Government of the People'S Republic of China

Horse trading under way in earnest

Billed as one of the world's most watched programmes, CCTV's daily prime-time news at 7pm, known as Xinwen Lianbo, easily draws as many as 100 million viewers daily, mainly because it is required to be shown simultaneously by most terrestrial television channels on the ma

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:03pm

TV controls likely to be turn-off

Mainland television viewers will be relying more on the internet for their programmes after the top broadcast regulator ordered a series of new content rules, including a ban on remakes of foreign shows.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Xi criticises cadres for personal excess

Vice-President Xi Jinping has criticised cadres for putting the pursuit of personal power and individual gain ahead of their duties and warned that such extravagances could weaken the Communist Party's six-decade hold on power.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Talks plot path for next decade

Incumbent and retired party chiefs are meeting to finalise decisions on the new leadership line-up ahead of the 18th party congress.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pep talk fails to reassure investors

Mainland investors rejected a pep talk last week from the chief securities regulator, sending the benchmark to a three-year low yesterday as concerns about the country's economy mounted.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Big losses for more than a third of mainland investors, poll finds

More than one-third of mainland investors say they have lost at least 30 per cent of their equity investments in the first half of this year, an embarrassment for chief securities regulator Guo Shuqing.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Nine 'right number for top leadership'

A prominent economist has published an article in the party's mouthpiece that appears to defend keeping the number of members in China's top decision-making body at nine.

The article in the People's Daily comes amid speculation that the number of seats on the Politburo Standing Committee could be cut from nine to seven.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mayor elected Beijing party secretary

Beijing mayor Guo Jinlong was promoted to party secretary of the capital yesterday at the close of the municipal Communist Party congress, paving the way for him to become a Politburo member at this autumn's national party congress.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

How Xi Jinping can prove China is not a kleptocracy

Last Friday the Bloomberg news agency published a 4,000-word investigation into the family business interests of Xi Jinping, heir apparent to China's presidency.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Clues to official plight of Bo, Wang

The top legislative body in Chongqing has likely approved the resignation of disgraced former municipal party secretary Bo Xilai and his right-hand man Wang Lijun as delegates to the National People's Congress. Experts believe the move paves the way for their prosecution.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Book reveals security move after June 4 crackdown

The Communist Party leadership decided to strengthen its security apparatus shortly after the June 4 military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in 1989, according to a new book by a former top legislator.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tax overhaul a headache for some in cargo

A programme to overhaul the mainland tax system for logistics, shipping and other cargo firms by replacing business taxes with a value-added tax has generated mixed views.

Some observers said the pilot implementation of the scheme in Shanghai had already caused confusion and could have been better implemented, while others said there had been little impact so far.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beating the slowdown by banking on S.O.E. reform

Beijing's plan to restructure state-owned enterprises (SOEs) has created opportunities for investment bankers struggling for business in traditional segments amid a market downturn.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Minister tells of his doubts over Li's death

Outgoing health minister Dr York Chow Yat-ngok has become the first top official to publicly raise doubts about the suspicious death of Tiananmen activist Li Wangyang.

Chow said that judging from the available evidence, it 'did not look like a suicide'.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Registrations for HK seats on NPC begin next month

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am