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China uses ‘death threat diplomacy’ against expats to force other countries to submit


The cases are piling up. Canadian Robert Schellenberg faces execution on drug charges after an unusually abrupt, accelerated and public retrial this week in a Chinese court. Two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are being held by China for espionage — not yet charged, deprived of sleep and interrogated daily for more than a month … Continue reading

Nobody knows anything about China


As a foreigner in China, you get used to hearing the retort “You don’t know China!” spat at you by locals. It’s usually a knee-jerk reaction to some uncomfortable modern issue or in defense of one of the many historical myths children in the mainland are taught as unshakeable facts about the world. But it’s … Continue reading

Parallels between the Ming dynasty and Xi Jinping’s “anti-corruption campaign”


Of all the civilisations of premodern times, none appeared more advanced, none felt more superior, than that of China. Its considerable population, 100-130 million compared with Europe’s 50-55 million in the fifteenth century; it’s remarkable culture; it’s exceedingly fertile and irrigated plains, linked by a splendid canal system since the eleventh century and its unified … Continue reading

Should Australia treat China as friend or foe?


On Saturday, on the front page of The Australian, there was an article declaring that Australia’s spy agency had identified 10 local and state political candidates with ties to Chinese intelligence, part of China’s plans to interfere in Australian democracy. The politicians were not named and the sources were anonymous, but the tone was clear: … Continue reading

China clears convicted killer 21 years after his execution


A Chinese man has had his conviction for rape and murder overturned, 21 years after he was executed. Nie Shubin was killed by firing squad in 1995 at the age of 20 after being found guilty of killing a woman in Shijiazhuang, in Hebei province. The supreme court ruled that the facts used in Mr … Continue reading

Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin placed ‘under control’ by having his movements restricted in power struggle with current president Xi Jinping


According to a source in Beijing close to China’s top leadership, Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has made his first significant move against the former Party boss, and his chief rival, Jiang Zemin. The source said that Jiang and his two sons have been “placed under control,” meaning that their freedom of movement has … Continue reading

Charged with graft in China, some fugitives are finding luxury in U.S.


Even before his name appeared on the “most wanted” list, holes had emerged in the immigrant success story of Wei Chen. His business partner sued him last year, alleging that nearly $50 million was missing from their development project in Plantation, Fla. The ensuing litigation revealed that Mr. Chen had changed his name from He … Continue reading

China’s dilemma: How to discipline 90 million people


China’s extensive crackdown on government corruption, which has already ensnared hundreds of thousands of officials in the People’s Republic, is now spilling over the country’s borders. The State Department recently confirmed that China’s legal authorities had provided a list of 150 corrupt Chinese officials believed to be hiding in the United States, and vowed cooperation … Continue reading

China, the economy and Xi Jinping’s strategy


Few economies in the world are more closely watched than China’s. It is the second largest and fastest growing economy, so there’s a lot of attention being paid to who’s running things. Chinese President Xi Jinping is the most authoritarian leader the country has seen since since Mao Zedong. Jinping is making a clear effort … Continue reading

Mass suicide bid by 30 Chinese cabbies in Beijing was caused by government indifference


The following is based on reports in Chinese media: Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily and SCMP both carry a report on petitioning taxi drivers conducting a mass suicide attempt last Friday, in a busy street in Beijing, in protest of local despotism in their hometown Suifenhe City, Heilongjiang Province. Those cabbies are all self-employed taxi operators … Continue reading

China aims at long term elimination of corruption by legislation


The recent development of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption storm is the investigation of fourteen People’s Liberation Army (PLA) generals including Major General Guo Zhenggang, the son of Guo Boxiong, who retired as vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) in 2013. In China, the CMC chairman, as the president of the state, has many affairs … Continue reading

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’s protectionism intensifies in defiance of WTO rules: world’s leading technology brands dropped from approved state purchase lists


China has dropped some of the world’s leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse to shield China’s domestic technology industry from competition. Chief casualty … Continue reading

China’s contradictory war against corruption


China needs to put the law above the needs of the Communist party. For many foreign observers, the key issues facing China are the management of the economy and the direction of foreign policy. Inside China itself, however, the central political preoccupation is the wide-ranging anti-corruption launched by President Xi Jinping. In focusing on corruption, … 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

Why America won’t help China with its ‘corruption crackdown’


China has solicited the help of foreign governments in tracking down and seizing the assets of corrupt Chinese officials, but the extent to which each country can help may be limited by their respective laws. In July 2013, China began working with Canada and the United States to seize the proceeds of crime after implementing … Continue reading

Chinese media fakes editorial by famed western journalist to glorify China


A New Yorker journalist famed for his reporting from China wrote that the state-run newspaper China Daily faked an editorial under his byline after interviewing him. Peter Hessler said on Facebook on Tuesday that he didn’t write the piece posted on China Daily’s website a day earlier titled “US observer: Comparing Egypt with China” and … 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: Little officials, giant corruption


In its report “China anti-graft watchdog finds gold, cash in official’s home” on Friday, Reuters says that according to Chinese state media, China’s anti-graft watchdog has discovered 37 kg (82 lbs) of gold, documents for 68 houses and 120 million yuan ($19.6 million) in cash in the home of a Communist Party official who is … Continue reading

Can China eliminate inveterate corruption after so many centuries?


