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  1. Hopes of political reform hit brick wall

    Posted Oct 20th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Talk of political reform in the run-up to the just-ended Communist Party plenum now appears to have been merely hot air. The talk included a string of calls for democracy from Premier Wen ... of the plenum on Monday made only one passing reference to political reform - that the party would make 'active but steady' efforts to promote 'political restructuring' - without ...

  2. Mainland media's political reform push gathers steam

    Posted Oct 14th 2010, 12:00am by Priscilla Jiao

    ... The mainland media's call for political reform is gathering steam, with several national and provincial newspapers joining the campaign. The latest calls for change come ahead ... Rural News in Guangzhou have all published articles focusing either on Wen's appearance on the cover of Time magazine's Asia edition or his calls for political reform over the past two ...

  3. Turn talk of political reform into action

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

    ... 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 ... since then, those observers who had seen glimmers of some real political reform have been disappointed. Dissenting voices remain heavily censored if not punished and the central authorities have ...

  4. Political Animal

    Posted Dec 14th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... have an effect on his political activities? On a recent trip to Naha in Okinawa, Political Animal was shocked to find that what appeared to be identical to the red and blue flags of his ... they literally meant 'ocean people'. So it was just as well that the political campaign did not coincide with the waves of anti-Japanese sentiment when the Japanese authorities arrested ...

  5. Only 1 of 8 political aides briefs Legco

    Posted Dec 13th 2010, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong Only one political assistant briefed lawmakers in the Legislative Council since the post was created in 2008, a governance review found. Of the eight political assistants, Linda Choy Siu-min, a political assistant to the secretary for environment, was the only one to have formally spoken in the legislature. Choy was once a news editor at the South China Morning ...

  6. Politics trumps public interest in job fiasco

    Posted Dec 15th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... political sensitivity in handling Leung's application and failed to understand public sentiment and expectations, which led to suspicion that she gave preferential treatment to her peer. I am ... that the pan-democrats are more likely to be swayed by political preferences than stand by their principles to safeguard the public interest. This seems rather hypocritical considering the fact that they have ...

  7. Internet activist Du Daobin freed but deprived of political rights for 2 years

    Posted Dec 10th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... power'. But Human Rights in China says Du was ordered to remain silent after being deprived of his political rights for two years, prohibiting him from voting, accepting interviews, making ... repercussions. Dissident lawyer Li Fangping said 'deprivation of political rights' should not include curbs on freedom of speech and publication. 'None of our legal rules says that someone ...

  8. Political winds reshape HK's top job

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Regina Ip

    ... Diplomatic Service- bearing the titles of political adviser and deputy or assistant adviser- functioned as integral members of the Hong Kong government, tendering advice on matters ranging from ... with the result that many had as little knowledge of Taiwan's people, politics and topography as they did of Mongolia. It took a while for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government ...

  9. Political satire has movie fans buzzing about the inferences

    Posted Jan 01st 2011, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai A dark political satire from one of China's most notorious directors has set the mainland blogosphere alight with chatter about possible hidden meanings, nuances ... and the state-controlled cigarette industry are hard to ignore. Using the fictional past to satirise the political present is an old trick. Framing the corruption neatly in the early republican era- a period which ...

  10. Political Animal

    Posted Dec 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... lawyer said. Knowing which way the political wind blows Observers are amazed by the efforts of top officials in pushing forward the bid to host the 2023 Asian Games. Donald Tsang and Secretary ... 'It's an undersecretary only,' a party insider said. 'Someone had the chief executive and lots more officials.' The officials certainly know which way the political wind blows. ...




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