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  1. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Justice steps in where stability once ruled

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 06:02am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... drive is moving towards a stalemate as vested interests put up strong resistance at this early stage. A series of deadly and wanton acts of terror on civilians in major mainland cities by Uygur ... and propelled the economy to become the world's second largest. The times now demand new priorities. Local officials and entrenched interest groups have interpreted stability to suit their ignoble ...

  2. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    After powerful start, Li Keqiang's frustration grows with resistance to reforms

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 05:15am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... ignored by local authorities or twisted to suit their needs. The power of the central leadership has never been as great as the outside world believes, as vested interests and local officials ... interests and state-sector monopolies has barely begun. xiangwei.wang@scmp.com   ...

  3. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Aggression is not part of national character

    Posted May 19th 2014, 03:47am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... lack a "gene for invasion" makes interesting reading. As China has become the world's second-largest economy and will soon overtake the US, concerns about China's intentions ...

  4. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Breaking monopolies of state-owned enterprises is key for sustainable economy

    Posted May 12th 2014, 03:50am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... solely on business operations. Second, the government must exercise control through boards of directors to which it can appoint representatives to safeguard its interests, instead of by direct ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Corruption crackdown must include reform of China's oft-abused parole system

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 03:57am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... consulting the police and prosecutors. In reality, prisons release prisoners without even bothering to notify the police and local authorities, according to media reports. It is interesting to note ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Too much at stake for Beijing and Tokyo to risk in war over islands

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 04:22am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... growth and rising social discontent, a military conflict would help divert attention from domestic problems and stoke nationalism to rally around the leadership. It is interesting to note ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    In party network, 'lowly' secretary jobs highly prized

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 04:53am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... the past month, however, two articles by the state media have shed interesting light on how they operate. According to an article last week by the Southern Weekly in Guangdong, many secretaries ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Execution of Kim's uncle a signal for Beijing to get tough with North Korea

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 04:24am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... strategic interests than the unpredictable role North Korea has played as a buffer against United States military influence in East Asia. This is particularly true as Beijing and Washington try ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    The Western devil is in the details of the plenum plan

    Posted Nov 25th 2013, 04:45am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... as they try to overcome resistance from powerful vested interests and local authorities to centralise power and improve governance. Meanwhile, the international community is paying close attention ... particularly in cases involving more than one jurisdiction. This has greatly compromised judicial independence, leading often to biased or even incorrect convictions. It is interesting to note ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi moves closer to becoming another paramount leader

    Posted Nov 18th 2013, 05:53am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... that the leadership has the political will to translate its goals into concrete measures given the powerful vested interests they face. For instance, state leaders fell short of expectations for a clear ... argue that the country needs a stronger leader to combat vested interests ready to resist pressing reforms. Many cite the weak administration under Hu and Wen. When Hu and Wen came to power ...




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