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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Is Malaysia fit to lead widened search for missing flight MH370?

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 04:24am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... on this scale, proved incompetent. Now that the multinational search operation is shifting to the Indian Ocean, an important question arises: should Malaysia continue to lead the operation? Ever since ...

  2. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Key questions never asked in graft probe of ex-railways chief Liu Zhijun

    Posted Jun 24th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com Length of probe into Liu Zhijun indicated scale of misdeeds, but murky details of a web of corruption were not clarified in swift trial Key questions ... and trial have raised more important questions about the country's judicial system and anti-corruption efforts. Liu disappeared from public view and was believed to be being dealt ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    As graft crackdown grinds on, scepticism persists

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 04:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... the long term is another question. Mainland authorities are well known for launching campaigns to tackle serious problems that bring short-term results. But the reality is that the problems often return after the campaigns end. Thus, there have understandably been many questions over what lasting changes President Xi Jinping will achieve with his anti-corruption campaign. The central ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Too much at stake for Beijing and Tokyo to risk in war over islands

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 04:22am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Despite growing sense Beijing and Tokyo are heading for blows over Diaoyus, both sides have strong reasons to keep tensions in check Too much at stake to risk conflict Are China and Japan hurtling towards a military conflict, possibly over the disputed Diaoyu Islands (called the Senkakus by Japan) sooner than later? That question is always a compelling and heated ...

  5. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Will Xi Jinping follow in the footsteps of his reformist father?

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 04:53am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei The president has not shown whether his loyalties lie left or right, but tributes to the family patriarch might hold a clue Will Xi follow in the footsteps of his reformist father? Like father, like son. If the proverb rings true, it might provide some insight on a question vexing many China analysts: is President Xi Jinping a leftist or rightist? The answer ...

  6. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Mass vacations are no holiday

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com Having Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day fall so close together points out flaws in mainland's top-down system of deciding days off Mass vacations are no holiday Here is the question: if your government decreed that, starting from September 16, you will work for three days then have a three-day holiday; go back to work for six days, ...

  7. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Attack on rumours a step backwards for transparency

    Posted Sep 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... the free-wheeling social media environment and raise questions over its efforts to boost transparency to fight corruption. The positive development was the surprising degree of transparency during ...

  8. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Jiang Zemin's backing of Xi not coincidence

    Posted Jul 29th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... politics. It remains as secretive and opaque as ever. Case in point is Jiang Zemin - what's the former president up to? That question has been the centre of intense speculation ever since he ... with Kissinger and his family in Shanghai and had "very relaxed, very sincere, very important" conversations. The report raised a flurry of questions: why was Jiang re-emerging now? What were ...

  9. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Free judiciary from party reins

    Posted Aug 12th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... to state media, Wang was saved by the skin of his teeth because he drank too much and went straight to sleep on the night in question. Shanghai party secretary Han Zheng said the case of a few ...

  10. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Shedding some light on the dark world of party discipline

    Posted May 06th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... violations at a specific time and venue. But those two words have given the commission sweeping powers to indefinitely detain and question any official suspected of wrongdoing. The process is cloaked ... about rampant corruption, harbour little sympathy for how officials are treated under shuanggui , an increasing number of legal professionals and media commentators have begun to question ...




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