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  1. Ex-US envoy hails 'signs of greater transparency'

    Posted Apr 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Former US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman says the Communist Party leadership's handling of the Bo Xilai scandal suggests growing transparency within the party. Huntsman (pictured) also said that Vice-President Xi Jinping, heir apparent to party gen ...

  2. Wukan polls to be hailed not feared

    Posted Mar 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Wukan's pioneering elections were as free, fair and transparent as a democratic vote can be. Never before on the mainland has there been such a poll, so it is understandable that the manner in which residents of the Guangdong village chose their leaders is being hailed as a model for others in the nation to follow. Despite the success, though, doubts persist among Communist ...

  3. Shajing gang arrests hailed by media

    Posted Feb 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Sally Wang sally.wang@scmp.com Guangdong media yesterday hailed an earlier crackdown on a criminal syndicate in Baoan District in Shenzhen, a day after the province's party secretary Wang Yang said the province would launch crackdowns on the triads. The gang is accused of illegally dominating a neighbourhood's waste collection and real estate businesses for years, ...

  4. EU trade chief hails Wen pledge of more help

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Denise Tsang denise.tsang@scmp.com The European Union's trade chief has welcomed Beijing's decision to take a greater role in resolving the euro-zone debt crisis, saying it 'will make a difference'. After attending the 14th China-EU su ...

  5. Taipei hails U.S. upgrading of fighter jets

    Posted Sep 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taiwan hailed the US decision to upgrade the island's ageing fighter jets, calling it a consolidation of the American commitment to aid the island's defence. The latest offer to overhaul Taiwan's 145 F-16 A/B jets to a level comparable to the more advanced C/D versions was billed by Taipei as a valuable sign ...

  6. State Council hails China's success on human rights

    Posted Jul 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu Verna.yu@scmp.com Beijing yesterday hailed what it's calling a successful implementation of the country's first human rights action plan, saying citizens' overall living conditions have been improved and their rights safeguarded, even though rights groups say abuses continue unabated. 'The fulfilment of all targets... shows that the cause of human ...

  7. Expert hails Dalai Lama's political exit

    Posted Mar 24th 2011, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing The Dalai Lama's plan to retire from political duties is a welcome step towards separating religion from politics, according to a Chinese expert on Tibetan affairs. Du Yongbin, a fellow with the state-backed China Tibetology Res ...

  8. Xi hails veterans of Korean conflict

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter in Beijing Vice-President Xi Jinping, the newly appointed vice-chairman of the Communist Party's military decision-making body, made his first public appearance in his new role, state media reported yesterday. Xi, appointed to the Cent ...

  9. Rita Fan hails democrats and craves compromise

    Posted Apr 17th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Despite their condemnation of the government's proposal for electoral changes in 2012, pan-democrats were yesterday praised by a top Beijing loyalist for being willing to maintain dialogue with the government. Still, she said the chance ...

  10. Macau shuts door again as Hu hails security law

    Posted Dec 21st 2009, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung and Fox Yi Hu in Macau and Ng Kang-chung Three more Hong Kong activists were barred from Macau yesterday, where President Hu Jintao lauded the enactment of a controversial national security law and stressed the importance of harmony and s ...




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