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Regional heads of China's re-education through labour system have heard nothing from Beijing, say state media

Although any planned changes aren't likely to be formally announced before March, the retraction of the original statement combined with today's news confirms widespread scepticism.

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 9:43am

A good week for ... , January 13, 2013

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

13 Jan 2013 - 1:57am

Security tsar Meng Jianzhu criticises interference in court proceedings

Chinese State Councilor Meng Jianzhu. Photo: Xinhua

Security tsar Meng Jianzhu has criticised excessive interference by officials in court proceedings - a practice so rampant that judges frequently receive notes at the bench telling them how to rule.

29 Aug 2013 - 8:47am 4 comments

China to end notorious forced labour system

Prisoners perform manual labour in Chongqing. Photo: SCMP

The mainland's new security tsar said yesterday the notorious practice of sending petty criminals and government critics to forced labour camps for up to four years without trial would soon be ended.

8 Jan 2013 - 7:33am 2 comments

Beijing begins the big political reshuffle

The appointment of Meng Jianzhu (top centre) as new security tsar has been welcomed by many as signalling the downgrading of the Communist Party's Political and Legal Affairs Commission. Photo: AP

Beijing has announced new appointments to the top party posts overseeing personnel matters and public security, marking the start of a sweeping reshuffle of senior party and government officials after the unveiling of the party's new leadership line-up last week.

20 Nov 2012 - 7:24am

Meng Jianzhu expected to be made security tsar at national congress

Meng Jianzhu expected to made security tsar at national congress

Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu, widely tipped to succeed iron-fisted security tsar Zhou Yongkang at the Communist Party's 18th national congress, is likely to focus on professional policing rather than political campaigns, analysts say.

8 Oct 2012 - 12:56pm

Security tsar will attend party congress after all

Security tsar Zhou Yongkang was elected a delegate for Xinjiang to the upcoming Communist Party congress, dispelling renewed speculation that he might have been sidelined.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Security chief Zhou in police pep talk

Security tsar Zhou Yongkang made another high-profile public appearance yesterday - this time with President Hu Jintao - amid rumours that he has been forced to hand over power.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

800,000 recruited as informants in run-up to 60th anniversary

Beijing police are mobilising 800,000 residents for a two-month crime-watch campaign in a bid to boost public security ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.

21 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Portfolio chiefs

Premier: Wen Jiabao

Vice-premiers: Li Keqiang , Hui Liangyu Zhang Dejiang , Wang Qishan

State councillors: Liu Yandong , Ma Kai , Dai Bingguo , Meng Jianzhu , Liang Guanglie

Secretary General: Ma Kai

Foreign Minister: Yang Jiechi

Defence Minister: Liang Guanglie

17 Mar 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