Zhao Kuangying (927-976), the founding emperor of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) , ordered all the succeeding emperors to promise by oath to respect intellectuals. As a result, Song emperors themselves received good education and were fond of intellectuals. However, they went too far and put academic and artistic achievements above moral integrity. There are the … Continue reading

Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials


Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Monday. The joint operation would make its first seizure of assets in Australia within weeks, the newspaper quoted … 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

Buying a job in China’s army costs $16,000 for those that fail entry tests


The calls started months ago to the recruitment office in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi, asking how much it would cost to pass this year’s tests to join the army. The going rate, depending on your “guanxi,” or connections: As much as $16,000. Limited spots in annual recruitment drives across China’s 31 provinces and … Continue reading

China’s paranoia: SWAT given ‘shoot on sight’ orders; commuters frisked as Beijing heightens anti-terror measures


Beijing subjected rush-hour passengers to an extra layer of security checks and gave orders allowing SWAT teams to shoot terrorists on sight, as it ramped up policing after a string of attacks on the mainland. This morning, hundreds of passengers queued up in security lines outside nine key subway stations in Beijing, where metro staff … 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

Top executives refuse to work in China; slowing economy and pollution the main reasons


China‘s smog is making it harder for foreign firms to convince top executives to work in the country, the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing said on Wednesday, offering some of the strongest evidence yet on how pollution is hurting recruitment. Some 48 percent of the 365 foreign companies that replied to the chamber’s annual … Continue reading

How a PLA general built a web of corruption to amass a fortune


More than twenty policemen lined up at the gate of a massive mansion in a village in the central province of Henan at midnight on January 12, 2013, loading heavy crates onto two military trucks. Hours later—loaded with twenty crates of expensive liquor and a number of gold items, including a boat, wash basin, and … 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’s anti-corruption storm sweeps Chinese military


Mao’s saying “Political power comes out of gun barrels” is regarded by some as a talented invention due to ignorance of Chinese history. I explained in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements: “For over two thousand years, since the fall of the Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 206 BC), ‘fighting to catch the deer on the … Continue reading

The mess in China’s rule of law


China’s anti-corruption typhoon goes on with the latest casualty being Tian Xueren, former Jilin vice governor. According to Beijing Wanbao (Beijing Evening News), on 85 occasions, Tian took bribes worth 19.19 million yuan ($3 million) but on November 1, he got a lenient punishment of life imprisonment as he satisfactorily confessed and repented and has … Continue reading

New report says 15% of corruption accusations against China’s officials are made by mistresses


In the early days of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s drive to clean up the Communist Party’s image, disciplinary authorities benefited from the work of a group of accusers with particularly intimate knowledge of corrupt bureaucrats’ nefarious activities: their extramarital lovers. A district party chief in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, a police chief in the … Continue reading

China’s anti-graft storm begins in earnest


Since Bo Xilai was given the verdict of life imprisonment, China’s mass line campaign has been developing into an anti-corruption campaign. On September 24, Reuters reported that China would audit military officials in a move to fight graft. On September 28, trial of Ding Shumiao was held for giving bribes to Liu Zhijun, former Minister … Continue reading

History shows that Japan and China have very different futures


I’ve frequently come across the view that China is on track to become like Japan but with 10 times the population. It is a form of wishful thinking that drives a great deal of investment in China in the hope that carving out a market share will bring untold riches one day. In an example … Continue reading

Chinese school recruiters scam expat teachers


The following story was supplied to us by one of our readers, and serves as a warning to expats not to trust recruiters when looking for teaching jobs in China. Previously respected expat websites are increasingly and knowingly promoting these recruiters for large sums of money, knowing that the expat will run into these problems. … Continue reading

China state sector a honey pot for corrupt officials


In March last year, after getting government approval to go ahead with a $900 million refinery expansion in China’s southeastern Fujian province, state-run oil giant Sinopec Corp warned the team handling the project against taking bribes. “Project engineering and construction has been a main area for corruption at Sinopec,” the Fujian unit of Asia’s largest … Continue reading

