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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    The frightening implications of Bo Xilai's harsh punishment

    Posted Oct 01st 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Committee- the mainland's highest governing body- in the once-in-a-decade leadership transition to be approved at the 18th party congress, now scheduled to begin on November 8. Just imagine ... history. In January, Bo Xilai, the now-disgraced former party secretary of Chongqing, raised his hand to then aide and municipal police chief Wang Lijun after the latter confronted Bo ...

  2. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Generational change on hold

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Xiangwei.wang@scmp.com Expected Standing Committee line-up suggests a more meaningful transition of power will most likely take place at the 19th congress in 2017 Generational change on hold In the opaque world of Chinese politics there is nothing more secretive and intriguing than the changes scheduled to be announced next week in the top leadership. The 18th ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Car crash scandal complicates leadership transition

    Posted Sep 03rd 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... complications to the party's once-in-a-decade leadership reshuffle scheduled for the 18th Party Congress. The opening date of the congress hasn't been officially announced, but analysts expect ... speculation that Hu wanted his protégé, Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, who looks set to become the new premier next year, to be made a vice-chairman of the military commission at the 18th congress ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Coming clean on Xi Jinping's health could have saved leaders major grief

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei China's leaders could have saved themselves major grief by doing away with the veil of secrecy over Vice-President Xi's health Coming clean wouldhave been easier The reappearance on Saturday of Vice-President Xi Jinping, the nation's presumed next leader after a two-week absence, has removed a political uncertainty facing the Communist Party currently wrapped ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Let's hope Xi Jinping does pursue bolder reforms

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Party's leaders seem to be having difficulty finalising power transition, fuelling nervous debate on country's future prosperity Party shuffle has global implications With just over three weeks to go before the 18th national congress opens to approve a once-a-decade leadership transition, the party appears to be in a long, difficult labour to deliver ...

  6. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi Jinping might be strong reformer China needs- to surprise of the West

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... China's elites seems to be that undertaking a new round of reform is the only way forward, and even its most liberal-minded economist, Wu Jinglian, said over the weekend that the 18th congress had ... as Xi Jinping and the six other top Communist Party officials walked into the media limelight at noon on Thursday, many overseas analysts and media organisations immediately labeled China's ...

  7. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    How rise and falls in rankings reveal true picture

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... stepped down as the country's top leader. On Wednesday morning, Xinhua released a short report confirming that, after the 18th party congress in November, Jiang requested that he ... in choosing Xi as the successor to Hu, who preferred Li Keqiang, his protégé, and at the 18th party congress in November when the new leadership was unveiled, the seven-member Politburo Standing ...

  8. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    World waits for timetable on Beijing's leadership transition

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... and the public manner in which 2,270 representatives were chosen to attend the 18th Party Congress. But the reality is that the leaders have not even announced the dates of the congress, let alone ... for the 18th congress, as the leadership transition has been further complicated by the downfall of Bo Xilai, once a high-flying political star. If history can be any guide, the Politburo met during ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    An 'itinerary adjustment' just won't cut it for Xi's no-shows

    Posted Sep 10th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... at an extremely sensitive time, as leaders are in the last stretch of their preparations for the Communist Party's upcoming 18th congress, when Xi and Li will likely be appointed to take over power ...

  10. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Tackling graft is Xi Jinping's priority

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... took over as the party chief and the head of the armed forces earlier this month, is to replace Hu as the president in March. While Li, who is now the second highest ranking Communist Party official, will succeed Premier Wen Jiabao. In his maiden speech as the party chief and in subsequent speeches, Xi wasted no time in acknowledging many "pressing problems" and vowing ...




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