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  1. Wen's move lends hope for petition reform

    Posted Jan 31st 2011, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Ever since he came to power in 2003, Wen Jiabao has been carefully cultivating his image as 'the people's premier'. His populist approach has helped him stand out from other mainland leaders and has earned him much adulation from ordinary m ...

  2. Business as usual with high-sounding words

    Posted Mar 15th 2010, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... As usual, the most important bit of the mainland's political event of the year - annual sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference - came right after their closing. Premier Wen Jiab ...

  3. All that glitters is bad news for Wen watchers

    Posted Nov 19th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Nothing is more politically sensitive and riskier on the mainland than publicly speculating about the personal lives and family members of top government and Communist Party leaders. The official media is banned from carrying anything except for officially sanctioned bits of information and offenders risk the peril of heavy official retribution. But fewer things arouse ...

  4. Hu secures his legacy but lineup shows power sharing in party

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei in Beijing President's vision enshrined in charter amid signs of resistance to his theories When more than 2,200 delegates to the Communist Party's 17th National ... the so-called fifth-generation leaders, with Li Keqiang and Mr Xi at the top. Other core fifth-generation leaders are most likely to include the new Politburo members, including Wang Qishan , Wang Yang ...

  5. The limits of Hu's influence are laid bare

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei With the eight other members of the revamped Politburo Standing Committee standing behind him, President Hu Jintao yesterday declared the Communist Party's 17th National Congress 'a resounding success' and, in a live television broadcast, promised to open up 'a broader vista' for the party and the country. But judging from the new leadership ...

  6. Hu must tread lightly to maintain balance of power

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Is Vice-President Zeng Qinghong going to remain on the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee? The intense speculation about the mainland's new leadership lineup took a dramatic twist yesterday after Mr Zeng was elected as the secretary general of the Communist Party's 17th National Congress, which opens today. As the secretary general's ...

  7. Between the lines of Wen's speech: a message for the party's leftists

    Posted Mar 19th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Those following Premier Wen Jiabao's annual press conference at the close of the National People's Congress should watch for what was not said, which is at least as interesting as anything that was. On Friday, after 13 years of debate and fine-t ...

  8. NPC may be a rubber stamp, but reports' fine print will have big impact

    Posted Mar 15th 2006, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... It is fashionable for many overseas media and analysts to dismiss the annual session of the National People's Congress, which ended yesterday, as a gabfest of unelected 'people's deputies' rubber-stamping government proposals. There is ...

  9. Sudden change is not a trivial matter for diplomacy

    Posted Sep 05th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... 'There are no trivial matters in foreign diplomacy,' late premier Zhou Enlai once cautioned, and this has become a favourite motto among Chinese officials and analysts involved in foreign affairs. It also explains why the postponement of Preside ...

  10. Clues to official plight of Bo, Wang

    Posted Jun 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Wang Lijun as delegates to the National People's Congress. Experts believe the move paves the way for their prosecution. The standing committee of Chongqing's municipal people's ... by the Chongqing Daily News group. The report gave no details of the identity of the person or persons. A Chongqing-based source said yesterday that both Bo and Wang, the municipality's former police ...




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