Politics of the People'S Republic of China

Jiang Zemin's allies set to eclipse Hu Jintao's on new Standing Committee

President Hu Jintao (left) and former president Jiang Zemin attend a conference to commemorate the 1911 revolution last year. Photo: AP

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

Too early to loosen curbs on property, says China's Premier Wen Jiabao

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

Bo Xilai set to be stripped of NPC membership

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 put in place security measures in run-up to party congress

General Guo Boxiong says the PLA must obey and be loyal to the party.

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

Taiwan's main opposition DPP warming to Beijing

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

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

DPP fails to appear at anti-mainland protests

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

Li Peng is latest party veteran to bask in spotlight

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

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

Influence of predecessors will test Xi Jinping's political skills

Influence of predecessors will test Xi Jinping's political skills

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

Taiwanese legislators threaten to block cross-strait investment protection pact

Taiwanese legislators threaten to block cross-strait investment protection pact

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

Xi criticises cadres for personal excess

Vice-President Xi Jinping has criticised cadres for putting the pursuit of personal power and individual gain ahead of their duties and warned that such extravagances could weaken the Communist Party's six-decade hold on power.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

PLA denies adopting tough approach

The Chinese military denies it has adopted a tough approach in handling territorial disputes over the South China Sea, saying its recent moves in the disputed waters were intended to safeguard national interests.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Australian leaders must show China more respect

What is going on in the minds of Australian politicians about China?

China is Australia's biggest trading partner. In fact, Chinese demand for exports such as iron ore and coal has helped Australia largely avoid the economic crises bedevilling Europe and the US.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Political talks get closer after forum

Cross-strait talks are set to approach the so-called 'deep water zone' after complex political issues were raised for discussion for the first time in a recent partisan meeting in Harbin, capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am