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Taipei's mayor Ko Wen-je said earlier this year that the mainland should accept Taiwan's independence. Photo: Reuters

Taipei mayor to visit Shanghai after ‘softening stance’ on ties with mainland, says state media

A senior politician in Taiwan, who created controversy by saying that Beijing should recognise the island as an independent democracy, is to visit Shanghai this month after softening his stance on relations with mainland China, according to state media.

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Web of influence: Guo Boxiong’s connections with China’s military top brass

The Central Military Commission's former vice-chairman was handed over to Chinese prosecutors for allegedly accepting bribes for promotions. Guo is the most senior military official to be investigated for corruption in the ongoing anti-graft campaign. His expulsion comes more than a year after the downfall of former top general Xu Caihou, who was also a vice-chairman of the commission under former president Hu Jintao. Here, we explore Guo's connections with other top dogs in the People's Liberation Army.
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