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China’s economic slowdown continues


In my post “China’s Economic Slowdown Is Precisely What Xi Jinping Wants” on November 17, I quoted my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition to explain that China’s “old tricks of seeking export-driven and credit-fuelled growth do not work.” Xi Jinping has to conduct further economic reform of thorough economic liberalisation to maintain China’s … Continue reading

China: Conservatives ideological attack to bring down President Xi Jinping


Ideology is always important in Chinese politics, especially in a power struggle. Now, Xi Jinping has offended many powerful officials with his anti-corruption and mass-line campaigns, and his mentor Jiang Zeming is 88 years old. Conservatives believe that they now have the golden opportunity to disrupt once for all Xi’s thorough economic reform. Like their … Continue reading

45,000 more rich Chinese waiting to move to Vancouver, Canada


Over 60pc seeking Canadian wealthy investor visa are from China and want to live in British Columbia’s main city, data shows A South China Morning Post investigation into Canada’s immigration programme for millionaire investors has revealed the extraordinary extent to which it has become devoted to a single outcome: Helping rich mainland Chinese settle in … Continue reading

China celebrates Mao’s 120th birthday, but events scaled back


China celebrates the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, on Thursday, but will be scaling back festivities as President Xi Jinping embarks on broad economic reforms which have unsettled leftists. Mao has become a potent symbol for leftists within the ruling Communist Party who feel that three decades of market-based reform … Continue reading

China journalist slams state TV for airing coerced public confession


A producer for China’s state broadcaster CCTV said on Monday that he had been fired after he criticised the network’s role in a controversial crackdown on online rumours. Wang Qinglei made the statement in an open letter, which has since been scrubbed from Chinese social media. He took issue with China Central Television‘s airing of … Continue reading

China: Labour camp system abolished forever


In its prime time news, China’s official mouthpiece CCTV gave an authoritative interpretation of the reform decisions of the Third Plenum of the Eighteenth CCP Central Committee (the Decisions), stressing that not all families are allowed to have two children and family planning will continue to be imposed. The land reform to give peasants property … Continue reading

Paranoia from Soviet Union collapse haunts China’s Communist Party


Party cadres made to watch documentaries on failure of Russian communism, by new leader determined not to see history repeat Cary Huang In the heyday of Sino-Soviet socialist brotherhood in the 1950s, Chinese liked to say that “today’s Soviet Union is tomorrow’s China”, as Beijing faithfully followed Moscow’s every footstep in development. But since the … Continue reading

China to ease one-child policy


China will ease family planning restrictions nationwide, the government said on Friday, allowing millions of families to have two children in the country’s most significant liberalisation of its strict one-child policy in about three decades. Couples in which one parent is an only child will now be able to have a second child, one of … Continue reading

China to unveil 10-year reform plan, expectations toned down


China‘s leaders will unveil a reform agenda for the next decade on Tuesday, seeking to balance the need to overhaul the world’s second-largest economy as it loses steam with preserving stability and to reinforce the Communist Party’s power. The blueprint, which past experience suggests will be first published by the official news agency Xinhua, will … Continue reading

Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up new political party


Reuters says in its exclusive news today: Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party’s de facto ban on new political groups. The Zhi Xian Party, literally “the constitution is … Continue reading

China’s anti-corruption storm sweeps Chinese military


Mao’s saying “Political power comes out of gun barrels” is regarded by some as a talented invention due to ignorance of Chinese history. I explained in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements: “For over two thousand years, since the fall of the Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 206 BC), ‘fighting to catch the deer on the … Continue reading

China sends riot police to block new protests by flood victims


Authorities in eastern China dispatched riot police on Wednesday to guard against a resumption of anti-government protests after a day of clashes pitting security forces against thousands of victims of the worst floods in a century. On Tuesday, residents of Yuyao city massed in front of the local government headquarters, denouncing what they decried as … Continue reading

China’s anti-graft storm begins in earnest


Since Bo Xilai was given the verdict of life imprisonment, China’s mass line campaign has been developing into an anti-corruption campaign. On September 24, Reuters reported that China would audit military officials in a move to fight graft. On September 28, trial of Ding Shumiao was held for giving bribes to Liu Zhijun, former Minister … Continue reading

Chinese police rescue 92 abducted children


BBC says in its report today: Chinese police have rescued 92 abducted children and held 301 suspected members of a huge trafficking network, the authorities say. They say two women were also freed in an operation involving police forces in 11 provinces of the country. The traffickers are believed to have targeted children in the … Continue reading

Facebook and other banned sites to be accessible in China free trade zone


Facebook, Twitter and other websites deemed sensitive and blocked by the Chinese government will be accessible in a planned free-trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Citing unidentified government sources, the Hong Kong newspaper also said authorities would welcome bids from foreign telecoms firms for licences to provide Internet … Continue reading

