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  1. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi follows in Mao's footsteps on path to consolidate power

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... on expelling unqualified or corrupt ones. Wang Qishan, China's new anti-graft tsar, has reportedly launched a campaign to target corruption at financial institutions. The ongoing probe ... to the pro-Beijing Hong Kong Commercial Daily , Wang has ordered children of senior government and party officials to quit their lucrative jobs with overseas companies and return to the mainland. If true, ...

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    Xi gets off to good start in first 100 days but drastic reforms are unlikely

    Posted Feb 25th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... hopes among analysts and state media of more reforms, including a long-delayed measure to compel officials to declare their family assets, Wang Qishan , the country's top anti-graft ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com New leader lights his fires in first 100 days, but will the overriding desire for stability throw water on the flames? Xi gets off to good start ...

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    Generational change on hold

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

    ... party chief Zhang Dejiang, 65, propaganda chief Liu Yunshan, 65, Shanghai party boss Yu Zhengsheng, 67, Tianjin party chief Zhang Gaoli, 65, and Vice-Premier Wang Qishan, 64. As all of them ... and continuity over a new breed of officials, including Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang and Li Yuanchao, the powerful head of the party's Organisation Department responsible for personnel ...

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    As China ages, concern grows over succession at family-run firms

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com On mainland, with its one-child policy, concern grows that offspring of founding business owners have little desire to take over the reins Heirs' succession no longer apparent at family firms Yesterday was the Double Ninth Festival, a traditional Chinese calendar event celebrated in Hong Kong, the mainland and elsewhere in Asia where family ...

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    A nod and a wink can get officials far

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Central government leaders may have the best intentions when they hold inspection tours, but everyone involved knows it's just for show A nod and a wink can get ... policies. Much of it is just for show. xiangwei.wang@scmp.com ...

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    Law must come down on buyers of trafficked children

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com The one-child policy and traditional preference for boys has fuelled the market for stolen infants, but the courts are at fault, too Law must not go lightly on buyers of stolen children For parents, there is no greater devastation than having their children abducted and sold like commodities in far-flung places, particularly so on the mainland ...

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    Mass vacations are no holiday

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com Having Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day fall so close together points out flaws in mainland's top-down system of deciding days off Mass ... to the important news. With the mainland economy now second in size only to the US, its artificial holidays signal a serious disconnect with the international community. xiangwei.wang@scmp.com ...

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    Stuck midstream in the river of reform

    Posted Sep 16th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com Economic liberalisation requires more than taming administrative excess and allowing the private sector to assume some state functions Stuck midstream in the river of reform China's late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping once famously compared undertaking reforms to "crossing the river by feeling the stones". The folksy phrase ...

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    Corruption trials expose roles of the "white gloves" who manage the ill-gotten gains

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com A corrupt official needs two things: a mistress, and a facilitator to manage the ill-gotten wealth and money-making opportunities for the family White gloves and dirty money The innocuous-sounding euphemism "white gloves" generally refers to a middleman or outfit that launders dirty or corrupt money under a seemingly legitimate front ...

  10. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Attack on rumours a step backwards for transparency

    Posted Sep 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com Beijing should continue the openness shown during Bo Xilai trial and embrace social media, rather than cracking down on internet speech Attack ... the party. This is a kind of punishment for the long-standing lack of political democracy." xiangwei.wang@scmp.com ...




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