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  1. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Strengthening the rule of law will be a long journey

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 07:02am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... As the fourth plenum of the Communist Party's Central Committee is most likely to decide to expel Zhou from the party before turning him over to criminal prosecution when the meeting ends ...

  2. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Wang Qishan's most important mission to date: dousing the flames of corruption

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 07:21am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... one of his top priorities. Over the past two years, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has launched investigations into tens of thousands of officials, including three dozen ...

  3. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Party's over for state-firm fat cats

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 07:14am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. But he has shown no signs of relaxing the relentless anti-corruption drive. Hardly a day goes by without an announcement that senior officials at the central or local ... to heed directives from central government departments. It would also mean that top executives below the board level could be recruited on the open job market with competitive salaries instead ...

  4. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi Jinping's wider ambitions in rooting out graft

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:27am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... meeting of the party's central committee members is a step in the right direction. They should also waste no time in overhauling the state-owned sector and attacking its monopolies, which ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Central government must prove 'war on smog' not just hot air

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 03:26am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... meeting to discuss and decide economic matters. They wanted to detect any signal of a shift in economic policy, hoping the central government would allow "stimulus measures" to boost ... challenges for the central government's efforts to curb pollution. Another key challenge is how to change the mindset of local officials, cemented over three decades, of pursuing high economic ...

  6. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Bureaucratic inertia stalls reform drive

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 06:25am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... meeting and blasted the lethargy, lamenting that central government directives were ignored as soon as they were issued. The People's Daily, the Communist Party's mouthpiece, last week ... on Friday detained Wan Qingliang, the party chief of Guangzhou, and once considered a rising political star. The central government has also released tough rules preventing officials from spending ...

  7. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    After powerful start, Li Keqiang's frustration grows with resistance to reforms

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 05:15am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... out central government directives. He accused departments of micromanaging the economy and wasting time and resources examining and approving projects and deals that were entirely commercial ... by year's end. His cabinet announced last week that the central government would send inspection teams nationwide to ensure local authorities comply with Beijing's directives. Li reportedly ...

  8. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Raising civil servant pay will help reduce corruption

    Posted May 26th 2014, 04:46am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... to supplement their meagre salaries, which partly explains why local authorities often openly breach central government regulations by imposing illegal levies and fines on businesses and the movements ...

  9. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Aggression is not part of national character

    Posted May 19th 2014, 03:47am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... extended control over Central Asia through brutal conquest. But what is often neglected is that the dynasties that were expanded in the most ruthless manner were ruled by ethnic minorities: Mongols ...

  10. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Time to put spotlight on who banks hire

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 05:02am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... media about its implications. Does this signal a wider anti-corruption campaign to go after another senior leader, one of Song's protectors in the central government? Or does it mark ...




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