Daniel Kwan

State companies urged to pull out

State firms should withdraw from most mainland industries, a research report by the National Bureau of Statistics recommends.

Thursday, 9 November, 2000, 12:00am

New clamp on nepotism

Government departments have issued new directives to prevent nepotism in the bureaucracy, but observers doubted they would have much effect among senior cadres.

29 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

What does it take to corrupt a cadre?

Reports about corruption are just not news on the mainland any more. Articles about disgraced officials appear so frequently in newspapers that the plot can be written by formula.

5 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Urban anguish at decline in socialist values

Most urban dwellers are disappointed by the country's declining socialist values and division of wealth, a survey has showed.

Some 2,800 families in more than 60 cities were asked to identify 18 issues which caused them most satisfaction or dissatisfaction.

3 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Top official accused of graft

A vice-governor of Jiangxi province has been arrested for alleged corruption, Xinhua reported last night.

Hu Changqing was also expelled from the Communist Party and would face criminal charges soon, the news agency said.

23 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

'We don't want to give up'

Fengyuan, 50km from the epicentre of the quake, resembled a war-torn city yesterday.

Yongchao Mansion - a 12-storey private apartment building - lay on its side. Toppled early on Tuesday, it crashed into a pair of two-storey neighbouring buildings, killing at least four couples inside.

23 Sep 1999 - 12:00am


An arms race could happen in Asia if the United States and China fail to repair their strained relations, the head of America's biggest bi-partisan group on promoting Sino-US relations said yesterday.

The president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, John Holden, warned it was in no one's interest to allow ties to deteriorate.

28 May 1999 - 12:00am

Snub for Zhu as fuel tax proposal rejected

Legislators yesterday refused to approve the controversial Highway Law, highlighting tension between Beijing and regional authorities.

The rejection came as a snub to Premier Zhu Rongji, who had hoped the law would give him the power to abolish the hundreds of toll fees levied by local officials on highway users and replace them with fuel taxes.

30 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Congress stands up to officials

Lawmakers in Henan province have taken the unprecedented step of rejecting a reply from the provincial Government over accusations that officials siphoned funds from housing programmes and failed to issue home-owners' permits.

8 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Reform of state firms tops cadres' agenda

Reform of state-owned enterprises has been earmarked by leading regional cadres as their top priority for 1999.

About 40 per cent of cadres polled by the Communist Party School said enterprise reform was the topic affording 'most concern'.

7 Jan 1999 - 12:00am


He was under the media spotlight - just as he was nine years ago in Tiananmen Square.

Tailed at Newark airport by a crowd of frenzied reporters - mainly from Hong Kong - Mr Wang had to push aside microphones and cameras to get to a waiting car.

23 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Zhu lays down law on changes

Zhu Rongji yesterday warned officials not to pay lip-service to the restructuring programme approved by the National People's Congress.

Chairing his first full Cabinet meeting, Mr Zhu said officials must adhere to the programme and be firm in its implementation.

25 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Clamp on junkets and banquets

A jobs freeze and a ban on unnecessary spending and expense accounts marked the start of the new year for bureaucrats.

A warning, issued by the Ministry of Finance, ordered officials to keep their expenses down in 1998 and not to hire any new staff without approval by the central authorities.

2 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Planners target 'hot spots'

Seven economic 'hot spots' have been identified by state planners for priority development next year.

They are information technology, residential markets, the environmental protection industry, infrastructure development, industrial equipment, rural commercial markets and marine resources.

17 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Cadres warned over new year luxuries

Three months before the Lunar New Year, leading graftbuster Wei Jianxing yesterday warned cadres not to take advantage of the holiday season to test authorities' patience in cracking down on corruption.

16 Oct 1997 - 12:00am