Tag Archives: Xi Jinping

China’s party men concerned as anti-corruption campaign claims scalps

Michael Sainsbury Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign is opaque, utterly devoid of due process — and hurting big business. When Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh, then head of the company’s iron ore division, inked two high-profile deals with Chinalco president Sun Zhaoxue in 2010, little was he to know that just four years later Sun would be

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Pope Francis visits ‘new frontier’

Michael Sainsbury Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, this week hopes to put his stamp on Asia. The pope’s six-day trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines aims to convey the church’s message to billions of potential converts. Asia today is home to 140 million Catholics. There are an estimated 73

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China loses grip on Indian Ocean as economy continues to sink

Michael Sainsbury Within the high walls of Zhongnanhai, the sprawling Chinese Communist Party leadership compound in central Beijing, there would have been conniptions after Maithripala Sirisena ran over the top of incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in last Thursday’s Sri Lankan presidential elections. Democracy had punched a hole in the CCP’s Indian Ocean strategy, commonly known as

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