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Senior leader appeals for unity over reform plan

Zhang Dejiang, (centre) chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC. Photo: Xinhua

The chariman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress has appealed to members of the ruling Communist Party to unite around a key reform plan and shoulder the “historic” responsibility of making sure it is followed through, state media said.

Saturday, 16 November, 2013, 4:03pm

Reform agenda puts China’s economic super agency under scrutiny

China’s probe of infant formula prices and foreign drugmakers may mask a broader campaign for the NDRC to justify its own existence. Photo: AFP

Behind China’s two investigations into irregular pricing of infant formula and pharmaceuticals announced this month is one powerful institution and its struggle for relevance as Beijing attempts a transition to a more consumption-led economy.

17 Jul 2013 - 5:53am

Myanmar to renegotiate huge resource deals: think tank

Demonstrators protest against land grabs on June 2. The Myanmar government clamp down on corruption as part of radical reforms intended to lift people out of poverty. Photo: AFP

The Myanmar government plans to renegotiate billions of dollars of natural resource deals as it imposes tougher environmental standards and clamps down on corruption, a leading US think tank said.

25 Jun 2013 - 12:09pm

Wrestling pins its Games hopes on reforms

Nenad Lalovic

The widespread reforms introduced to the historic sport of wrestling gives it a very strong chance of regaining its place in the Olympics, the newly elected president of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles said.

25 May 2013 - 5:22am

China needs to make reforms in dealing with prostitution

Women are seated during a police crackdown on prostitution in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: Reuters

China's laws on prostitution are crystal clear: it is illegal. Yet no country has as many sex workers. Their services are visible and readily available and what has become a thriving industry is a currency of business and symbol of corruption. The result is that an already fragile part of the population is put at greater risk of abuse and vulnerability to sexually-transmitted diseases.

20 May 2013 - 1:51am 6 comments

Rules to give creditors fairer deal

Patrick Ho Chung-kei, Deputy Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury. Photo: David Wong

The government has proposed measures to provide greater protection for creditors and simplify company liquidations in the first reform of the city's insolvency laws in almost 30 years.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:29am

US drafts plan to give illegal immigrants residency within 8 years

Barack Obama

The plan would also allocate additional security funds and require business owners to check the immigration status of any new hires within four years. The estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States could also apply for a "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visa, a report from USA Today said.

18 Feb 2013 - 5:24am

America's crusade for foreign brains

A woman swears allegiance to the flag at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services' offices in Newark, New Jersey. Photo: AFP

For more than a decade, the US hi-tech sector has been struggling to get more visas and green cards for immigrants with engineering, maths or science skills.

While Silicon Valley has been largely backing reform-minded Democratic candidates including President Barack Obama, Republicans have begun paying attention to broader immigration reform, an issue dear to Latinos.

18 Feb 2013 - 5:26am

Don't let sex scandals distract from the bigger fight against corruption

Zhu Ruifeng, a citizen journalist known for recently exposing sex scandals and corruptions. Photo: NYT

A string of sex scandals has brought down a number of Chinese officials recently. Such is the technology today that the photos, videos and salacious details about the affairs spread quickly once they are posted online. The authorities were quick to react, sacking a number of senior party cadres and executives at state-owned companies. There's probably more to come.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:39am

Xi's right words against corruption need right action

Soon after becoming party leader, Xi zeroed in on the root of the problem - the abuse of power and privilege by officials. Photo: EPA

New Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has taken up in earnest warnings by top leaders that official corruption could doom the party, to the point of turning the issue into a crusade. Fighting graft and reining in abuse of power by officials has become a recurrent theme of his first 10 weeks in the top job.

25 Jan 2013 - 2:35am

Call for reform at the top of state firms

Call for reform at the top of state firms

Getting the right people in the right positions is one way for enterprises to succeed, but this is easier said than done for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), due to the government's dominant role in leadership appointments.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:12am

Ending re-education through labour must lead to curbs on police powers

A woman in her dormitory at a re-education through labour centre in Jiangsu province. Photo: Imaginechina

The detested administrative punishment of "re-education through labour" may finally end this year. A proposal for reform tabled at a law and order work conference this month is said to have the central government's backing, and will take effect once the National People's Congress Standing Committee gives its nod.

17 Jan 2013 - 5:08am

Ending re-education through labour would be a major advance for rule of law

Prisoners used for manual labour near the city of Chongqing. Photo: Mark Ralston

To call re-education through labour an affront to the rule of law is an understatement. It is a grotesque perversion of the rule of law, to the point of being used by police to lock up people even after they have been found innocent by the courts.

9 Jan 2013 - 6:32am

Optimistic about Pearl River Delta's bright future

Xi Jinping talks with retired comrades who participated in the construction of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone during his recent visit to Shenzhen. Photo: Xinhua

In 1992, Deng Xiaoping with his entourage came south and made an inspection tour of the Pearl River Delta. He liked what he saw and the rest is history.

Hong Kong and Guangdong province joined forces and with the blessing of Deng Xiaoping and the central government, Hong Kong industry moved en masse into the delta.

18 Dec 2012 - 2:03am

Xi off to good start but must deliver on higher expectations

Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

If polls tracked public political sentiment in China, as they do in the West, new Communist Party leader Xi Jinping would probably be riding high in the ratings. He already appears presidential, setting a no-frills tone for China's pampered ruling elite months before he succeeds Hu Jintao as president. Public reaction has been positive.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:30am

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