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Economic and political reforms

Xi's 'southern tour' speech shows why women's rights must advance

A speech Xi Jinping made during his "southern tour" last month is being circulated within party ranks, veteran journalist Gao Yu said in an article published on the website of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The full text of the speech has been posted online. If that is indeed the speech Xi made, then it is clear China has a new leader who is more conservative and more intractable than his predecessors.

Monday, 4 February, 2013, 3:02am 1 comment

Global economy searches for a happy ending

Tthe current global economy feels like the beginning of the third and final act of a story, which begins in search of resolution. Policy uncertainty will be the chief issue facing the US; in Europe, Greece's ability to meet its obligations and the euro zone's attempts to regain growth will be important factors this year. For Asia, 2013 holds in store two particularly pivotal plot devices.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Sovereign wealth fund chief calls on government to respect law

"When we talk about governing the nation based on law, government departments must first govern themselves based on law," Lou, chairman of the China Investment Corp, told a forum held by the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:33am 1 comment

Action needed on graft and economy

For the nation's new leaders who came to power last month, the year ahead is critical for them to show a willingness to start afresh and establish their authority. This probably means they will have to set some tough and ambitious goals.

More importantly, the next year will have to be one of action for them after making some tantalising pledges over the past two months.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am

Follow the money along the road to ruin of Deng's vision

China has had a rough year with an international media that are in Woodward-and-Bernstein mode: it is following the money.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

The missing Chinese in the Chinese dream

Following the conclusion of the 18th national congress of the Communist Party, general secretary Xi Jinping toured the southern city of Shenzhen, reminiscent of Deng Xiaoping's famous southern tour exactly 20 years ago, which ushered in an unprecedented period of growth and prosperity in China's modern history.

24 Dec 2012 - 3:58am 13 comments

Echoes of Deng Xiaoping as Xi Jinping heads to Shenzhen on first inspection trip

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

Only reform can ensure progress for China

Hu Jintao's swansong speech as head of the Chinese Communist Party was bound to set out a grand vision and be optimistic. At the opening of the 18th national congress yesterday, the nation's future direction and his legacy were on his mind, leading to a focus on achievements and failings, targets and challenges.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:14am