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  1. Age-old dilemma

    Posted Mar 20th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Age does not account for abilities, though, and he may well prove to be his country's saviour. Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck heads the list of youngest leaders- he is 29. But of the top 10, only Russia's president, 43-year-old Dmitry Medvedev, can make any claims to head one of the world's significant countries. Even then, it is his prime minister ...

  2. Premier and publisher locked in war of words

    Posted Sep 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li It looked like just another showpiece tour of a school by a top leader, but a visit by Premier Wen Jiabao to Beijing No 35 Middle School on September 4 triggered a war of words between the premier and a mainland publishing house. Wen, a geologi ...

  3. Beijing mouthpiece switches to soft sell in paean to leaders

    Posted Jun 04th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... leadership for its 'people first' policies. While all the commentaries have targeted overseas readers, the state media began a campaign to defend the mainland political system in a six-part ... of powers'; 'why the state sector is still necessary in China'; and 'why China has to persist in its open-door policy'. Johnny Lau Yui-siu, a Hong Kong-based observer, said ...

  4. Work to start on a new Beichuan

    Posted Mar 20th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... areas.' The State Council had authorised the rebuilding plan and Premier Wen Jiabao had personally reviewed it, Mr Zhu said. Mr Zhu's institute and the Sichuan provincial government had ...

  5. CCTV airs full footage of shoe attack on Wen

    Posted Feb 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Main newscast highlights Cambridge incident China Central Television yesterday aired full footage of a man hurling a shoe at Premier Wen Jiabao during his speech at Britain's Cambridge University - an unusual departure from its normal p ...

  6. Why 60 is so important

    Posted Oct 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The fact that Hu Jintao, president of the nation and secretary general of the Communist Party, would be receiving the army instead of Premier Wen Jiabao, head of government, once again reaffirms ...

  7. A moving argument

    Posted Oct 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Rarely do I see eye to eye with someone from the political far right. Yet it was all I could do not to nod in agreement this week when I chanced upon a suggestion by US Republican Party stalwart Mike Huckabee that the United Nations headqua ...

  8. Arroyo aide touts plan to rewrite constitution

    Posted Jul 27th 2009, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... week, denied that Mrs Arroyo- who delivers her annual state-of-the-nation address today- put him up to touting the plan, which he said was intended to facilitate a process of political change. ...

  9. Bush likely to grab much of Boao spotlight

    Posted Apr 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok With so many international forums focusing on fighting against the global financial crisis, it remains to be seen what the upcoming Boao Forum for Asia can contribute. But one thing is certain: former US president George W. Bush will steal m ...

  10. New security concept evolves

    Posted Mar 25th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The People's Liberation Army should enhance its capabilities to deal with non-traditional domestic security crises, top military think-tank chief Major General Xiong Guangkai said on Monday, elaborating on China's new 'grand sec ...




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