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Muslims in China’s ‘Little Mecca’ fear eradication of Islam

Green-domed mosques still dominate the skyline of China's “Little Mecca”, but they have undergone a profound change — no longer do boys flit through their stone courtyards en route to classes and prayers. In what locals told AP they fear is a deliberate move to eradicate Islam, the atheist ruling Communist Party has banned minors under 16 from religious activity or study in Linxia, a deeply Islamic region in western China that had offered a haven of comparative religious freedom for the ethnic Hui Muslims there. China…

China to enshrine Xi’s thought into state constitution

BEIJING: China’s ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping’s political thought into the country’s constitution, state media said on Friday, further solidifying his power following its addition last year to the party constitution. The arguably more important party constitution was amended at the once-in-five-years 19th Party Congress in October to include Xi’s political thought. The party unanimously passed an amendment then to add “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New…

Communist Party of China delegation calls on Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC) on Sunday called on Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The delegation led by H.E. Wang Yajun Assistant Minister and included Mr Zhang Xuyi Deputy Director General, Mr Libin Director Policy Research Office, Mr Hu Xiaodong Deputy Director. Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, Mr Mei Jing and officials from Chinese Embassy were also present in meeting. PPP leaders present included Nayyer Hussain Bukhari,…

Xi joins Mao in Communist constitution, tightening grip on China

BEIJING: Xi Jinping was elevated to the pantheon of China's most powerful leaders on Tuesday as his name was enshrined in the Communist Party constitution alongside Chairman Mao. The inclusion of Xi's eponymous guiding philosophy for the nation at the end of a week-long congress could lay the foundation for him to remain China's paramount leader far beyond his upcoming second five-year term. Communist China's founder Mao Zedong, and the architect of its market reforms, Deng Xiaoping, are the only other Chinese leaders…

Xi declares ‘new era’ for China as party congress opens

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping declared China is entering a "new era" of challenges and opportunities on Wednesday as he opened a Communist Party congress expected to enhance his already formidable power. Xi told some 2,300 delegates at the imposing Great Hall of the People that the party must "resolutely oppose" any actions that undermine its leadership as it steers a course through a high-stakes period in its development. "The situation both domestic and abroad is undergoing profound and complex changes," said Xi, who…

China names new commanders for army, air force in reshuffle

BEIJING: China has appointed new commanders of its army and air force in a reshuffle ahead of next month’s Communist Party congress, as President Xi Jinping brings new blood into the military’s top ranks amid an ambitious modernization program. China’s armed forces, the world’s largest, are ramping up their capabilities with new equipment like aircraft carriers and stealth fighters as the country pursues a more assertive stance in the disputed East and South China Seas and seeks to project power far from home shores.…

Top anti-graft inspector at China’s finance ministry under investigation for graft

BEIJING: The head of the anti-graft committee for China’s Ministry of Finance has been put under investigation himself for suspected graft, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Sunday. Mo Jiancheng was suspected of “serious discipline breaches”, a euphemism for graft, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement. Mo, who became the top graft buster for the finance ministry in December 2015, was also a member of the ministry’s Party committee. Chinese President Xi Jinping…

Apple removes New York Times app from China store

BEIJING: Apple has removed the New York Times from its China app store, the tech giant said, after authorities told the company the app breached regulations. The US newspaper said both its English- and Chinese-language apps were pulled late last month, blocking one of the few remaining channels for readers in China to access its reports. "For some time now the New York Times app has not been permitted to display content to most users in China, and we have been informed that the app is in violation of local…

China police kill four over Xinjiang attack: state media

BEIJING: Chinese police have shot dead four people who allegedly attacked a Communist Party office in the restive Xinjiang region on Wednesday, state media said. The four "rioters" drove up to a local party office in Moyu County and "detonated (an) explosive device", killing one person and injuring three others, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a statement from the local authorities. The four assailants were then "shot dead by police", Xinhua added, without specifying whether they were killed on the…