China's third plenum

The Chinese Communist Party's third plenum of the 18th Party Congress traditionally sets the economic tone for the Chinese government's next five-year term.

Chinese media build expectations of reforms at key meeting

The Central Committee of China's ruling Communist Party opened a four-day meeting to discuss major reforms to bolster flagging growth and rebalance the economy Photo: EPA

Chinese state media on Sunday raised expectations for major reforms at a Communist Party meeting which is setting the course for the world’s second largest economy over the next decade.

Sunday, 10 November, 2013, 6:10pm

China's Communist Party begins third plenum to decide economic reforms

Officials arrive at the Jingxi Hotel yesterday. Photo: AFP

A steady stream of black, official-looking cars passing through tight security at the army-owned Jingxi Hotel yesterday was the only indication that China's leaders were about to meet to discuss the country's future.

10 Nov 2013 - 6:09am

Expectations mixed as China's third plenum meeting begins

China's President Xi Jinping. Photo: Reuters

As about 400 of the nation's most powerful people meet in Beijing today for a key Communist Party meeting, hopes are high and the stakes huge. But clarity will probably be painfully lacking.

9 Nov 2013 - 8:51am 3 comments

Communist Party rules out political reform ahead of third plenum

The third plenum has been billed as being as significant as that in December 1978, which marked the start of market-oriented reforms. Photo: Bloomberg

The Communist Party ruled out any significant political reform a day before the historically significant Central Committee third plenum gets under way, saying it will reinforce the pillars of the party's leadership and ideological control.

9 Nov 2013 - 5:47am 4 comments

Time for Beijing to implement bold economic reform

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

The third plenary session of the Central Committee beginning in Beijing today has raised great expectations of reform. The outcome could set the tone and agenda for the country's development in the next decade or more.

9 Nov 2013 - 3:25am

Third plenum expected to determine new relationship between state and private sectors

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

At a major party meeting - the third plenum of the Communist Party's Central Committee, which runs from today until Tuesday - Xi and his coterie are expected to unveil measures that will spur domestic consumption and industrial innovation.

9 Nov 2013 - 5:54am 1 comment

Li Keqiang tells local governments not to set up own businesses

Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

"In principle, local governments should not directly invest in enterprises," Li said in a November 1 video conference with local leaders on their governments' role.

9 Nov 2013 - 5:45am

Likenomics guided by prudence and pragmatism

Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

In the run-up to the third plenum of the Communist Party, Premier Li Keqiang gave an overview of his reform priorities in a lecture at the 16th national congress of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions. It was a lesson in Likenomics 101.

8 Nov 2013 - 6:55pm 1 comment

Don't believe the hype over Third Plenum

Leaders of Western countries may well be jealous at the excited attention being heaped on a plenary meeting of the Communist Party's Central Committee, which starts this weekend. Ever since the date of the third plenum was announced, it has been the top news item in mainland newspapers big and small. There is no end to the upbeat coverage, it seems.

8 Nov 2013 - 6:52pm 4 comments

Communist Party vows to uphold its leadership on eve of third plenum

Facing pressure to overhaul a worn-out growth model, China's leaders are promising economic, but not politcal, changes at the third plenum. Photo: AP

China’s Communist Party asserted its leadership credentials in a lengthy document published on Friday, the day before it starts a key meeting to set the economic agenda for the next decade.

8 Nov 2013 - 4:25pm

What's the real test to Xi Jinping and the Communist Party at the Third Plenum?

China's President Xi Jinping walks down stairs upon his arrival a day before the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg on September 4, 2013. Photo: Reuters

There is something odd and disturbing about the conventional wisdom surrounding the upcoming Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

8 Nov 2013 - 12:29pm

Key Party meeting to forge China's future, but don't expect major political reforms

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

As the Communist Party's Central Committee leaders gather in Beijing on Saturday for a closely-watched session, an expectant public - hungry for change - eagerly awaits proposals that might shake up the way the People's Republic governs itself.

8 Nov 2013 - 8:48am 6 comments

Will China's third plenum be an economic turning point?

Chinese paramilitary police patrol as security is stepped up in Beijing on Thursday. China's new leadership holds a key meeting this weekend but analysts caution details of its decisions are likely to be vague and implementation gradual. Photo: AFP

Facing pressure to overhaul a worn-out growth model, China’s leaders are promising dramatic changes at a weekend meeting that reform advocates hope will make history by unleashing a new wave of economic transformation.

7 Nov 2013 - 5:13pm 2 comments

Petitioners 'living in fear' as police crackdown ahead of third plenum

Petitioners protest over land grabs in Shandong. Photo: AFP

Police and local governments across the mainland have been rounding up petitioners, keeping activists under close watch and warning rights lawyers to keep a low profile as security is stepped up ahead of the Communist Party Central Committee’s third plenary meeting that begins on Saturday.

8 Nov 2013 - 3:01am 3 comments

Can China's economic planners rise to the challenge?

A thermal power plant in Huaibei. Economic development based on high energy consumption is unsustainable. Photo: Reuters

Five of the Communist Party Central Committee's past seven third plenums have discussed macroeconomic policies relating to reform and opening up, and economic development.

7 Nov 2013 - 12:30am