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Leadership Transition

Connections trump everything in world of private equity in China

Private equity doesn't have a long history in China, but it has grabbed attention over the past few years, partly because of the individuals standing behind the businesses. In other words, people are key in China. I mean, well, those special people.

Monday, 29 July, 2013, 7:45am 1 comment

Dynastic succession in Asian politics is no guarantee of success

To the extent that culture matters in politics, the recent spate of leadership changes in northeast Asia suggests that Asian societies are more tolerant - if not supportive - of dynastic succession. South Korea's recently elected president, Park Geun-hye, is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, who ruled the country from 1961 to 1979.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:57am 4 comments

New Year presents hope and challenge for leaders

A new year is a time for optimism and hope. The replacing of one calendar with another becomes a reason to put the past behind and start afresh. Individuals can successfully do that, but governments have less flexibility. Society's challenges are the domain of carefully crafted policies and resolve, not whims.

1 Jan 2013 - 3:17am

Sino-US relations: A new round begins

If there is any truth in the fancy that ears will burn while their owner is being talked about, the collective ears of China must have been ablaze during the past few weeks." These words are from a commentary in the American magazine The Saturday Evening Post in July 1900, amid the Boxer Rebellion.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:56am

Will Mao Zedong's philosophy live on in party constitution?

To include Mao, or not to include Mao? That is the tough question China's rulers are facing as the nation prepares for the once-a-decade leadership transition in two weeks.

25 Oct 2012 - 5:15pm

China's top leadership: is a smaller club good or bad?

A meeting held by the Chinese Communist Party's leadership at Beidaihe about two month ago reportedly decided that the Standing Committee of the Party's Politburo, or China's top decision-making body, would reduce its members from the current nine

8 Oct 2012 - 3:08pm 4 comments

World waits for timetable on Beijing's leadership transition

As Beijing makes the final preparations for its once-in-a-decade leadership transition, the mainland's massive propaganda machine is getting into gear by eulogising the achievements of the 10-year rule under President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao , while trying to paint a rosier picture for the future.

23 Aug 2012 - 9:14am