Top jobs for two presidential allies

The party boss of Sichuan - a protege of President Hu Jintao - has been appointed to head the party's United Front Work Department, according to a statement issued by the party's Central Committee yesterday.

Monday, 3 December, 2007, 12:00am

Intraparty vote for Politburo

The Communist Party mouthpiece has lifted the lid on the lead-up to the back-room selection of the mainland's most powerful leaders, revealing that an intraparty vote had been a factor in determining promotions.

26 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The limits of Hu's influence are laid bare

With the eight other members of the revamped Politburo Standing Committee standing behind him, President Hu Jintao yesterday declared the Communist Party's 17th National Congress 'a resounding success' and, in a live television broadcast, promised to open up 'a broader vista' for the party and the country.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The people absent from their great hall

A few token athletes aside, party conference could pass for meeting of Fortune 500

Judging from media coverage alone, it is easy to mistake the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party for a business conference like the World Economic Forum or Fortune 500 - except for the absence of foreign business magnates.

20 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The jockeying for power that could boost democracy within the party

Just one week before the Communist Party's landmark 17th congress, at which a major leadership reshuffle will be approved, something very strange has occurred in Beijing's corridors of power.

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Politburo signals end to congress prologue

Preparations finished for party's assembly

Communist Party leaders held probably the last Politburo meeting before the 17th party congress yesterday, sending a strong signal that preparations for the five-yearly meeting in mid-October have been completed.

29 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

China can learn from Vietnam, says writer

China could learn from Vietnam's political reforms, according to an article published online by a prominent mainland writer yesterday.

Zhou Ruijin, a former deputy editor-in-chief of the People's Daily, said in the article - 'Vietnam's Reform Deserves our Attention' - that Vietnam's reforms had proved to be effective in an example of 'a student surpassing his teacher'.

13 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Rural unrest sets off alarm

There were more than 10,000 'unruly incidents' by farmers last year, say sources close to the security establishment.

The incidents, mostly at village level, ranged from demonstrations and petitions to efforts to surround or damage government offices. There were at least 300 attempts to break into banks and post offices.

16 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Plan to give poor regions Politburo say

The Chinese Communist Party leadership is considering reserving at least two Politburo seats for cadres from the central and western parts of the country.

A Beijing source said this would serve to pacify the less well-off provinces - and to boost control over areas with ethnic minorities.

27 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Party applies tough criteria for promotion

Preliminary selections for a new band of central and regional officials will be completed by the end of spring.

Sources close to the party's Organisation Department said the process was 'much more stringent' than before.

27 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Survival politics outweigh ideology

The staring eyes of Lenin, Marx and Ho Chi Minh may have been bearing down on the Communist Party congress, but it was the tough politics of survival that ruled as much as ideology.

Overall, the party seems to have created a mandate for a new era of control as much as it has made any commitment to reform.

3 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Heart attack kills Politburo hopeful

A LEADING Vietnamese nuclear scientist tipped for a place in a new ruling Politburo to be announced tomorrow has died suddenly of a heart attack.

Nguyen Dinh Tu, 63, collapsed at his home following the opening of the eighth Communist Party Congress on Friday.

He died overnight in hospital, officials said.

30 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Split over Politburo vacancy

THE Chinese leadership is badly divided over who should take the Politburo seat left vacant by the disgraced Beijing party boss Chen Xitong.

Analysts said wrangling over the key appointment could go on until the sixth plenum of the party Central Committee next year.

4 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Politburo heavyweight toes conservative line

THE member of the politburo Standing Committee in charge of organisation, Mr Hu Jintao, has toed a conservative line on the propagation of young leaders.

In a speech in Wuhan on the education of young cadres, Mr Hu put ''a correct political direction'' and a ''Marxist standpoint'' as foremost criteria for excellence as well as promotion.

11 Jan 1993 - 12:00am