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.Monday, 25 February, 2013, 2:52am 2 comments
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.24 Feb 2013 - 5:21am 1 comment
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, Chinanews.com reported on Tuesday.20 Feb 2013 - 4:20pm 1 comment
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’ 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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