Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China

Two appointments, one policy paper and a clock strikes nine

Xi Jinping's 'liberal' side

He hugged babies. He was public about his love for his wife. He spoke without party jargon. Vice-President Xi Jinping has displayed a liberal image.

Yet, any expectations of him being soft on Hong Kong will be proven very wrong.

Saturday, 5 January, 2013, 2:22am

Corrections & clarifications

In the story headlined 'Xi warns Taiwan on 1992 consensus' on page A5 yesterday, the warning for Taiwan not to deny the '1992 consensus' was made by Jia Qinglin , chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, not Vice-President Xi Jinping.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Sneaking a peak behind top committee's closed doors

The mainland's top Communist Party leaders have been meeting behind closed doors since Saturday to discuss how to enliven the country's 'cultural system', and to hear President Hu Jintao 's annual work report on behalf of the Politburo - the only two items on the agenda well publicised in advance.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Illustrious string of alumni have shaped nation

Tsinghua University is nowhere near the same league as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the American Ivy League schools or Britain's Oxford and Cambridge universities in academic prestige, as several world rankings have indicated.

But it has produced many graduates who have shaken up China's political landscape.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Heir apparent's role in Olympics confirmed

The man tipped to be the next president has already spent a month leading the enormous preparatory work for the Beijing Olympics, a senior official with the Games' organising body confirmed yesterday.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Li Changchun: A lid on the media

As a member of the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee and the party's ideological chief, Li Changchun has been at the forefront of propaganda efforts in recent years to burnish the credentials of his party and bosses.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Wu Bangguo: Pushing ahead with a raft of new laws

His election into the powerful Politburo standing committee five years ago was seen as the outcome of a balancing act, but Wu Bangguo has since stood firm, surviving the fall of the Shanghai faction.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Hu's choice of heir far from assured as party readies for reshuffle

Li Keqiang is the man. Those who follow mainland politics closely appear to accept that he will be included in the new leadership line-up that will emerge from the Communist Party's 17th congress next month. Not least because his name is high on every list of rumoured new leaders circulating in Beijing.

24 Sep 2007 - 12:00am