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  1. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1587462/wang-qishans-most-important-mission-date-dousing-flames-corruption
  2. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1582513/partys-over-state-firm-fat-cats
  3. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1580454/level-field-keep-fdi-play
  4. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    The people must be encouraged to shop at home

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

    ... of noisy mainlanders headed home after the Lunar New Year break laden with suitcases that bulged with goods ranging from cans of milk powder to luxury leather bags, delivering bumper sales for retailers and hoteliers from Hong Kong to New York to Sydney. Not everyone was happy about the influx of the mainland tourists, though. In Hong Kong, there are fears that the rapid rise in mainland ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1152663/people-must-be-encouraged-shop-home
  5. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1570872/xi-jinpings-wider-ambitions-rooting-out-graft
  6. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1543241/bureaucratic-inertia-stalls-reform-drive
  7. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1533565/justice-steps-where-stability-once-ruled
  8. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1528223/after-powerful-start-li-keqiangs-frustration-grows-resistance-reforms
  9. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Raising civil servant pay will help reduce corruption

    Posted May 26th 2014, 04:46am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... of the workload. As mainlanders applaud the iron-fisted clampdown on rampant corruption among officials, one unfortunate side effect is that all civil servants have been tarred with the same brush. Indeed, there is a long-standing saying among cynical mainlanders that if 10 officials were chosen at random and arrested on corruption charges, an investigation would most likely find that one or two at most were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1519564/raising-civil-servant-pay-will-help-reduce-corruption
  10. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

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

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

    ... Despite the mainland leadership's decades-long efforts to restructure the state sector as a modern market economy, the major state-owned firms still maintain full or near monopolies ... Standing Committee member who oversaw national security for the past decade. The lasted example is the detention of Song Lin, chairman of China Resources, one of the mainland's biggest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1510127/breaking-monopolies-state-owned-enterprises-key-sustainable-economy

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