US military chiefs warn Congress of ‘hollow’ force

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta. Photo: AP

The top US military leaders warned Congress in unusually stark terms that its failure to pass a this year defence budget - coupled with the threat of automatic budget cuts - has pushed the Pentagon to the brink

Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 10:48am

Congress delegates still to be elected

Preparations for the upcoming 18th party congress are not running as smoothly as portrayed by state media, with a dozen constituencies, including Chongqing and Beijing, yet to hold their own party congress to elect their representatives.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Activist's death warrants inquiry

Those who knew Li Wangyang cannot accept that he killed himself. To the long-jailed labour activist's supporters, he was an iron-willed fighter always prepared to rally against injustice.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Family distraught after autopsy done on activist

An autopsy has been carried out on democracy activist Li Wangyang against his family's wishes.

Li died in a hospital in Shaoyang, Hunan, on Wednesday. Authorities' claims that he hung himself have been widely challenged.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Activist has already seen the worst

Li Biyun is no longer intimidated by threats of torture and death. The petite 44-year-old woman has endured years of hardship while fighting for land rights and fair elections in her hometown of Rongli village, under Foshan city in Guangdong.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Amendments made to work report

Nearly 20 amendments have been made to the government's work report, which will be voted on today as the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC) concludes.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The most important thing is a rover knows the way back, and we must not talk about matters in the past once [I] forgive him

Lisa Kuo Yu-chin defends her unfaithful husband, Henry Tang Ying-yen

It's interesting to note that Congress can't agree on most anything, but can agree to bash China

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Equal representation for all

Next year's National People's Congress (NPC) will have roughly one deputy representing every 670,000 citizens, marking the first time that urban and rural residents will have equal representation.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Opening acts in a year of change

When the curtain rises on the mainland's annual showpiece of political theatre next week, the real drama will be unfolding behind the scenes as the top leaders prepare for a once-in-a-decade power transition later this year.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Call for World Games costs - five months on

SHENZHEN - Municipal lawmakers and political advisers at provincial meetings at the weekend said they will call for the full disclosure of financial details from last August's costly World University Games.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Lawmakers seek details of lavish games spending

Municipal lawmakers and political advisers attending high-level provincial meetings at the weekend said they would call for the full disclosure of financial details from the costly World University Games in August.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Activists object to secret detention bill

Mainland human rights lawyers and activists are voicing their concern about a proposed law that would legalise secret detentions.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ministry's response stirs anger

Calls for the resignation of the railways minister continued to grow yesterday after the embattled ministry failed to reveal the precise cause of a deadly accident after three days, and as the chaotic handling of the wreckage stirred public outrage.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Foreign minister denies tensions despite police presence and arrests

In a veiled reference to recent anonymous calls for anti-government 'jasmine' rallies, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi denied yesterday that they had caused domestic tensions despite the massive show of force by police in big mainland cities during the past three Sundays and arrests of activists across the country.

8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Railways debt under control, says new minister

New railways minister Sheng Guangzu said yesterday that the country's railway companies were about 1.8 trillion yuan (HK$2.13 trillion) in debt, but that it was 'within control'.

7 Mar 2011 - 12:00am