China Politics

For change, look to China's non-state sector

For change, look to China's non-state sector

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?

Monday, 21 January, 2013, 3:35am

Four generals promoted in key military command area of Jinan

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

To fight sleaze, Xi needs to call the Untouchables

To fight sleaze, Xi needs to call the Untouchables

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

Xi Jinping endorses Deng Xiaoping's party mantra

Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping called on newly elected senior party members to adhere to 'socialism with Chinese characteristics'. Photo: Xinhua

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

Xi Jinping's guidelines to cut back extravagance go into effect

Xi Jinping calls for greater austerity with 'eight rules' on official behaviour. Photo: Xinhua

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

A new year, a more open style of governance beckons in China

Xi Jinping (right, rear) with his father Xi Zhongxun (right, front), his wife (left, front) and his daughter (centre). Photo: Xinhua

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

Xi wins rave reviews for visit to Hebei villages

Xi Jinping's visit to the villages in Hebei province earned him rave reviews. Photo: Xinhua

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

Xi Jinping visits poor in Hebei province and tells of goal to lift millions out of hardship

Xi Jinping with villagers during his visit. Photo: SCMP

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

Praise for President Hu Jintao's 'common touch' in visit to hometown

Hu Jintao holds an umbrella for a village official while visiting Yancheng, Jiangsu. Photo: SCMP

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

Action needed on graft and economy

Chinese Vice president Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

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

Speculation over Xi Jinping's weibo account

Xi Jinping on his low-key tour of Guangdong. Photo: He Huifeng

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

A year of progress in Myanmar and Philippines, stress in South China Sea

Pointer indicates where disputed islands and territorial waters are situated in the map of China on Chinese passport that includes the South China Sea. Photo: EPA

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?

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 2 comments

China sets date for 12th National People’s Congress

Visitors with the national flags in hands pose for photos on the Tian'anmen Square. Photo:Xinhua

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

Follow the money along the road to ruin of Deng's vision

Deng aimed to cement rule by lifting living standards. Photo: AP

China has had a rough year with an international media that are in Woodward-and-Bernstein mode: it is following the money.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Censor's Warhol ban stifles creativity

Andy Warhol's paintings of Mao Zedong, now showing in Hong Kong, are to be excluded from the exhibition in Shanghai and Beijing. Photo: AFP

When censorship is imposed from above according to fluid political taboos, instead of by reference to community values, it can have bizarre results. One is that an exhibition of works by pop artist Andy Warhol and a mainland film about relationships and sexuality find themselves in the same boat.

24 Dec 2012 - 3:58am