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  1. News - China - POLITICS

    Politburo endorses draft restructuring plan

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Restructuring plan is to be formally adopted by NPC in two weeks along with leadership transition, but changes are not expected to be radical Politburo endorses reform draft The Politburo yesterday endorsed a draft of a State Council restructuring plan that will be tabled for approval in the National People's Congress in two weeks' time. The draft proposes reform ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's political reform must combine modern ideals and tradition

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 12:00am by LANXIN XIANG

    ... is a "people's republic", but it resembles neither a republic nor a traditional dynasty; it is an unnatural hybrid of a Chinese political body dominated by an alien political organ, the politburo. The politburo system was abandoned in most parts of the communist world after the end of the cold war, so why does China insist on keeping this ugly relic of the Russian revolution? The party also ...

  3. News - China - POLITICS

    Xi Jinping talks, but will he follow through on change?

    Posted Dec 07th 2012, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Early indications look promising, with the new style being felt- or heard- on at least a few occasions in the three weeks since the new, seven-member Politburo Standing Committee was given the keys to the world's biggest political machine. The absence of traffic controls for a Politburo Standing Committee motorcade last week was one of the first indications that the new leaders ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS SHIRLEY YAM

    Hope fades for reform and power sharing at the top

    Posted Nov 17th 2012, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... that the next five years will allow time for Xi Jinping to consolidate his power and reformers will be able to join the Politburo Standing Committee when the five members retire in 2018. Yet, I cannot ... months before the reshuffle, the public saw the fall of a Politburo member and potential leadership heir Bo Xilai. They were told Bo has accumulated more than US$6 billion in graft; plotted ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Old guard can still reform China

    Posted Nov 14th 2012, 12:00am by ANDREW LEUNG

    ... Andrew Leung Andrew Leung says that a prevalence of the old guard in the next Politburo Standing Committee won't mean China is stalling reform efforts; rather, it will ensure ... trading partner. So, looking at the near-final list of contenders for the Politburo Standing Committee, why does it seem to be populated largely by "old brooms" not known ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A new year, a more open style of governance beckons in China

    Posted Jan 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Hu Shuli

    ... other members of the Politburo Standing Committee. The reports talked about their careers and governance style, revealed their hobbies, and even included old photos of them at work and named ... It was the first time in decades that a government mouthpiece had reported in detail the personal information and family life of central party leaders. Not long ago, the Politburo released guidelines ...

  7. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    New ministry needed to map out reforms

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... with any major reform- political, economic or social. This is not the first time Wang, well known for his reformist outlook, has made such a bold call for reforms. But as a Politburo member who ... rumoured to be a strong contender for a seat on the Politburo Standing Committee at the 18th congress in November, but he lost out. Still, as a vice-premier, Wang is expected to take ...

  8. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi Jinping might be strong reformer China needs- to surprise of the West

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... president Jiang Zemin again managed to outmanoeuvre President Hu Jintao in filling seats on the Politburo Standing Committee with his protégés and allies- accounting for five of the seven members. ... interest groups or pushing for reform. Much has been written about the leadership's decision to reduce the size of the Politburo Standing Committee from nine to seven, to reduce political ...

  9. News - China - POLITICS

    Xi Jinping wants a 'stable and solid' start in his first year in charge

    Posted Jan 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... progress over recent decades in what appeared to be an attempt to please his predecessors and party conservatives. The other six members of the party's supreme Politburo Standing Committee, ... breakthroughs, and Xi Jinping is trying to seek a balance between them," Zhang said. Meanwhile, in a Politburo study session on Monday, Xi called for more political courage and wisdom to deepen ...

  10. News - 18th Party Congress - ANALYSIS: CHONGQING SCANDAL

    Fall of Bo Xilai could boost progress of political reform, say analysts

    Posted Sep 30th 2012, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... to be accused of serial crimes." A statement released on Friday by the decision-making Politburo said Bo had repeatedly "violated party discipline" over a career dating to his days ... to the US consulate in Chengdu. It ended a career some thought could have won Bo a seat on the Politburo Standing Committee. The official statement suggested that Bo's trial would cover corrupt ...




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