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China Politics

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 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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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