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China Not Messing Around Hunting Down Fugitive in US

Brother of ex-aide to ex China president may have 'sensitive' info on Chinese leaders

(Newser) - The Obama administration has warned China to stop sending over undercover agents to wrangle its "economic fugitives," but that hasn't stopped Xi Jinping's henchmen from traveling overseas to find the brother of a man who used to be a top aide to ex-Chinese President Hu Jintao.... More »

Xi Jinping Officially Named China's President

Became head of Communist Party, military in November

(Newser) - China's new leader Xi Jinping capped his rise yesterday by adding the largely ceremonial title of president, though he will need cautious maneuvering to consolidate his power and build support from a public that is increasingly clamoring for change. The elevation of Xi to the presidency by the rubber-stamp... More »

Meet China's New Leader: Xi Jinping

Beijing completes once-a-decade transition

(Newser) - China's once-per-decade leadership transition is complete: Former Vice President Xi Jinping was presented to the country today as general secretary of the Communist Party, replacing Hu Jintao. He also takes over as head of the military commission. Xi's ascent has been expected since he joined the country's... More »

China Will Have Nuclear Subs in 2 Years

New subs could be deployed within 2 years

(Newser) - China's nuclear arsenal is getting larger—and going deeper. Within two years, the Chinese will have submarines capable of launching nuclear missiles, according to a draft report headed Congress' way. And not only is China the only current nuclear power looking to expand its repertoire, but developing such an... More »

China Begins Once-a-Decade Leadership Change

Conference addresses corruption, slowed economic growth

(Newser) - China's Tiananmen Square has been emptied of its usual activists and crowds, red flowers and flags blanket the capital, and 1.4 million volunteers are on-hand to provide security as the country's leadership today begins a shift that occurs just once per decade, the BBC reports. President Hu... More »

China's Communists Boot Bo as Transition Looms

Central Committee ends final meeting before party congress

(Newser) - China's ruling Communist elite have endorsed the expulsion of former high-flying politician Bo Xilai and approved final preparations for the party's upcoming congress. The closed-door meeting of the Central Committee that ended yesterday was the last before Communist Party leader Hu Jintao and other government officials begin to... More »

Ferrari Crash Could Affect China Leadership Transition

Bizarre accident reportedly involved son of close presidential adviser

(Newser) - A Ferrari crash in China that happened back in March is getting fresh attention now that it turns out it could have an impact on the country's political leadership transition. The crash was insane even without any political tie-in: The black Ferrari 458 Spider—purchased for nearly $1 million—... More »

China to North Korea: Loosen Up Those Markets

Powerful Pyongyang official visits Beijing

(Newser) - It's time for authoritarian North Korea to let in some free markets, urged Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today, following a rare meeting with a high-ranking North Korean official, reports Reuters . Wen and President Hu Jintao met yesterday with Jang Song Thaek, the powerful uncle of North Korea's young... More »

To Plot Succession, China's Leaders Hit the Beach

Resort Beidaihe is where next generation of leaders is determined

(Newser) - With China's once-a-decade leadership transition coming this fall, the country's powerbrokers are now in the thick of furious and extremely hush-hush negotiations over who will guide the world's most populous country for the next decade. And in the brutal heat and pollution of the Beijing summer, China'... More »

Captured US Spy Exposed China's Agents

Hu Jintao personally intervened to demand an investigation

(Newser) - The US spy China captured earlier this year managed to send the CIA information on many of China's spies in the US before being caught, sources tell Reuters , providing the first confirmation that the spy managed to significantly undermine Chinese intelligence operations. Indeed, President Hu Jintao was outraged by... More »

China's 'Princelings' Rolling in Cash, Power

Relatives of top leaders enjoy 'Red Nobility'

(Newser) - The wealth of Bo Xilai's family members was no anomaly. Known as "princelings," close relatives of many Chinese leaders are on a fast track to fortune and power, the New York Times reports. The president's son used to head a company with a security-scanner monopoly; the... More »

NYT: Bo Wiretapped Communist Party Chiefs

Eavesdropping expanded to include party bigwigs

(Newser) - Another twist in the scandal shaking China : Bo Xilai was ousted as Chongqing party chief not just for his link to the murder of a British businessman, but for eavesdropping on a scale that would shame British tabloids, reports the New York Times , citing Communist Party insiders. The wiretapping program... More »

South Sudan: This Means War

President Salva Kiir says Sudan's attacks amount to declaration of war

(Newser) - As far as South Sudan is concerned, Omar al-Bashir has crossed the Rubicon. In a meeting today with Chinese President Hu Jintao, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said it was "a very critical moment for the Republic of South Sudan because our neighbor in Khartoum has declared war,"... More »

Japan, China Cut Currency Deal, Shun Dollar

Leaders also discuss North Korea

(Newser) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing today, and emerged with a number of deals—including one that will marginalize the US dollar in Asia. The countries agreed to promote direct yuan-yen trades, the Wall Street Journal reports; until now, the money has usually... More »

5 Most Powerful People in World

... Mark Zuckerberg cracks the top 10

(Newser) - When it comes to the world’s 5 most powerful people, Forbes doesn’t offer many surprises. Barack Obama heads the pack, with other world leaders in the next three spots. The full list of 70 powerhouses, however, does offer some food for thought: Mark Zuckerberg (9), for example, is... More »

Honolulu to Limbaugh: Apologize for China Insults

Council says Rush's comments were offensive to Chinese Americans

(Newser) - Honolulu's City Council passed a resolution yesterday calling on Rush Limbaugh to say he's sorry for mocking Hu Jintao and the Chinese language during the Chinese president's visit to Washington, DC, last month. The resolution, which passed 8-1, cites the fact that 58% of the city's population is of Asian... More »

Meet China's Next President

Hu's likely successor a well-connected political whiz

(Newser) - Next year, Hu Jintao is expected to step down as China’s president, leaving Xi Jinping in charge. He’s a mystery to most in his country, the New York Times notes, but he has ascended from regional leader to vice president on the strength of political savvy and family... More »

Chinese Media Censors Hu's Comments on Human Rights

President's concession largely unreported

(Newser) - Chinese media loudly heralded Hu Jintao's trip to the US—but it has hardly said a word about his recent comments on human rights, the Washington Post reports. Discussing the matter with President Obama at a joint news conference, President Hu said “a lot still needs to be done... More »

Hu Jintao Warns US to Back Off on Tibet, Taiwan

Otherwise, 'our relations will suffer constant trouble or even tension'

(Newser) - Hu Jintao is willing to make diplomatic nice-nice on all facets of US-China relations—with two important exceptions, reports the Christian Science Monitor . Taiwan and Tibet. Both "concern China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and they represent China's core interests," he told US business leaders today. "We should... More »

Hu Faces a Chill on Capitol Hill

You might say lawmakers are a bit unhappy with China

(Newser) - Last night’s state dinner was fun and all, but now Chinese President Hu Jintao will have to face the music. He hits Capitol Hill today, where lawmakers have been griping about him—specifically, about his country’s economic policies and human rights violations. Sen. Harry Reid called Hu... More »

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