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

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

    ... 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 ... the National People's Congress approves the reshuffle of the State Council. Wang Yang, 52, currently Chongqing's party secretary, is slated to become the Guangdong party chief, while Mr Bo, ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Success of visit can't be read in black and white

    Posted Nov 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Go, the strategy game invented in China more than 2,500 years ago, is known for its simple rules and parity. Two players alternately place black and white stones on a grid, with the simple objective of winning a larger portion of the board. But as any Go player will testify, it may be the most complex of games, involving constant reading ahead, plotting and strategising. So ...

  5. Transparency is key to ensuring people's confidence about economic stimulus package

    Posted Mar 16th 2009, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Premier Wen Jiabao likes to talk up the word confidence these days wherever he goes. This is very necessary at a time of uncertainty and confusion over the mainland's growth prospects. At the televised press conference after the close of the National People's Congress meeting on Friday, he reminded reporters that he first uttered the now famous phrase ...

  6. Imitating the boss has rewards - and pitfalls

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei In any government or corporate hierarchy, secretaries to executives or officials fall into a special category. Their ranks may be low and the work mundane as they huddle ... examples. For instance, in the final years of Deng Xiaoping , his secretary, Wang Ruilin , was the only official who could see Deng and conveyed his thoughts to other mainland leaders. Mr Wang sat ...

  7. Graft laws won't succeed until the princelings bow

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

    ... Wang Xiangwei Last week, a group of mostly retired government and Communist Party officials and intellectuals made public a letter through the internet, urging the mainland leadership to introduce laws and require all senior officials to declare their personal assets to curb corruption. The letter, though published on the leftist website www.maoflag.net , is most likely to spark ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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