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  1. Accidental prime minister's brief reign

    Posted Jun 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... 'That, to me, shows that the LDP is an ossified bureaucracy, resembling a Soviet-era politburo.' But why is it so hard for Japan to produce a statesman-like leader, who can be decisive, set ...

  2. Planning agency familiar ground for new chief

    Posted Mar 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with that of Politburo member Wang Yang,' an official source said. Both officials are from Anhui, although Mr Zhang is nine years older than Mr Wang. Born in Xiao county, a farming area in northern Anhui, ...

  3. Bo Xilai buffs credentials with Net summit

    Posted May 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hu Jintao and most of the rest of the Politburo Standing Committee are expected to give up their party posts at the party's 2012 congress. On Tuesday night, he hosted a gala ...

  4. Telecoms restructuring looms

    Posted Mar 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... politburo. To simplify the sector's supervision, sources say the government is likely to establish a new ministry as the market watchdog, which will assume the full functions of the Ministry ...

  5. Speculation rife as Beijing's elite puzzle over loss of their clubs

    Posted May 24th 2010, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... attracted heavy praise from ordinary mainlanders nationwide, with some analysts speculating that his decision may have strengthened his chances of stepping up to become a member of the Politburo ...

  6. Better weather and hard work ease power and transport woes

    Posted Feb 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... New Year holiday this month and trapping many residents at home without adequate water or electricity. President Hu Jintao presided over a meeting of Politburo Standing Committee members ...

  7. Cold snap leaves Beijing on thin ice

    Posted Feb 01st 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Wednesday's meeting of the Politburo that members should keep a sharp eye on global economic trends and their impact on the domestic situation. According to Xinhua, Mr Hu told them to 'prepare ...

  8. March to modernity for PLA command

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Politburo members in recent years. Normally, there have been two vice-chairmen but there were three during the first five years of President Hu's because his predecessor, Jiang Zemin , still ... militarists.' Military experts say General Xu's entry to the 17th Politburo showed President Hu was further consolidating his grip on the PLA. 'General Xu is rare in the CMC in that he holds ...

  9. Democracy on everyone's lips, but is it just talk?

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao, Ting Shi

    ... it has done little to answer mounting calls for competitive elections at the highest level of the Politburo. Professor Liu says Beijing has yet to specify things like the the nomination process for the party's general secretary and the number of members the Politburo should have, which has varied at different party congresses. 'We have seen frequent revisions of the party charter - almost ...

  10. Observers see little hope of political reform

    Posted Oct 13th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... unveiled, but also because a group of rising stars was expected to be installed in key positions on the Politburo Standing Committee. They would be the likely successors to the current leadership ... be instilled at the top level, including the Politburo and the party's Central Committee, so that decisions would be based on majority rule, with experts consulted more frequently during ...




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