China Politics

Investment in environmental projects lowers mayors' career prospects, study finds

Investment in environmental projects lowers mayors' career prospects, study finds

Investment in transport infrastructure improves a mainland mayor's chances of promotion, while spending on environmental improvements lowers them, a research paper using data between 2000 and 2009 has found.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:51am 1 comment

Veteran official regains Hong Kong-Macau office post

Xu Ze

Xu Ze, a veteran central government official for Hong Kong and Macau affairs, has been appointed to a second stint as a deputy director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:34am

Anti-graft teams cause stir as they prepare to fan out across China

Wang Qishan. Photo: Xinhua

When the Communist Party's top anti-corruption agency announced this month that it was sending 10 "inspection teams" to provinces and state-owned enterprises, internet users and state media compared them to the envoys sent by emperors to check on local officials.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Li Keqiang well advised to keep foreign wise men at bay

Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: EPA

I remember when Tung Chee-hwa did this as Hong Kong's first chief executive not too long after taking office. It was his big idea for gathering big thoughts on Hong Kong. He wouldn't otherwise have had many, I gather.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:40am 1 comment

Xi Jinping, a nationalist and a reformer

Illustration: Craig Stephens

What to make of President Xi Jinping, who holds his first summit with President Barack Obama this week? The hope is that Xi is a reformer, who will guide China through domestic transformation and to responsible statecraft. The fear is that Xi is a nationalist, who has set China on an aggressive, expansionist course of bullying its neighbours and confronting the US.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:12am 4 comments

Plan for Dalai Lama to visit Hong Kong may fall prey to Beijing's meddling

Philip Li shows a gift from the Dalai Lama. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A religious group has invited the Dalai Lama to Hong Kong in September and is confident that the trip will go ahead, despite the tensions between the Tibetan spiritual leader and the mainland's government.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:14am 8 comments

Why China needs its critics

Mao Yushi. Photo: Reuters

People's trust in government erodes when there is no genuine rule of law to limit the power and scope of the ruling elite. The latest breach of trust in China is the discovery that more than 40 per cent of the rice supply in Guangzhou was tainted with cadmium, a toxic metal. The socialist idea that "power resides in the people" is a mantra without substance.

3 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Most mainland Chinese can't name their own mayor, poll finds

Mayor of Chengdu Ge Honglin. Photo: Xinhua

Only a third of mainlanders know the name of their mayors, but more than half would vote for them if free elections were held, a survey of about 6,300 people in 30 major cities has found.

2 Jun 2013 - 11:59am

China's leaders draw up formal party rules to control members

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

Making sure the Communist Party's 80 million members are strictly controlled is imperative for the party's new leadership, amid a looming legitimacy crisis. Analysts say Monday's release of procedural requirements for the formulation of party rules has signalled party chief Xi Jinping's intention to introduce the rule of law into the management of its members.

30 May 2013 - 8:33am

Liberal economist Mao Yushi warns of a 'leftist revival' in China

A 1966 picture shows Red Guards students at a parade in Beijing's streets at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. Photo: AFP

In recent weeks prominent liberal economist Mao Yushi has experienced first-hand the leftist revival taking shape on the mainland. First, Mao, 84, was bombarded last month by insults and even death threats by anonymous callers angered by his criticism of the party's patriarch, Mao Zedong.

27 May 2013 - 8:52am 12 comments

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

Wu Guanzheng

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.

26 May 2013 - 6:50am 1 comment

Nepotism puts system for promotions in spotlight

Yuan Huizhong

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

Wu Lei (left) and Wu Bangguo. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

Jiang Zhongyong, the 29-year-old deputy county chief in Jieyang

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