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  1. Democratic parties close to communists

    Posted Nov 16th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan All eight so-called democratic parties on the mainland are close allies of the Communist Party and played key roles in helping it win the struggle with the Kuomintang in 1949. Some of the parties were set up during the Sino-Japanese war, and many of their founders were patriotic youths, leading intellectuals or overseas Chinese. Among them were Sun Yat-sen's ...

  2. When communists warm to democracy

    Posted Oct 12th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chinese Communist Party- and the showcase for that will be the upcoming 17th Party Congress. In a speech on June 25, Mr Hu said for the first time that democracy within the party was one ... is that the emphasis should be on promoting democracy within the Communist Party. At the same time, reforms in the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference ...

  3. Non-communist usurps health chief, who becomes deputy

    Posted Jun 30th 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing A non-communist scientist has been confirmed as the country's new health minister and, in an unusual move, his predecessor has been demoted to vice-minister, ... Standing Committee meeting yesterday. He is only the second cabinet minister to be drawn from outside Communist Party ranks since the mid-1950s, Xinhua said. Professor Chen, 54, received his ...

  4. Communists risk power in land grab

    Posted Feb 22nd 2007, 12:00am

    ... surveys his paddy field- the economic lifeline he refuses to barter away for cash. 'We are not afraid of the police or communist cadres. We will burn alive anyone who tries to grab our land,' said Mr Mondal, 35, of Nandigram in West Bengal, where the communist government is seizing agricultural land for industrial use. The irony is that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) ...

  5. Anti-graft watchdog must be free of local influence, says party school

    Posted Jan 26th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The Communist Party should establish an independent anti-graft body answerable only to the central leadership in order to better fight corruption, a publication run by the Central Party School said. The Central Commission for Discipline Commission- the Communist Party's top anti-graft watchdog- lacked the independence, authority and executive power to do its ...

  6. It's democracy, with Chinese characteristics

    Posted Oct 16th 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... decay of grass-roots party structures and growing cynicism with its rulers. The Communist Party would, Mr Hu pledged, ensure the Politburo reported its work regularly to the Central Committee ...

  7. Party to do nationwide morals check

    Posted May 27th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party has intensified its ideological and moral education for party members in the run-up to the crucial 17th party congress in autumn, state media said yesterday. The committee has decided to send 14 inspection teams to different regions and government departments across the nation to check on the results of the campaign ...

  8. Evolutionary path

    Posted Oct 31st 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Quite naturally, interest in the Chinese Communist Party's 17th National Congress focused on personnel changes at the top for signs about who might be China's next ... The first party constitution after the communists came to power was adopted in 1956, when Mao Zedong was head of the party. That document made it clear that China was part of the Soviet bloc, saying ...

  9. Governing giant should not be afraid of dwarves

    Posted Nov 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... There are reasons why the eight non-communist political parties on the mainland are derisively referred to as dwarves. Their existence is at the mercy of the Communist Party, which has a middle-ranking bureau to look after their operations. They are represented on the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body with no executive power. Under the Chinese ...

  10. For decoration only

    Posted Aug 15th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching During the Chinese civil war in the late 1940s, communist forces in the northeast were pressing south towards Beijing (then known as Peiping). General Fu Zuoyi and his 500,000 ... him for his role in their victory, the communists heaped honours on him. Though he was not a party member, he was made minister of water conservancy and vice-chairman of the Chinese ...




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