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May 12: Party increases punishments for corrupt officials; Wanda buys Monet painting for US$20 million

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 May, 2015, 9:51am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 May, 2015, 10:48am

Politics & policies

China's top anti-graft chief, Wang Qishan, has tightened the Communist Party’s disciplinary procedures to increase the punishments for corrupt officials. (



US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet senior Chinese leaders in Beijing this weekend at a time of heightened concerns in Asia and Washington over China's pursuit of maritime claims and shared worries about North Korea. (Reuters)

China declined to confirm or deny a report that it was in talks to set up a military base in Djibouti, saying only that it wanted to make a greater contribution to regional peace and stability. (Reuters)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Chile from May 18th to 26th. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Chinese and Russian naval forces began joint military exercises in the southern Russian port city of Novorossiysk on Monday. A top Chinese military official, Fan Changlong, said China would deepen military cooperation with Russia. (Xinhua)


China’s top economic planner raised the retail price of petrol by 255 yuan per tonne and that of diesel by 245 yuan, effective today. The adjustment means retail prices will rise by 0.19 yuan per litre for gas and 0.21 yuan per litre for diesel. (Xinhua)

US basketball legend Michael Jordan loses an appeal in China over a label dispute with China domestic sportswear chain Qiaodan Sports. The company’s name in Chinese is the same as Jordan. (

Preliminary investigation shows human error caused a plane belonging to budget airline Joy Air to skid off the runway in southern China’s Fuzhou, slightly injuring seven passengers. (The Beijing News)

Beijing has been pushing India to accelerate work on a multi-billion dollar rail link from New Delhi to Chennai ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China this week, as the Asian giants put economic ties before regional rivalries. (Reuters)


Money & Wealth

Chinese real-estate powerhouse Dalian Wanda Group acquired a Claude Monet painting Bassin aux Nymphéas, les Rosiers for US$20.4 million at a Sotheby's auction in New York this month. (   


A theme park replicating the ruined Old Summer Palace opens for visitors in Zhejiang province's Hengdian, a movie production hub dubbed ‘China's Hollywood’. The park is over 413 hectares is size and cost 30 billion yuan (US$4.8 billion) to build, and consists of 45 independent theme areas. (   

Lawyers and media urge authorities in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang to disclose CCTV video of a local police officer's fatal shooting of a long-time petitioner at a local railway station amid public questions over police malpractice. (Southern Metropolis Daily

Tuesday marks the 7th anniversary of the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in southwestern China, which killed nearly 70,000 people in 2008. (Xinhua)

The number of drug abusers in China is estimated to have hit 14 million in 2014, with use of chemical drugs like meth rising sharply as opposed to traditional drugs like opium and heroin. (Xinhua)



A study shows the Chinese smartphone market, the world's largest, shrinks in first-quarter. (Reuters)

Apple CEO Tim Cook joins China's Twitter-like microblogging site Weibo, garners almost 400,000 users within a day. (Weibo)  

E-commerce giant apologised for an International Nurses Day advertisement featuring nurses in sexy lingerie, which sparked online outrage. (