China considers the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, to be a dangerous separatist.
Activists who call for pluralism are regularly jailed and criticism of China’s authoritarian system silenced.
The reshuffle comes as Xi oversees an ambitious military modernisation programme, adding new aircraft carriers and developing stealth fighters.
The same rocket type had been expected to take China’s latest lunar probe to the Moon this year and to return with samples.
China said it was working to verify the claim.
Homosexuals in China have sprung forward to reclaim the country’s long history of relative tolerance towards homosexuality, battling the Communist prudery.
The ruling legalising same-sex marriage in Taiwan is proving crucial in setting an example for the acceptability of LGBT rights in Chinese culture.
Relations between Beijing and Seoul had been strained by disagreement over South Korea’s hosting of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system.
China’s statement comes after North Korea’s state media published a strong criticism of China on Wednesday and Trump said he would be honoured to meet Kim.
Although officially atheist, China selected Gyaltsen Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995 in a drive to win the hearts and minds of Tibetans.
While China is in the third year of a war on pollution aimed at reversing the damage done to its skies, soil and water after decades of untrammelled economic growth, measures taken so far have had little or no effect.
The underwater drone was seized by Chinese authorities on Thursday. Beijing state media has been reporting that China considers it a part of surveillance in the South China Sea by the US.
“It is understood that China and the US are using military channels to appropriately handle this issue,” says China’s Foreign Ministry.
Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial sites in China, where anger over lax standards is growing – from mining disasters to factory fires.
Four ethnic armed groups have attacked security forces in the north of Myanmar, dealing a major blow to leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s government.
Duterte’s efforts to engage China, months after a tribunal ruling in the Hague over South China Sea disputes, marks a reversal in foreign policy.
Clinton’s history of criticism against China may push Chinese officials to favour Trump as a president with a businessman-like approach to politics
Tensions and rhetoric have been rising ahead of the July 12 ruling hearing a dispute between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea.
Besides the conflict with Philippines, China has been angered by US patrols in the South China Sea and as a result, will be holding military drills in the sea.
It is being said that Chinese authorities see the ‘democratic’ referendum as a threat to their stability.
Donald Trump has proposed that tariffs on imported Chinese goods be increased to up to 45% and asserted that China had waged “economic war” against the US, taking American jobs. On May 1, he compared the US trade deficit with China to rape.
China, the world’s second-largest economy, and Japan, the third-largest, have a difficult political history, with ties strained by the legacy of Japan’s World War Two.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has been appointed commander-in-chief of a new joint command headquarters for China’s military.