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  1. 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

    ... Wang Xiangwei Premier Li Keqiang grows impatient with stonewalling officials hampering his reforms Starting powerful, becoming frustrated Does Premier Li Keqiang have the strength of character to live up to his name, which means "to become powerful"? This is still a big question for many analysts who have closely tracked Li's stewardship of the world's ...

  2. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Bureaucratic inertia stalls reform drive

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 06:25am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... bureaucratic resistance which has significantly stalled the reform initiative. As written in this column a few weeks ago, Premier Li Keqiang reportedly pounded on the table during one State Council ...

  3. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Justice steps in where stability once ruled

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

    ... cover-up and its subsequent impact on the mainland economy put them to a severe test. After a promising start, the current leadership of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang are now faced with even bigger ... importance" in politics. To their credit, Xi and Li have not yielded to the pressure, but they are exhibiting a degree of frustration with the lack of progress on the reform front. In order ...

  4. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Aggression is not part of national character

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

    ... of the Chinese traders plying the silk trade routes more than 2,000 years ago to promote trade and culture and Zheng He, an early Ming dynasty eunuch turned diplomat who led peaceful expeditionary ... expansion. The Silk Road began and expanded under the Han dynasty, while Zheng He's voyages occurred in the Ming. Sceptics may also point to border wars with India (1962) and Vietnam (1979). ...

  5. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Legal fate of Zhou Yongkang vexes leadership

    Posted May 05th 2014, 03:56am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... of two former secretaries, including Li Zhen, who was later executed. Contrary to public expectations at the time Cheng would be publicly prosecuted, he was quietly set free following his ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Central government must prove 'war on smog' not just hot air

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 03:26am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... is not just hot air There was a perverse sense of irony on Wednesday when Premier Li Keqiang announced China would "declare war" on pollution while Beijing, along with much of the country, was enjoying a rare, cloudless day with crisp air. In his first government work report, Li vowed to fight pollution with the same zeal and determination China has employed to eradicate poverty, ...

  7. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Premier Li: strong, or just moderate?

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... as Li Keqiang made his debut as the new premier in front of the international media, on the last day of the annual plenary sessions of National People's Congress and the Chinese ... the mainlanders to look at stars in the sky, Li avoided the high-sounding rhetoric and instead chose popular slang to illustrate his points. Already billed by the state media as the reform-minded premier, ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    In party network, 'lowly' secretary jobs highly prized

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

    ... serving leaders have risen to become powerful officials with the help of their former bosses. It cited the example of Li Wei, once a secretary to former premier Zhu Rongji. Li has become the head ... running amok is Li Zhen, a secretary to Cheng Weiguo, the party chief of Hebei province in the 1990s. Li, with Cheng's backing, accepted bribes, colluded with Cheng's family members ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    The Chinese people will not allow a return to the old Maoist days

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 04:48am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Zedong to rule China, as Li Rui, one of Mao's former secretaries, rightly pointed out in an interview with the South China Morning Post. Moreover, while the leaders may find it expedient ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi moves closer to becoming another paramount leader

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

    ... Wang Xiangwei State leaders may have stumbled in roll-out of plenum measures, but president's ascent is undeniable as Premier Li takes back seat Xi moves closer to becoming another ... will most likely give Xi direct control over the country's economic direction, a power shift that would come at the expense of Premier Li Keqiang, the country's No2 leader. The premier, ...




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