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[24 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

By SUI-LEE WEE in The NY Times online, Oct 23, 2017
BEIJING — Guo Junwen was a successful property developer in southwestern China when the authorities threw him behind bars three years ago on charges involving land use and seized his business.
Now free, Mr. Guo — who still disputes the charges — says the police are refusing to return money they still owe him under Chinese law.
“They said, ‘We have no choice, Old Guo,’” Mr. Guo said in a telephone interview from the Indonesian island of Batam, where he lives part …

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[24 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Eva Dou and Chun Han Wong in The Wall St Journal, Oct 24, 2017
BEIJING—The best career move by rising political star Chen Min’er may well have been his efforts 15 years ago to promote another phenom— Xi Jinping.
With Mr. Xi now starting a second five-year term as China’s top leader—and with the question looming of whether he will step down in 2022—Mr. Chen is poised to enter the upper ranks as a potential handpicked successor to his mentor.
“Chen Min’er has enjoyed a helicopter ride to the top,” said …

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[24 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Choi Chi-yuk in South China Morning Post, Oct 24, 2017
The political ideology of President Xi Jinping was enshrined in the charter of the Communist Party as its twice-in-a-decade national congress concluded on Tuesday.
The congress said “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” – which Xi revealed in his political report when the congress was kicked off last week – would be a guide to action for the party.
The move puts Xi on par with late leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.
A total of 2,336 …

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[23 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Peter Guy in South China Morning Post, Oct 23, 2017
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible, ” said Frank Zappa. The American rock activist’s work was characterised by nonconformity and free-form improvisation.
His thought can just as easily apply to the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s contrarian, ambitious and some suggest authoritarian vision that he laid out at the Communist Party’s 19th congress last week.
But, it is only contrarian to foreign observers.
“Socialism with Chinese characteristics” necessarily means a pragmatic and selective rejection of Western values. It increases the dominance …

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[20 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in South China Morning Post, Oct 20, 2017
The man once tipped to become President Xi Jinping’s successor, Guangdong party boss Hu Chunhua, is likely to become a vice-premier in March but his prospects of inclusion in the Communist Party’s top echelon of power, the Politburo Standing Committee, are fading, sources have told the South China Morning Post.
Meanwhile, Chongqing party boss Chen Miner, another rising star who is widely seen as the president’s protégé, is expected to win promotion to the 25-member Politburo but will probably not make it into …

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[19 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

edit in The Washington Post, Oct 18, 2017 at 7.05pm
IN PERHAPS the most important speech of his career, Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday promised “a new era” that “sees China moving closer to center stage” as “a leading global power” with a “world-class” military. Given how else he described the regime he intends to fashion over the next few years, that prediction ought to concern the world’s democratic nations.
A decade and more ago, the United States and other Western leaders were urging China to become a global “stakeholder.” But …

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[19 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

By CHRIS BUCKLEY and KEITH BRADSHER in The NY Times, Oct 18, 2017
BEIJING — As Xi Jinping’s first five-year term as China’s leader ends, he gave himself a shining report card on Wednesday — and a big to-do list for his next five years. Speaking at the start of a Communist Party congress in Beijing, Mr. Xi gave a work report that summed up his achievements so far, while also laying out where he wants to take China in his second term, which starts after this congress. Sitting on a …

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[18 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

Xinhua report in Global Times, 2017/10/18
Xi Jinping said Wednesday the Communist Party of China (CPC) will strive to fully transform the people’s armed forces into world-class military by the mid-21st century.
By the year 2020, mechanization will be basically achieved, with IT application coming a long way and strategic capabilities seeing a big improvement. The modernization of the national defense and armed forces should be basically completed by 2035, Xi said at the opening session of the 19th CPC National Congress.
The CPC will build a powerful and modernized army, navy, …

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[18 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

s, with the apparent aim of institutionalising an authoritarian regime.
Despite his pledges on the unity of the party and intra-party democracy, secrecy still reigns over personnel and policy issues after months of intense behind-the-scenes power struggles and horse-trading.
On China’s rise: Xi appears to be more ambitious than his predecessors by setting the agenda for the country to be “a modern, socialist power” by 2050.
Five years ago, former president Hu Jintao said in his swan song speech that China …

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[17 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

edit in Global Times, Oct 17, 2017
China has witnessed great historic changes in the past five years from the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to the upcoming 19th CPC National Congress. The reforms are profound, decisive to the CPC and the country, and have been steadily carried out. More importantly, these reforms have accumulated energy for China’s future development, making new leaps possible and widely anticipated in China after the 19th CPC National Congress.
China realized continuous high-speed growth before the 18th CPC National Congress, but …