Jan 18, 2015

Taiwan's embattled ruling party looks to new leader

Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly ruling party appointed a new leader on Saturday in the hope of reversing its fortunes after its worst-ever local election setback reflected growing fears over Chinese influence. President Ma Ying-jeou resigned as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) over the election defeat in ...

China's graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

Jan 17, 2015

China's graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

China is investigating one of its top spy chiefs for corruption, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said, signaling that the boldest crackdown on corruption in decades has spilled over into its powerful intelligence apparatus. Ma Jian, a vice minister at the Ministry of ...

Macau sex ring bust shows China expanding crackdown on graft

Jan 16, 2015

Macau sex ring bust shows China expanding crackdown on graft

The arrest of a prominent Macau executive in the largest prostitution bust in the city’s history shows Chinese President Xi Jinping is broadening his crackdown on corruption to restrict even long-tolerated vices. Police in the former Portuguese colony arrested Alan Ho, handcuffing him and ...

Jan 12, 2015

Home of H.K. media tycoon Lai firebombed

The home and former offices of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing who also played a prominent role in large prodemocracy protests last month, were firebombed early Monday, a spokesman said. The first attack took place around 1:30 a.m. ...

Jan 11, 2015

Xi a keen student of U.S. power

by John Kemp

Xi Jinping is being called China's first U.S.-style president because of how he has cultivated a distinctly presidential approach abroad, overseen loans and trade deals with strategic partners and used the "bully pulpit" at home to advocate a clear policy direction.