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  1. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Hu seeks clean power handover with military promotion, sources say

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 05:05pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... to maintain an influence over Beijing’s most potent instrument of power. Three sources with ties to the top leadership said Hu hopes to cut all of his direct links to the top echelons of power ... when a transition of power took place, sources say. They point to the example of his predecessor, Jiang Zemin, who clung onto the top job at the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission ...

  2. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Hu Jintao's delegate reforms get mixed reviews

    Posted Nov 13th 2012, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... But others say the congress would remain a rubber stamp body, with delegates given little real power. Some party scholars have hailed the development as a significant move towards the intra-party ... leadership. Analysts said Hu's suggestion was likely to be incorporated in the party constitution this week. Delegates now only have the power to discuss policy documents, like Hu's report. ...

  3. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Exclusive: Hu Jintao set to step down as military chief

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... designated successor, Xi Jinping, when the congress concludes on Wednesday. Marking the first clean transfer of power the Communist Party has seen in two decades, Hu's move will break ... to lose than to gain if he had followed Jiang's precedent. Hu wants to give up power and go into full retirement, according to the sources. Jiang's prolonged stay had set a bad precedent ...

  4. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Exclusive: oil chief quizzed over massive cash transfers in Ferrari crash cover-up

    Posted Nov 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... from central government-administered companies and agencies, Jiang sat next to Wang in the front row. Sources said Jiang had been trying to help Ling, then head of the powerful General Office ... half-naked. Two young women from an ethnic minority- one naked and the other semi-clothed- who were with him in the car were both seriously injured. Ling was one of China's most powerful men ...

  5. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Exclusive: Ferrari crash scandal cover-up may force out Hu ally, Ling Jihua

    Posted Nov 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... at the concluding session of the congress. The sources said Ling, once one of China's most powerful men, was in danger of being edged out because of dissatisfaction among more than 2,200 party ... the prospects of Ling, once tipped as a contender for a seat at the top table of power, were dimmed when he was transferred to head the party's United Front Work Department, he has so far been ...

  6. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Jiang Zemin faction wins in China's game of thrones

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... for the other. In the game of party power, most analysts believe former president Jiang Zemin outmanoeuvred his successor, Hu Jintao , in influencing the selection of the next generation of leaders. Hu, ... because only Li Keqiang is seen as Hu's man, coming from the Communist Youth League." The league, Hu's power base, is seen as a training ground for future leaders. Most China ...

  7. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Hu Jintao will step down as military chief today

    Posted Nov 15th 2012, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao, CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Top brass confirm Post report that outgoing leader will retire completely, clearing way for first clean transfer of power in two decades President Hu Jintao will officially retire ... transfer of power the party has seen in two decades. Top military brass confirmed a South China Morning Post report that Hu will go into full retirement to make way for his successor, Xi Jinping. ...

  8. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Liu Yunshan tipped to lead the Central Committee Secretariat

    Posted Nov 14th 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... of the party's power centre in the once-in-a-decade leadership reshuffle. Meanwhile, in a move that confirms earlier reports that Vice-Premier Wang Qishan would be elevated to the Politburo Standing ... secretary Jiang Zemin, although he cut his teeth in the Inner Mongolia branch of the Youth League. The party's youth outreach arm has long been regarded as a key power base of Hu Jintao and his ...

  9. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Xi Jinping pledges to tackle corruption

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... leaders. Along with Xi, a slate of new leaders was also sworn in as they were elevated to the Politburo and its Standing Committee, the apex of power, after elections by the newly elected Central ... , 66. Xi, appearing relaxed and confident, was no doubt aware that apart from assuming immense power, he will also have to deal with the extremely difficult legacy left by his predecessor Hu ...

  10. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Central Committee vote belies much touted intra-party democracy

    Posted Nov 14th 2012, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing jiangtao.shi@scmp.com Number of Central Committee candidates now matches number of seats Vote proves party democracy a lie, say analysts The level of competition in preliminary voting for the elite Central Committee turned out to b ...




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