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Corrupt officials planning to assassinate China’s president


President Xi Jinping of China and his top graft-buster Wang Qishan may be targeted by assassination attempts from corrupt officials who have been allegedly buying high-powered sniper rifles from the United States, reports Boxun News, a US-based citizen journalism outlet with a reputation for releasing “insider” reports on Chinese politics. According to a Boxun reporter … Continue reading

China executes businessman Liu Han, linked to former security tsar


Chinese authorities on Monday executed a former mining tycoon connected to the eldest son of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, himself the focus of a high-profile corruption investigation, state media reported. The High People’s Court in the central province of Hubei ordered the execution of Liu Han, the former chairman of unlisted Hanlong Group, … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping to establish his powerbase through leadership reshuffle


Jiang Zemin, the core of the third generation of CCP leadership, has chosen Xi Jinping as his successor as the core of the CCP Dynasty, with a core like an emperor (see the section “Signs of Jiang Zemin’s Intention to Have Xi Jinping Succeed Him as the Core” in Chapter 16 of my book Tiananmen’s … Continue reading

China claims corrupt officials have nowhere in the world to flee


China’s official government news agency Xinhua claims China has arrested 288 fugitives suspected of committing economic crimes as part of an aggressive anti-corruption effort aimed at individuals who have fled abroad, the official government news agency Xinhua said. The campaign, dubbed Operation Fox Hunt, included the surrender of 126 suspects, Xinhua said, citing China’s Ministry … Continue reading

China’s protectionism, unpredictable laws, unreliable suppliers and intimidation tactics create uncertainty for foreign companies


It’s hard to keep a straight face as China accuses Microsoft of “monopolistic behavior” and raids its offices in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere. What, that cartel known as the Communist Party suddenly has a problem with large organisations that dominate their particular sectors? I have no inside intelligence on whether the tech giant Bill Gates … Continue reading

Inside Xi Jinping’s purge of China’s oil mandarins


Oil executive Jiang Jiemin rose to power in Communist China in time-honored fashion: by hitching his star to a mighty mentor. In Jiang’s case, that patron was another oil man, Zhou Yongkang, who went on to become the chief of China’s internal security apparatus and one of the country’s most powerful men. Like Zhou before … Continue reading

China: Billionaire Liu Han sentenced to death for organised crime


Hubei’s Xianning City Intermediate People’s Court gave the death penalty to Sichuan tycoons Liu Han and Liu Wei and three of their accomplices for organised crimes. Liu was the leader of a mafia-style organisation, of which 36 members have been arrested. The court ascertained that Liu lead and participated in organised crimes and dozens of … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping purging select corrupt officials to put own men in place


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. Xi hopes that removing corrupt officials and those resisting change will allow him to consolidate his grip on … Continue reading

Ex China premier Wen Jiabao states innocence in letter to Hong Kong columnist


Former premier Wen Jiabao has insisted on his innocence and integrity in a letter to a Hong Kong newspaper columnist in a bid to contain damage from claims that his extended family accumulated massive wealth during his tenure at the top. “I have never been involved and would not get involved in one single deal … Continue reading

China graft inquiry sweeps up billionaire oil entrepreneur


A billionaire Chinese petrochemical entrepreneur on Monday became the fifth senior industry figure in a week to become enmeshed in a corruption investigation that continues to reach higher into China’s political and economic elite. The entrepreneur, Hua Bangsong, 47, is “now assisting the relevant authorities in the P.R.C. in their investigations,” according to a filing … Continue reading

China’s stopgap leadership


The unveiling of China’s new leaders is a great disappointment to those hoping to see real reform. Neither of the two reform minded candidates Wang Yang and Li Yuanchao was promoted from the Politburo to the Standing Committee. However, the ultra conservative Meng Jianzhu did not follow his predecessor Zhou Yongkang out the Public Security Apparatus … Continue reading

China: Bo Xilai to be expelled from party


Ming Pao and Singtao Daily report: according to Asahi Shimbun, leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have decided at their Beidaihe meeting to expel Bo Xilai, former secretary of CCP Chongqing Municipal Committee, from the party. They both report: Asahi Shimbun says, a CCP source, having attended the Beidaihe meeting, reveals that at the … Continue reading

The mystery of China’s security tsar Zhou Yongkang


SCMP reports on China’s security tsar Zhou Yongkang’s speech, carried yesterday in Qiushi Journal, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s political theory magazine. SCMP says that Zhou condemns “the use of torture and the suspicious deaths of suspects” in a speech to law enforcement cadres. It is “a move seen as an attempt to distance himself … Continue reading

Zhou Yongkang elected a congress delegate


According to Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily and SCMP and China’s Xinjiang Daily, in Xinjiang’s election of 42 Xinjiang delegates to the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), CCP Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang was elected a delegate. Previously, there were various kinds of rumours on Zhou falling into disgrace as he was … Continue reading

Speculation as Zhou Yongkang not elected to attend Congress


According to Hong Kong’s Ming Pao, China’s security tsar Zhou Yongkang does not appear in Hebei’s list of delegates to the 18th Party Congress, but he was in the list of Hebei delegation for the 17th Party Congress. There are reports that interpret it as an indication of Zhou having fallen out of favour and … Continue reading

Yunnan open letter to Central Authority against Zhou Yongkang


According to report by Hong Kong media including SCMP, Radio Television Hong Kong and Singtao Daily, 16 elder Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members in Shaotong, Yunnan wrote an open letter to CCP Central Committee on May 4, calling for the removal of Zhou Yongkang from the Politburo Standing Committee and the Central Committee’s political and … Continue reading

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