China’s Bo Xilai gets life in jail; conservatives deprived of charismatic leader


Chinese rule-of-law and reformist factions’ power struggle against Bo Xilai and his faction was a vital battle for the establishment and implementation of the rule of law and further economic reform. In a nutshell, the fight concerned the rule of law as Bo’s protégé Wang Lijun framed up and imprisoned defence lawyer Li Zhuang, and … Continue reading

China to crack down on family planning fines after abuses found


China will crack down on penalties paid by families flouting strict family planning rules after a National Audit Office probe found $260 million in fines had been levied illegally, state media reported. There has been growing public anger about the one-child policy, which was introduced in the late 1970s to prevent population growth spiralling out … Continue reading

China eliminates 76 non-essential official awards


China said on Wednesday that 76 official awards, most little known, will be liquidated in the fight against wasteful  and irresponsible spending, which is part of the crusade led by President Xi Jinping against corruption. Under the new rules, government departments will no longer be able to be rewarded. This includes, among others, a “great … Continue reading

Bo Xilai leaves poisonous legacy in China


A rising political star. A murderous wife. An attempted cover-up. A runaway police chief. A playboy son. A secret French villa. A corrupt official. A political downfall. This conflagration of events surrounding the former high-ranking Chinese official Bo Xilai has captured the imagination of China watchers around the world. After 18 months of speculation, preparation and … Continue reading

China’s Bo Xilai tries to save his skin


The trial of Bo Xilai started to turn into an episode of Maury. Revelations about the tangled web of strained and complicated relationships within his family were used as his testimony, particularly when the evidence seemed most piled up against him. Throughout the trial, the Communist leader has ardently denied accusations of embezzlement and all … Continue reading

China: Son of prominent general on trial for rape sparks public outcry


The people of China are tired of party officials and their families thinking they are above the law. The children of party officials are especially criticized and seen as “spoiled” because of their behavior. The feelings of outrage surrounding the rape case the son of a prominent general is involved in suggests that the people … Continue reading

I was framed, says China’s Bo as he mounts feisty defence


Fallen politician Bo Xilai put up a feisty defence on Thursday as he faced China’s most political trial in decades, saying he was framed in one of the bribery charges against him and had admitted to it against his will during interrogation. The 64-year-old former Communist Party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing has been … Continue reading

China’s Bo Xilai to stand trial Thursday


The trial of disgraced senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai will start on Thursday, when he will face charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power in China’s most divisive and dramatic case in decades. The long-awaited trial of Bo, 64, a “princeling” son of a late vice premier who is still popular with conservatives and … Continue reading

China: Seventy police make graft claims against top Shanghai judge


The acting president of the Shanghai High Court has been accused of corruption and abuse of power during his time as a provincial police chief. The accusations levelled at Cui Yadong were contained in a letter signed by 70 police officers, who said that, while head of the police in Guizhou province, he used his … Continue reading

China’s PLA needs to reform and become hi-tech


A Chinese academic says the military must prepare to fight hi-tech wars in future, and he confirms that a senior officer faces a corruption investigation. The Chinese military should spare no effort to wipe out corruption and initiate creative reforms to build a modern army capable of dealing with multiple challenges, a professor at the … Continue reading

China charges Bo Xilai with corruption, paves way for trial


China charged disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai with bribery, abuse of power and corruption on Thursday, paving the way for a potentially divisive trial that President Xi Jinping will want smoothly handled as he pushes major economic reforms. Bo, 64, could appear in a court in the eastern city of Jinan in Shandong province within weeks, … Continue reading

China executes official for child rapes


Authorities in central China executed a former Communist Party official for raping 11 underage girls, state media said on Wednesday, following an online uproar about the latest case of abuse of power. Li Xingong, who was the party’s deputy head in Yongcheng city in Henan province, was found guilty of assaulting the girls during police … Continue reading

Being a Chinese official: Not all it’s cracked up to be


Being a Communist Party cadre has its advantages. But there are risks, too. Life as a Chinese government official isn’t what it used to be. Lavish, liquor-heavy banquets have been outlawed. It will soon be harder to get those military license plates, useful for avoiding hassle from traffic police. With China’s army of voracious and ever-watchful bloggers, … Continue reading

Five trillion dollars profit earned by Chinese governments from illegal land grabs


Xinhua quotes economist Wu Jinglian as saying, in quite a few years in the past, Chinese authorities have earned profits of nearly $5 trillion in selling to property developers the land they expropriated from peasants. In the course of large-scale urbanisation, expropriation of rural land has given rise to lots of protests that have worried the … Continue reading

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