BEIJING (AP) — Fast-food chain KFC is memorializing a popular Chinese Communist hero with restaurant decor extolling his deeds, in a rare matching of an iconic American brand with Communist...
Daughter of ex-Mao secretary boycotts Communist-led memorial
BEIJING (AP) — The daughter of a Chinese Communist Party veteran boycotted his funeral Wednesday, calling it an improper tribute to a man who once worked for Mao Zedong but later became a fierce...
Indian forces kill 10 Maoist rebels in raid on training camp
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's security forces on Thursday killed at least 10 Maoist rebels during an attack on their training camp in a forested area in central India, police said.
An exchange of gunfire with the insurgents lasted nearly 2 ½ hours in Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh state, a rebel stronghold, said police officer Mohit Garg.
Police retrieved 12 rifles from those killed, Gang said, adding that security forces did not suffer any casualties in the attack on the camp close to a river bank.
China’s space journey, to the moon’s far side and beyond
BEIJING (AP) — China has come a long way since the founding of its space program in 1956.
Shortly after the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Chairman Mao Zedong declared that China too should have an artificial satellite to keep up with the great powers. Now, being recognized as a galactic pioneer is once again part of China's national ambitions.
"The space dream is part of the dream to make China stronger," President Xi Jinping said shortly after taking office in 2013.
President Tsai says Taiwanese want to maintain self-rule
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese treasure their autonomy from China, the leader of the self-governing island said Tuesday, warning city and county officials to be open about and exercise caution in any dialogue with the Chinese.
President Tsai Ing-wen's remarks come after major gains by a Beijing-friendly opposition party in local elections in late November.
Hui poet fears for his people as China ‘Sinicizes’ religion
JINAN, China (AP) — Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people's oppression under Mao Zedong.
The 39-year-old poet was born after the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, when the Hui — China's second-largest Muslim ethnic group — were among the masses tormented by the Red Guard.
In the years since, the Hui (pronounced HWAY) generally have been supportive of the government and mostly spared the kind of persecution endured by China's largest Muslim group, the Uighur.
Bishop reported missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation
BEIJING (AP) — A bishop who has resisted demands to join China's Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody, a Catholic news service reported, despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation.
China city curbs dog walking, bans them in parks, stadiums
BEIJING (AP) — A city in southwestern China has banned dog walking during the daytime and banished the pets entirely from parks, shopping centers, sports facilities and other public spaces.
The ordinance issued by the city of Wenshan in Yunnan province on Oct. 29 has been called the most restrictive in a nation where dog ownership has long been subject to tight regulations.
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Putin treats China’s leader to pancakes, vodka at forum
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has treated Chinese President Xi Jinping to Russian pancakes in a show of warm personal ties between the two leaders.
The two leaders ate pancakes with caviar and had shots of vodka at an exhibition at the sidelines of an economic forum in the far eastern port of Vladivostok.
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India arrests 5 rights activists for alleged Maoist links
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police on Tuesday arrested five rights activists for suspected links to Maoist rebels in raids on their homes and offices in several places in the country.
Police also accused the five of delivering speeches that triggered protests and violence between low-caste Dalits and right-wing groups near the western city of Pune in December. The government says Maoist rebels, who are active in several states, are India's biggest internal security threat.
Now with power to long rule China, Xi beset by challenges
BEIJING (AP) — As China's leaders gather for their annual Yellow Sea retreat, the country's political waters are looking choppy.
Chinese President and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is beset by economic, foreign policy and domestic political challenges just months after clearing his way to rule for as long as he wants as China's most dominant leader since Mao Zedong.
PATNA, India (AP) — Security forces killed eight Maoist insurgents, including four women, in an exchange of gunfire early Thursday in their stronghold in central India, a police officer said.
The two-hour gunbattle took place in a forest in Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh state after security forces encircled the rebel hideout, police officer D.M. Awasthy said.
Security forces found the bodies of eight rebels and some rifles and bullet magazines, Awasthy said.
PATNA, India (AP) — Maoist rebels in eastern India ambushed a unit of government forces on Sunday, leaving two soldiers dead and another wounded, police said.
The rebels attacked paramilitary soldiers after they were returning from a counterinsurgency operation in a forested area in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh state, said police officer K.L. Dhruve.
MOSCOW (AP) — Just a month after beginning his new term in office, Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading to China for a state visit, underscoring how mounting U.S. pressure is drawing the two countries increasingly close.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping called for stepped-up cooperation with India during an informal summit Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, amid tensions along their contested border and a rivalry for influence with their smaller neighbors that could determine dominance in Asia.
Xi greeted Modi at the provincial museum in the city of Wuhan at the start of two days of talks between the heads of the world's two most populous nations.
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Police say 37 Maoist rebels killed in western India
NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 37 Maoist rebels were killed in two gunbattles between troops and insurgents in western India over the last three days, police said Tuesday.
