the Central Party School in Beijing. Eyebrows were raised when his aides then cancelled a meeting with...
  • China blocks Xi Jinping web searches after report on family's wealth

    07/01/2012 5:07:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 06/30/12
    China blocks Xi Jinping web searches after report on family's wealth BEIJING: China blocked web searches today for the name of leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, a day after cutting access to Bloomberg sites following the agency's publication of a report on his family's wealth. Financial newswire Bloomberg used publicly available records to compile a list of investments by Chinese Vice President Xi's extended family, which the agency said totalled USD 376 million. The report did not trace any assets to Xi, expected to become Chinese president in an upcoming leadership transition, his wife, or their daughter and said there was no...
  • China considers delay of key party congress: sources

    05/08/2012 2:24:00 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/8/2012 | By Benjamin Kang Lim and Nick Edwards
    China's ruling Communist Party is seriously considering a delay in its upcoming five-yearly congress by a few months amid internal debate over the size and makeup of its top decision-making body, sources said, as the party struggles to finalize a once-in-a-decade leadership change. The two most senior posts, of president and premier, are not considered in much doubt. But any delay in the congress, no matter the official reason, would likely fuel speculation of infighting over the remaining seats in the nine-member politburo standing committee which calls the shots in China. [....] Delay could also further unnerve global financial markets...
  • With Edge, U.S. Greets China’s Heir Apparent

    02/14/2012 10:03:22 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    nytimes ^ | February 14, 2012 | MARK LANDLER and EDWARD WONG
    0 "is eager to appeal to manufacturing workers who view China’s trade policy" (and) avoid being painted as weak on China by Republican challengers. Mr. Biden to register America’s complaints (grovel) in the somewhat incongruous setting of a Champagne toast. Xi’s stop at the Pentagon, where he met with "Defense Secretary" Leon E. Panetta and the chairman of the (dis) Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.
  • Political comedy: Xi will be the new leader of China

    02/13/2012 1:48:04 PM PST · by Jiyimobuqu · 2 replies ^ | 2/13/2012 | Jiyimobuqu
    .... Barack: Now tell me who won the Maine caucus? Bill: Mitt. Barack: Meat? I thought Maine is famous for its lobster. Bill: Yes. Barack: Then who won? Bill: Mitt. Barack: I hate meat. Lobster is juicier and more delicious. So tell me who won the Maine caucus? ..... This is part of a political comedy I have written. You can watch it on youtube: or visit:
  • 'China’s 1st stealth fighter is product of Xi Jinping'

    01/13/2011 6:33:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 01/12/11
    01-12-2011 18:45 'China’s 1st stealth fighter is product of Xi Jinping' China intentionally made public a test flight of the J-20, its first fifth-generation stealth fighter, through the media, Tuesday, in a strategy orchestrated by Vice President Xi Jinping, reports said Wednesday. Andrei Chang, editor of the Canadian-based Kanwa Asian Defense Monthly magazine, said Tuesday that the J-20’s test flight was just like an episode of a television drama, and this was controlled by Vice President Xi, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. A senior U.S. defense official said President Hu Jintao and other top civilians apparently were...
  • Mao-era songs make comeback in China (orchestrated by princelings and future Pres Xi Jinping)

    01/07/2011 7:11:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 01/07/11 | KOICHI FURUYA
    Mao-era songs make comeback in China BY KOICHI FURUYA CORRESPONDENT 2011/01/07 CHONGQING, China--The sound of voices extolling the virtues of communism in stirring revolutionary songs strike a discordant note in this central Chinese city, where the average citizen is more likely to be a member of the church of Mercedes than a Maoist. Recently, about 50 middle-aged residents gathered at an outdoor restaurant in the suburbs of Chongqing and belted out a revolutionary song with lyrics redundant but pointed: "The Communist Party is wonderful, the Communist Party is wonderful, the Communist Party is wonderful." Many view this surprising campaign as...
  • China's Xi named to oversee military, a step closer to presidency

    10/20/2010 4:55:51 AM PDT · by HK.Ibtimes
    HK IBTimes Blog ^ | October 18, 2010 8:44 PM EDT | Alex Mw
    Chinese vice president Xi Jinping was elected as the vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) during the Fifth Plenary Session of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing on Monday, boosting the possibility that he may succeed after President Hu Jintao retires.
  • The Dear Leader has left the building

    08/28/2010 9:44:48 PM PDT · by Rabin · 13 replies
    Asia Times ^ | Aug 28, 2010 | Sunny Lee
    It was important enough that Kim Jong-il had to excuse himself from a widely expected meeting with former US president Jimmy Carter. Carter arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday, a day before Kim's departure... Despite only circumstantial evidence, plus no confirmation from Beijing or Pyongyang, multiple diplomatic sources in China believe the Dear Leader is in the Middle Kingdom.