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  1. News - China

    Shanxi governor vows to go down coal mines often to promote safety

    Posted Mar 08th 2013, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Princeling Shanxi Governor Li Xiaopeng pledged yesterday to venture down coal pits often to promote mine safety. At his first press conference to include overseas reporters since he became governor in January, Li, the son of hardline former premier Li Pen ...

  2. China's position on Tibet

    Posted Mar 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma From Beijing's perspective, Tibet has been an inseparable part of China since ancient times. It says Tibet had long been a society of feudal serfdom under theocratic rule, a society which was even darker than that in medieval Europe. The Dalai Lama, as leader of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and head of the Tibetan government, monopolised both political ...

  3. Ex-Caijing editor touts new venture

    Posted Apr 28th 2010, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Hu Shuli, the charismatic former editor of Caijing Magazine, long regarded as the mainland's leading business magazine, says her new venture has plenty of cash on hand and will soon rival Caijing's influence at its peak. Speaking in Hong Kong at ...

  4. Beijing mouthpiece switches to soft sell in paean to leaders

    Posted Jun 04th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma After two scathing commentaries on the memoirs of ousted party chief Zhao Ziyang , the pro-Beijing Hong Kong China News Agency yesterday released another commentary - this time heaping praise on Beijing for its 'self restraint' and 'open mindedness' in handling the June 4 anniversary. In a significant shift in tone, yesterday's article ...

  5. Wen tells leaders to handle petitions personally

    Posted Mar 06th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma Key leaders should personally handle complaints by petitioners, Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday, while vowing to retain the controversial petitioning system. Rattled by a series of sensitive anniversaries coming up this year and escalating social tension fuelled by corruption and the economic downturn, the central government has repeatedly warned officials ...

  6. Tibet approves 'Serf Emancipation Day'

    Posted Jan 20th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing The central government has stepped up its rhetoric against the Dalai Lama by officially declaring the politically sensitive day of the Tibet Uprising 50 years ago as 'Serf Emancipation Day'. It is portraying its defeat of a pro-independence rebellion as liberating the Tibetan people from the yoke of their aristocratic masters. The People's Congress ...

  7. Top leader to head health care taskforce

    Posted Apr 09th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma and Zhuang Pinghui Beijing has appointed Vice-Premier Li Keqiang to head a taskforce comprising 16 government departments to oversee the enforcement of health care reforms, ... to the rural medical co-operatives scheme. Speaking at the same press conference yesterday, Vice-Minister of Health Ma Xiaowei said the central government would announce a list of essential ...

  8. The double-edged sword of 'Greater Tibet'

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma A major sticking point in the talks between the Dalai Lama and Beijing has been the exiles' demand for a 'Greater Tibet' - an attempt to unite all Tibetan-populated areas into one single political entity comprising up to a quarter of the mainland's territory. Today's Tibet Autonomous Region largely corresponds to the area ruled by the 13th ...

  9. Scandal finally forced action on food issues

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

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing The mainland has long grappled with the problem of substandard food. For years, it has been under pressure to improve food safety as one item after another was found to have problems. Food quality has been a sticking point in trade relations between China and the nations that import its food. But Beijing has always dismissed food scandals - including ...

  10. Focus on growth misses the point

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma An often heard complaint by mainland officials and Han people living in Tibet is: 'Why aren't the Tibetans happy? We have poured so much money into the region.' To Beijing, which prides itself on the tremendous economic improvements achieved under its rule in Tibet over the past decades, the 'ingratitude' shown by some of the locals is baffling. ...




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