Prashant Diwate, a police officer in Maharashtra state's Gadchiroli area, said six rebels were killed overnight, and troops also recovered about 15 bodies of rebels killed in an earlier gunbattle on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years ago Monday, Columbia University students angry about racism and the Vietnam War began a rebellion that fed a sense the country was in turmoil.
Starting at noon on April 23, 1968, student militants occupied Hamilton Hall, the main classroom building, and took a dean hostage for 24 hours. They stormed into the office of the university's president, ransacked files and smoked his cigars.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Government forces killed at least 14 Maoist rebels during a raid on their hideout Sunday in a forested area in western India, police said.
The fighting began after police commandos raided the rebels' hideout deep in a forested area in Gadchilori district in Maharashtra state, said police officer Prashant Diwate.
Diwate said exchange of gunfire between the rebels and troops lasted about half an hour. He said police were searching the area for more possible bodies.
Key moments in North Korea-China relationship
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's surprise visit to China makes clear that Beijing, the North's only major ally and chief provider of energy and trade that keeps the country's broken economy afloat, will have a major role in any effort to rein in the North's nuclear program.
A look at key moments in relations between North Korea and China:
October 1949: North Korea and China establish diplomatic relations.
BEIJING (AP) — Come to any event at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing, and you're bound to see red.
As the hulking venue for official pomp and ceremony hosts the annual meeting of China's rubber-stamp parliament this month, flags of scarlet line the building's rooftops, red carpets cover its floors and hostesses in long ruby-colored dresses welcome dark-suited delegates.
BEIJING (AP) — China's ceremonial legislature appointed Premier Li Keqiang, the No. 2 leader of the ruling Communist Party, to a second five-year term Sunday and approved the appointment of a director for a new anti-corruption agency with sweeping powers.
National People's Congress delegates voted 2,964 to 2 to approve Li's appointment. The vote came a day after party leader Xi Jinping was reappointed China's president with no limits on how many terms he can serve.
BEIJING (AP) — China is set to give President Xi Jinping a powerful new weapon as he prepares to rule indefinitely — a Communist Party-led anti-corruption agency to police not only the party's cadres, but also doctors, teachers, entertainers and other state employees.
The move is part of a sweeping government reorganization to boost the authority of the party headed by Xi, who has firmly established himself as China's most formidable leader since Mao Zedong.
Xi Jinping’s rise shatters hopes for democracy in China
BEIJING (AP) — Orville Schell, a longtime China expert, has vivid memories of his first trip to the country back in 1975. Mao Zedong was leading China through the tumultuous Cultural Revolution, and Chinese were being shamed, beaten and even killed for perceived political mistakes.
President Xi Jinping, poised to rule over China indefinitely, is at the center of the Communist Party's most colorful efforts to build a cult of personality since the death of People's Republic founder Mao Zedong in 1976.
Xi's image dominates the front pages of state newspapers, hours of state television broadcasts, magazine covers, posters sold at markets, billboards around parks and signs posted along sidewalks.
BEIJING (AP) — Xi Jinping, already China's most powerful leader in more than a generation, received a vastly expanded mandate as lawmakers Sunday abolished presidential term limits that had been in place for more than 35 years and wrote his political philosophy into the country's constitution.
Chinese lawmakers have passed a historic constitutional amendment abolishing term limits for its leader, effectively allowing Xi Jinping to rule the world's largest county as president for life.
The amendment, approved on Sunday by China's largely ceremonial parliament, upends a system enacted by its former leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982 to prevent a return to the bloody excesses of a lifelong dictatorship typified by Mao Zedong's chaotic 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution.
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on China's lawmakers amending constitution to abolish term limits (all times local):
China's rubber-stamp lawmakers have passed a historic constitutional amendment that abolishes term limits and will enable President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely.
The National People's Congress' nearly 3,000 hand-picked delegates endorsed the constitutional amendment Sunday, voting 2,958 in favor with two opposed, three abstaining and one vote invalidated.
BEIJING (AP) — Major events in Chinese President Xi Jinping's rise as potential leader-for-life as the ceremonial legislature prepares to amend the constitution to remove presidential term limits:
BEIJING (AP) — The day China's ruling Communist Party unveiled a proposal to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely as Mao Zedong did a generation ago, Ma Bo was so shaken he couldn't sleep.
So Ma, a renowned writer, wrote a social media post urging the party to remember the history of unchecked one-man rule that ended in catastrophe.
"History is regressing badly," Ma thundered in his post. "As a Chinese of conscience, I cannot stay silent!"
BEIJING (AP) — The annual conclave of China's National People's Congress in Beijing's cavernous Great Hall of the People is a highly scripted affair, designed to showcase the Communist Party's governance of China to the world.
BEIJING (AP) — The prospect of Chinese President Xi Jinping ruling indefinitely is dominating discussion as China's legislature opens its annual session Monday. The constitutional amendment to the two-term limit on the president underscores Xi's standing as China's most dominant political figure in decades.
Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping joined the planet's most exclusive club.
It is not for the fainthearted — and once over the threshold, there is rarely any going back. And as some of its former denizens have found, membership can cost more than money can buy.
Yet when China's Communist Party gave the nod to Xi's term-free rule of the nation, with it came the dubious honor of admission to Autocrats Anonymous.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A new exhibit at a Virginia art museum will explore the work of propaganda artists during China's tumultuous Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk said in a statement that the show begins Friday and runs through June 24.
The exhibit will display the collection of Shaomin Li, an international business professor at Old Dominion University.
Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit
BEIJING (AP) — For some Chinese, their feelings about plans to lift term limits to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely can be represented best by a cuddly stuffed bear.
Social media users shared images of Winnie the Pooh hugging a jar of honey along with the quote, "Find the thing you love and stick with it."
The Disney bear's image has often been compared to Xi, prompting periodic blocks on the use of Pooh pictures online.
End of term limits carries political risks for China’s Xi
BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party's proposed scrapping of a limit on presidential terms is upending three decades of efforts to restrict how long top leaders can hold office and setting the stage for party chief Xi Jinping to remain head of state indefinitely.
China paves way for Xi Jinping to remain leader for years
BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, the official news agency said, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023.
The party's Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the expression that China's president and vice president "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms," the Xinhua News Agency said Sunday.
Xi Jinping: China seeks to scrap term limits, extend presidency
China has started the process to scrap term limits for the country's highest office and allow Communist Party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023, the official news agency said Sunday.
The party's Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the expression that China's president and vice president "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms," the Xinhua News Agency said.
China to select theaters nationwide to show propaganda films
BEIJING (AP) — China plans to select 5,000 movie theaters to screen propaganda films and will boost their box office with group sales, discounted tickets and other financial backing.
The notice from the nation's film regulator said the policy is intended to promote specific movies at special times to create a "people's theater front," a throwback to language used during the era of Mao Zedong.
Last month in Shanghai, Chinese venture capitalist Eric X. Li made a provocative suggestion.
The United States, he said, was going through its own “Cultural Revolution.”
For those unfamiliar, Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) was a traumatic period of political upheaval, ostensibly intended to cleanse the People’s Republic of impure and bourgeois elements.
China widens personality cult around ‘unrivaled helmsman’ Xi
BEIJING (AP) — The village where he labored as a teen has become a shrine, a tree he planted an icon. State media applaud him endlessly, private businessmen praise his speeches and universities are devoting new departments to his theories.
At the start of his second five-year term as leader of China's ruling Communist Party, Xi Jinping is at the center of China's most colorful efforts to build a cult of personality since the death of the founder of the People's Republic, Mao Zedong, in 1976.
China’s Xi promises reform in event with US business leaders
BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping has promised to open China's economy wider during a meeting with American business leaders ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump amid trade tensions.
Xi spoke Monday to members of an advisory board to Beijing's Tsinghua University business school that included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Blackstone Group chairman Stephen Schwarzman.
Chinese president’s former secretary gets top Shanghai job
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted an ally to the top job in Shanghai, media reported Sunday.
The elevation of Li Qiang is another sign of Xi's increasing control over China. Xi has amassed more personal power — and propaganda backing — than any leader since Mao Zedong in the 1970s, breaking with two decades of shared authority among a group of senior party figures.
China media dominated by Xi, reinforcing image as leader
BEIJING (AP) — Newspapers, TV and magazines were dominated Thursday by images of President Xi Jinping, reinforcing his public image as China's most powerful leader in decades following a Communist Party congress.
Photos of Xi took up as much as one-quarter of party newspapers and titles as diverse as China Sports News. Rows of magazines at newsstands had Xi's face on the cover.
China’s Communist Party praises Xi as Marxist thinker
BEIJING (AP) — Marx, Deng ... Xi?
To the Chinese president's growing array of titles, the ruling Communist Party says Xi Jinping can add important Marxist thinker.
The party on Thursday praised Xi's contribution to ideology, adding to intense propaganda promoting his personal image as Xi begins a second five-year term as leader.
As George Orwell said, "some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them." Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn't infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is. Let's look at a few stupid ideas peddled by intellectuals.
BEIJING - China's Communist Party formally elevated President Xi Jinping to the same status as party legends Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping on Tuesday, writing his name into its constitution and setting up the nation's leader for an extended stay in power.
The move will make Xi the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, with ambitions to tighten party control over society and make his country a superpower on the world stage, with a political philosophy directly opposed to that of the West.
Xi’s status lifted, setting stage for an even tighter grip
BEIJING (AP) — The ruling Communist Party on Tuesday formally lifted Xi Jinping's status to China's most powerful ruler in decades, setting the stage for the authoritarian leader to tighten his grip over the country while pursuing an increasingly muscular foreign policy and military expansion.