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Surname of Ex-Official’s Wife Adds New Twist to Mystery

Chinese women, like Chinese men, are identified by their surnames followed by their given names. When Chinese women marry, they almost never take their husband’s family name, and instead keep their own, which is typically that of their father’s family.

China purges Bo from power, investigates wife for murder

China’s biggest political crisis in decades took a dramatic turn with the removal of one of the Communist Party’s biggest stars from his post and his wife’s arrest on suspicion of murder.  Bo Xilai, the charismatic former party leader of Chongqing city, had been tipped for the very highest echelons of power in China until he was sacked from the post last month before being suspended from the Politburo on Tuesday.

Manila, Beijing commit to diplomacy in standoff

The Philippines and China agreed to resolve an ongoing naval standoff diplomatically, but neither side was ready to back down Wednesday in the most dangerous confrontation in the disputed South China Sea in years.

The rise and fall of China’s golden couple

The investigation into the death of the Briton Neil Heywood has unlocked a tale of corruption at the heart of the ruling elite.

Philippines and China clash as tensions rise over oil-rich seas

The Philippines’ biggest warship, obtained from the United States last year, was locked in a standoff with Chinese vessels over fishing in the South China Sea yesterday, increasing tensions in disputed waters rich in oil and gas deposits.

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