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The five-day trial of fallen Chinese superstar Bo Xilai, which the Communist authorities hoped would demonstrate their determination to target tigers rather than just swat flies in their anti-corruption campaign, also had a second goal: to show that the country is marching forward toward the rule of law.
In office for less than a year, China's new leader Xi Jinping appears poised to join the pantheon of Communist Party giants, with his thinking likely to be incorporated into the party's constitution at the next congress in 2017.
Optimism over a relaxation of tensions in the South China Sea generated by China's agreement to discuss a code of conduct with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next month is rapidly dissipating in the wake of Beijing's clear reluctance to reach an early agreement.
The Chinese Communist Party is using the prosecution of former Politburo member Bo Xilai to prove its determination to root out corruption.
According to the Chinese Constitution, “the People's Republic of China is a socialist state ... led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants.”
The Liberal Democratic-New Komeito victory in the upper-house election signals the return of political stability to Japan for the first time in seven years.
In recent years, there has been a noticeable change in China's attitude: it now acknowledges that an increase in power means the country should assume greater responsibilities.
China has significantly moderated its attitude toward its neighbors in Southeast Asia, without withdrawing any of its territorial claims in the South China Sea.
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Barely a week after the White House warned of a “negative impact” on the U.S.-China relationship because of Hong Kong's decision to allow Edward Snowden to depart for Moscow, the United States has moderated its tone dramatically to emphasize the importance of the overall Sino-American relationship.
The monthlong sojourn of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Chinese soil ended with his departure for Moscow and other parts after Hong Kong's refusal to issue a warrant for his arrest despite an American request.
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