China Politics

Xi Jinping orders PLA to step up its 'real combat' awareness

Xi Jinping examines a vehicle in Guangzhou. Photo: Xinhua

New Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping ordered the People's Liberation Army to intensify its "real combat" awareness in order to sustain military readiness in his first reported visits to military bases during his just-concluded tour of Guangdong.

Thursday, 13 December, 2012, 7:20am

Xi Jinping vows no stop in reform and opening up

Xi Jinping meets locals who had been waiting for him in Guangzhou yesterday. Photo: SCMP

Xi Jinping, the Communist Party general secretary, wrapped up his five-day tour of Guangdong and returned to Beijing yesterday after making a string of high-profile calls for further reform and more opening up, in his first inspection trip since becoming the party's new chief last month.

12 Dec 2012 - 7:25am

Mo Yan's Nobel speech splits public opinion

Mo Yan with his wife Qinlan Du at the ceremony. Photo: EPA

Author Mo Yan's speech at the Nobel awards banquet in Sweden has stirred mixed reactions from the public. Some deemed it honest, while others denounced his silence on the issue of mainland censorship.

12 Dec 2012 - 7:08am

Don't put too much hope in new style of Chinese leadership

Don't put too much hope in new style of Chinese leadership

Imagine you were an expert in a particular field, and you were invited to present your ideas to a high- ranking government official called Secretary Wang. You took the assignment seriously and carefully prepared a speech.

11 Dec 2012 - 1:49am 3 comments

Police beat strikers during Xi Jinping's Guangdong tour

China's Communist Party boss Xi Jinping meets visitors in Shenzhen's Lotus Hill Park on Saturday. Photo: He Huifeng

New Communist Party chief Xi Jinping continued his low-profile tour of southern China yesterday with a trip to Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, after stopping over in Zhuhai and Foshan.

The vice-president's first stop in Shenzhen coincided with a strike by about 3,000 workers at a printing factory on Friday evening, witnesses told the South China Morning Post yesterday.

10 Dec 2012 - 11:10am 3 comments

Guangdong unveils locations for pilot anti-graft scheme

The Hengqin New Area of Zhuhai is chosen as one of the sites for Guangdong's experimental anti-graft programme.

Guangdong has chosen three locations for the testing of a pilot anti-graft scheme which requires senior officials to declare personal and family assets, mainland media reported yesterday.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:30am

No surprise some are cynical about anti-graft efforts

President-to-be Xi Jinping will have a tough task tackling corruption involving family members of senior cadres. Photo: He Huifeng

Just imagine how such a proclamation would go down with mainlanders who are increasingly angry and vocal about rampant corruption involving high-ranking officials and their immediate family members.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:30am 3 comments

Xinjiang police official fired after claim he kept twin mistresses

A police chief in the western autonomous region of Xinjiang was sacked days after he was accused online of keeping twin sisters from a dancing troupe as mistresses.

10 Dec 2012 - 7:16am 1 comment

Xi wins public support as he attempts peace-driven persona

Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, gestures as he chats to foreign experts working in China during a Beijing meeting. Photo: Xinhua

In his first month since being named head of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping has attempted to allay fears about China's development by sticking to the rhetoric of his predecessors. But he has also been more confident and decisive in managing the nation's diplomatic affairs, helping him garner public support amid rising nationalistic sentiment.

10 Dec 2012 - 10:49am

Hong Kong NPC delegates face major challenges amid Beijing changes

Future NPC chairman Zhang Dejiang will also likely be in charge of Hong Kong affairs. Photo: Xinhua

In 10 days time, Hong Kong will have a new batch of 36 delegates to China's top legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC). But what role this elite group can play is open to discussion.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am

No Beijing 'winners' list', spokesman says as candidates for NPC named

Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen. Photo: Mark Ralston

Beijing has no list of winners in mind to represent Hong Kong in the national legislature, the election presidium says.

The 19-strong presidium, which will oversee a ballot of 1,620 electors, yesterday announced the names of candidates who will vie this month to become local delegates to the National People's Congress.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am

Xi Jinping adopts casual, open air on visit to Shenzhen

The leader mingled briefly and even shook hands with visitors at Lotus Hill Park. Photo: He Huifeng

About 200 Shenzhen residents had an unexpectedly close encounter with Xi Jinping yesterday as the new Communist Party chief turned on the charm during the second day of his southern tour.

Xi, the president-to-be, shook hands with several people who had gathered in advance of his 10am visit to Lotus Hill, and even answered questions from a pair of Hong Kong journalists in  the crowd.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am 1 comment

Mo Yan's Nobel Prize lecture scorned by China dissidents

Mo Yan during his lecture in Stockholm on Friday. Photo: EPA

Mo Yan's Nobel lecture did little to dispel ongoing controversy in China's literary circles, with state media widely covering this year's literature prize winner even as dissident artists piled on derision.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

China’s Xi leads campaign to cut pomp

New communist leader Xi Jinping winning kudos for his breezy personal style. Photo: handout

New communist leader Xi Jinping is on a mission to soften the image of Chinese officialdom, winning kudos for his breezy personal style and ordering leaders to end the pomp, formality and waste that have alienated many among the public.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:31pm

Watches, mistresses on show as China highlights graft

Sichuan deputy secretary, promoted at national congress last month, is the first senior figure pinpointed in new leadership's crackdown.

Lurid reports of Chinese officials sporting luxury watches or promoting their twin mistresses are being hailed by state media as proof of a cor

8 Dec 2012 - 1:45pm