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  1. Party elders urge leaders to take steps towards political reform

    Posted Feb 21st 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... opposition, saying that only democracy and transparency can help steer the country through the current economic crisis. In an open letter addressed to President Hu Jintao and other Politburo Standing Committee members and released yesterday, they said the incumbent leaders should learn from their predecessors, including former party chief Hu Yaobang, who made daring moves towards political ...

  2. Hu urges improved democracy within the Communist Party

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

    ... Kristine Kwok President Hu Jintao renewed calls to improve democracy within the Communist Party on the eve of the ruling party's 88th birthday. Speaking to the party's most powerful Politburo members and the Central Committee on Monday, Mr Hu said intraparty democracy must be promoted and mechanisms improved to better supervise the world's biggest political ...

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    League of Social Democrats' Avery Ng arrested for July 1 antics

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com League No2 arrested for antics during Hu's visit The vice-chairman of the League of Social Democrats was arrested yesterday for throwing his T-shirt off a footbridge to catch the attention of President Hu Jintao during his visit on July 1. Avery Ng Man-yuen, who faces a public nuisance charge for the protest in Tung Chung, called his ...

  4. Conspiracy theories abound in the Stern Hu arrest case

    Posted Jul 31st 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... by President Hu Jintao. The second explanation is that Mr Hu's arrest was a symptom of Beijing's frustration at being a price-taker rather than a price-setter in ore negotiations. Although ... decision-making process in the Stern Hu case. Mr Hu, the general manager of mining company Rio Tinto Group's Chinese operations, was arrested nearly four weeks ago by the Shanghai arm of the Ministry ...

  5. Jiang maintains high profile with new book

    Posted Apr 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... as head of state and the Communist Party- to the fourth generation of leaders, led by President Hu Jintao, in 2004, most third-generation leaders, such as former premier Zhu Rongji, have kept ... Hu once caused a buzz in Hong Kong's political tabloids. And a rightist magazine, Yanhuang Chunqiu, was once ordered to shut down, allegedly under pressure from Mr Jiang. But the order ...

  6. The wait continues for a free press

    Posted Nov 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest reports on the unfounded hopes that President Hu would use his power to ease media controls When President Hu Jintao was handed the military mandate in September- enabling him to consolidate his power as party chief, president and commander-in-chief- expectations for a new era of press freedom ran high. Mr Hu, perceived as more willing to listen ...

  7. Writer challenges premier not to throw him in prison

    Posted Aug 06th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... article, Yu highlights the role Wen has played as the human face balancing Hu Jintao's serious style. 'Hu has a personality that is impersonal and cold; he prefers to give orders behind ... to publish in Hong Kong to also be lost. 'If the central leadership decides to put me in jail because of my book, it would ruin the image of an open-minded administration that both President Hu ...

  8. Tread lightly in political minefield

    Posted Jun 06th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... journalists have a much higher likelihood of being jailed. Although President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have vowed to improve government transparency, little progress has been made to modify ... and the western media once held hopes for increased political liberalisation under President Hu, but they are likely to remain disappointed for some time. The western media has started portraying Mr Hu ...

  9. The silent minority

    Posted May 07th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... collecting 600 petition letters- short of the 1,000-letter goal- to send to President Hu Jintao. Sichuan-based dissident Huang Qi, who managed a website campaigning for petitioners and people who had ... Beijing's heavy-handed response to petitioners and human rights activists has effectively crushed opposition, writes Josephine Ma Prominent activist Hu Jia believed he would ...

  10. Graft strikes at heart of nation's development

    Posted Aug 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... industrial practices. People have wrongfully lost property and savings. Rights have been denied. Crimes have been reported and ignored. President Hu Jintao has pledged to eliminate this scourge. His ... for the nation's leaders. These are, after all, the people supposed to ensure law and order- or, to use other terminology, the peace and stability Mr Hu speaks of so often that is essential to keep ...




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