Chinese Communist Party

Will a democratic China harm Hong Kong?

A plain-clothes policeman (left) follows suspected journalists on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 2013. Photo: AFP

Once democratised, China could hurt Hong Kong even more. This is what Dr Horace Chin Wan-kan, a core member of the "nativist" movement in Hong Kong, told Hongkongers in an article published on June 4.

Monday, 10 June, 2013, 1:01pm 7 comments

Scholar urges 'exit mechanism' for China's Communist Party members in downsizing plan

Photo: AFP

A mainland scholar has suggested downsizing the ruling Communist Party by setting up an "exit mechanism" to cut at least 31 million members.

20 May 2013 - 8:53am

Unacceptable to invoke Maoist dogma in today's Hong Kong

Lew Mon-hung (left). Photo: Edward Wong

It comes as something of a shock to learn that there are political leaders in our midst whose minds are still mired in the Maoist ideological dogmas of the 1950s, who do not seem to be aware of the great strides made by China in the past few decades.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:25am 3 comments

Sex photos lead to probe of retired Henan official

Retired Henan official is being investigated after sex photos of him surfaced online.

A retired official in China’s central Henan province is being investigated after photos of him having sex with a former mistress appeared online, China’s Southern Metropolis Daily  reported this week.

24 Jan 2013 - 1:45pm

Netizens pay tribute to late Zhao Ziyang

Chinese citizens pay respect to Zhao Ziyang outside his former home in Beijing on January 17, 2013.  Photo: SCMP/Simon Song

Chinese netizens discreetly paid tribute to the late Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang on social network sites on the 8th anniversary of his death on Thursday.

17 Jan 2013 - 5:44pm

Shenzhen party chief ditches Audi for electric car

Shenzhen's party chief Wang recently replaced his Audi with a BYD electric car. Photo: screenshot from Weibo.

Shenzhen’s Communist Party chief Wang Rong recently replaced his Audi A6 with a China-made electric car in a bid to promote green living, reported China's Southern Metropolis Daily on Thursday.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:26pm 1 comment

Veteran revolutionary Yang Baibing dies

 Yang Baibing, when he was a member of the Central Military commission, in 1988. Photo: Xinhua

Yang Baibing, a veteran revolutionary and strong proponent of economic liberalisation, has died. He was 92.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:13pm

Time to put China's amended criminal law to the test

Wang Shengjun, president of the Supreme People's Court. Photo: Simon Song

The good news as 2013 opens is that there is movement in judicial reform in China as amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law come into effect. Among other things, the amended law offers protection against self-incrimination and excludes the use of illegally obtained evidence. Such reforms were long overdue.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:51am 1 comment

Quickest way to get corrupt officials to change is threat of trial by microblog

The Chinese government pledges to clean up Chinese politics. Photo: AFP

From his speech at the 18th national party congress last month, it was clear that, for outgoing President Hu Jintao, fighting corruption was a priority. President-to-be Xi Jinping also appears to want to tackle the issue head on.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

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

A cure for cancer of corruption will take more than an iron fist

New Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping will fight corruption "with an iron fist". Photo: Reuters

New Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping has been vocal about corruption. In his first Politburo meeting as chief, he said: "Corruption is getting worse. The party will perish, so will our country … We should fight it with an iron fist."

Within 24 hours, state media splashed with news of the arrest of a dozen or so corrupt officials in various provinces.

15 Dec 2012 - 4:28am 4 comments

Beijing must provide evidence to support political warning

Around 50,000 protesters gather outside Legco Building for disapproval of an anti-subversion bill (Article 23) in 2003.  Photo: Ricky Chung

Tension is rising after Beijing apparently stepped up its rhetoric on how Hong Kong should be governed. After a war of words over an alleged pro-independence force in the city, a top mainland official sparked more controversy by accusing external forces of interfering with local elections.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am 1 comment

Cautionary fable from 1994 holds good for China today

Job seekers read want ads during a job fair in China. Rapid output growth could be explained entirely by rapid growth in inputs of labour and capital. Photo: Xinhua

If China's new leaders really want to understand the economic challenge they face, they should dig out an essay published in the November 1994 edition of Foreign Affairs magazine by American economics professor Paul Krugman.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 3 comments

Clive Palmer's Citic Pacific suit adds to his China risk

Mainlanders love the choice.

The mining cognoscenti in Hong Kong will be familiar with Clive Palmer for having the distinction of having made four unsuccessful attempts to list his company Resourcehouse on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

21 Nov 2012 - 1:56am

Communist Party's well-planned route to successful rule

What the outside world saw at the 18th party congress in Beijing last week was only the tip of a gigantic iceberg.

China's microblogosphere before and after the 18th party congress appeared markedly different. Before, loud voices demanded democracy, predicting that the Communist Party would drop its Mao Zedong Thought tenets and ridiculing the party's opaque power politics in light of the recent US election.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:09am 11 comments