China’s Bo Xilai gets life in jail; conservatives deprived of charismatic leader


Chinese rule-of-law and reformist factions’ power struggle against Bo Xilai and his faction was a vital battle for the establishment and implementation of the rule of law and further economic reform. In a nutshell, the fight concerned the rule of law as Bo’s protégé Wang Lijun framed up and imprisoned defence lawyer Li Zhuang, and … Continue reading

China launches full-scale internet propaganda war


President Xi Jinping has issued a call to arms against the country’s unruly internet, ordering the Communist Party’s propaganda machine to build “a strong army” to “seize the ground of new media”. Xi’s remarks, made during a national meeting of propaganda chiefs in Beijing last month, came just as the central government was stepping up … Continue reading

China: Xi Jinping chosen by Jiang Zemin as successor and core of CCP


I describe in the first edition of my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” that China’s current political system is the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Dynasty with a core of leadership equivalent to an emperor. Jiang Zemin remained the core after full retirement and it was Jiang who selected Xi Jinping as Hu Jintao’s successor as the … Continue reading

China: Billions in hidden riches for Wen Jiabao’s family


New York Times reports from Beijing: “The mother of China’s prime minister was a schoolteacher in northern China. His father was ordered to tend pigs in one of Mao’s political campaigns. And during childhood, ‘my family was extremely poor,’ the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, said in a speech last year. But now 90, the prime … Continue reading

China’s reserve of talented leaders: Sun Zhengcai


SCMP says in its report “Sun Zhengcai is being tipped as a future top leader” that being one of the youngest provincial party chiefs, Sun Zhengcai is tipped to be a future top leader for his efforts in booming Jilin. “He was once the youngest government minister on the mainland. Now he serves as one … Continue reading

China: Wen Jiabao will strive for political reform after retirement


According to Ming Pao, three times within ten days, China’s soon-to-be-retired premier Wen Jiabao mentioned in public his retirement and stressed the importance of political structural reform. Analysts and Beijing scholars believe that it indicated that Wen will not rest after retirement and will remain leader of the reformists in the Party to continue to … Continue reading

In China, officials are always correct; two true stories of despotism


In Mao era, lots of innocent people were imprisoned as officials were always correct In the Mao era, an era not only millions of Chinese Maoists but lots of people outside China regard as an era of idealist fairness and justice, quite a few people just disappeared for weeks and even months before their families … Continue reading

Harsh rules on migrants’ education opportunities in China


SCMP reports today: “Migrant parents are unhappy with new State Council guidelines that set harsh rules for deciding which of their children can sit high school and university entrance exams in the cities where they live. “They say the restrictions will deny their children the chance of an education. “Minister of Education Yuan Guiren said … Continue reading

China’s reserve of talented leaders: Wang Qishan


In my post yesterday, I quoted Deng Yuwen’s article on the serious problems China faces including “stagnant economic restructuring, pollution, income disparity, the notoriously outdated family planning and household registration polices, a looming energy crisis, moral degradation and the country’s battered international image.” China is unfortunately not a strong democracy like the US with fine-quality … Continue reading

China’s Hu and Wen blasted by party paper editor


While Chinese media have kept on praising outgoing leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao’s “golden and glorious” decade, Deng Yewen, a senior editor of the Party mouthpiece Study Times, “launched a blistering broadside” at Hu and Wen, “accusing them of stalling long-overdue political reform and brewing a legitimacy crisis. According to SCMP’s report by Shi … Continue reading

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s swansong on democracy


For years, Premier Wen has talked about political reform and democracy, but seems to have little effect. However, he quoted the poem of Lin Zexu, a well-known patriot and talented official of the Qing Dynasty, to express his resolution to continue to strive for democracy till he dies. I should point out here that China’s … Continue reading

China’s investigation of Bo Xilai extends to State Security Ministry spy scandal


Hong Kong’s Ming Pao quotes The New York Times that, according to an US official, the recent arrest of a high official in the State Security Ministry for spying for the US was the result of the series of investigations of Bo Xilai’s case. There is no way to confirm whether the spy case is … Continue reading

Speculation as Zhou Yongkang not elected to attend Congress


According to Hong Kong’s Ming Pao, China’s security tsar Zhou Yongkang does not appear in Hebei’s list of delegates to the 18th Party Congress, but he was in the list of Hebei delegation for the 17th Party Congress. There are reports that interpret it as an indication of Zhou having fallen out of favour and … Continue reading

“I will return,” says Bo Xilai to his Japanese friend


Japan’s Yukan Fuji’s exclusive report: Mr. Udagawa’s exclusive interview with Bo Xilai under house arrest. Core information: Mr. Udagawa is a Japanese reporter who is the first to successfully contact Bo since Bo was placed under house arrest. According to him, he exploited the State Security Department’s request for his assistance in the investigation to … Continue reading

Guangdong Party Boss: The Party cannot make you happy!


The Party cannot make you happy. It can boost the economy; It can increase your income; It can provide you with lots of commodities, But it cannot give you human rights and democracy. You have to pursue happiness yourselves. Strive for human rights and democracy, buddy! by Chan Kai Yee Yesterday, Guangdong Party boss Wang … Continue reading

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