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Re: Chinese Political Scene

PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:00 pm
by pysanky
Couple in China had eight babies. Two surrogates and married wife had the babies. News making the Internet in China and here--investigation into rich family and their use of illegal surrogates (not allowed in China).People in China discuss the matter intensely. Article from Toronto paper on topic:
Only the relatively well-off can afford in vitro fertilization and surrogacy or to live in a villa, as this couple reportedly did.

The rich also find it easier to flout the one-child limit, because they are better able to afford the hefty fines for doing so. Some also acquire foreign citizenship, which exempts them from the birth quotas.

On the popular Sina microblog, one user posted an article about the couple and commented: “If you have money, what does the law mean?”

Re: Chinese Political Scene

PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:42 pm
by CielOnTap
A Chongqing man walks into a consulate ...
By Francesco Sisci

BEIJING - With a simple gesture, he saved his life, cast a shadow over Vice President Xi Jinping's forthcoming trip to America and possibly set in motion the agenda for political reform in China. On February 6, Wang Lijun, Chongqing vice mayor, head of the local police, and national hero in the fight against mafia and crime, went to the US consulate in Chengdu. This is the only thing we know for sure about an unprecedented event in China's political life.

Wang was apparently seeking political asylum. However, US rules prohibit diplomatic posts from offering asylum, with asylum seekers required to apply inside the US or at border posts.

Xi's trip, on the eve of the last plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC, the Chinese parliament) before the 18th Party Congress in October, could set the tone for future ties between US and China. Xi is expected to become party leader in October and could dominate Chinese politics for a decade.

Mr. Xi has previously visited the US and he's keen to see Iowa again because he remembers the warm welcome extended to him on that past visit. Now that Mr. Xi is seen as the "successor" politician, how will this trip compare?

Re: Chinese Political Scene

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:11 pm
by CielOnTap
The wife of a former municipal leader is on trial for charges relating to the death of a British citizen. The security around the trial is obvious and conveys control. Citizens are watching the matter with intense interest-the Gu Kailai's husband had been on a political trajectory into higher positions until the British man's death seemed to be connected to Bo Xilai's family.

The South China Sea argument over which countries have claims to the water and the resources under its surfaces continues to occupy ASEAN nations.

Re: Chinese Political Scene

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:24 pm
by fishandchips
One day in court. Verdict to come later.

In a statement read to foreign journalists, the deputy director of the Hefei Intermediate People’s Court placed most of the blame on Ms. Gu, 53, saying she gave the Briton, Neil Heywood, a fatal dose of poison as they sat in a hotel room in Chongqing, the metropolis in southwest China that was run by her husband until his downfall last spring.

“The criminal facts are clear; the evidence is solid,” the court official, Tang Yigan, said.

A verdict will be announced at a later time.

Optics of where the trial took place, which is out of the jurisdiction of where the murder was said to have taken place:
The British Embassy had no immediate comment on the trial. The choice of the venue — in China’s eastern Anhui Province, hundreds of miles from the scene of the crime — highlighted the extent to which Communist Party leaders were seeking to minimize anything surprising, however unlikely, that might arise during the painstakingly orchestrated trial. Legal analysts say distance was not the only factor in choosing the provincial capital of Anhui: the president of the Supreme People’s Court, Wang Shengjun, has deep ties to the province, all but guaranteeing a compliant court. President Hu Jintao also comes from Anhui, as does Vice Premier Li Keqiang, the man presumed to be the future premier.

Re: Chinese Political Scene

PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:48 pm
by CielOnTap
There was an outcome posted yesterday regarding Ms. Gu's trial. A suspended death sentence is her fate, as she was charged with murdering Neil Heywood, a British citizen.

Bo Xilai’s wife Gu Kailai gets suspended death sentence for murder of British businessman

John Ruwitch, Reuters | Aug 20, 2012 8:27 AM ET | Last Updated: Aug 20, 2012 10:13 AM ET
HEFEI, China — China sentenced the wife of fallen Politburo member Bo Xilai to death on Monday but suspended her execution, setting the stage for a possible final purge of Bo himself in a scandal that has shaken Beijing ahead of a leadership transition.

The sentence means Gu Kailai is likely to face life in jail for murdering British businessman Neil Heywood last year.

It also brings a curtain down on China’s most sensational trial in three decades, yet opens a new and more politically dangerous act for the ruling Communist Party — how to deal with Bo, an ambitious and well-connected provincial leader whose downfall exposed rifts in the party.

“I feel the verdict is just and fully reflects the court’s special respect for the law, its special respect for reality and, in particular, its special respect for life,” Gu said of the sentence in official television footage of the hearing.

People will be watching to see what happens later in the year when the Chinese government leaders change seats to allow new people into leadership roles. The trial will cast a shadow into the capital.

