China Politics

Welshman Iain Inglis takes pride in singing exaltations of China

Welshman Iain Inglis, 34, belts out a revolutionary song on the China's Got Talent television show last year. Photo: SMP

Iain Inglis used his brilliant voice to shoot to stardom in China, albeit in a very untraditional way - by singing communist revolutionary songs.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 6:28am 3 comments

Shedding some light on the dark world of party discipline

Bo Xilai. Photo: Reuters

In China's uphill battle against rampant corruption, no other Communist Party agency evokes more fear among officials than the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the country's top anti-graft watchdog.

6 May 2013 - 5:18am 2 comments

Fang Lizhi uses posthumous autobiography to deny any role in Tiananmen protests

Professor Fang Lizhi

"I hope my autobiography will help me to say clearly how I was guided by [the spirit of] science and democracy to the endless path of being the most-wanted man [by the Chinese authorities]," the book's cover quotes the distinguished astrophysicist as saying.

5 May 2013 - 7:14am 1 comment

Xi makes The Economist cover again, but Beijing's censors are unimpressed

A combination photo of the two The Economist covers with Xi Jinping.

For the second time in just over six months, China’s president, Xi Jinping, is gracing the cover of The Economist, although Beijing appears unimpressed and unamused.

3 May 2013 - 1:56pm 18 comments

'Corruption probe' general helps pen defence book

Bo Xilai and Xu Caihou at last year's National People's Congress. Photo: SCMP

General Xu Caihou, a former vice-chairman of the Communist Party's Central Military Commission - the top body that commands the country's armed forces - wrote a preface for a book authored by Wang Xibin, the president of the National Defence University, a top university for military education in China.

29 Apr 2013 - 5:22am

Xi follows in Mao's footsteps on path to consolidate power

Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

When the Politburo announced Xi Jinping's campaign rid the party of "formalism, bureaucratism and behaviour that suggests mediocrity, laziness, laxity and extravagance", what it really meant was: "Clean up your act. Or we'll clean it up for you."

29 Apr 2013 - 5:22am 1 comment

No time for dreaming, Xi needs to crack on with cleaning up the party

No time for dreaming, Xi needs to crack on with cleaning up the party

The Chinese leadership may have good reason to regret taking bad advice from its ideological team. The idea of declaring a new political slogan, the "China Dream", at the outset of the new regime has backfired so badly that one wonders if the catchphrase can outlast Hu Jintao's "harmonious society", which survived for more than two years.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am 3 comments

Hong Kong losing its competitive edge, Beijing warns

Zhang Dejiang

Hong Kong is losing its competitive edge and will be "swept downstream if it does not forge ahead", warns Beijing's man in charge of Hong Kong affairs.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:50am 13 comments

Political reform in China won't be driven by crises, says theorist

Yu Keping

The troubled Wukan model shows that China's political reform can't be propelled by crises in governance, but only by gradual democratic development focusing on improving the way officials are elected and monitored in office, says a leading political theorist.

28 Apr 2013 - 6:25am 1 comment

Call for probe into rise, and fall, of 25-year-old mayor in Jining

Han Dongya and Han Han.

Han Han, the 25-year-old mayor of a town in Jining, Shandong, quit her job last Sunday at the same time her father stepped down from an important post on the city's Communist Party committee amid online accusations she had climbed the bureaucratic ladder quickly because of her father.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Taiwan looks into legality of its residents in mainland China public posts

Phoenix TV's Shally Wu is on Guangdong's CPPCC. Photo: Edmond So

Taiwan is examining the legality of its people holding public office on the mainland, its bitter rival before cross-strait reconciliation in 2008. Such public posts include those on the local and national committees of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), local people's congresses and as consultants and deputy chiefs of local administrations.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

Xi will be pushed to make good on his China Dream

Xi will be pushed to make good on his China Dream

Ruling elites almost everywhere - whether in democracies or in authoritarian regimes - believe that clever sloganeering can inspire their people and legitimise their power. There are, of course, crucial differences. In functioning democracies, government leaders can be held accountable for their promises: the press can scrutinise their policies, opposition parties are motivated to show that the party in power lies and cheats. As a result, incumbents are frequently forced to carry out at least some of their promises.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 1 comment

Social media in China redraws old battle lines between left and right

Writer Li Chengpeng

"P*** off and go abroad" is an insult that writer Li Chengpeng faces every day. Many conservatives want the former soccer commentator to leave the country and don't shy away from telling him so on microblogs or to his face at book readings.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:11am

Former soccer commentator Li Chengpeng makes a political pitch

Li Chengpeng

Li Chengpeng has become a hero for Chinese liberals and a hate figure of leftists over his transformation from sports journalism to social commentary. His recipe for success has been taking the thrill and punditry he learned in sports coverage to the dry arena of China's political debate.

17 Apr 2013 - 8:29am

Beijing should consider redefining 'one China'

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AP

Apart from his "Chinese Dream", President Xi Jinping would appear to have a "Taiwanese Dream", too. In his February meeting with Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, Xi expressed his wish to engage in political negotiation for peace and unity across the Taiwan Strait.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am 1 comment