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  1. Get with the programme: 5-year plan still has targets

    Posted Nov 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... China will set growth targets after all. Despite much speculation that Beijing would scrap rigid goals for GDP and CPI in the next five-year plan, when the blueprint's full version is unveiled at the annual meeting of the National People's Congr ...

  2. Hopes of political reform hit brick wall

    Posted Oct 20th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Talk of political reform in the run-up to the just-ended Communist Party plenum now appears to have been merely hot air. The talk included a string of calls for democracy from Premier Wen Jiabao, retired officials and intellectuals. The party has pledged ...

  3. Five-year plan to attack rich-poor divide

    Posted Oct 19th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... The Communist Party approved an economic blueprint yesterday that aims to narrow the yawning gap between rich and poor and pledged to advance 'active but steady' political reform, as leaders wrapped up their annual meeting in Beijing. The party ...

  4. System a many-headed beast

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... The planning system has three tiers - national, provincial and local (city and county), and three categories - general, special and regional. But, in practice, there can be more than three tiers. For instance, governments of townships and development zone ...

  5. Gender bending gives a lift to fashions for those who aren't ready to say goodbye to the summer

    Posted Sep 13th 2010, 12:00am by Jennifer Huang

    ... For those not yet ready to bid farewell to summer, Max Mara injects a bit of uplift to the upcoming season with a bit of gender bending. The Italian brand, well known for its luxury coats, staged its autumn/winter fashion show at the atrium of the Landmar ...

  6. Hu names 3 issues as top priorities

    Posted Jun 19th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... President Hu Jintao has identified Tibet , Xinjiang and the wealth gap as the three issues that must be given top priority by the central government in the coming years. Hu has mentioned the three several times recently, including at two Politburo meeting ...

  7. Charismatic Bo shakes the leadership stakes

    Posted Mar 12th 2010, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... his crackdown, he was clearly annoyed and refused to give a direct response. Intriguingly, although he insisted he was not the first local leader to crack down on gangs, Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan has openly compared the anti-triad campaign led by Bo and those of his predecessors. 'As we all have seen, this latest campaign is clearly the most efficient one,' Huang said ...

  8. FILM (1950)

    Posted Apr 04th 2010, 12:00am by Paul Fonoroff

    ... and the cruelty of the rapacious Huang clan are rendered as black and white as Qian Jiang's vivid cinematography. What makes the film more than a dry propagandistic treatise is a wealth of humanistic ... stunning debut by Tian Hua, right, centre) and lecherous landowner Huang Shiren (Chen Qiang, who originated the role on the stage). Xier may have been the personification of goodness, but she ...

  9. Wong stays on Gome board amid power tussle

    Posted Sep 30th 2010, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... said. Wong, also known as Huang Guangyu, built the Gome empire from scratch and was once the mainland's richest man. He was jailed for 14 years on bribery and insider trading charges in May ...

  10. Noted scholar tripped up by greed and lust

    Posted Jan 20th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The desire for power, money and women has been the downfall of a number of talented mainland officials. Huang Songyou, the former vice-president of the Supreme People's Court, is no exception. Huang, 52, the highest-ranking court official to be convicted of taking bribes and embezzlement, was a rare scholar who became one of the top leaders of the mainland ...




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