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  1. Star mayor of Chongqing faces uncertain future

    Posted Feb 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Huang Qifan, a close ally of the municipality's party boss, Bo Xilai, faces uncertain career prospects after reportedly being summoned to Beijing to explain why he led a convoy of armed ... and 2009. A former secretary of Huang Ju, late member of the party's Politburo Standing Committee, Huang Qifan was considered a competent technocrat specialising in finance and economics. ...

  2. Mayor appears likely to escape being purged

    Posted Mar 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan chaired the meeting yesterday morning at which the Communist Party leadership's decision to remove his boss, Bo Xilai, was announced, in what is being seen as a sign that he is unlikely to be purged soon. Huang, 60, has been widely seen as a close ally of Bo, and speculation was rife about his political future following ...

  3. A bad week for...

    Posted Feb 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Huang Qifan The stellar career of the mayor of Chongqing was plunged into uncertainty when he was reportedly summoned to explain why he led a convoy of armed police 300 kilometres to besiege the US consulate in Chengdu last week in apparent pursuit of his deputy mayor, Wang Lijun. The drama looks set to cast a pall over Huang's political future. George Tan Soon-gin ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Major changes among PLA's top officers

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

    ... Twenty senior military officers have been moved in a significant reshuffle of the top ranks of the army and armed police, with eye-catching leadership changes at the most politically sensitive PLA corps. Three officers have been promoted to top positions ...

  7. Pro-growth economic policies to remain, party says

    Posted Sep 19th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang The central government will stick to its pro-growth economic policies, as the global and domestic economic recovery is not yet stable, the Communist Party said after the annual meeting. 'Maintaining growth is the most important economic task,' the party stated after its elite wrapped up the policymaking meeting, adding that the government would 'continue ...

  8. Taskforces set up to keep lid on protests

    Posted Feb 28th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Vice-President Xi Jinping has been put in charge of a massive public security campaign to prevent and respond swiftly to any possible social unrest this year, sources say. The Communist Party leadership is facing several politically sensitive anniversaries at a time when economic growth is faltering and unemployment soaring - which could lead to social ...

  9. Beijing pledges transparency with more media briefings

    Posted Dec 31st 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing The Communist Party, long criticised for its secrecy, is ready to take questions. Government departments are appointing spokesmen to hold regular press conferences and respond to media queries, Beijing's top spokesman said. Wang Chen, minister in charge of the State Council Information Office, said yesterday that the government would 'build up' ...

  10. Hu to lead China at summit on financial crisis

    Posted Nov 05th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing President Hu Jintao will represent China at the November 15 summit in Washington on the global financial turmoil, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. 'At the invitation of US President George W. Bush, President Hu Jintao will attend the G20 summit on financial markets and the world economy on November 15,' Foreign Ministry spokesman ...




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