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Communist Party magazine praises 'miracle' decade for China's economy

The Communist Party's flagship magazine published a lengthy article hailing China's past decade under President Hu Jintao as the most progressive era since the revolution - a move aimed at forging his legacy as he prepares to step down, analysts say.

Saturday, 18 August, 2012, 3:47am

Who said it?

We expect Wong Yuk-man would go after us during the campaign on politics too. But our edge is on the livelihood issues

Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood vice-chairman Tam Kwok-kiu, on possible attacks by the People Power lawmaker

My birthday could be the last one I celebrate as president, but that's not up to me - it's up to you

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Who said it?

We must ... continue the scientific concept of development, promote social harmony and improve people's livelihood and welfare

President Hu Jintao spells out the party line

They came to Munich in the spirit of peace and solidarity. We owe it to them to keep the spirit alive and to remember them

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Wen gets 'F' grade for last media date

A former top aide to late deposed Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang gave Premier Wen Jiabao an 'F' grade for his last nationally televised press conference, which aired in March at the end of the government's annual legislative session.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Petitioning past its use-by date amid rising social discontent

Several hundred officials in charge of 'petitioning' - one of the most controversial professions on the mainland - converged on the Great Hall of the People on Friday for a two-day meeting.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Probe repeats suicide verdict on Li

A month-long probe by Hunan's provincial authorities into the mysterious death of June 4 dissident Li Wangyang has upheld the previous official verdict that the frail rights activist committed suicide.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Catholics march for religious freedom

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

US throws stones in its own glass house

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took aim at China this week, saying Asia needs greater political freedom. Democracies, she says, are more stable, reliable and innovative. She is absolutely right. So why is Washington befriending more dictators than Beijing by an order of magnitude?

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

New breed of provincial leaders

The new line-up of provincial leaders brings a markedly different mindset to the problems facing the mainland compared to their predecessors', having come of age during the reform era and immersed themselves in liberal studies at university, according to information available and analysts.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

Should immigration rules be changed to let well-educated mainland parents with locally born children live and work in Hong Kong?

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Heavy hand of law comes down too hard

Bravo, Asia's finest! You have proved yourself to be every bit as adept at stifling freedom of speech and of the press as your mainland counterparts.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Protester manages to disrupt Hu's speech

President Hu Jintao had a rare direct encounter with a protester yesterday when a pan-democrat was able to disrupt the leader's speech at the inauguration ceremony for the new government.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The Great Survivors: How Monarchy Made it into the Twenty-First Century

The Great Survivors: How Monarchy Made it into the Twenty-First Century by Peter Conradi Alma Books

Not another book about royals, I hear you say. Yet this one is different.

Countless tomes have been written about Britain's Queen Elizabeth II who celebrated her 60th year on the throne this month.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Yousaf Raza Gilani has ... ceased to be the prime minister and the office of the prime minister shall be deemed to be vacant

Pakistan's chief justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

I'm not persuaded that there is any reasonably arguable ground of appeal

A judge rules that businesswoman Lily Chiang Lai-lei (above) should stay in jail for corruption

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

China and Russia to set up US$4b investment fund

China and Russia signed a deal to set up a US$4 billion joint investment fund yesterday as Russian President Vladimir Putin began a three-day visit to Beijing.

Putin's visit comes as the two countries seek to counterbalance the geopolitical clout of the United States in Asia and to bolster their joint stance on Syria.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am