China Politics

Politburo endorses draft restructuring plan

Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

The draft proposes reform and the reassignment of duties of various organisations under the State Council. Xinhua quoted the Politburo as saying the restructuring was a priority, as it was crucial for administrative reform.

Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 5:21am 1 comment

Old murder case recalls painful chapter in China's history

A restaurant recalling the era of the Cultural Revolution in Beijing. Photo: SCMP pictures

A Zhejiang man in his 80s was tried at his home on Monday for allegedly killing a doctor in 1967 during China’s violent Cultural Revolution, reported on Tuesday.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:20pm 1 comment

Clear evidence obscures truth of Beijing's pollution data

If Beijing really wants to combat pollution, it will have to create an independent agency with the power to monitor air quality across the country. Photo: Reuters

With Beijing only now recovering after spending much of January blanketed under life-threatening levels of toxic smog, reports that officials may soon be graded according to their performance at improving air quality will no doubt be greeted as welcome news in the capital.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:16am 3 comments

'1962' is a lucky year for China's deputy governors

Tiananmen Square in Beijing - the centre of political power in China. Photo: Xinhua

‘1962’ has become a lucky number for China’s ambitious and younger generation politicians, a report by China Economic Net said on Wednesday. 

Among the 71 newly-elected provincial deputy governors, 50 were born after 1960, said the report.

6 Feb 2013 - 3:25pm

Who's the Xi Jinping insider posting his activities on Weibo?

One Weibo post, in this screenshot, shows Chinese leader Xi Jinping dozing on a bus. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A "mysterious" weibo account devoted to publishing the daily activities of Chinese president-in-waiting Xi Jinping  intrigued Chinese media and netizens with its exclusive photos and insider knowledge of the country's most powerful man.

5 Feb 2013 - 12:20pm 4 comments

Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang on tour to poor areas

Party leader Xi Jinping on a tour of farmland in Gansu yesterday in an effort to stay in touch with the people. Photo: SCMP

Xi reportedly came bearing gifts for the nearly 450 households in the village. Noodles, cooking oil, pork, sweets, melon seeds and cotton-padded quilts were among the items distributed to each household.

4 Feb 2013 - 8:29am

Xi's 'southern tour' speech shows why women's rights must advance

Xi's 'southern tour' speech shows why women's rights must advance

A speech Xi Jinping made during his "southern tour" last month is being circulated within party ranks, veteran journalist Gao Yu said in an article published on the website of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The full text of the speech has been posted online. If that is indeed the speech Xi made, then it is clear China has a new leader who is more conservative and more intractable than his predecessors.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am 1 comment

Baidu chief Robin Li among rich and famous taking their place at top table

Yu Zhengsheng is in line to be named chairman of the CPPCC. Photo: Xinhua

Robin Li, Baidu chairman and the mainland's third-richest man, and Yu Zhengsheng, No 4 in the Communist Party hierarchy, were named to the country's top political advisory body yesterday as a new generation of leaders prepares for power.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:48am 2 comments

Stock market under Guo shows how politics clashes with reform

Guo Shuqing, chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission. Photo: Bloomberg

Hopes are riding high that China's new leaders will live up to their promises and press ahead with much-needed economic reforms.

But a look at the mainland's stock market and how it is regulated provides an object lesson in just how difficult implementing real reform can be.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

Hunan tycoon discloses attempt to buy seat on provincial congress

Huang (left) videotaped middlemen (right) who were returning him money. Photo: Screenshot from Weibo

A billionaire real estate tycoon from Hunan province has come forward to reveal that he paid 320,000 yuan (HK$394,000) in bribes to more than 300 provincial people's congress deputies in a failed attempt to win a seat on the body.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:05am

Failed Hunan People's Congress candidate admits to bribing 32 delegates

Huang (left) videotaped middlemen (right) who were returning him money. Photo: Screenshot from Weibo

A 67-year-old businessman, Huang Yubiao, after running for a seat in Hunan Provincial People’s Congress,  admitted he had paid bribes totalling 320,000 yuan (HK$390,000) to 320 Hunan delegates in an attempt to get elected, China’s Southern Metropolis Daily reported on Tuesday. 

28 Feb 2013 - 4:00pm

How rise and falls in rankings reveal true picture

Jiang Zemin. Photo: AP

For keen China watchers reading the tea leaves of opaque mainland politics, the most interesting news item of last week came on Monday.

28 Jan 2013 - 12:53pm 1 comment

Businessman blackmailed officials after filming them having sex, say reports

Lei Zhengfu. Photo: SCMP

Using young women as bait, Chongqing businessman Xiao Ye lured at least a dozen Chongqing officials into a “honey trap”. 

He secretly videotaped them having sex with the women. Xiao then demanded the officials give him lucrative government contracts, China’s Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

31 Jan 2013 - 11:35am

Shanghai official lists property 20pc lower than market price

A residential area of Pudong in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

A Shanghai official seeking a quick sale has listed his 6.8 million yuan (HK$8.47 million) flat for only 5.6 million, China’s 21st Century Business Herald  reported on Friday.  

25 Jan 2013 - 2:42pm 1 comment

Netizens deride Xinhua over Jiang comments

 US President Barack Obama being mocked on a recent Weibo post with a famous Chinese saying. On Wednesday, former president Jiang Zemen was ridiculed with the same expression.

The centuries-old Chinese saying "noble character and sterling integrity" (Gao Feng Liang Jie) got a new meaning when it was used on China's Sina Weibo in reference to former president Jiang Zemin. Only this time the expression was used sarcastically. 

23 Jan 2013 - 6:19pm 2 comments