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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. Time for democracy 'is running out'

    Posted Jul 26th 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... tension arises when political reforms fall behind economic liberalisation. He says this has already been reflected in rampant corruption across the nation and in the widening gap between the rich ... Party School six years ago, Mr Jiang urged cadres to seize the opportunity to make a breakthrough in economic liberalisation and political reforms. 'There was real intellectual ferment ...

  3. Hopes rise for party reform at a vital time

    Posted Sep 30th 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... well-meaning laws and regulations became distorted when implemented. As a result, the antiquated political system had been dragging down economic performance. In some of the worst cases, reforms had ... reforms. The third plenary session of the 16th Party Congress is being held at a critical time as reformers face growing resistance to change from groups with a vested interest in the status quo, ...

  4. Public stature of new leaders gets a lift

    Posted Oct 16th 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... problems in the past. In March 1992, when Deng Xiaoping was trying to accelerate economic reforms, the Long March 2 rocket burst into flames on the launchpad. This setback called for a great deal ... skirted sensitive issues of political reforms and revealed no details of constitutional amendment. The ambitious plans adopted at the plenum of lifting more people out of poverty, narrowing ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Party set to decide on the way forward

    Posted Aug 12th 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... congress last November. Analysts said the plenum is expected to discuss outlines for economic reforms and the nation's opening up over the next 10 years, with the aim of China becoming more ... of the reform by affirming the central role of state property in economic life. By implication, private property will probably be relegated to a secondary role. The constitutional amendments, once ...

  7. US attacks China's record on civil rights

    Posted Mar 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... steady progress in improving political, social and economic conditions, he said. The 're-education through labour' camps were a special mainland institution, which had served ... in the constitution for the first time- and continued progress on legal reform- were welcomed by the report. However, the mainland's 're-education through labour' camps were singled out ...

  8. Beijing indicates a simple funeral planned for Zhao

    Posted Jan 21st 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... for themselves to decide which, if any, national leaders would attend the ceremony. The task of balancing the solemnity of occasion and political correctness highlights the continued dilemma of handling Zhao's legacy. Even focusing on his role as a 'pioneer of economic reform' could not avoid opening old wounds from the 1989 crackdown and his loss of freedom. ...

  9. Walking the nationalist tightrope

    Posted Mar 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... their centrifugal tendencies, he said. In the past 25 years of economic reform and opening up, the only time mainland leaders promoted 'patriotism' was in the 1990s to bring some cohesion to society in the wake of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and Russia. Shen Jiru, a foreign relations expert at the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy ...

  10. Trade triumphs over ideology

    Posted Sep 26th 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... political interests. These days its remit covers the expansion of trade and economic ties. The department's China Economic Co-operation Centre was a 'matchmaker' for trade deals, Mr ... Korea, Laos and Vietnam, and sending delegations in return to these communist neighbours. But its exchanges with political parties abroad focused more on the exchange of ideas than ...




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