Re: Chinese Political Scene

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:42 pm
by guitarblues
The police chief who let outsiders know about Bo Xilai's wife and her connection to a British citizen is now charged on three counts.

BEIJING — The once-powerful police officer at the center of a scandal that felled the senior Communist leader Bo Xilai was charged Wednesday with defection, abuse of power and corruption.

Important interests dominate over the people who are charged:
Mr. Wang seems to have escaped being charged with the more serious crime of treason, which often results in the death penalty. Ms. Gu received a suspended death sentence, which is tantamount to life in prison.

Separately, four top police officials who served under Mr. Wang were convicted of aiding the cover-up, although the courtroom proceedings raised more questions than they answered.

Wednesday’s announcement is part of a slow but steady mopping-up operation ahead of a crucial Communist Party congress expected to take place next month. At the conclave, a new group of leaders will formally be granted the authority to take control of the country, the first such transition in a decade.

There is no whistleblowing protection law or support in China? The police chief took a risk in telling the Americans about the death and who was involved with it.

Re: Chinese Political Scene

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:46 pm
by CielOnTap
Some days ago, I found an article providing a gruesome context as to why Gu Kailai might have been in business with the British man. The business involved organs taken from living donors. All kinds of shady business and as for the donors--the allegations include that the donors were not necessarily volunteering them nor consenting to providing them.

There's more to the relationship than got out during the initial rush of stories about the Brit's death.

Please note that the Epoch Times is published by a group connected to the Falun Gong faith practice. The paper tends to publish articles critical of the Chinese government. However, given the allegations that connect Gu Kailai and Neil Heywood to illegal organ harvesting, I have decided to put the article link in to show a possible motive for Heywood's demise and to spotlight a real activity that is cause for concern for China's people.

There was a past article posted that mentioned a French man requested by China to answer questions related to the politician's wife's trial. Yet another article has suggested that the French man may have had a personal relationship with Gu Kailai as they were seen in Britain holding hands.

Re: Chinese Political Scene

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:38 pm
by CielOnTap
A week or more late on this item but the person who was chosen to replace Bo Xilai, Xu Lioping, had not been seen for a good portion of September. Then he appeared in news reports at a public function. The explanation for his absence from the public eye? Back problems. My opinion is that the candidate was getting some kind of protocol training on how not to make the government look bad and that training likely extended to family members, in case anyone was going to follow Bo Xilai's path into success.

Found a current article on the Chinese government's handling of Bo Xilai in relation to his party membership and association-cleaning house indeed:

The whistleblower on Bo Xilai's doings received his sentencing last week:

Re: Chinese Political Scene

PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:19 pm
by CielOnTap
Catching up on the leadership transition and the attached behind-the-scenes power struggles of the ones that would lead China, if not for other circumstances:
Two quotes from the link above:
There wasn't a word to be found in China last week about the story that had splashed across headlines for several days everywhere else in the world. Not a single mention was afforded the $2.7 billion (€2 billion) that the New York Times reported has been amassed by the family of outgoing Prime Minister Wen Jiabao during his time in office.

But there was a brief blurb in the "Quotable" section on page two of the state-run China Daily News that quoted Ma Yun, chairman of the China's largest e-commerce company, the Alibaba Group, saying: "A person should never try to possess both money and political power. ... The two things, when brought together, are like detonating dynamite."

When Vice President and designated new President Xi Jinping disappeared from the public eye without explanation for two weeks in September, China's bloggers commented on his silence with the same sarcasm they had used to address Wen Jiabao's rich clan last week. The subtext of many posts is that China's leaders are insulting the intelligence of their people with their Kremlin-like attitude. When the new autocrats take their posts next week, they will face an environment that isn't nearly as accommodating as it once was.

Citizens recognize their attitudes towards their leaders have helped to shape a new reality for the incoming politicians-eyes are watching and memories are long.

Re: Chinese Political Scene

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:25 pm
by CielOnTap
Reaction from Beijing towards the re-election of Barack Obama as US President-better response than that received from Russia.
Nov 9, 2012


China, Russia and Obama's second coming
By M K Bhadrakumar

Barack Obama's four-year second term in office as the president of the United States will be setting the tone of the final countdown on China's emergence as a superpower. The power dynamic in Asia-Pacific becomes a crucial template in this historic process.

While the US can count on Japan and Australia as time-tested allies, its cogitations with China and Russia are evolving and how they shape up will decisively impact the power dynamic in Asia-Pacific.

The customary messages of greetings and the early reactions from Beijing and Moscow give some clues as to the level of expectations in the two capitals regarding Obama's second term. Neither capital showed any inkling in the run up to November 6 as to what result to expect and wore an air of studied aloofness, but both scrambled to react as soon as Obama's victory sailed into view.