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  1. Wen's to-do list

    Posted Feb 12th 2008, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... was to join the People's Liberation Army or gain a place at university. Today, the young rural poor are moving to the cities in droves. The central government now has a handle on this problem ... of the National People's Congress meeting next month - during which top state and government leaders will be elected - the Communist Party Central Committee has already assigned eight tasks ...

  2. Between the lines of Wen's speech: a message for the party's leftists

    Posted Mar 19th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Those following Premier Wen Jiabao's annual press conference at the close of the National People's Congress should watch for what was not said, which is at least as interesting ... at staving off rising pressure from the right and left. The party reformists and liberal intellectuals are stepping up pressure for the leadership to undertake bolder political reforms following ...

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    Wen Jiabao: the people's champion or a chameleon

    Posted Mar 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... also used his last annual press conference, at the end of last year's session of the National People's Congress, to apologise for his mistakes, and he used his last cabinet meeting ... Wen had been working hard to cement two legacies - as "a political reformer" and "a people's premier". Wen called for political reform in a series of speeches ...

  4. Turn talk of political reform into action

    Posted Oct 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In 2002, when the outline of the fourth generation of state leaders was coming into focus, China observers began to ponder the possibility of a more liberal- and reform-minded leadership. Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, now president and prime minister respectively, were considered to belong to a generation more receptive to economic and political reformist ideas. Indeed, who could ...

  5. 'People's Premier' leaves a mixed legacy

    Posted Mar 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... fund pool had become relatively smaller, making it harder to deal with the retirement of the baby boom generation. In a panel discussion at the annual session of the National People's ... the banking system. Many NPC and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference delegates say Zhu outperformed Wen in several areas. 'Premier Zhu is more capable,' said CPPCC member ...

  6. 'People's premier' has run out of time

    Posted Mar 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... A decade is a long time in government in China, but a year is not. Premier Wen Jiabao, giving his 10th and final closing news conference at the end of the National People's Congress ... to further his legacy as the 'people';s premier' has all but hit a wall. Without political reform, the changes he seeks that are necessary to move the nation forward cannot take place ...

  7. Taiwan post marks former aide's return to the fold

    Posted Oct 30th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... People's Political Consultative Conference 1989 Deposed as secretary of the Central Committee secretariat for alleged 'improper behaviour' 1991 Vice-Minister of Civil Affairs 1998 ... with politicians and businessmen in Taiwan, sources said. Mr Yan, a famous liberal, was forced to step down from the Secretariat and government posts because of his sympathy with the students during ...

  8. Beijing's populist duo on the right track

    Posted Mar 15th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Even within the confines of the expectedly scripted proceedings, this year's National People's Congress did bring a few developments worth noting. One is the emergence of the new ... will be addressed any time soon. A letter by prominent army doctor Jiang Yanyong asking for such a re-evaluation that was leaked at the beginning of the NPC, made it an issue at the congress. It is to Mr ...

  9. Wen's view suggests no early plans for change

    Posted Mar 17th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... remarks followed an eye-catching article he wrote for the People's Daily last month in which he signalled the government's priority was economic reform and that it had little intention ... situations in different countries. His definition of democracy was as vague: 'At the end, socialist democracy is to allow people to be the master and to guarantee people's right ...

  10. NPC offers clues to Hu's long-term agenda

    Posted Mar 07th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... At the annual National People's Congress meeting now under way in Beijing, former president Jiang Zemin is giving up his last official title. The move cements the leadership roles ... If there are any major policy shifts in the offing, they are likely to be found in the tone of relations with Taipei and Hong Kong. The constraint of Mr Jiang's influence on the army is less ...




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