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China Politics

Promotion of former anti-graft chief Wu Guanzheng's book prompts questions

A book by a former head of the Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog has become a bestseller on the mainland thanks to propaganda portraying its author, Wu Guanzheng, as an outstandingly clean and honest role model.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 6:50am 1 comment

Nepotism puts system for promotions in spotlight

A dragon begets a dragon, a phoenix begets a phoenix and the son of a mouse is good at digging holes, goes the Chinese idiom. Sadly, however, a culture of nepotism in the promotion of young officials has caused overwhelming public disgust.

26 May 2013 - 4:35am 4 comments

Party's attempt to crack whip comes under fire

A recent Communist Party circular warning officials against Western values appears to have been challenged from inside the political establishment. Those who have written the circular "consider the people's legitimate calls for reform as activities by hostile forces and 'dissidents', and [are] thus wrongly estimating and analysing the situation", Yang Tianshi, a senior scholar and adviser, wrote in an essay shared online.

25 May 2013 - 7:30am 2 comments

Xinhua spurs talk that rising star is son of ex-NPC chief Wu Bangguo

An unusual Xinhua report has sparked speculation that the state-run news agency has taken a subtle shot at the promotion of a man who could be the son of a powerful political figure.

16 May 2013 - 4:31am

The Son also Rises: nepotism doesn't disappear in China, it just gets a promotion

Throughout Chinese history, the expression ya nei originally meant palace guards but later referred generally to children of government officials. In traditional Chinese opera and drama, they are immortalised as the worst of the worst - vile, violent and corrupt. Dressed in silk and drooped in gold, ya nei roamed the streets, beating people for no particular reason or kidnapping young girls and forcing them to become concubines. They usually escape punishment thanks to their powerful fathers and relatives.

13 May 2013 - 5:47am 4 comments

Welshman Iain Inglis takes pride in singing exaltations of China

Iain Inglis used his brilliant voice to shoot to stardom in China, albeit in a very untraditional way - by singing communist revolutionary songs. The multilingual Welsh expat, 34, gained millions of fans, and votes, by appearing on prime-time talent show China's Got Talent early last year.

12 May 2013 - 6:28am 3 comments

Shedding some light on the dark world of party discipline

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

"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

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

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