Power struggle in Beijing leaves CIC leaderless

Huang Qifan, Chongqing Mayor

The chairman's office at China Investment Corp (CIC) has been empty for about three months since former chairman Lou Jiwei , who helped establish CIC in 2007, was promoted to become finance minister as part of the Communist Party's once-a-decade leadership transition earlier this year.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 6:32am 2 comments

Xi follows in Mao's footsteps on path to consolidate power

Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

When the Politburo announced Xi Jinping's campaign rid the party of "formalism, bureaucratism and behaviour that suggests mediocrity, laziness, laxity and extravagance", what it really meant was: "Clean up your act. Or we'll clean it up for you."

29 Apr 2013 - 5:22am 1 comment

Think-tank veteran Wang Huning to retain influence despite lack of portfolio

Wang Huning

At first glance, Wang Huning is the biggest loser as the only Politburo member without a portfolio. But the former academic will still be an influential figure as director of the Central Policy Research Office, a think tank he has headed for more than a decade.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:59am

Zhou Qiang's new role as the top judge is largely symbolic

Zhou Qiang (centre, back row) is congratulated by other deputies after being elected president of the Supreme People's Court at the National People's Congress. Photo: Xinhua

Hu Chunhua and Sun Zhengcai, both three years younger than the 52-year-old Zhou, have now eclipsed him on the political stage after joining the 25-member Politburo, and are in pole position to become the core of the party's sixth-generation leadership.

16 Mar 2013 - 5:01am

Xi Jinping vows to uphold constitution and rule of law

Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping pledged yesterday to uphold the constitution and promote rule of law during a Politburo seminar, according to state media.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am

Politburo endorses draft restructuring plan

Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

The draft proposes reform and the reassignment of duties of various organisations under the State Council. Xinhua quoted the Politburo as saying the restructuring was a priority, as it was crucial for administrative reform.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:21am 1 comment

Loss of Politburo seat deals a further setback to Hu's former chief of staff

Ling Jihua, who lost his son in a car crash. Photo: Simon Song

Ling Jihua, until recently the chief of staff of President Hu Jintao , has become the only former director of the Communist Party Central Committee's general office not to be elected a Politburo member or alternate member since the founding of the People's Republic in 1949.

16 Nov 2012 - 5:13am

Who's who: seven party heavyweights named to China's Politburo core

Who's who: seven party heavyweights named to China's Politburo core

China's top leadership committee was reduced from nine to seven members: Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China's Communist Party remains a boys’ club

Liu Yandong, the only woman in the 25-member Politburo. Photo: AFP

Mao Zedong once declared: “Women hold up half the sky,” but today’s Chinese Communist Party is heavy with testosterone and when a new set of leaders is announced this week all are expected to be male.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Zhao Leji a man whose time has come

Illustration: Henry Wong

Shaanxi party secretary Zhao Leji is a strong candidate to become the Communist Party's personnel chief following the leadership transition at its 18th national congress next month.

29 Oct 2012 - 5:35am

General Fan Changlong tipped for top post in China military commission

Illustration: Henry Wong

The commander of the PLA's Jinan Military Area Command, General Fan Changlong, is being seen as a "dark horse" for one of the two military vice-chairmanships of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) after next month's Communist Party leadership transition.

22 Oct 2012 - 4:17am

Liaoning's Communist Party secretary Wang Min eyes his Politburo prize

Wang Min, Party secretary of Liaoning province speaks at a press conference during National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on March 5, 2011. Photo: SCMP/Simon Song

Liaoning's Communist Party secretary, Wang Min , responded to 34 online petition letters in July, a show of sympathy for public concerns that has become normal practice for provincial leaders keen to ease social tensions and maintain stability.

5 Oct 2012 - 10:24am

Rigidity may cost Heilongjiang party secretary promotion into Politburo

Illustration: Henry Wong

The recent collapse of an approach ramp on a new, 1.8 billion yuan bridge in Harbin , Heilongjiang , could be the final blow to provincial party secretary Ji Bingxuan's hopes of promotion to the Communist Party's Politburo.

3 Oct 2012 - 1:42pm

Bo decision allows China to focus on succession

Bo Xilai. Photo: AP

With disgraced politician Bo Xilai expelled from the party, his career effectively ended with a slew of criminal charges that are certain to result in convictions, China’s ruling communists can finally focus on the crucial task of ensuring a smooth transition to a new generation of leaders.

29 Sep 2012 - 7:21pm

Morning Clicks, August 29

Who's really behind the news that China has developed the capability to put multiple warheads on ICBMs?

29 Aug 2012 - 3:05pm