Harmonious Society

The bunnies are revolting - and once again the censors are hopping mad

The world watches every move China makes. That is the burden of being an emerging superpower. So the surest way to guarantee that everyone takes notice is to censor an art work or jail a protester. This should be the first law of publicity for Beijing.

Saturday, 29 January, 2011, 12:00am

Hu stresses 'public service' need

The Communist leadership has suggested more governance reform ideas ahead of the annual National Peoples' Congress meeting next month, with President Hu Jintao proposing a 'service-oriented government'.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Panda diplomacy

China this week marks the beginning of a new year in its lunar cycle, the Year of the Rat. This is a very significant year, since it will see China host the summer Olympics, an event seen the world over as the coming-out party for a country that has been eclipsed for two centuries.

6 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

When communists warm to democracy

In the past few years, mainland Chinese leaders have begun to talk about democratic development. Most mainlanders do not think of democracy as their inalienable right but, rather, a means to good governance. Nor do they feel that democracy should be developed at the expense of social stability.

12 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

More talk shows put off the air

Propaganda authorities have made another move to sanitise the airwaves and imbue socialist values ahead of a key party congress next month, banning four more sexoriented talk shows and setting up a hotline to encourage the public to report vulgar broadcasts.

21 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Party push to clean up Net

Communist Party leaders yesterday called for the construction of a healthy 'internet culture' with Chinese characteristics and in line with the party's values.

China Central Television reported the Politburo as saying that 'advanced technology should be used to spread advanced culture'.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Strategist's formula for success in 21st century

China must achieve three 'transcends' in order to succeed in the 21st century, according to Zheng Bijian, a strategist from a top mainland think-tank.

Mr Zheng said this meant the mainland must find a new route to industrialisation, a new way to participate in economic globalisation and a new mode of governance in a rapidly changing society.

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am