» 04/19/2013, 00.00
Eight people arrested for demanding party officials reveal their wealth
Lawyers and activists take to the streets with banners and launch online petitions asking that all the members of the Central Committee release a list of their wealth, something that Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping had already requested. Police detain activists for "disrupting the public order." But the problem of corruption in the Party remains.
Vatican budget still in the red with a € 25.6 million deficit for 2014
The Governorate of the Vatican City State, which is responsible for museums, the Vatican post office, commercial enterprises, etc., had instead a good year with a surplus of € 63.5 million. Net assets rose by € 939 million as a result of adjustments to count all the assets and liabilities for the 2014 fiscal year.
More than 30 activists arrested for demanding transparency from China's Communist leaders
The protesters wanted the authorities to release the net worth and business interests of top officials. Arrested by police, some have been kept in jail pending indictment beyond the legal limit. This is occurring despite Xi Jinping's 'moralising' campaign against Communist Party officials.
Thaksin can return but his life is in danger, says government
The leader of the ruling military junta claims the authorities cannot protect him if he returns. The assets of the former PM’s and his wife worth more than US$ 1.6 billion are frozen. He calls the decision a political attack and vows to take legal action, if necessary at the international level.
Xi Jinping to be next vice-chairman of the party's Central Military Commission
Post is key step in succession process to replace Hu Jintao, set to leave the presidency in the spring 2013. Analysts are divided over the appointment; some believe it is all window-dressing.
Xi Jinping elected head of Chinese Communist Party
He will lead the new Politburo Standing Committee, with seven people (not nine). Hu Jintao also hands over the direction of the Central Military Commission. The new leadership group is very close to Jiang Zemin, head of the "Shanghai Gang". Xi Jinping enhances the role of the Party to ensure a "better life" for the people, a "stronger" nation, a "more powerful” China.
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