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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:43pm 2 comments

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

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

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

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 , 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