17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China

Li Peng is latest party veteran to bask in spotlight

A lengthy People's Daily piece yesterday praising controversial former premier Li Peng is being seen as the latest attempt by party elders to flex their political muscles during sensitive talks to finalise the party's next leadership line-up.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:07pm

Horse trading under way in earnest

Billed as one of the world's most watched programmes, CCTV's daily prime-time news at 7pm, known as Xinwen Lianbo, easily draws as many as 100 million viewers daily, mainly because it is required to be shown simultaneously by most terrestrial television channels on the mainland.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Legal policy chief urges better petition handling

Zhou Yongkang, the top mainland official in charge of law and order, yesterday called for better handling of people's complaints and urged officials to take a preventive approach before people's discontent turned into radical action.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

New breed of provincial leaders

The new line-up of provincial leaders brings a markedly different mindset to the problems facing the mainland compared to their predecessors', having come of age during the reform era and immersed themselves in liberal studies at university, according to information available and analysts.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Book reveals security move after June 4 crackdown

The Communist Party leadership decided to strengthen its security apparatus shortly after the June 4 military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in 1989, according to a new book by a former top legislator.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hunan chief needs to order inquiry into activist's death

The once-in-a-decade leadership change, scheduled for this autumn, should have been a perfect opportunity for the Communist Party to boost its legitimacy and international image by detailing its achievements and creating a 'feel-good' atmosphere.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

People's Daily boss tells of paper's role in Bo saga

The president of People's Daily gave students at Shanghai's Fudan University a rare insight into how the party mouthpiece rallied behind the Communist Party with a series of commentaries over the downfall of the disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai .

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Leadership needs to rein in almighty party secretaries

In mainland bureaucratic lingo, yibashou, which literally translates into 'first hand', is the popular, informal and reverent word used to address the chief leader of every department or jurisdiction from the village all the way up to the state president.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bo's axing seen as liberal coup

The central party leadership's decision to expel Bo Xilai on Tuesday night was a calculated move to stanch speculation about discord among the party's closed and secretive leadership and ensure a smooth transition of power in the months ahead, analysts say.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wang Yang latest to vow loyalty to top leadership

Guangdong party boss Wang Yang has joined a growing chorus of political heavyweights pledging their allegiance to the party's central leadership after the controversial ousting of Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai last month.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bo ally falls into line with leaders

The Communist Party's security tsar ordered law enforcement officials to always toe Beijing's political line - comments that come as the central government continues to push for unity amid rumours of a power struggle at the top.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Leaders signal accord on Bo

The mainland leadership's move over the weekend to launch a sweeping crackdown on microblogging sites is notable not only for its scale and severity but also for its timing.

It came after the authorities had largely turned a blind eye to frenzied rumours of political infighting at the highest levels and allowed them to circulate over the internet for weeks.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bo's exit a setback for leftists

Bo Xilai, the mainland's high-profile princeling-politician, is set to be left out in the cold in the upcoming leadership shake-up later this year after his removal as Chongqing party chief yesterday.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Seeking a handshake, missing the message

In politics, body language can speak volumes - even more so when it is expected but does not occur. The subtle shift can send a powerful message.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Reshuffle 'will give P.L.A. more power'

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) will likely play a larger role in domestic politics, foreign and security policy after next year's political reshuffle, an expert in mainland politics said yesterday.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am