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In Communist China, it's a man's world at the top

Beijing - When Xi Jinping warned against "pleasure seeking" in a stern message to the Communist Party congress last week, the audience included few women and some notable absentees -- officials ousted by graft scandals involving illicit affairs.

Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of 'volunteers'

Bejing - While Chinese President Xi Jinping and his cohorts chart the nation's future at their leadership conclave in Beijing, his citizen army of red-armbanded foot soldiers are keeping an eye out for trouble outside.

Communism is 'beyond' them, but Chinese still flock to the party

Bejing - Marx might struggle to recognise his heirs among the billionaires, skyscrapers and stock exchanges of modern China.

First joint France-China satellite to study oceans

Bejing - France and China's space agencies unveiled their first joint satellite in Beijing Friday, which will be used to improve forecasting of ocean storms and cyclones.

Coin-tossing elderly Chinese woman causes flight chaos

Shanghai - She was flying Lucky Air, but that wasn't enough for an elderly Chinese woman who tossed coins at the jet's engine to wish for a safe flight, prompting authorities to detain her and ground the flight.

Smog defies China's Communist Party congress

Bejing - Beijingers are going without barbecue. Construction sites have halted work. Factories hundreds of kilometres away have halted production.

Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'

Shanghai - The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting.

Beijing says US should 'abandon biased views' of China

Bejing - China said Thursday the United States should "abandon its biased views" towards the country, as it hit back at cutting remarks made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

China mobile users tap phones to 'applaud' president's speech

Bejing - Missed out on the orchestrated applause at China's Communist Party Congress? Cheer up: this being China, you can join the praise through your mobile phone.

China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target

Bejing - China's economy slowed marginally in the third quarter but is well on course to beat the government's annual target, cementing Xi Jinping's standing as he prepares to be handed a second term in power at a key Communist Party conclave.

Red handed: Xi's anti-graft campaign set to roll on

Bejing - In the past five years, Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign has steamrolled over 1.5 million crooked Communist Party officials. And it may just be getting started.

'My god, 3.5 hours': Xi gives marathon speech, China listens

Bejing - As Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered his three-plus-hour speech at the Communist Party congress, delegates ranging from men in suits to military officers and former presidents dutifully turned every page as they read and listened to his words.

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Taiwan Wednesday, saying that Beijing has the will and power to thwart any attempts at independence.

Xi is everywhere: China's omnipresent leader

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping's stiff smile greets visitors in room after room at a Beijing exhibition put up by the Communist party to tout its past five years of accomplishments.

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

Bejing - Rumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party's leadership Congress.

Xi declares 'new era' for China as party congress opens

Bejing - President Xi Jinping declared China is entering a "new era" of challenges and opportunities on Wednesday as he opened a Communist Party congress expected to enhance his already formidable power.

Chinese businesses herald Communist congress by closing shop

Bejing - Businesses ranging from cookware to karaoke in China's teeming capital have temporarily shut down as the ruling Communist Party prepares to hold its most important political event of the last five years.

China's People's Daily launches English app in soft power push

Bejing - The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party, launched an English-language mobile application on Sunday in what it called a "strategic step" to strengthen Beijing's influence internationally.

Xi to tighten clutch on power at Communist conclave

Beijing - Chinese leader Xi Jinping is expected to tighten his grip on power at a Communist Party conclave this week, cementing his stature as the country's most dominant ruler in decades.

Op-Ed: Chinese leaked plans to invade Taiwan in mid 2020s in new book

Sydney - According to a new book called "The Chinese Invasion Threat" by Ian Easton, research fellow of the 2049 Institute, China has drawn up plans to invade Taiwan some time in the mid-2020s. These plans are deemed credible in Washington.
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