Communist Party of China

Harmony between Beijing, Taiwan to continue, analysts say

President Xi Jinping meets Wu Poh-hsiung on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing will maintain its policy of peaceful interactions with Taipei, following a high-level meeting between leaders of the Communist Party and Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, analysts say.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:51am 1 comment

Former Red Guard apologises to his victims of Cultural Revolution

Photo: Screenshot via Sina Weibo

The latest edition of the liberal monthly Yanhuang ChuInqiu published the ad and two related letters to the editor from Liu Bocheng last week, prompting a wide discussion online.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:52am 1 comment

Promotion of former anti-graft chief Wu Guanzheng's book prompts questions

Wu Guanzheng

A book by a former head of the Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog has become a bestseller on the mainland thanks to propaganda portraying its author, Wu Guanzheng, as an outstandingly clean and honest role model.

26 May 2013 - 6:50am 1 comment

Welshman Iain Inglis takes pride in singing exaltations of China

Welshman Iain Inglis, 34, belts out a revolutionary song on the China's Got Talent television show last year. Photo: SMP

Iain Inglis used his brilliant voice to shoot to stardom in China, albeit in a very untraditional way - by singing communist revolutionary songs. The multilingual Welsh expat, 34, gained millions of fans, and votes, by appearing on prime-time talent show China's Got Talent early last year.

12 May 2013 - 6:28am 3 comments

Shedding some light on the dark world of party discipline

Bo Xilai. Photo: Reuters

In China's uphill battle against rampant corruption, no other Communist Party agency evokes more fear among officials than the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the country's top anti-graft watchdog.

6 May 2013 - 5:18am 2 comments

Xi follows in Mao's footsteps on path to consolidate power

Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

When the Politburo announced Xi Jinping's campaign rid the party of "formalism, bureaucratism and behaviour that suggests mediocrity, laziness, laxity and extravagance", what it really meant was: "Clean up your act. Or we'll clean it up for you."

29 Apr 2013 - 5:22am 1 comment

No time for dreaming, Xi needs to crack on with cleaning up the party

No time for dreaming, Xi needs to crack on with cleaning up the party

The Chinese leadership may have good reason to regret taking bad advice from its ideological team. The idea of declaring a new political slogan, the "China Dream", at the outset of the new regime has backfired so badly that one wonders if the catchphrase can outlast Hu Jintao's "harmonious society", which survived for more than two years.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am 3 comments

Maoist attitude to dissent is blocking China's road to the rule of law

Maoist attitude to dissent is blocking China's road to the rule of law

China has made significant progress in legal reform, but there are stubborn impediments to the rule of law. Chinese courts are still subject to political interference.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am 4 comments

Activists calling for declaration of Chinese officials' assets detained

The activists' street campaign is part of a broader civil campaign launched in December calling for top government officials to declare their assets publicly to help fight rampant official corruption.

At least three activists campaigning for senior Communist Party officials to disclose their family assets were in custody yesterday for staging an illegal gathering, Liang Xiaojun, the lawyer for one of the detainees, said.

3 Apr 2013 - 5:54am 3 comments

Mystery over lone vote against Xi

Xi Jinping. Photo: AP

An overwhelming 2,952 delegates voted "yes" to Xi Jinping becoming China's new president on Thursday - but it was the lone "no" vote that attracted attention and sparked debate on China's main social media website.

16 Mar 2013 - 5:02am

Does China model herald a post-democratic future?

Xi Jinping. Photo: Reuters

The contrast between the mindless partisan fighting in Washington and the smooth way that the changing of the guard is now going on in China has emboldened some people to assert that we have seen the global future and it is the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am 2 comments

Blame both sides for Hong Kong's political impasse

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing wants security and loyalty from Hong Kong. The pan-democrats want democracy. Both sides insist their demand must be met first before they will concede to the other side. Both can legitimately appeal to the Basic Law as trying to fulfil our constitutional duties.

9 Mar 2013 - 10:29am

Can China's new leaders finally lay to rest ghosts of the Cultural Revolution?

Can China's new leaders finally lay to rest ghosts of the Cultural Revolution?

Once again, the term wen ge - short for the Cultural Revolution - is buzzing around China's web. This time, discussion was sparked by the trial last month of a man for an alleged murder in 1967, at the height of the Cultural Revolution.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am 1 comment

Wen Jiabao: the people's champion or a chameleon

Whether meeting foreign leaders such as Barack Obama or mingling with the masses, Wen Jiabao was keen to show his grass-roots credentials. Photos: Xinhua, AFP, AP; illustration: Sarene Chan

Sympathisers and admirers say he has been a true reformer and the "people's premier". Opponents question his sincerity because he has often failed to live up to his reformist pledges and meet public expectations.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:35am 4 comments

The origins of China's economic ideology

Corporatism has been resurrected in post-socialist, quasi-capitalist China. Photo: EPA

Set forth in the 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum, corporatism became the most influential ethically motivated intervention into economics in modern history. It still shapes constitutions, laws and attitudes throughout the world.

28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am