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  1. News - China - POLITICS

    Xi Jinping rules out Western-style political reform for China

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 04:30am by Angela Meng

    ... the question of his political direction vexed China analysts. Many were optimistic after the son of late reformist leader Xi Zhongxun chose Shenzhen, the symbol of China's open-door policy, ... dismissed notions of Western-style political reform and underscored the importance of one-party rule in a speech delivered at the Great Hall of the People yesterday. In remarks celebrating the 60th ...

  2. News - China - POLITICS

    Party's attempt to crack whip comes under fire

    Posted May 25th 2013, 12:00am by Patrick Boehler

    ... officials against Western values appears to have been challenged from inside the political establishment. Those who have written the circular "consider the people's legitimate calls ... … for the rightful leadership of the Communist Party." In February, hundreds of intellectuals signed a petition urging China to ratify an international human rights treaty it signed in the 1990s ...

  3. News - China - POLITICS

    Political reform in China won't be driven by crises, says theorist

    Posted Apr 28th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Crises 'won't produce political reform' The troubled Wukan model shows that China's political reform can't be propelled by crises in governance, but only by gradual democratic development focusing on improving the way officials are elected and monitored in office, says a leading political theorist. Yu Keping, deputy chief ...

  4. News - China - POLITICS

    Most mainland Chinese can't name their own mayor, poll finds

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... each other, it will persist and become political inertia, hampering progress in China's public administration." But one encouraging change, he said, was that in its first mayor survey ... the percentages of people who knew who the mayor was. Chen Yongmiao, a Beijing-based lawyer and political commentator, said the findings implied that mainlanders tended to mind their own business as long ...

  5. News - 18th Party Congress - POLITICS

    Rising star Li Yuanchao forges ties with all political factions in China

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... joined Xi in receiving dignitaries- most of them experts in various fields- at the Beidaihe meeting, according to a China Youth Daily report. It also gave him a chance to show off his personal ... Department, Li has the authority to control the evaluation of cadres and to recommend promotions," said political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-siu. The politician, regarded as a protégé of Hu, ...

  6. News - China - POLITICS

    Xinhua spurs talk that rising star is son of ex-NPC chief Wu Bangguo

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler Nepotism claim seen in mention of Wu Lei's promotion as deputy director of commission Xinhua spurs talk rising star is son of ex-NPC chief An unusual Xinhua report has sparked speculation that the state-run news agency has taken a subtle shot at the promotion of a man who could be the son of a powerful political figure. The cryptic report led to online debate ...

  7. News - China - POLITICS

    Liberal economist Mao Yushi warns of a 'leftist revival' in China

    Posted May 26th 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... and blogger Hao Qun- better known as Murong Xuecun- had his microblog accounts shut down, as did other prominent liberals such as China University of Political Science and Law professor He Bing ... birthday in December. "If they can get their own way, it will be a major victory for them because it amounts to an assurance of what the political landscape would be in China," said Chen ...

  8. News - China - POLITICS

    Taiwanese opposition figures can visit mainland, but not in official capacity

    Posted Aug 24th 2012, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... such as Tsai and Hsieh would have to declare support for "one China" before visiting, Wang said, "Up until now, have you ever heard of any DPP members who visited the mainland making ... disputes in the East China Sea. But he stressed that a growing contingent from the private sector on both sides of the strait supported co-operation in the disputes. ...

  9. News - China - POLITICS

    Xi Jinping keeps things low key in trip to Shenzhen

    Posted Dec 08th 2012, 12:00am by Fiona Tam, He Huifeng

    ... Jinping began his two-day inspection trip to Shenzhen yesterday with low-key visits to the Qianhai experimental zone and information technology giant Tencent. Political commentators and economists ... low-profile visit is in sharp contrast to that of President Hu Jintao's in 2010 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of China's economic reform. Roads were blocked for that trip and reporters ...

  10. News - China - POLITICS

    Hu Chunhua: Heading to the top via Guangdong?

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... too much attention. Zhu Jianguo, an independent political commentator based in Shenzhen, said: "Hu is relatively stronger than [predecessor] Wang Yang as he responds to issues ... next month, knows the next few years could make or break his political career. As one of the youngest provincial party chiefs, Hu has already been tipped to become heir-apparent to President Xi ...




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