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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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Husband-and-wife team detained in GSK corruption probe

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The US citizen detained in connection with Beijing’s crackdown on the drug sector has been identified as Yu Yingzeng, the wife of Peter Humphrey, the British man also detained by mainland authorities, Reuters reported yesterday citing two unnamed sources. <!– 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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Courage is needed for financial change

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Over the past 30 years, as China’s economy has grown by leaps and bounds on its way to becoming the world’s second-largest, the leadership has wasted no opportunity to take credit and remind everyone of its foresight and determination to enhance the legitimacy of the Communist Party’s dictatorial rule. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Beijing sets up advisory body with multinationals

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Beijing has for the first time established an advisory council of multinational heavyweights to help the leadership keep a finger on the pulse of major corporations in vital industries. Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday held the first meeting with members of the new “Global CEO Advisory Council” – consisting of 14 business leaders who include the heads of Time Warner, IBM and Dell. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Bordeaux winemakers sound alarm as EU-China trade war looms

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Fears of an EU-China trade war mounted on Wednesday after Beijing launched an anti-dumping investigation into European wine imports, a move greeted with alarm in the vineyards of Bordeaux, France. The announcement of the wine dumping probe came a day after the European Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on solar panels imported from China. China is Bordeaux’s biggest export market and takes around one in five of the bottles produced in the renowned area, where up to 55,000 jobs depend on the sector. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Premier Li Keqiang takes to the world’s stage with ease

<!– google_ad_section_start –> On his maiden, eight-day diplomatic trip as premier, Li Keqiang not only engaged in serious bilateral talks but also attempted to show his personable side to boost the image of the Chinese leadership. Li expressed his appreciation of foreign culture and appeared self-confident when touching on sensitive issues. <!– 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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Senate sets Wednesday vote on bipartisan plan expanding background checks to more gun buyers.

<!– google_ad_section_start –> WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate sets Wednesday vote on bipartisan plan expanding background checks to more gun buyers. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Senate Majority Leader Reid says letter with ricin or another poison sent to Sen. Roger Wicker

<!– google_ad_section_start –> WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Reid says letter with ricin or another poison sent to Sen. Roger Wicker. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Obama to travel to Boston on Thursday for interfaith service for bombing victims

<!– google_ad_section_start –> WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama to travel to Boston on Thursday for interfaith service for bombing victims. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Fox Sports spokesman says veteran sports broadcaster Pat Summerall has died

<!– google_ad_section_start –> DALLAS (AP) — Fox Sports spokesman says veteran sports broadcaster Pat Summerall has died. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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US senators unveil immigration reform bill

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A group of Democratic and Republican US senators on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited landmark legislation to remove the threat of deportation for millions of illegal immigrants and give them an opportunity to eventually become US citizens. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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US officials: Joint military exercise with Morocco canceled over dispute on Western Sahara

<!– google_ad_section_start –> WASHINGTON (AP) — US officials: Joint military exercise with Morocco canceled over dispute on Western Sahara. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Cleveland Browns owner says truck stop company owned by his family subject of criminal probe

<!– google_ad_section_start –> NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner says truck stop company owned by his family subject of criminal probe. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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