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  1. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Strengthening the rule of law will be a long journey

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 07:02am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... in the country. Over the past week, mainland media has been hailing the meeting's historic significance without any sense of irony in linking the two developments. Until 2012, Zhou was the Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of the mainland's entire legal system including police, prosecutors, judges and the intelligence services. Zhou was the face and symbol of the law. ...

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    Xi Jinping endorses the promotion of Confucius

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 06:48am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Revolution. To be sure, mainland leaders have promoted Confucianism over the past decade with its emphasis on social harmony, ethical behaviour, respect for the elderly and obedience to authority. ...

  3. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Alibaba's mega IPO signals rise of China's new wave of tech giants

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 08:18am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... the mainland's richest man and among the wealthiest in Asia. As fireworks went off at Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou to celebrate the listing, it has also made many of its young employees US ... trading platforms have helped create millions of jobs on the mainland as self-employed entrepreneurs set up online shops to tap a user base of several hundred million people. At the same time, ...

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    Wang Qishan's most important mission to date: dousing the flames of corruption

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 07:21am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... It turns out now that the mainland leadership could not have chosen a better person to lead the unprecedented assault on rampant official corruption after President Xi Jinping made tackling graft ... and hotels and spending on luxury goods. But Xi and Wang remain undeterred and are determined to push ahead with the campaign. In fact, mainland analysts familiar with the thinking of the leadership ...

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    Party's over for state-firm fat cats

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 07:14am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... chief of Yunnan province. While mainlanders heap praise on Xi and encourage him to press on, some have started to wonder when he will start to undertake crucial reforms. After all, his ... China Morning Post, the salaries of top executives will be cut by as much as half and most of their perks will be removed. This will prove very popular with mainlanders who have long complained ...

  6. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Level the field but keep FDI in play

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 05:37am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... It is a summer of discontent for multinational companies on the mainland as regulators use the country's six-year-old antitrust law to go after foreign car and tech companies for alleged anti-competitive behaviour. The authorities are investigating Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz- which together account for about 80 per cent of the mainland's luxury car sales- over the cost of spare ...

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    Xi Jinping's wider ambitions in rooting out graft

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:27am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... which could have profound political and economic implications for the mainland. Since Xi came to power in November 2012, he has made it his top priority to tackle rampant corruption, a campaign ... the bureaucracy and elicited loud cheers among ordinary mainlanders, questions have been raised about his motives. In particular, many people have been wondering how long the campaign will last ...

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    Bureaucratic inertia stalls reform drive

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

    ... stalls reform drive Bureaucrats on the mainland have long been known for inertia and clouding issues unless their palms are greased or you can call upon a network of contacts, or guanxi, when ... frustration. The big irony is that these commentaries, supported by anecdotal evidence from foreign and mainland businessmen, seem to suggest Xi's unprecedented anti-corruption campaign has ...

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    Justice steps in where stability once ruled

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

    ... An uncanny pattern of the mainland's once-in-a-decade leadership transition has been that they invariably begin with the new leaders immediately confronting a set of daunting challenges, ... 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 ...

  10. 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

    ... on the mainland. Nowadays, Li, known for his scholarly manners, has started to show his frustration openly. According to mainland media reports, Li chaired at least two cabinet meetings over the past two ... lamented the long-standing problem vexing mainland leaders: that central government directives never make it outside Zhongnanhai, the headquarters of Chinese leaders, meaning they are either ...




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