China Politics

China to set up food and drug agency after safety scandals

One of the food safety scandals involves baby formula laced with melamine, which led to illness and kidney problems in 300,000 infants and six deaths.

The NPC ministerial-level body, due to be approved within days at the annual session of the National People's Congress, will follow the example of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Monday, 4 March, 2013, 8:46am 2 comments

Odd proposals from the NPC and CPPCC sessions

A Western-style swearing-in ceremony for new heads of state and a tightening up of the nation's family-planning policy for people with little education were two of the eye-popping proposals to come yesterday from National People's Congress (NPC) deputies and members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). 

4 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

Allies, aides and kin of former political leaders join CPPCC presidium

Opening meeting of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) yesterday in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Several secretaries, allies and children of former state leaders or revolutionary veterans have been appointed to the presidium of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), whose annual session kicked off yesterday afternoon in Beijing.

4 Mar 2013 - 9:43am 2 comments

Super ministries may not be the right answer for mainland China

Li Keqiang. Photo: EPA

It has become a ritual for new Chinese leaders to announce a shake-up of government in the name of streamlining bureaucracy and more importantly, to signal a fresh start.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:47am

Can China's new leaders finally lay to rest ghosts of the Cultural Revolution?

Can China's new leaders finally lay to rest ghosts of the Cultural Revolution?

Once again, the term wen ge - short for the Cultural Revolution - is buzzing around China's web. This time, discussion was sparked by the trial last month of a man for an alleged murder in 1967, at the height of the Cultural Revolution.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am 1 comment

C.Y. Leung gets boost on national stage

Henry Tang is in the presidium of the CPPCC. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong's embattled chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, received a boost yesterday when his leadership abilities were praised at a press conference ahead of today's CPPCC.

3 Mar 2013 - 12:44pm

Soft landing for Ling Jihua in car crash scandal

Ling Jihua. Photo: Simon Song

United Front Minister Ling Jihua, the former top aide to outgoing President Hu Jintao, was named one of 10 executive chairmen of the top political advisory body's new presidium, suggesting he might be named a vice-chairman of the body after its nine-day annual session that starts today.

3 Mar 2013 - 12:54pm 1 comment

Deputy foreign minister Zhang Zhijun tipped to be next Taiwan affairs chief

Zhang Zhijun (left) is expected to replace Wang Yi.

Zhang, who is also the Foreign Ministry's party secretary, is said to be Beijing's choice because it wanted to continue appointing senior diplomats to head Taiwan affairs, which often involves complex international relations.

3 Mar 2013 - 8:17am

Wen Jiabao: the people's champion or a chameleon

Whether meeting foreign leaders such as Barack Obama or mingling with the masses, Wen Jiabao was keen to show his grass-roots credentials. Photos: Xinhua, AFP, AP; illustration: Sarene Chan

Sympathisers and admirers say he has been a true reformer and the "people's premier". Opponents question his sincerity because he has often failed to live up to his reformist pledges and meet public expectations.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:35am 4 comments

A free Liu Xiaobo will be less of a headache for Beijing

Liu Xiaobo

Communists are supposed to be unsentimental realists who care only about outcomes and results. So even judging by the ethics-free standard of pure realpolitik, the jailing of dissident and Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been a complete disaster for Beijing.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 7 comments

Analysing the first 100 days of Xi Jinping

It was a busy first few months for Xi Jinping following his election as party leader in November. As well as making exhaustive tours of the provinces and military installations, he also found time to meet former US President Jimmy Carter for talks in Beijing. Illustration: Henry Wong

It's difficult to offer any judgments on a new leader just a little over three months into office, or even highlight any definite trends.

1 Mar 2013 - 4:40am

Xi gets off to good start in first 100 days but drastic reforms are unlikely

Xi Jinping. Photo: AP

China's new leader Xi Jinping has certainly lit up enough "fires" to generate exciting chatter at home and abroad about himself, his new administration and the future direction of the mainland economy since he officially took over the reins of the Communist Party on November 15.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am 3 comments

Top mainland bankers likely to stay on in jobs past retirement age

Zhou's vast experience likely to keep him in job. Photo: Reuters

In a departure from the usual game of musical chairs among China's political circle, People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan, and Guo Shuqing, head of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, are likely to stay on.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am

Naming new leading officials will complete the transition of power

Illustration: Henry Wong

The annual sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference starting next week will not only formalise the transition of power to the fifth generation of leaders, but decide who will be filling most vacancies among leading officials.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am

How far will China's crackdown on corruption go?

How far will China's crackdown on corruption go?

Incoming leader Xi Jinping has signalled that he wants to cut back on banquets, but it's too soon to say whether this means the Communist Party's anti-corruption campaign is for real, or is being used to manage public opinion.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:52am 2 comments