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Deal-making on Bo Xilai's penalty shows extent of factional struggles

The prolonged suspense over Bo Xilai’s fate underlines inability of the leadership to reach a consensus on a sensitive issue. Photo: AP

The high-stakes decision to oust the populist Bo Xilai from the Communist Party was the result of intense deal-making that laid bare deep factional power struggles in Beijing.

Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 8:17am

Xi Jinping sees economy needs reform, Kevin Rudd says

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd says Vice-President Xi Jinping , the man tipped to be China's next president, will be a leader the world can work with.

28 Sep 2012 - 2:19am

Xi Jinping to attend China-Asean Expo in bid to fight health rumours

Vice-President Xi Jinping

China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping will attend the upcoming 9th China-Asean Expo, in what appears to be a move to further allay speculation over his health and uncertainties over this autumn's leadership transition.

17 Sep 2012 - 4:34am

Coming clean on Xi Jinping's health could have saved leaders major grief

China's Vice President Xi Jinping

The reappearance on Saturday of Vice-President Xi Jinping, the nation's presumed next leader after a two-week absence, has removed a political uncertainty facing the Communist Party currently wrapped up in intense preparations for a key leadership change next month.

3 Oct 2012 - 3:24pm 2 comments

Vice-President Xi Jinping makes first public appearance for two weeks

Smiling Xi Jinping chats with children on his first public appearance for two weeks at China Agricultural University. Photo: Xinhua

Vice-President Xi Jinping re-emerged onto the public stage in Beijing yesterday after a two-week absence that fuelled rumours he was ill. Xi, the nation's presumed next leader, arrived at China Agricultural University for a national day popularising science.

16 Sep 2012 - 10:19am

Mention of Xi fails to quash rumours

Vice-President Xi Jinping. Photo: Reuters

The first official mention of missing leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping in nearly two weeks did little to dispel rumours about his health or ease uncertainty surrounding the Communist Party's leadership transition plans.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

Long after retirement, Jiang Zemin continues to exert his influence

Jiang still pulls the strings.

Retired state leaders traditionally shun public appearances - and making headlines - apart from on special occasions such as National Day.

9 Sep 2012 - 4:06am

Former Chongqing anti-crime hero Tang Jianhua arrested on bribery suspicion

Ex-Chongqing deputy police chief Tang Jianhua.

A former deputy police chief in Chongqing, hailed as a crime-busting hero at the height of a massive anti-triad campaign in the municipality, has been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes, mainland media reported yesterday.

5 Sep 2012 - 3:34am

Wang Qishan: the mainland's economic reformer in waiting

Wang with US President Barack Obama in 2009. Photo: Xinhua

Symbolism can matter a great deal in politics, and Vice-Premier Wang Qishan's similarities to his political mentor, Zhu Rongji, have helped boost his popularity among party officials and ordinary citizens.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 2 comments

Jiang Zemin's allies set to eclipse Hu Jintao's on new Standing Committee

President Hu Jintao (left) and former president Jiang Zemin attend a conference to commemorate the 1911 revolution last year. Photo: AP

Former party leader Jiang Zemin's influence may eclipse that of current general secretary Hu Jintao in the next decade as the new mainland leadership line-up begins to take shape. The Communist Party will unveil its once-in-a-decade reshuffle at its 18th national congress in a few weeks. While it is never publicly discussed, the country's political elite has spent the better part of the year in frenzied mud-slinging, horse-trading, alliance-building and lobbying.

29 Oct 2012 - 2:26pm

Rising star Li Yuanchao forges ties with all political factions in China

Li Yuanchao makes a speech at Harvard University in 2009. Photo: Xinhua

If there's one thing that Li Yuanchao has established during his rise to become chief of the Organisation Department -the Communist Party's patronage control centre - it is that he can forge strong ties across the factional spectrum. 

1 Oct 2012 - 2:43pm

Blow for Hu as key ally's route to Politburo is blocked

Hu's ally Ling Jihua was hit by scandals

President Hu Jintao's most trusted aide, Ling Jihua , has been appointed to lead the party's United Front Work Department - a strong indication that scandals have damaged the rising star's hopes of securing a seat on the powerful Politburo this year.

Another Hu ally, Li Zhanshu , will succeed Ling as director of the General Office of the Communist Party's Central Committee.

2 Sep 2012 - 6:07pm

Sino-US military contacts can ease tension

The waters of the East and South China seas, turbulent amid territorial disputes, have been made even frothier by renewed US interest in the Asia-Pacific. Tensions are being stoked by Washington's strengthened military ties with countries contesting Beijing's territorial claims.

28 Aug 2012 - 2:31am

Gu Kailai escapes death sentence

Gu Kailai listens in court as she is handed a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Photo: AFP

Gu Kailai , the wife of shamed Politburo member Bo Xilai , was given a suspended death sentence yesterday at the end of a politically charged murder trial meant to put to rest swirling rumours and conspiracy theories surrounding one of the worst scandals to rock China in decades.

21 Aug 2012 - 7:25am

Commander with ties to Bo Xilai moves up

A senior military commander once believed to have close ties to disgraced former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai was recently promoted. This followed a high-level military investigation launched in April to determine whether there were connections between Bo and the military in the nation's southwest.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am