Stability is the key for China's new cabinet

The new lineup of China's State Council, nominated by Premier Li Keqiang, was endorsed by lawmakers at a NPC meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

The nation's new cabinet was unveiled yesterday - a mix of veteran diplomats, senior politicians and technocratic newcomers with international exposure. Analysts say the line-up will maintain policy stability and strengthen China's position in the world order.

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Front runners emerge for vice-premier vacancies

Liu Yandong

Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang, State Councillor Liu Yandong and State Council secretary general Ma Kai are front runners to fill the vice-premiership vacancies to be left by Zhang Dejiang, Hui Liangyu and Wang Qishan in March.

16 Nov 2012 - 5:13am

Vice-premier for foreign affairs will co-ordinate foreign policy

Wang Huning

China's next leaders need to raise the profile of foreign-policy making in the government hierarchy as the country becomes involved in a broader spectrum of international affairs, analysts say.

14 Oct 2012 - 4:36am

Top adviser Wang Huning tipped to become vice-premier, enter Politburo

Wang Huning: former academic. Photo: David Wong

A trusted adviser to both Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao will probably become the vice-premier in charge of China's diplomatic affairs after the upcoming leadership transition, sources say.

11 Oct 2012 - 4:21am

Lessons to learn from HKU flap

The controversy surrounding the visit of Vice-Premier Li Keqiang last August has aroused concerns about whether some of our core values have been compromised. Questions have been asked whether the University of Hong Kong sought to curry favour by staging the centennial celebrations during the state leader's visit.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Allegation of cover-up by HKU dismissed

An internal investigation has dismissed an allegation that the University of Hong Kong tried to cover up records of its controversial handling of Vice-Premier Li Keqiang's visit in August.

'The allegation is based on multiple hearsay evidence and, up to this stage, none of this evidence has been substantiated,' a university-appointed review panel reported yesterday.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Legislators reject security probe and support police

Efforts by pan-democrat lawmakers to set up an independent Legislative Council committee to investigate the police security operation for the visit of Vice-Premier Li Keqiang in August have been rejected.

Instead, at a special meeting of the Legco security panel yesterday, members endorsed a motion that supported the police.

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Police and media must end row

The police force and the media have very different - but equally important - roles to play in our society. Both work for the good of the community. The police keep our city safe and ensure the law is enforced. The media keep people informed, monitor those in positions of power - including the police - and generally contribute to a free and open society.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

HKU in hot water over Li

The University of Hong Kong's (HKU) Council says it will set up a committee to look into controversies surrounding the recent visit of Vice-Premier Li Keqiang to the campus. The university was criticised for its heavy-handed security. It also allowed Li to be seated so that his status seemed to be above that of the chancellor and pro-chancellor during a ceremony.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Silence secured

Free speech is best tested not under normal circumstances but abnormal ones. We pass with good grades under normal circumstances. Hongkongers can protest, rant on talk radio, and even insult our leaders. But free speech was put through a stress test during Vice-Premier Li Keqiang's visit and we failed.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The Sunday Morning Post front page report 'Long illness claims top party leader' incorrectly stated that Vice-Premier Huang Ju died at 2.30am on Saturday. The time of death was 2.03am.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Vice-premier's hidden message

A news report about a letter written by cancer-stricken Vice-Premier Huang Ju to the nation's labour organisations congratulating them on their job-creation efforts is being seen as a subtle message about the political standing of China's sixth most senior leader.

12 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Facing realities

Now that the initial euphoria has subsided, attention is starting to focus on the very real practical difficulties Beijing will face in implementing its proposed restructuring of state-owned enterprises. Premier Li Peng yesterday warned of the need 'to choose a development road suited to one's own national conditions'.

24 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Zhu meets red-chip chiefs

Vice-Premier Zhu Rongji is understood to have met the chiefs of red-chip companies in Hong Kong yesterday at the Xinhua news agency's office.

Sources said most of the chairmen who attended the meeting were from firms where share prices had recently experienced wild swings.

23 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Limits put on factory output

BEIJING has reimposed some form of centralised control over production to fight the worsening problem of stagflation.

And Vice-Premier Zhu Rongji has been forced to make further relaxations in the money supply in spite of his commitment to tighten policy in that area.

2 Sep 1994 - 12:00am