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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Time to put spotlight on who banks hire

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 05:02am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei China Resources corruption case has drawn attention to widespread practice of financial institutions taking on relatives of mainland officials Time to put spotlight on who banks hire After Beijing's decision over a week ago to detain Song Lin, the chairman of China Resources, on allegations of corruption, speculation has run rife on the mainland and overseas ...

  10. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Legal fate of Zhou Yongkang vexes leadership

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

    ... Wang Xiangwei Party elites appear caught in disagreement over whether ex-security tsar should be prosecuted or given the weight of evidence, merely expelled Legal fate of Zhou vexes Beijing Intense speculation has been building since late last year mainland authorities would soon make public the results of the official investigation into Zhou Yongkang, one of China's ...




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