November 19, 2014

Suicide watch on for senior PLA officers with ties
to Gen. Xu Caihou

As China's anti-corruption campaign deepens and focuses more on the communist country's military, the world's largest and most privileged, a noticeable number of senior PLA officers suspected of graft and corruption have killed themselves to avoid military justice communist-style. On Nov. 13, Vice Adm. Ma Faxiang of the PLA Navy jumped to his demise from a 15th floor window in the PLAN's Beijing headquarters.

A welcoming ceremony at the PLA Navy headquarters building in Beijing. Stephen Shaver / EPA
Xi lifts censorship for Internet conference, then makes case for tightened controls
The Beijing leadership has signaled tighter control over the Internet on the occasion of the First World Internet Conference, whose ostensible goal is to promote inter-connectivity between China and the world via the Net. For three days Nov. 19 to 21 censorship on Google, Facebook and Youtube was lifted in the city of Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, where the conference was held.


Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, Nov. 19. VOA
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