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  1. Party plenum is expected to entrench economic reforms

    Posted Oct 11th 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... by breaking monopolies. But it is recognised that economic reforms cannot go forward without political changes - more curbs on corruption, steps to ease social tensions and enshrining the rule of law. ... Twice in recent history, the third plenary session of a Communist Party congress has been the launch pad for landmark economic reforms. So the third plenum of the 16th congress opens today ...

  2. Indian economic reform on hold until after poll

    Posted Jul 20th 2003, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... inquired after a proposal he had put forward to liberalise the power sector. 'Don't ask about anything until after November,' Mr Vajpayee replied. The engine of economic reforms has ... in India and all that was meant to get better through economic reforms and privatisation. Privatisation was meant to repair the damage done by state ownership but it has been rolled back ...

  3. Grounded: China's political reforms

    Posted Oct 16th 2003, 12:00am by Wenran Jiang

    ... Daily website: 'If the reform of the political system is not carried out, there will be more problems with further economic development.' The party elites, however, have decided ... reform. China cannot sustain its economic miracle and its space programme without a successful political reform agenda. Wenran Jiang is a political science professor in the Faculty of Arts ...

  4. Key leadership changes predicted in economic plans

    Posted Nov 08th 2003, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei The reshuffle is part of efforts to boost development in northeast, say observers The central government plans to shake up several key personnel as it maps out economic ... and Reform Commission (SDRC) and the State Asset Management Commission (SAMC). It is rumoured that Ma Kai, minister of the SDRC, will become the party secretary of Liaoning province, replacing Wen ...

  5. Concerns fuel unease on forex regime reforms

    Posted Oct 18th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... System changes are unlikely soon as competitiveness of agriculture worries China China is unlikely to reform its foreign exchange regime soon because of concerns about the competitiveness ... month and expected reductions in unemployment with economic recovery would further weaken calls for a yuan valuation. Mr Garner was speaking before meetings between US President George W. Bush, ...

  6. Economic concessions may not help Snow

    Posted Sep 05th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... US treasury secretary ends Beijing trip without commitment to revalue yuan US Treasury Secretary John Snow will head home with a commitment from China to deepen economic reforms ... didn't really have high expectations.' Mr Wang said Mr Snow was 'just putting on a show' to offset political pressure from US manufacturers, when in fact he and Mr Bush knew ...

  7. Party vow to protect private business

    Posted Oct 15th 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Communist leadership promises protection for private business The Communist Party leadership ended a four-day meeting yesterday with a pledge to deepen economic reforms by protecting private business. A statement released after the close of the third plenum of the 16th Communist Party Congress dwelled at length on the economy. No political reforms were mentioned. State ...

  8. Carter urges more political changes

    Posted Sep 10th 2003, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Former US president Jimmy Carter yesterday urged China to consider political reform, saying democracy would not jeopardise stability or the rule of law. 'Some noted scholars argue ... on reforms initiated during the past quarter century. 'There is no doubt that further political changes could be made, if desired, without any real threat to stability or the rule of law.' ...

  9. US report calls for legal reforms

    Posted Oct 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A report urging the central government to step up human rights protection and legal reforms is due to be released today by the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The report - a copy of which was posted on the commission's website yesterday - acknowledges efforts made by mainland leaders in incremental political reforms and building the strength and transparency ...

  10. Shadow of Antony Leung looms large

    Posted Oct 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Joseph Lo

    ... announcement since being named financial secretary two months ago, included no great surprises and continued to focus on economic revival as the main way to reduce the budget deficit, rather than ... 'Fixing a time doesn't do much good. Now there's also pressure on him to do it,' she said. 'My worry is that we will face some more external economic shocks, such as business ...




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