Politics of China

There's good reason for China's bluster

A member of China's People Liberation Army (PLA) stands at guard on the missile destroyer 'Qingdao'. Photo: EPA

Our recent story outlining the strategic and historical context behind the statements from outgoing President Hu Jintao that China must "build itself into a maritime power" made interesting reading for anyone wanting to understand what is going on in the region.

Monday, 7 January, 2013, 2:36am 3 comments

Shanghai mayor Han Zheng at the crossroads

Shanghai mayor Han Zheng at the crossroads

Han Zheng was 48 when first named mayor of Shanghai in 2003, the youngest person to hold the post in 50 years.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:51pm 1 comment

Rising star Li Yuanchao forges ties with all political factions in China

Li Yuanchao makes a speech at Harvard University in 2009. Photo: Xinhua

If there's one thing that Li Yuanchao has established during his rise to become chief of the Organisation Department -the Communist Party's patronage control centre - it is that he can forge strong ties across the factional spectrum. 

1 Oct 2012 - 2:43pm

Medal reportedly belonging to Chiang Kai-shek goes unsold at HK auction

Doubts arose about the medal's authenticity. Photo: Sam Tsang

A medal said to have been presented to late Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek remained unsold at a Hong Kong auction yesterday amid doubts about its authenticity.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:50am

Taiwanese opposition figures can visit mainland, but not in official capacity

Wang Yi

Members of Taiwan's main opposition group can visit the mainland, but not in an official capacity, and only in "appropriate circumstances", the head of the Taiwan Affairs Office under the mainland's State Council said yesterday.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:32am

Bid to calm public after anti-Japanese protests in Shenzhen over Diaoyus

Members of the Ganbare Nippon right-wing group stand beside Japanese flags on one of the disputed Diaoyu Islands. Photo: EPA

Mainland media attempted to calm public anger over the disputed Diaoyu Islands yesterday after an anti-Japanese protest turned ugly in Shenzhen at the weekend.

Editorials in mainland newspapers described the actions of some protesters as "stupid" and called on mainlanders to remain united.

21 Aug 2012 - 4:48am

Taiwanese firms gain legal umbrella

Taiwan and the mainland have signed a highly anticipated investment-protection pact that is widely viewed as a major step in deepening cross-strait economic ties.

At yesterday's signing ceremony in Taipei, top negotiators from both sides also inked a co-operation agreement aimed at accelerating customs-clearance procedures that will boost two-way trade.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Beijing offers sweeteners to Taipei

Beijing offered a series of economic sweeteners to Taipei yesterday, pledging 600 billion yuan (HK$734.4 billion) in bank loans to investors, while promising to import rice from the island, in a bid to enhance cross-strait ties.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing backs Taiwan minister on cultural offices

Mainland officials have backed a Taiwanese minister's idea to establish cultural offices in each other's territory, giving warming cross-strait relations added impetus.

Fan Liqing, a spokeswoman from the Taiwan Affairs Office under the mainland's State Council, yesterday called for dialogue between Beijing and Taipei to pave the way for the establishment of such centres.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Jiang behind my downfall, chen suggests

Disgraced former Beijing party boss Chen Xitong calls his corruption conviction 16 years ago 'the biggest injustice since the Cultural Revolution'.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am


Position of KMT has not changed

Lawrence Chung's article on the current debates over 'one country, two areas' in Taiwan politics ('Every which way but one', April 4) is a thorough piece, but contains a simple misunderstanding.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Emotional plea for World Bank deputy

The wife of Justin Lin Yifu, the senior vice-president of the World Bank, appeared emotional at a National People's Congress panel discussion yesterday where she pleaded for her husband, who defected to the mainland almost three decades ago, to be able to return to Taiwan.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lessons we can learn from successful Taiwan election

As the Chinese saying goes, 'Three shoemakers are better than one Master Zhu', referring to the smartest military genius in ancient China. Sure, the shoemakers may not be as smart as Master Zhu, but through debate, the ideas they come up with will often be well thought out.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Securing peace

The comfortable re-election victory of Ma Ying-jeou as Taiwan's president on Saturday must have been greeted with relief in Beijing.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Books without BORDERS

Just two months after the high-flying career of Liu Zhijun ended with his dismissal as minister of railways, a tell-all book hit Hong Kong bookstores.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am