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  1. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    World waits for timetable on Beijing's leadership transition

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei In absence of any indication of dates for all-important transition, rumours abound World is waiting for Beijing timetable As Beijing makes the final preparations for its once-in-a-decade leadership transition, the mainland's massive propaganda machine is getting into gear by eulogising the achievements of the 10-year rule under President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen ...

  2. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Learn from the West on how to curb graft

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... official can help reduce corruption. In fact, this was what Hu Jintao tried to do when he came to power 10 years ago. Briefly, he tried to push for a rule by virtue by trying to promote a high ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    The Golden decade loses its lustre

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... in the economy in the third quarter, which could have provided sound support for the leadership change and a satisfactory ending to the 10-year rein under Wen and President Hu Jintao, already hailed ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com Paralysis in decision-making and declining exports ahead of leadership change overshadow dying days of Hu-Wen era Golden decade loses its lustre ...

  4. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    How rise and falls in rankings reveal true picture

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... president Jiang Zemin but who ultimately failed and was sidelined, Xinhua for the first time ranked Jiang behind incumbent Politburo Standing Committee members such as Xi Jinping and President Hu Jintao. The report has prompted overseas media, including this newspaper, to conclude that Jiang has signalled that he will fade away from the sphere of mainland politics, nearly a decade after he ...

  5. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi Jinping might be strong reformer China needs- to surprise of the West

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... president Jiang Zemin again managed to outmanoeuvre President Hu Jintao in filling seats on the Politburo Standing Committee with his protégés and allies- accounting for five of the seven members. ... seen as Hu's close allies. The unspoken suggestion was that Jiang's allies and protégés are largely hardliners, while Hu's supporters are liberals and reformists. People should ...

  6. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    One lion that doesn't want to be king of the jungle

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 05:19am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... will help you make a fortune" to illustrate his foreign policy outlook. But China could not afford to keep quiet over the decade Hu Jintao was in power, as its economy expanded to become the world's second largest and its businesses scoured the globe for sources of energy and raw materials. In direct response to international concerns about Beijing's growing power, Hu and other ...

  7. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Generational change on hold

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... and term limits. Of the remaining two, Vice-President Xi Jinping, 59, is set to take over as party chief at the congress and the state presidency in March from Hu Jintao, 70. Li Keqiang, 57, ... for much-needed political and economic reform to put the country on a healthier growth track. So it is intriguing to note that Hu Deping, son of late party chief and reform icon Hu Yaobang, has urged ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Let's hope Xi Jinping does pursue bolder reforms

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... or pessimists are proved right will have global ramifications. At stake is whether China will have a strong leader in current Vice-President Xi Jinping, expected to succeed President Hu Jintao early ... subtle messages along this line. For example, he recently met the son of late reformist party chief Hu Yaobang and dropped hints about bolder reforms ahead. The optimists had better be right. ...

  9. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Wang Qishan's most important mission to date: dousing the flames of corruption

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 07:21am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... of a major state investment firm and to oversee tough negotiations with angry foreign creditors. During the height of the Sars epidemic in Beijing, Hu Jintao parachuted him into the city as mayor ...

  10. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Jiang Zemin's backing of Xi not coincidence

    Posted Jul 29th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... and reports earlier this year that Jiang asked for a lower political ranking to give more freedom to Xi. During the 10-year reign of former president Hu Jintao , Jiang's ranked immediately behind Hu and ahead of the other Politburo Standing Committee members in the Communist Party hierarchy. Secondly, by openly endorsing the new president as a "strong and capable leader", ...




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