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Xi’s new vice-president a true Mr Fix-it

BEIJING: Wang Qishan is known as China’s “Mr Fix-It”, a trustworthy official deployed to tackle the thorniest of crises – from crumbling banks to deadly illness to high-level corruption. Those who’ve met him describe him as bold and probing, a problem-solver who enjoys philosophical debates and has a wicked sense of humour.

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Parliament gives Xi second term

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping was elected to a second term with 100% of the vote, days after the lifting of presidential term limits allowed him to stay in office indefinitely.

Nation

Xi’s rule for life – for better or worse

Beijing’s decision to allow Xi Jinping to stay on for life as president may be regressive in democratic terms, but many view his leadership as necessary to achieve the China Dream and surmount the challenges ahead.

World

Xi's trusted 'firefighter' lieutenant becomes China's vice president

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber-stamp parliament chose former top graft-buster Wang Qishan, a key ally of President Xi Jinping, as vice president on Saturday, a widely expected move that nonetheless breaks with convention and underlines Xi's dominant authority.

World

Japan PM's office knew of possible problems with land-deal documents

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office was aware in early March of potential problems with documents about a controversial land sale to a school operator with ties to Abe's wife, his top spokesman said on Thursday, amid suspicions of a cover-up.

World

Japan would lose voice of prudence if scandal brings down Aso

TOKYO (Reuters) - If the cronyism scandal that has paralysed parliament in Japan ends up swallowing veteran Finance Minister Taro Aso, a government hooked on radical reflationary polices would lose its strongest defender of fiscal prudence.

World

Japan's embattled finance minister preparing to skip G20 meeting - officials

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso was preparing to skip a Group of 20 finance leaders' gathering in Buenos Aires next week, officials said on Tuesday, with the minister fighting to survive a cronyism scandal that has paralysed parliament.

World

EU, Japan start push for exemptions from Trump tariffs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union and Japan urged the United States on Saturday to grant them exemptions from metal import tariffs, with Tokyo calling for "calm-headed behaviour" in a dispute that threatens to spiral into a trade war.

World

Trade war between U.S. and Europe can still be avoided - Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A trade war between Europe and the United States can still be averted, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said on Saturday, adding she hoped that talks in Brussels this weekend could help to prevent an escalation.

World

Wall Street laments Cohn leaving White House but no one eager to take his place

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The departure of Gary Cohn as U.S. President Donald Trump's senior economic adviser has Wall Street pondering who would want to leave a well-paying job in the private sector to work in a White House marked by tension, turnover and legal troubles.