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Taiwan sees jump in China missile build-up

January 1, 2008

January 1, 2008

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian said on Tuesday China now had 1,328 ballistic missiles aimed at the self-ruled island, up by more than a third from a previous estimate, further threatening stability in the Taiwan Strait.

In his final New Year’s Day address before stepping down in May, Chen said the number of short-range ballistic missiles deployed against Taiwan had proliferated from 200 in 2000, when he took office, and now exceeded his most recent estimate of 988.

Taiwan has been ruled separately from China since 1949 when Mao Zedong‘s Communists won a civil war on the mainland. Beijing still claims sovereignty over the democratically ruled island of 23 million people and ….

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China Ushers Into Position Its Next Era Of Leaders

October 22, 2007

By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, October 22, 2007; Page A17

BEIJING, Oct. 22 — Xi Jinping, the son of a Chinese guerrilla leader who rose through the ranks to become Communist Party chief in business-friendly Shanghai, was designated Monday as the most likely successor to President Hu Jintao as leader of the world’s most populous nation.

Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping

Xi, 54, a Ph. D. in economics, was the highest ranked of four newcomers in a new Politburo Standing Committee, the pinnacle of power in China’s Communist system. The nine-man group, including Hu and four other holdovers, was unveiled at a ritual introductory appearance before journalists following its acclamation by the new Central Committee that emerged Sunday from the party’s week-long 17th National Congress.

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Door to secretive China Congress opens by a crack

October 20, 2007

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Lindsay Beck

BEIJING (Reuters) – In Mao Zedong’s day, the world was not even aware China’s ruling Communist Party was holding one of its agenda-setting congresses until the whole event was over.

When the meeting packed up, firecrackers lit up the sky over Beijing and state television announced its great success, with no one outside of the Party’s inner circle any the wiser about what went on behind closed doors.

The Mao era is long over, but the Party is still firmly in charge, and with its 17th Congress under way, the door to its secretive meetings is opening — if only by a crack.

Hu Jintao
Hu Jintao

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