China’s Xi Jinping gets third term, packs ruling committee with loyal ‘minions’

China’s Xi Jinping gets third term, packs ruling committee with loyal ‘minions’ Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com China’s ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping began a third five-year term in office on Sunday, packing the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee with his close political allies, in a consolidation of personal power not seen in Beijing since the personality cult surrounding Mao Zedong. The first plenary session of the party’s 20th Central Committee re-elected Xi to the post of general secretary, breaking with decades of political precedent by granting him a third term after his predecessors were limited to two. Former Shanghai party…

Outside of China, concern exceeds optimism as Xi Jinping begins third term as ruler

Outside of China, concern exceeds optimism as Xi Jinping begins third term as ruler Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com The Chinese Communist Party wrapped up its 20th National Congress at the weekend, granting an unprecedented third five-year term to CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping. Xi, 69, is set to have his term as state president renewed by the rubber-stamp National People’s Congress in March. RFA asked experts on key aspects of China for their impressions of the congress and expectations of Chinese policies as Xi enters his third term after already a decade at the helm of the world’s most populous…

Japan, Australia deepen security cooperation as they keep wary eye on China

Japan, Australia deepen security cooperation as they keep wary eye on China Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com U.S. allies Japan and Australia said they would deepen their security relationship, allowing Japanese self-defense forces to train in Australia and greater sharing of intelligence, as both countries respond to a more assertive China. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese signed an updated security cooperation pact and other agreements on Saturday, following bilateral meetings in the western Australian city of Perth, according to a report by RFA-affiliated online news service BenarNews. Kishida, during a joint press conference with Albanese,…

Trappings of North Korean leader’s lavish lifestyle visible by satellite

Trappings of North Korean leader’s lavish lifestyle visible by satellite Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Bruce Songhak Chung is the deputy director of the Geo Satellite Information Research Institute at Kyungpook National University in South Korea. Using Google Earth, he identified as many as 30 luxury villas and several private islands used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his family on vacation. He also spotted a fleet of five supersize yachts, one of which has a four-lane, Olympic-sized swimming pool. The extravagance of the Kim family lifestyle is a stark contrast to the living conditions of the majority of…