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Chinese Government

The Son also Rises: nepotism doesn't disappear in China, it just gets a promotion

Throughout Chinese history, the expression ya nei originally meant palace guards but later referred generally to children of government officials. In traditional Chinese opera and drama, they are immortalised as the worst of the worst - vile, violent and corrupt. Dressed in silk and drooped in gold, ya nei roamed the streets, beating people for no particular reason or kidnapping young girls and forcing them to become concubines. They usually escape punishment thanks to their powerful fathers and relatives.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 5:47am 4 comments

Anti-corruption drive targets off-budget spending

Premier Li Keqiang told the State Council's first meeting on fighting corruption that curbs would be gradually introduced at all levels of government to curb off-budget spending.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

China's government restructure won't succeed without limits on state power

Compared with the six previous overhauls of China's ministries, the reform this time appears to be more low-profile and pragmatic. Also absent were the fierce ideological debates of the past, on the relationship between government and market, big or small government, institutional reform versus systemic reform, and the ills of bureaucratic thinking.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:50am

After words, time for action

China's leadership has a new face and a changed style. The once-a-decade transition of power finally complete, President Xi Jinping yesterday articulated his vision and Premier Li Keqiang mapped out plans. Innovative policies have been promised and pledges made for a cleaner, more responsive, government. Pragmatism abounds; that is the only way it can be for the world's most populous country and the second-largest economy, where challenges at home and abroad are many.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 1 comment

Former Shandong governor Jiang Daming is head of land and resources

He has been a top leader in Shandong, a big base for agricultural production and marine industry, since 1998, when he was transferred from the central committee of the Communist Youth League to the province's Communist Party committee.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Li Bin brings rich experience to health and family planning commission

Minister in charge of the newly established Health and Family Planning Commission Li Bin yesterday said she was well aware of the importance of her job, but shed little light on how she was going to address the two tricky issues of health-care reform and the controversial birth control policies.

17 Mar 2013 - 6:38am

Rare pick from within as Gao Hucheng gets key economic job

The 61-year-old, fluent French speaker, faces tough challenges after the country's trade growth missed the official target last year and turned in its worst performance since the global financial crisis.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Ex-wealth fund guru Lou Jiwei to be finance minister

Lou, known for his reformist outlook and preference for a market-oriented economy, was a deputy finance minister for 10 years before becoming head of China Investment Corp (CIC), the mainland's sovereign wealth fund, in 2007. His career has now turned a full circle with his appointment as finance minister.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Xu Shaoshi is director of National Development and Reform Commission

Xu Shaoshi, a former minister of land and resources and a protégé of former premier Wen Jiabao , has been appointed director of the powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the top economic planning agency.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Defence post seen as consolation prize for Chang Wanquan

General Chang Wanquan will become the public face of the People's Liberation Army and lead its diplomatic efforts after he was named a state councillor and Minister of National Defence yesterday.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am