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  1. News - China

    The solution to Beijing's problems: move the capital to Hebei

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com Congestion and pollution are making Beijing unlivable. The best answer would be to shift the whole seat of government 100km away A capital solution: move it all to Hebei Early next month, the ruling Communist Party is scheduled to elect a new generation of leaders to head the country for the next 10 years. As the incoming leaders ponder ...

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    World waits for timetable on Beijing's leadership transition

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei In absence of any indication of dates for all-important transition, rumours abound World is waiting for Beijing timetable As Beijing makes the final preparations for its once-in-a-decade leadership transition, the mainland's massive propaganda machine is getting into gear by eulogising the achievements of the 10-year rule under President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen ...

  3. Games are indeed expensive, but it's been money well spent

    Posted Aug 11th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... China Briefing Warm congratulations to the diminutive Guangdong girl, Chen Xiexia, who won China's first gold medal at the Olympics on Saturday, in weightlifting. This gave the mainland a bright start on its medal quest over the next fortnight. And j ...

  4. Beijing plays PR game with Tibet talks offer

    Posted Apr 28th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Beijing's sudden announcement on Friday that it was prepared to meet the Dalai Lama's representatives 'in the coming days' has drawn swift praise from western leaders but also scepticism over its motives from some overseas analysts. While Beijing insists it extended the invitation 'in view of the requests repeatedly made by the Dalai side ...

  5. Beijing loses the early rounds of pre-Games public relations battle

    Posted Feb 18th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei It has started and it is surely going to become more intense. With less than six months to go, international attention is apparently switching from Beijing's undisputed efforts to provide world-class venues for the Summer Olympics to its more awkward challenges including pollution, human rights and media freedom. The central government now has the mother of all ...

  6. Rival cities should co-operate to make Disneyland better for all

    Posted Dec 24th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei These days, Hong Kong Disneyland appears in urgent need of some magic to improve its own fortunes. That could come from two seemingly unlikely places: Shanghai and Beijing. Here's why. Ever since the Magic Kingdom opened its doors more than two years ago, it has been in the news for all sorts of wrong or controversial reasons: from the crowd control and ticketing ...

  7. Beijing should legalise and regulate booming underground banks

    Posted Nov 26th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei The mainland leadership's embarrassing decision to impose cash withdrawal limits at banks in Shenzhen at the beginning of this month only to lift them days later, has focused media attention on the illegal outflow of mainland funds into Hong Kong's stock market through the booming underground banking operations. While there is no way of knowing the exact ...

  8. Beijing must rein in local authorities

    Posted Jul 16th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... When President Hu Jintao came to power in late 2002 and Premier Wen Jiabao in early 2003, trumpeting their policy of putting the people first, expectations ran so high that the state media and some overseas media in Hong Kong affectionately hailed the era ...

  9. Mayor predicts all will go to plan on a day to remember

    Posted Oct 01st 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao, Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei and Shi Jiangtao in Beijing The capital is ready for the most lavish and spectacular celebrations for the nation's birthday today, says Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong. Months ... of the spending on the parade as it did with an auditors' inspection after the Olympics. Guo, 62, a native of Nanjing , Jiangsu province , took over the post in 2007 from Wang Qishan , who was later ...

  10. Fake princeling 'scammed stars out of millions'

    Posted Jun 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... that Wang Di established relationships with celebrities through her former husband, a soccer player in Dalian. The couple divorced in 2008, and Wang Di moved to Beijing, where she met Yang Yun, the wife of Yang Wei. Wang Di rented several high-end flats in downtown Beijing and allegedly told Yang Yun that the homes were hers and that she was trying to sell them for a low price. ...




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