Former party leader Jiang Zemin's influence may eclipse that of current general secretary Hu Jintao in the next decade as the new mainland leadership line-up begins to take shape. The Communist Party will unveil its once-in-a-decade reshuffle at its 18th national congress in a few weeks. While it is never publicly discussed, the country's political elite has spent the better part of the year in frenzied mud-slinging, horse-trading, alliance-building and lobbying.Monday, 29 October, 2012, 2:26pm
Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday it was too early to loosen curbs on speculative property investment, state media reported, as authorities keep a tight lid on the once red-hot housing sector.
Wen, inspecting an affordable housing project, said government efforts to rein in runaway housing prices had been largely successful, Xinhua said.2 Sep 2012 - 3:23am
Disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai is expected to be stripped of his membership of the legislature this week, as Beijing scrambles to put an end to the country's worst political scandal in decades ahead of a once-in-a-decade leadership reshuffle.28 Aug 2012 - 8:28am
Beijing police have officially kicked off the security operation for the upcoming party congress, which will draw more than 2,000 representatives to the capital as the nation transitions to a new leadership.
The Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on Wednesday established temporary headquarters to manage security for the meeting, which is expected to be held in autumn.24 Aug 2012 - 1:27pm
A flurry of mainland visits by prominent members of Taiwan's main political opposition group this month reflects what some analysts say is a softening of the pro-independence party's anti-Beijing stance.16 Aug 2012 - 4:23am
With the Communist Party's 18th congress just weeks away, the overseas media has focused upon the summer resort of Beidaihe where mainland leaders are slugging it out behind closed doors to pick the so-called fifth generation of officials to lead the country for the next 10 years.16 Aug 2012 - 4:23pm
Taiwan's opposition parties have threatened to block a newly signed cross-strait investment protection pact, saying it fails to address people's needs and expectations.
Legislators from the Democratic Progressive Party said on Friday they would not let the "highly disappointing" agreement be passed in the legislature.13 Aug 2012 - 9:04am
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
Taiwan's main opposition party, known for its pro-independence stance, was absent yesterday from protests that greeted the mainland's top negotiator upon his arrival to the island.15 Aug 2012 - 11:16pm
A lengthy People's Daily piece yesterday praising controversial former premier Li Peng is being seen as the latest attempt by party elders to flex their political muscles during sensitive talks to finalise the party's next leadership line-up.15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm