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Wen Jiabao, ex-premier, pens 90th birthday poem to scholar Ye Jiaying

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<!– google_ad_section_start –> Former premier Wen Jiabao has again garnered renewed public attention by writing a letter and a poem to scholar Ye Jiaying on the occasion of her 90th birthday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese hackers back smarter than ever, says US security firm

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The hackers who penetrated the computer network of The New York Times last year have resurfaced with an attack on “an organisation involved in shaping economic policy”, experts have warned. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Exclusive: Li Keqiang fought strong opposition for Shanghai free-trade zone plan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Premier Li Keqiang fought open opposition from financial regulators in his bid to push through a landmark plan for a free-trade zone in Shanghai. It is the clearest sign yet that the nation’s new leadership is determined to deliver long-delayed economic reforms. Financial industry regulators, including the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) and China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), openly disagreed with Li’s plan to open Shanghai’s financial services sector to foreign investors. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Beijing steps up centralisation of power to control provincial leaders

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Beijing has sent more officials from ministries and state-owned enterprises to provinces during the latest leadership reshuffle, amid fears it may lose control of local governments, observers said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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The Son also Rises: nepotism doesn’t disappear in China, it just gets a promotion

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Throughout Chinese history, the expression ya nei originally meant palace guards but later referred generally to children of government officials. In traditional Chinese opera and drama, they are immortalised as the worst of the worst – vile, violent and corrupt. Dressed in silk and drooped in gold, ya nei roamed the streets, beating people for no particular reason or kidnapping young girls and forcing them to become concubines. They usually escape punishment thanks to their powerful fathers and relatives. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China arrests Jiangxi anti-corruption campaigners

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Chinese authorities have arrested more than 10 activists who campaigned to have political leaders disclose their financial assets, lawyers said on Thursday, with one charged with “inciting state subversion”. China’s ruling Communist Party has been scandalised for years by persistent reports of corrupt officials living lavish lifestyles, and activists have called for laws requiring government officials to publicly list their assets. Newly-appointed President Xi Jinping has vowed to crackdown on all forms of corruption. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese officials fill up first Sansha cruise in disputed seas

<!– google_ad_section_start –> More civil servants than actual tourists climbed aboard the first Chinese cruise ship to visit disputed South China Sea islands on Sunday. Only 100 of 240 passengers were regular citizens, the Shanghai Morning Post reported on Monday. The rest were civil servants from various government organs in Hainan province. The debut cruise went to the Paracel Islands’ Sansha, the newly established prefecture-level city created last year to consolidate China’s de facto control. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese tour ship sets sail to disputed Paracel islands

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Plans to allow tourists to visit the Paracel Islands is the latest stage in China’s development of the territory, which has previously angered Vietnam and caused concern in Washington. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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PLA shows quick response to Lushan earthquake

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In stark contrast to the Great Sichuan Earthquake five years ago, the central government and the army showed yesterday that they could respond quickly to natural disasters. And volunteer groups said they were better equipped to help out. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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New regulations in China ban journalists from quoting foreign media

<!– google_ad_section_start –> On the day Chinese journalists woke up to news that the New York Times won a Pulitzer for its report on former Premier Wen Jiabao’s family fortune, China’s media regulator issued new regulations banning reports on foreign media coverage. “All kinds of media work units may not use any unauthorised news products provided by foreign media or foreign websites,” according to a notice issued by the General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China dismisses New York Times Pulitzer-prize winning Wen Jiabao report

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China dismissed a New York Times report that exposed the wealth amassed by the family of former Premier Wen Jiabao as having “ulterior motives” on Tuesday, after it won a Pulitzer Prize. The story, which was published in October last year, alleged close relatives of Wen have made billions of dollars in business dealings. It provoked anger from authorities in China, who said it was part of a “smear” by “voices” opposed to the country’s development. The Times’ Chinese and English websites were subsequently blocked in China and remain inaccessible. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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New York Times wins Pulitzer for Wen Jiabao expose

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Pulitzer Prize for international reporting went to The New York Times on Monday for its exposure of corruption at high levels of the Chinese government, including secret wealth owned by relatives of former premier Wen Jiabao. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Remembering Chinese party leader Hu Yaobang still no easy task

<!– google_ad_section_start –> On the anniversary of Hu Yaobang’s death, thousands of Chinese quietly remembered the party leader who many thought was pushing for further political reform in the 1980s before the Tiananmen crackdown.  The 24th commemoration on Monday is the first under President Xi Jinping, whose father worked under Hu Yaobang. Hu has been credited with spurring economic reforms after the Cultural Revolution, the rehabilitation of thousands persecuted during the tumultuous decade and a drive towards further political reforms. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese gay parents invite Iceland’s PM and her wife for coffee

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A group of Chinese parents of gays and lesbians have invited the prime minister of Iceland and her wife for a chat over coffee when the couple visit Beijing in a few days. The world’s first openly gay prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, and her wife of 13 years, Jonina Leosdottir, are scheduled to visit from April 15 to 18, the Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday, quoting a BBC report. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Iceland premier Sigurdardottir to meet China’s leaders in Beijing

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir will meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang this month in Beijing as the countries sign a free trade agreement, her office said on Saturday. “The prime minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir, and her wife, Jonina Leosdottir, will be on an official visit to China on April 15-18,” it said in a statement. She will also meet with former premier Wen Jiabao and President Xi Jinping, on a visit that will include the signing of a trade deal between Reykjavik and Beijing after six years of negotiations. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Progress slow in developing fighter jets, Major General Zhu Heping says

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A weak foundation in building sophisticated machinery and a lack of innovation are major obstacles for the People’s Liberation Army in upgrading its latest domestically produced jet fighters, military experts say. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Sales slump topples China as world’s top art market, survey shows

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China is no longer the world’s number one art market after its sales fell by a quarter last year, according to a recent survey. Beijing’s orders to rein in speculative activities and the exposure of art buyers dodging mainland import duties contributed to the 24 per cent decline in the auction and dealer art sales values. But it is viewed as a healthy adjustment rather than a catastrophic crash. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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