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  1. Railway ministry targets corruption

    Posted Apr 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing The Ministry of Railways, which is still reeling from the recent sacking of its chief, is cracking down on internal corruption linked to tenders for lucrative ... to be linked to kickbacks and corruption, the Nanfang Daily yesterday quoted deputy Minister of Railways Lu Chunfang as telling a recent internal meeting. Lu said a tough line must be taken against ...

  2. Issue of national law on housing splits political aides

    Posted Mar 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com As the mainland continues its ambitious public housing projects to make housing more affordable for citizens, political advisers are split over whether ... should be encouraged. Yang Chao, a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, has urged the government to pass legislation on the financing, use and management ...

  3. When corruption is the norm

    Posted Aug 29th 2006, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... to corruption, extortion and vice. Such shenanigans, once par for the course among officials approving projects in the capital, have now spread into every aspect of citizen life. This makes it difficult ... the complications that locals create, and accept, as normal business practice. Even some restaurant waiters are hired from abroad, though this has less to do with corruption than a reluctance to learn ...

  4. Women threaten suicide in protest at official corruption

    Posted Aug 20th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... and 'injustice', the women gathered on the rooftop of the building near the Zhongnanhai compound- the centre of mainland political power- before 8am. They unfurled two banners that read: 'We accuse police, prosecutors and courts of making up criminal cases', and 'corruption and falsehood'. Police cordoned off a 400-metre section of Lingjing hutong and only official cars were ...

  5. Graft-fighters sharpen skills

    Posted May 15th 2009, 12:00am by Ivan Zhai

    ... Ivan Zhai The first group of 780 county-level graft-fighters was summoned to Beijing last week for eight days of training on stemming corruption in local governments. For the first time, ... They are being taught skills such as how to properly receive petitioners. Handling social unrest, which is closely linked to corruption, is one of the focal points. On the second day of the course, ...

  6. The arduous road to clean government

    Posted Jan 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... If any evidence were needed that official corruption is seen as a critical issue on the mainland, it is to be found in Beijing's publication of a white paper on the subject. It has ... to China. However, public outrage at the extent of official corruption and abuse of power at every level on the mainland is seen as a threat to social harmony. Top leaders have described ...

  7. Liaison offices under scrutiny

    Posted Apr 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Alleged corruption scandals at two government liaison offices in Beijing have renewed calls for an overhaul of the system. Liaison offices set up by two local governments ... higher-level authorities for a greater share of the government budget and preferential policies. A number of government officials were indicted in a string of corruption scandals involving several ...

  8. Olympics a political test for Beijing

    Posted Mar 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference meetings, it remains unclear whether delegates will be able to get satisfactory answers to requests for an updated estimate ... tarnished image following a series of high-profile corruption scandals connected to the Games, a clampdown on press freedom and heavy pollution, according to government sources. 'A Politburo ...

  9. Foundations for a shadow economy

    Posted Aug 24th 2004, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... Beijing's entire construction and infrastructure sector has become one of sustainable corruption. Mr Bi's case only adds Beijing to the list of places where corrupt regional transport directors ... China's high gross domestic product growth rates. The corrupt side of contracting has created a shadow economy, which evades official statistics, but is certainly a major factor behind ...

  10. 'Politically cold but economically warm' still applies to cross-strait ties

    Posted Jan 08th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... 'politically cold and economically warm'. Despite the political uncertainties, the economic relationship and interdependence between the two sides will continue to expand and deepen, not least ... to the mainland. But just as business ties are to get warmer, political ties are likely to get cooler in the coming months. Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian and his DPP are widely expected to play ...




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