After much speculation, it is now official: The Communist Party of China (CPC) will convene its 18th Party Congress in Beijing during the "latter half of this year," a party official announced this week without giving specific dates.
They are two men, separated by a gulf of power and privilege. One was born of the Chinese Communist Party, the son of a revolutionary hero and seemingly destined to shape China's destiny; the other has lived in the shadow of the state, poor, persecuted and blind.
The latest rumors filling a void of official information over the mysterious death of a British businessman and the fall of one of China's rising political stars are worthy of a Hollywood thriller, amid rumors of poison and political skullduggery.
Liang Wengen, China's richest man, received the green light to become a candidate for the Communist Party of China's Central Committee. If elected, Liang will be the first private entrepreneur to join the ruling party's policymaking body.
The Communist Party of China turned 89 on July 1 with self-congratulations. Speaking at a gathering celebrating the founding of the CPC, Chinese president and Communist party chief Hu Jintao said, "Practice in the past 89 years proved that the CPC has met the expectations of the people." The party, which now boasts of over 78 million members, remains the sole ruling party in the People's Republic, governing the lives of 1.3 billion people.
It is the start of perhaps the most salacious chapter in China's most sweeping crackdown on corruption in recent history. The trial of the most senior official implicated in an intricate web of mafia-style gangs that terrorized the central city of Chongqing has begun.
Some 24 million Chinese men of marrying age will find themselves lacking wives in 2020, partly because of the country's one-child policy, which has led to the abortion of female fetuses, state media said Monday.
When we requested an interview with members of the Communist Youth League, I expected an army of suits with well-rehearsed answers. Instead, we met three students casually dressed in jeans, just 18 to 23 years old.
On June 4 this year, it will have been 20 years since I have seen Beijing, the city in which I spent much of my youth and attended university. It will have been 20 years since I saw my parents. My parents are older. I hear their health is not what it was, but it is something they take pains not to trouble me with. I hear Beijing is much changed. I hear China is much changed.
Monday brought welcome relief to millions of Chinese migrant workers desperate to see their families, as the nation's transportation system seemed to be getting back on its feet after being paralyzed by a historic winter storm.
A Chinese Cabinet minister sought Wednesday to portray a mining accident that left 181 miners trapped and presumed dead as a natural disaster, deflecting criticism that more could have been done to save the workers.
China has arrested outspoken human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng on charges of inciting subversion, his lawyer said on Thursday, extending a government campaign to curb activists challenging its authority.
For the fourth time since he became president in 2001, George Bush has sent his Treasury secretary to Capitol Hill, hat in hand, to ask for an increase in the federal debt ceiling (currently $8.18 trillion).
Former Chinese Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, who was ousted amid the upheaval surrounding the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, has died at the age of 85, the state news agency Xinhua has announced.
Zhao Ziyang, toppled as China's Communist Party chief for opposing the army crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy protests, is in a coma in hospital after multiple strokes, sources close to the family said.
Beijing is expected to come up with tougher ways to ensure control over Hong Kong despite the fact that democratic politicians got nowhere near half the seats in the 60-member Legislative Council (LegCo) in Sunday's hotly contested polls.
The sword is out of its scabbard. Premier Wen Jiabao's revelation last week that Beijing is considering a National Reunification Law shows the Chinese leadership has entered a new and possibly violent phase in its decades-long struggle against Taiwanese independence.