Mayors of Beijing

Corrections & clarifications

The story headlined 'Jiang behind my downfall, Chen suggests' on page A3 yesterday incorrectly stated the number of years since former Beijing party secretary Chen Xitong's corruption conviction. He was convicted 14 years ago, in 1998.

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am

Promotion of disgraced cadres hit by new rules

To break the 'sacked-then-back' culture among cadres - which has made a mockery of the mainland's official accountability system - the Communist Party leadership has introduced provisions that could bar disgraced officials from promotion for up to two years.

2 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Draft law to give errant officials second chance

A controversial draft law being debated by national lawmakers would expunge the records of disgraced officials after a set term, promising that cadres' promotion prospects would not be affected by previous faults.

26 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Fujian party official jailed for life

A top party official in Fujian province was jailed for life yesterday for taking more than eight million yuan in bribes, state media reported.

19 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Flaunting of wealth and privilege undesirable

Membership has its privileges, especially when it comes to the Chinese Communist Party. The state-controlled media likes to publicise the downfall of corrupt officials as a warning to others. But being convicted of corruption and sent to jail does not necessarily mean the end of a comfortable lifestyle.

28 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Recruit good leaders and let them do their jobs

The appalling safety record of many key industries on the mainland points to the need for systemic reform and restructuring, not just the punishment of individuals. There is a need for accountability that targets not only corrupt or incompetent officials but the flaws in the system that allow them to act in such a way.

1 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Outgoing governor has come back from political dead before

Meng Xuenong's political comeback after being sacked during the 2003 Sars outbreak was one of the most talked about recent dramas in mainland political circles.

Indeed, until yesterday, Mr Meng was one of several figures who had seen their political fortunes resurrected after resigning or being sacked for their roles in various crises.

15 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Meng Jianzhu approved as security chief

Ex-Jiangxi party boss elevated

The National People's Congress Standing Committee yesterday approved Meng Jianzhu as public security minister, replacing Zhou Yongkang, who has been elevated to the party's top echelon.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Wang Qishan: From tour guide to troubleshooter

Beijing mayor Wang Qishan's experience in handling Sars and preparations for the Olympics qualified him to move into the Politburo. But doubts over the 59-year-old princeling's abilities remain.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Jia Qinglin: Tainted survivor with a powerful patron

Jia Qinglin , an ally of former general secretary Jiang Zemin tainted by a corruption case, has served five years as a member of the powerful Standing Committee of the Politburo with little distinction.

Although technically No4 in the hierarchy, his post as chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference gives him little power.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Hu aide secures key post ahead of congress

President further cements political authority

President Hu Jintao has manoeuvred one of his closest aides into a key post ahead of next month's major party congress, a further sign of his growing political strength amid intense jockeying over a reshuffle of senior party positions.

20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Incorrect characters were given for the name of the new governor of Shanxi province , Meng Xuenong , in yesterday's front-page story headlined 'Beijing surprises with five new ministers'.

1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Hu protege resurrected ahead of congress

A protege of President Hu Jintao, who was sacked as Beijing mayor at the height of the 2003 Sars crisis, has made a dramatic political comeback amid a sweeping reshuffle ahead of next month's party congress.

Meng Xuenong, 58, had been appointed deputy secretary of the Communist Party's provincial committee in the coal-rich province of Shanxi, Xinhua reported yesterday.

1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Shanxi governor 'for culture post'

Shanxi governor Yu Youjun is widely tipped to become minister of culture in one of the reshuffles shaping the political lineup ahead of the Communist Party's 17th National Congress in October.

30 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing municipal leaders re-elected

Beijing's municipal leaders ended their all-important five-yearly meeting yesterday without any major change in leadership.

Party boss Liu Qi and Mayor Wang Qishan were re-elected party secretary and deputy secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party, according to a report on the People's Daily website.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am