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By Nectar Gan in South China Morning Post, Oct 11, 2017
The ruling Communist Party’s powerful Central Committee is expected to expel nearly a dozen members brought down by President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crusade, when it meets in full in Beijing on Wednesday.
Xi’s first term saw the downfall of more full and alternate Central Committee members than that of any of his predecessors.
In all, 17 full Central Committee members and another 17 alternate members have fallen from grace since Xi took the party’s helm in late 2012 – more than …

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By Chris Buckley & Steven Lee Myers in The NY Times, Oct 11, 2017
BEIJING — He was one of China’s most prominent commanders, with hopes of rising higher. So when Gen. Fang Fenghui disappeared from public view, it sent a clear warning to the top leaders of the People’s Liberation Army: President Xi Jinping was not done shaking up their once-unassailable ranks.
General Fang, the chief of the army’s Joint Staff Department, was not the only military leader to fall ahead of next week’s Communist Party congress. Gen. Zhang Yang, the …

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Reuters report in The daily star, oct 11, 2017 10.58 AM
Yangon: Myanmar on Tuesday launched its first bid to improve relations between Buddhists and Muslims since an eruption of deadly violence in August inflamed communal tension and triggered an exodus of some 520,000 Muslims to Bangladesh.
Rohingya Muslims are still fleeing, more than six weeks after Rohingya insurgents attacked security forces in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
The United Nations has denounced a ferocious military crackdown in response to the attacks as ethnic cleansing aimed at driving out Rohingya.
A new surge of refugees …