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China's intensifying showdown with Japan is distracting from its growing internal crisis

China's intensifying showdown with Japan is distracting from its growing internal crisis

By Brian M Downing The dispute between China and Japan over the Senkakus group of uninhabited islands and barren rocks jutting up from the East China Sea has intensified in recent days. China has sent armed vessels to the island and anti-Japanese demonstrations have broken out in Chinese cities. Japan has retaliated economically by curtailing […]

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Hu prevails over challenge by disgraced Bo in new Politburo Standing Committee lineup

Hu prevails over challenge by disgraced Bo in new Politburo Standing Committee lineup

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Barring last-minute changes, the lineup for the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) — China’s highest ruling council to be anointed at next month’s 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress — has been determined. This follows a decision by Party leaders to reduce the number of members of the PBSC from the […]

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Hu Jintao and future President Xi Jinping forge power pact over Bo scandal

Hu Jintao and future President Xi Jinping forge power pact over Bo scandal

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai’s alleged conspiracy to usurp Vice President Xi Jinping’s status as heir apparent to the Chinese Communist Party leadership has served to tighten ties between Xi and the current supremo, President Hu Jintao. This has been seen as one of the few “positive results” that the […]

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Critic of Bo Xilai expected to win spot on Politburo Standing Committee

Critic of Bo Xilai expected to win spot on Politburo Standing Committee

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) administration’s continued persecution of dissidents and nongovernmental organization activists belies expectations that Beijing might pick up the threads of political reform after the downfall of the crypto-Maoist princeling, former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai. Pledges made to senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton […]

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Communism muddles along in the Middle Kingdom

Communism muddles along in the Middle Kingdom

By Sol W. Sanders Chen Guangcheng and Bo Xilai represent the two poles of the Chinese political spectrum. Chen is a blind, self-taught lawyer and provincial activist for human rights, in a life and death struggle to reinterpret the system. Bo is a pampered scion of a famous Communist family, until recently a successful Party […]

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Bo Affair inflicts body blow on political careers of 'Gang of Princelings'

Bo Affair inflicts body blow on political careers of 'Gang of Princelings'

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com That Bo Xilai’s political life was finished was apparent even before this week’s announcement that his membership in the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee and Politburo has been suspended. What is not as well known is that the charismatic Chongqing Party secretary’s downfall has dealt a body blow to one of […]

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And now proof, if any was needed: All is not well with China and its secretive regime

And now proof, if any was needed: All is not well with China and its secretive regime

By Sol W. Sanders Authoritarian governments are paranoid, but just because they are, as the saying goes, doesn’t mean they aren’t threatened. The Chinese regime is no exception. We currently see a demonstration in shadowy but slashing decisive action by a normally ultracautious regime to purge a leading member. This political drama results from China’s […]

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High-level political intrigue fuels rumors in Beijing following ouster of Bo Xilai

High-level political intrigue fuels rumors in Beijing following ouster of Bo Xilai

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Bo Xilai bombshell has not only shattered the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) façade of unity but also exposed serious problems in the system due to the two decades-long moratorium on political reform. Rumors are circulating in Chinese Cyberspace that Bo, the charismatic Party Secretary of Chongqing who was sacked on […]

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Long knives come out as secretive politics breaks into the open before October Congress

Long knives come out as secretive politics breaks into the open before October Congress

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Internecine bickering in elite Chinese politics, while full of skullduggery and back-stabbing, is often wrapped in secrecy. But no longer. As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gets ready for a once-in-a-decade generational change at its 18th Congress this October, the bloody swordplay has spilled into the open. The focus of the […]

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Power struggle intensifies between the CCP's 'Crown Prince' Xi and Supremo Hu

Power struggle intensifies between the CCP's 'Crown Prince' Xi and Supremo Hu

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The outwardly low-key visit that Vice-President Xi Jinping paid to the western-China metropolis of Chongqing last week has set tongues wagging in Beijing’s political circles. Crown prince Xi’s unreserved support for the exploits of charismatic Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai has laid bare the intensifying struggle between the two largest factions […]