Politburo of the Communist Party of China

China's political reform must combine modern ideals and tradition

New members of the Politburo Standing Committee, from left, Zhang Gaoli, Liu Yunshan, Zhang Dejiang, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Yu Zhengsheng and Wang Qishan. Photo: AP

The way a party presents itself can either enhance or undermine a regime's legitimacy, and China is no exception.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 3:05pm

Hunan stalwart Zhou Qiang set for Politburo despite Li Wangyang scandal

Hunan stalwart Zhou Qiang set for Politburo despite Li Wangyang scandal

Despite a recent series of scandals in Hunan , provincial party secretary Zhou Qiang is still seen as a contender for promotion to the powerful Politburo at the Communist Party's upcoming 18th national congress.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:51pm

Horse trading under way in earnest

Billed as one of the world's most watched programmes, CCTV's daily prime-time news at 7pm, known as Xinwen Lianbo, easily draws as many as 100 million viewers daily, mainly because it is required to be shown simultaneously by most terrestrial television channels on the mainland.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Talks plot path for next decade

Incumbent and retired party chiefs are meeting to finalise decisions on the new leadership line-up ahead of the 18th party congress.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Nine 'right number for top leadership'

A prominent economist has published an article in the party's mouthpiece that appears to defend keeping the number of members in China's top decision-making body at nine.

The article in the People's Daily comes amid speculation that the number of seats on the Politburo Standing Committee could be cut from nine to seven.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Congress delegates still to be elected

Preparations for the upcoming 18th party congress are not running as smoothly as portrayed by state media, with a dozen constituencies, including Chongqing and Beijing, yet to hold their own party congress to elect their representatives.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Battle for power

With a few months to go before the Communist Party holds its 18th congress in Beijing many uncertainties linger over the final line-up of the Politburo Standing Committee, the party's inner-most cabinet and the nation's most powerful decision-making body.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing wants to close Bo case soon

The Communist Party leadership's announcement last week to expel Liu Zhijun, the former minister of railways, and turn him over for criminal prosecution on corruption charges should come as no surprise. Since February of last year, Liu has been under investigation by the party's anti-corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bo allies make shortlist for party congress

Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan and several top officials who once worked closely with ousted party boss Bo Xilai are among the 50 people on the municipality's delegate shortlist for the Communist Party congress later this year.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

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

Critics of security chief questioned

Elderly Communist Party members in Yunnan have been questioned after their letter called for the sacking of the country's top security official amid rumours of infighting following the downfall of Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Party congress arrangements 'going smoothly'

The overseas edition of the official People's Daily ran an article yesterday saying the 18th party congress would take place in the second half of the year, and that preparations were going smoothly.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Li Keqiang primed to succeed

The state media's unusually extensive coverage of Li Keqiang's European tour showed the vicepremier remains well positioned to succeed Wen Jiabao as premier despite rumours to the contrary, analysts said.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Bo Xilai might be corrupt, but he is a capable leader and is good to poor people

A Beijing taxi driver's assessment of the fallen Politburo member (pictured)

I'm not that type of player to intentionally hurt anyone

Chelsea captain John Terry apologises for a moment of madness in Barcelona

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Top leaders step up focus on Europe

Several top Chinese leaders are staging serial European visits - something that is rarely seen - in a move that suggests Beijing is attaching increasing significance to the forging of ties with countries in the region.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am