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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Do graft-busters have a new tiger in their sights?

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 03:21am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... decade has fuelled an enormous demand for coal. Mine bosses and corrupt officials who grew fabulously rich used their wealth to lobby and buy protection from the central government. Their most ...

  9. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi Jinping goes hunting for the 'tigers' of the PLA

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 03:53am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... to strike up a conversation with Xi Jinping, also the chairman of the Central Military Commission, gushing praise for the president's high-profile crackdown on corruption and extravagance ... in bringing him to trial was believed to be due to the leadership's indecision on how to deal with Xu, Gu's long-time ally and protector. Xu was promoted to the Central Military Commission ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Corrupt officials' overseas riches pose sanctions risk for China

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 05:02am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... their immediate families to live luxurious lives in foreign countries while quietly laying the ground for their own eventual departure. The central government has no idea exactly how many naked officials ... on corruption charges. In January, the central government released revised regulations which for the first time banned naked officials from promotions. But the leadership has long dragged its feet ...




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