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Top Chinese information official dead after fall: People's Daily

A top official at China's government information department died on Wednesday after a fall, Communist Party media reported. Li Wufeng, deputy director of the State Council Information Office "fell to death", the People's Daily newspaper, the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, reported on its English-language Twitter feed. "Cause is unknown," it added, without elaborating. Chinese news outlet Caixin also reported the death on its website, although it was later deleted.

China's Xi urges officials to 'sweat' corruption out of system

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping urged rural officials on Tuesday to make "spicy" efforts to "sweat" corruption out of their systems, state news agency Xinhua reported, as he pressed on with his campaign to crack down on deep-rooted graft. "The weapons of criticism and self-criticism should be well-wielded, with some spice to make every party official blush and sweat a little," Xi said during a visit to a rural area in central China's Henan province called Lankao, Xinhua said.

China premier vows to get tough on corruption, pollution

Beijing, Mar 13 (EFE).- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed Thursday at the close of the annual session of the National People's Congress that his government would crack down harshly on corruption and pollution. Li, who like President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his first year in office this week, told a press conference that his government would show "zero tolerance" for corruption.

China premier vows to get tough on corruption, pollution

Beijing, Mar 13 (EFE).- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed Thursday at the close of the annual session of the National People's Congress that his government would crack down harshly on corruption and pollution. Li, who like President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his first year in office this week, told a press conference that his government would show "zero tolerance" for corruption.

Chinese premier: 'Zero tolerance' for corruption

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that Beijing has "zero tolerance" for corruption however senior the culprit, as the country's leaders press forward with a much-publicised anti-graft campaign. But he did not address reports that one of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's former top officials may be under investigation, telling his once-a-year press conference only that "everybody is equal before the law".

China to run trial on private banks

China will launch a trial programme for private firms to set up banks, the country's banking regulator said Tuesday, with Internet giants Tencent and Alibaba reportedly among the first applicants. Most Chinese lenders are state-controlled and banks founded by private companies are extremely rare, while access to lending is a key element of the Communist authorities' control of the economy.

China parliament head warns of western-style democracy for Hong Kong

By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - The head of China's parliament warned on Thursday that importing western-style democracy for a planned direct election in Hong Kong in 2017 could lead to "disastrous" results, a delegate who attended the closed-door meeting said.

China defence spending to rise 12.2 percent in 2014

China will raise its official defence budget by 12.2 percent this year, the finance ministry said Wednesday, another double-digit increase in the rising power's military spending that alarms its neighbours. The Asian giant has for years boosted spending on its People's Liberation Army, reflecting its military ambitions as it asserts its global standing and its claims in a series of territorial disputes with Japan and other countries in the region.

China defence spending to rise 12.2 percent in 2014

China will raise its official defence budget by 12.2 percent this year, the finance ministry said Wednesday, another double-digit increase in the rising power's military spending that alarms its neighbours. The Asian giant has for years boosted spending on its People's Liberation Army, reflecting its military ambitions as it asserts its global standing and its claims in a series of territorial disputes with Japan and other countries in the region.

Banquet ban for China officials amid corruption concern

China has banned delegates to its annual rubber-stamp parliament from holding banquets, an official said Tuesday as the government tries to improve its image following regular corruption scandals. Delegates to the National People's Congress (NPC), which meets to formally approve policies decided by the ruling Communist party, are also barred from exchanging gifts and will no longer be served "expensive food, wine, and beverages" at their buffet meals, Congress spokeswoman Fu Ying told a press conference.
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