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  1. Weather crisis exposes weaknesses hidden by economic growth: critics

    Posted Jan 30th 2008, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... to the current power crisis. But analysts said it had prevented power generators from passing along rising fuel costs, leading them to cut output. President Hu Jintao had to call an emergency meeting ... increasing heat for its apparent lack of vision. 'The NDRC is supposed to function as a small cabinet but once again, it has proved to be incompetent in crisis management,' said Hu Xingdou ...

  2. Hu signals new high-speed railways approach

    Posted Apr 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo President Hu Jintao has called for a change in the development of China's ambitious but controversial high-speed railways- another sign that top leaders are now adopting a more cautious attitude towards the project. During an inspection tour in Hainan on Friday and Saturday Hu (pictured) called for 'faster change of the development mode' and 'a ...

  3. Hu gives top priority to boosting water projects

    Posted Jul 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... like those that have taken a hefty toll on the country so far this year. President Hu Jintao said at a conference on water resources that the nation would prioritise water projects, ... including using 10 per cent of profits from land sales for the nation's water conservation infrastructure. By stepping up construction of water facilities, Hu said, people from all walks ...

  4. Hu loses sleep as analysts warn of power 'famine'

    Posted Feb 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... become so urgent and dispiriting that President Hu Jintao left Beijing and descended into a coal pit in Shanxi yesterday to bolster miners' morale in a bid to improve coal output. Officials ... production this year, according to Xinhua. 'Energy supply is critical to the operation of the economy... the problem is very grave- I can no longer sleep well,' Mr Hu said. If the power ...

  5. Weather chaos reveals flawed disaster planning

    Posted Jan 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of crisis management since the Sars outbreak in 2003. President Hu Jintao yesterday chaired a Politburo meeting to discuss it and called for national unity. Premier Wen Jiabao , meanwhile, visited Hunan , the hardest-hit province, to call for a special effort to safeguard the main north-south rail link and major power stations. The personal intervention of Mr Hu and Mr Wen shows ...

  6. Politburo renews focus on wage gap

    Posted May 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok and Vivien Cui Subsidy system for underpaid civil servants on the cards The central government renewed its appeal for narrowing the income disparity as top officials brainstormed measures at a meeting yesterday to bring about a fairer wealth distribution system. At a politburo meeting attended by President Hu Jintao, officials said governments and all sectors ...

  7. Anatomy of the outbreak

    Posted Mar 17th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... January 27: Central government confirms its first outbreak of bird flu in Dingdang township, Guangxi January 29: President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao stress bird flu must be prevented and controlled January 30: Bird-flu-prevention headquarters set up in Beijing, headed by Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu January 31 to February 1: Premier Wen inspects two infected regions ...

  8. Water is a matter of national security

    Posted Jul 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... at which President Hu Jintao detailed plans to ensure supplies by 2020 was attended by all nine members of the Communist Party's most powerful body, the Politburo Standing Committee. Never ... by determination, resolve and reform. Plans are, of course, meaningless without action. Hu spoke of the challenge of safeguarding crops and fighting the droughts and floods that annually ravage swathes ...

  9. Getting to grips with food safety

    Posted Jul 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... safety goes to the heart of social stability, which President Hu Jintao said was a critical task for the party in his anniversary address in the Great Hall of the People. If officials in Beijing ... compiled do not make appetising reading either. Hu also cited corruption as a dire threat to the goals of continued economic growth and social stability. No doubt it plays a part in disregard ...

  10. More than 100 people killed in string of holiday week accidents

    Posted May 06th 2006, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... to prevent deadly accidents during the final days of the national break. President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao intervened after a landslide at a gold mine in Shaanxi province on Sunday engulfed ... the safety of drinking water in downstream areas while carrying out searches for the missing,' Mr Hu was quoted as saying. A day earlier, Shaanxi recorded the country's worst coal mine ...




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