Zhang Hong
Zhang Hong is the deputy editor in chief of the Economic Observer, an influential business newspaper based in Beijing.

It's unlikely to set the literary world alight, and may even prove to be a useful insomnia cure. A collection of 274 quotes uttered by President Xi Jinping has been compiled into a book by the Party's propaganda machine.

The mainland's anti-graft organisation is building a fearsome reputation as a massive campaign against corruption gains momentum.

Wang Qishan has urged all central government departments and state-owned companies and financial institutions to strengthen efforts to combat graft, signalling his dissatisfaction with their current campaigns.


Despite its traffic challenges and air quality issues, Beijing still manages to come in just behind Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen in terms of "sustainable development", according to an annual ranking of Chinese cities.

Li Chuncheng, the former deputy Communist Party chief in Sichuan province who is under investigation for corruption, allegedly used his power to help relatives and friends buy land cheaply, according to a media report.

The Sanya city authorities' plan to give residents a bigger half-year subsidy of 360 yuan (HK$453 yuan) has triggered fierce debate online and in the media about whether it is the best use of public funds.

Premier Li Keqiang kicked off a week-long trip to Africa, with his wife accompanying him for the first time on a state visit since he took office last year.


More senior officials from Shanxi are under investigation for alleged corruption, the latest in a series of anti-graft probes focused on the coal-rich province.

Xi Jinping has made his first presidential visit to what he called the "frontline against terrorism" in the restive region of Xinjiang. Xi's tour of Kashgar came ahead of a work conference in June that will decide policies for the troubled region.

Premier Li Keqiang has visited Chongqing, the first top state leader to visit the city since the 18th party congress in November 2012. Li began his trip on Sunday and focused on economics and people's livelihoods, steering clear of sensitive political topics.

Former premier Zhu Rongji has made a rare public gesture, writing a letter for the 30th anniversary of his alma mater, becoming the latest ex-party leader to step briefly out of low-key retirement.

The mainland passed amendments to an environmental protection law imposing tougher penalties on polluters in the most sweeping revisions to the code in 25 years.

Two senior executives at companies in the China Resources group were detained immediately after the state-run conglomerate's former chairman, Song Lin, was placed under investigation for corruption, sources familiar with the matter have revealed.

An airline is teaching self-defence to its cabin crews based in Xinjiang amid increased security concerns in the restive northwestern region. China Southern Airlines staff in Urumqi started the classes on Tuesday, said a publicity official at the company.

The mainland's anti-graft watchdog has hit back at suggestions that its corruption crackdown is in fact a political witch-hunt in disguise.

Chen Yizi, a former aide and senior policy adviser to disgraced Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, died at his home in Los Angeles on the eve of yesterday's 25th anniversary of the former party chief Hu Yaobang's death.

Three privately owned companies in Shaanxi have been accused of using officials' influence to gain the rights to explore coal resources in the province.

The Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army are setting up offices at the local government level to better monitor soldiers for illegal activities and to address any grievances.

Beijing will ease restrictions on overseas investments and scrap the need for approval on deals below US$1 billion starting next month, the country's top economic planner said in a statement.

A top official with the State Bureau for Letters and Calls, which handles petitions, committed suicide in his Beijing office, mainland media reported.

The People's Liberation Army has established a new leading group to supervise military training, the latest move in the drive by party secretary Xi Jinping to improve the combat readiness of the world's largest army.