The once-in-a-decade leadership transition in China last month left some analysts fearing for the cause of reform after key reformers Li Yuanchao, Wang Yang and Liu Yandong failed to reach the Politburo Standing Committee, China's highest leadership body.Saturday, 15 December, 2012, 3:30am
About 200 Shenzhen residents had an unexpectedly close encounter with Xi Jinping yesterday as the new Communist Party chief turned on the charm during the second day of his southern tour.
Xi, the president-to-be, shook hands with several people who had gathered in advance of his 10am visit to Lotus Hill, and even answered questions from a pair of Hong Kong journalists in the crowd.9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am 1 comment
New party boss evokes memories of Deng Xiaoping's 1992 tour and issues a signal of his commitment to deepening reform by heading to Shenzhen on his first inspection trip.7 Dec 2012 - 8:33am 1 comment
A leading mainland political scientist has called for the immediate kick-starting of long-stalled political reform, saying it does not require an established theoretical framework.1 Nov 2012 - 7:09am
On the eve of the 18th party congress, reform is the hot topic in the Chinese media. But unlike in the past, when discussion largely focused on the economy, the debate today is on reform in all areas - economic, social and political, particularly the last one.1 Nov 2012 - 12:42pm
A crucial document setting the Communist Party's direction for the next five years came to light yesterday after general secretary Hu Jintao convened a meeting of the elite Politburo.23 Oct 2012 - 3:38pm 4 comments
A swirling miasma of speculation, doubt and anxiety has led to growing uncertainty ahead of China's most important leadership change in a decade.15 Oct 2012 - 10:42am
The Communist Party's former propaganda chief died of an unspecified illness in Beijing yesterday morning at the age of 83, according to state media reports.23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
A woman who was forced to have a late-term abortion last month, in a case that sparked a nationwide outcry, has reached a settlement with the local government responsible by accepting 70,600 yuan (HK$86,640) in cash compensation.12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Ever since that rain-soaked night 15 years ago when Hong Kong quick-stepped its way both back and forward in history, residents of this 'barren rock'' have faced the same question with monotonous regularity when they travel abroad: 'Has the place changed much since the handover?'29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
Yet another blind man is in the news. If the story of the first shocked the world, what happened to the second only fuelled our outrage.16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
A top policy adviser to the government's economic planning agency says the Deng-era approach to reform has run its course and that the window of opportunity for moving to a rule-based system is limited.3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
So just who is Deng's closest political bedfellow?
Which political leader would Deng Xiaoping be in terms of his political philosophy: Lee Kuan Yew, Chiang Kai-shek, Benito Mussolini, Augusto Pinochet or the Kangxi Emperor?17 May 2012 - 12:00am
Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
Henry Tang on air after his post-defeat holiday15 May 2012 - 12:00am
Deng sought co-operation over islands
The gist of Philip Bowring's erudite article ('Island mentality ignores history', April 22) is the 'fact that China has a long record of written history does not invalidate other nations' history as illustrated by artefacts, language and genetic affinities, the evidence of trade and travel'.29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am