Five names to keep an eye on as China prepares for a once-in-a-decade leadership change.
The trial of high-flying Chinese politician Bo Xilai closed this week after days of dramatic testimony - none of which came from victims of corruption.
The disgraced Chinese political star is on trial for accepting bribes, corruption, and abuse of power. While graft in China is not unusual, Bo Xilai's case is.
As China gets set for the trial of the disgraced high-flying politician, it may hinge on economic crimes he is alleged to have committed in the city of Dalian, where he was mayor.
North Korea's sentencing of a detained American to 15 years hard labor could be an attention-getting ploy. But Kenneth Bae is a devout Christian, and 'the regime is scared to death of Christianity.'
The real test will be in China's follow-through on 'little brother' North Korea.
Though the mood in Beijing toward Pyongyang has gradually worsened since North Korea went ahead with recent missile tests, China is unlikely to come down too hard.
Once too sensitive to be discussed in public, corruption is now the subject of editorials in state-owned media and even featured at the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress this week.
The government's concession in weekend chemical plant protests may indicate it's willing to meet some of the demands of China's rising middle class ahead of a leadership transition next month.
Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician facing prison time in a scandal involving the murder of a British businessman, has been expelled from the Communist Party, which is undergoing a once-in-a-decade generational transition of power.
China entered into service Tuesday its first aircraft carrier, a refitted ship purchased from Ukraine. One expert describes it as 'not cutting edge.'