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Nepotism puts system for promotions in spotlight

A dragon begets a dragon, a phoenix begets a phoenix and the son of a mouse is good at digging holes, goes the Chinese idiom. Sadly, however, a culture of nepotism in the promotion of young officials has caused overwhelming public disgust.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 4:35am 4 comments

Top Communist Party unit to tighten rules on rapid promotions

The Communist Party's powerful Central Organisation Department, its top personnel management organ, has pledged to apply a tougher yardstick to the exceptionally rapid promotion of cadres following a spate of nepotism controversies.

18 May 2013 - 5:30am

Xinhua spurs talk that rising star is son of ex-NPC chief Wu Bangguo

An unusual Xinhua report has sparked speculation that the state-run news agency has taken a subtle shot at the promotion of a man who could be the son of a powerful political figure.

16 May 2013 - 4:31am

The Son also Rises: nepotism doesn't disappear in China, it just gets a promotion

Throughout Chinese history, the expression ya nei originally meant palace guards but later referred generally to children of government officials. In traditional Chinese opera and drama, they are immortalised as the worst of the worst - vile, violent and corrupt. Dressed in silk and drooped in gold, ya nei roamed the streets, beating people for no particular reason or kidnapping young girls and forcing them to become concubines. They usually escape punishment thanks to their powerful fathers and relatives.

13 May 2013 - 5:47am 4 comments

Questions over son's rapid rise in Guangdong county leads to his demotion

A 29-year-old deputy county head of Jieyang in Guangdong has been demoted to the rank of clerk after internet users questioned whether his father, who held the post before him, had a hand in his son's fast-track promotion.

12 May 2013 - 6:28am 1 comment

Call for probe into rise, and fall, of 25-year-old mayor in Jining

Han Han, the 25-year-old mayor of a town in Jining, Shandong, quit her job last Sunday at the same time her father stepped down from an important post on the city's Communist Party committee amid online accusations she had climbed the bureaucratic ladder quickly because of her father.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

25-year-old Shandong town mayor resigns over allegations of nepotism

A 25-year-old town mayor in Shandong resigned on Sunday along with her father, the head of a municipal department, after her meteoric rise through the ranks was cut short by allegations of nepotism, Xinhua reported.

But the simultaneous resignations did not conclude the matter as Jining city discipline inspection authority said it would continue to investigate the allegations.

23 Apr 2013 - 4:43pm 1 comment

Official nepotism figure among China's civil servant jobs draws scepticism

While some job seekers in China would do anything for a civil service job  many people believe job seekers with parents working for the government have a better chance of being hired.

9 Jan 2013 - 2:50pm

Syrian envoy says country is ready to discuss departure of Bashar al-Assad

Syria said it was ready to hold talks on the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as part of a negotiated settlement to the civil war raging in the country, but the US reacted with scepticism.

23 Aug 2012 - 4:17am

Assad's exile the only way for Syria

The tide has turned against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime. Although rebels are battling for control of the capital, Damascus, and the second city, Aleppo, civil war having come to the dictator's door is a turning point from which there can never be reconciliation.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am