China Politics

Maoist attitude to dissent is blocking China's road to the rule of law

Maoist attitude to dissent is blocking China's road to the rule of law

China has made significant progress in legal reform, but there are stubborn impediments to the rule of law. Chinese courts are still subject to political interference.

Monday, 8 April, 2013, 2:04am 4 comments

Li Yuanchao's trip a show of support for President Xi Jinping, say analysts

Vice-President Li Yuanchao's trip a show of loyalty. Photo: EPA

Vice-President Li Yuanchao wrapped up a low-profile trip to Guangdong at the weekend, a visit analysts described as a gesture of loyalty to President Xi Jinping.

3 Apr 2013 - 5:41am

Has China been a friend in Africa?

Has China been a friend in Africa?

Despite its undeniable symbolism, Xi Jinping's first trip to Africa as China's president hasn't brought any substantial change to Beijing's rhetorical approach to the resource-rich continent. In his opening address in Tanzania, Xi drew on the same pompous language used by his predecessors.

2 Apr 2013 - 3:43am 4 comments

Diaoyus activist gives girlfriend a wedding proposal she won't forget

Yang Kuang (left) and partner-in-protest Liu Shasha met in Sichuan last month and have been inseparable since. Photo: SMP

When she and Hong Kong boyfriend Yang Kuang were hustled to a police station by five officers, mainland activist Liu Shasha heard a whisper in her ear that calmed her down.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:06am 2 comments

Xi's African balancing act

President Xi Jinping hands over the symbolic golden key to Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete. Photo: AFP

China sees itself as the world's biggest developing country, so it is natural that President Xi Jinping should have devoted so much time during his first overseas trip since taking office to the budding African continent. No nation does as much trade with the region, nor is there another so dedicated to cementing good relations.

30 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Officials go underground to defeat moves to curb their lavish feasting

Xi Jinping called for officials to cut down on extravagance and feasting. Photo: EPA

Officials from four different regions have told the South China Morning Post that the banquets have merely gone underground, where they are now being held in much more lavish style.

27 Mar 2013 - 12:45pm 1 comment

Hu Chunhua: Heading to the top via Guangdong?

Illustration: Henry Wong

New Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua, who marks 100 days in the job today, has taken an ultra-low-profile approach to getting to grips with the complicated province.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

An aspiring China

Xi Jinping. Photo: EPA

As vague as Xi Jinping has allowed his dream of a Chinese renaissance to be, it has raised a lot of expectations, and sometimes fear. For all the rhetoric about "Chinese exceptionalism", it remains unclear whether Xi was claiming uniqueness or superiority, a combination of both, or neither.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am 1 comment

The no-frills Hong Kong dream

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

We now have two dreams. For much of our recent history, the American dream dominated. What began as a broad dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness through hard work evolved over time into a more specific American dream of freedom, equality, opportunity and consumerism. 

23 Mar 2013 - 5:02am 4 comments

China's government restructure won't succeed without limits on state power

China's Vice Premier Ma Kai. Photo: Reuters

Compared with the six previous overhauls of China's ministries, the reform this time appears to be more low-profile and pragmatic. Also absent were the fierce ideological debates of the past, on the relationship between government and market, big or small government, institutional reform versus systemic reform, and the ills of bureaucratic thinking.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:50am

China's slow but sure democratisation

China's slow but sure democratisation

Since Xi Jinping was anointed as China's new leader, reports of official repression of dissent have hardly abated. But, while criticism of China's human rights record clearly has merit, it is important not to lose sight of the extent of genuine political change.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 4 comments

China's dream of transformation

China's dream of transformation

A new fashion is gaining ground in Beijing: interpreting a dream. The trendsetter is not a Chinese Freud, but the nation's new top leader Xi Jinping, who first elaborated on the "China dream" after visiting a history museum in Beijing in November. Now, the dream has intoxicated the Chinese media as well as the two red-carpet shows of politics in Beijing.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:25am 3 comments

Xi Jinping outlines his vision of 'dream and renaissance'

President Xi Jinping, in his first address as head of state, said China had to follow its own path while putting its faith in the Communist Party's leadership. Photo: Xinhua

In his maiden speech as head of state, Xi Jinping invoked his favourite concept of the "China dream" and laid out a vision of a stronger nation with a higher standard of living for its 1.3 billion people. during his administration.

18 Mar 2013 - 7:51am 10 comments

Message from Xi to Hong Kong: think of national interest

Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

"Compatriots in the Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions should put emphasis on the country, Hong Kong and Macau's overall interest," Xi told delegates at the closing session of the National People's Congress in Beijing yesterday.

18 Mar 2013 - 9:47am 16 comments

Premier Li: strong, or just moderate?

Li Keqiang. Photo: Simon Song

The premier's news conference on the closing day of "the two meetings" is an important date on the calendar, not only for journalists but also ordinary mainlanders.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am 1 comment