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.Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 6:19pm 2 comments
When an American president is elected or re-elected, there is a wave of speculation about who will be on his governing team. Who will he appoint to the State Department, the National Security Council and defence? This is a key way in which he offers clues to how he might exercise power and what policies he might follow.21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am
The People's Liberation Army's Jinan Military Command has seen a new round of reshuffling, with the appointments of four generals to top-brass positions in the military region responsible for Shandong and Henan provinces.7 Jan 2013 - 6:28am
The pledge by China's new leaders to stamp down on official corruption has been greeted at home and abroad with weary cynicism.7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am 6 comments
Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping yesterday called on newly elected senior party members to adhere to "socialism with Chinese characteristics". Since Xi took over as leader there have been growing calls for wide-ranging reforms.6 Jan 2013 - 5:08am
Expensive meals and showy official trips are being banned across the country as local authorities scramble to conform to Communist Party chief Xi Jinping's call to streamline the bureaucracy and cut waste and extravagance.4 Jan 2013 - 10:14am 2 comments
For three days in the last week of 2012, Xinhua published a series of reports profiling new Communist Party leaders Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, and the five other members of the Politburo Standing Committee. The reports talked about their careers and governance style, revealed their hobbies, and even included old photos of them at work and named their family members.3 Jan 2013 - 5:44am 1 comment
At first glance, Xi Jinping's weekend sweep through a pair of impoverished villages looks much like the usual year-end trips of his predecessor, Hu Jintao.
But unlike Hu's official tours, which had seldom stirred much public discussion, online or otherwise, Xi's visit to the villages in Hebei province earned him rave reviews - even from some of the most critical pundits.31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am 2 comments
Party chief Xi Jinping said lifting tens of millions of people out of poverty remains the biggest challenge for the new leadership in its bid to build a moderately prosperous society by 2020, state media reported.
Xi made the remarks during a visit to Luotuowan village and Gujiatai village in Baoding, Hebei province yesterday.31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am
Pictures showing the usually stiff and expressionless President Hu Jintao making simple gestures of compassion while visiting his home area last week have won praise among a mainland public increasingly tired of entitled official behaviour.31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am
For the nation's new leaders who came to power last month, the year ahead is critical for them to show a willingness to start afresh and establish their authority. This probably means they will have to set some tough and ambitious goals.
More importantly, the next year will have to be one of action for them after making some tantalising pledges over the past two months.31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am
A new microblog account dedicated to Xi Jinping is attracting thousands of influential followers amid speculation that it might be run by someone close to the country's top leader, if not the man himself.30 Dec 2012 - 5:24am
That was the year that was. How did it rate in terms of good and bad developments relative to realistic expectations? And what lessons does it leave for 2013 and beyond?30 Dec 2012 - 7:26am 2 comments
China has fixed March 5, next year, as the date it will convene a key legislative session, state media reported on Friday, with new Communist Party chief Xi Jingping set to become president during the two-week meeting.29 Dec 2012 - 9:13am
China has had a rough year with an international media that are in Woodward-and-Bernstein mode: it is following the money.29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am