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China's bureaucracy overhaul "fruitful"

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Almost 20,000 Chinese officials have been punished for breaches of the eight bureaucracy rules announced late last year, China's discipline watchdog said on Monday. Some 4,675 officials at different levels were found to have been involved in 17,380 cases, and had received punishments by administrative or Party discipline agencies during the campaign by the end of October, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Returned overseas Chinese hold congress

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- More than 3,200 people attended the opening ceremony of the Ninth National Congress of Returned Overseas Chinese and their Relatives in Beijing on Monday. President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and senior leaders Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli joined representatives from government organs, democratic parties, people with no party affiliation, congress delegates and overseas Chinese guests at the ceremony.

Xi stresses reform confidence

JINAN, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for confidence in realizing further reform and determination to overcome difficulties. "All Party members should be confident that China's reform blueprint will be realized. No matter what difficulties and disturbances we encounter, we shall not swerve from the reform," said Xi during an inspection tour of east China's Shandong Province from Sunday to Thursday. However, he admitted that it will be a tough and complicated task for the Communist Party of China (CPC) to deepen reform.

1st LD-Writethru-China Focus: Five-year plan issued for better Party rules

BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) will establish and amend a set of key rules within five years to improve its internal management and supervision, according to a guideline issued on Wednesday. The five-year plan on the formation of intra-Party rules, the first of its kind since the CPC was established in 1921, is viewed as a strategic project to build a sound regulatory system and enhance the Party's scientific, democratic and law-based governance. The plan will affect more than 82 million members and four million CPC organs.

Five-year plan issued for better Party rules

BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) will establish and amend a set of key rules within five years to improve its internal management and supervision, according to a guideline issued on Wednesday. The five-year plan on the formation of intra-Party rules, the first of its kind since the CPC was established in 1921, is a strategic project to build a sound regulatory system and enhance the Party's scientific, democratic and law-based governance.

Top Chinese legislator meets Nigerian ruling party chairman

BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Top Chinese legislator Zhang Dejiang on Wednesday met with Bamanga Tukur, chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) of Nigeria, in Beijing. Zhang, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, reviewed his meeting with Tukur during his visit to Nigeria in September, saying the two countries have a profound brotherhood. Zhang briefed Tukur on the Communist Party of China's (CPC) decision on deepening reforms approved by the third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee earlier in November.

One year in, China's Xi amasses control

China Xi's Jinping took over as Communist chief one year ago to calls for economic reform and faint hopes of greater political tolerance -- but has focused instead on consolidating power, burnishing nationalist credentials and stifling dissent. When Xi strode into Beijing's Great Hall of the People on November 15, 2012 after being anointed in a five-yearly congress, his relaxed demeanour and open admission of problems such as party corruption hinted at the possibility of change.

One year in, China's Xi amasses control

China's Xi Jinping took over as Communist chief one year ago to calls for economic reform and faint hopes of greater political tolerance -- but has focused instead on consolidating power, burnishing nationalist credentials and stifling dissent. When Xi strode into Beijing's Great Hall of the People on November 15, 2012 after being anointed in a five-yearly congress, his relaxed demeanour and open admission of problems such as party corruption hinted at the possibility of change.

Timeline of China leader Xi Jinping's first year

China's Xi Jinping took over as leader of the ruling Communist Party a year ago on Friday. Here is a timeline of key events during his first 12 months in power. November 2012. After years as heir apparent, Xi Jinping takes leadership of the ruling Communist party, the country's most powerful post, and its top military body. His relaxed manner in his first speech contrasts with his rigid predecessor Hu Jintao.

China security committee to make enemies 'nervous'

China's decision to set up a national security committee is meant to rattle the nerves of those who mean to harm it, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. The ruling Communist Party announced the move in a communique at the end of a key four-day meeting to set the direction of reform for the next decade. China is embroiled in a bitter territorial row with Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea. It has also asserted its claims in the South China Sea more aggressively in recent months, while Washington has announced a foreign policy "pivot" towards Asia.
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