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Hong Kong college students take the lead in fighting for true democracy


In my post on March 31 titled “College students are China’s hope for democracy; Over 100,000 protest in Taiwan,” I said, “We Chinese are proud of our college students. “They are the driving force of Chinese history. “See how similar are Taiwan college students’ Sunflower Campaign to Chinese college students’ campaign for democracy at Tiananmen … Continue reading

China’s protectionism, unpredictable laws, unreliable suppliers and intimidation tactics create uncertainty for foreign companies


It’s hard to keep a straight face as China accuses Microsoft of “monopolistic behavior” and raids its offices in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere. What, that cartel known as the Communist Party suddenly has a problem with large organisations that dominate their particular sectors? I have no inside intelligence on whether the tech giant Bill Gates … Continue reading

Hong Kong recalls Tiananmen killings, China muffles dissent


Tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Wednesday to mark the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters 25 years ago in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, while mainland China authorities sought to whitewash the 1989 event. In Beijing, police flooded the streets around the square, scene of the worst of the violence … Continue reading

The mystery shrouding China’s Communist Party suicides


Being a government official in China is not for the faint of heart, the thin-skinned or the fragile of mind. A recent state media report has reverberated online and in the Communist Party press by revealing that at least 54 Chinese officials died of “unnatural causes” in 2013, and that more than 40 percent of … Continue reading

China needs 10 million new jobs a year to survive


The Chinese economy needs to create 10 million jobs per year and must sustain growth of at least 7.2% to achieve that, Premier Li Keqiang has warned ahead of a key meeting of the Communist Party. Li’s comments, in a speech published Monday on the website of the All China Federation of Trade Unions, indicate … Continue reading

China’s State Council think tank sets out roadmap for reform


A top government think tank has unveiled a detailed road map for a series of far-reaching economic policy changes, in one of the strongest indications yet that the Communist Party intends to stay on the path of reform. The recommendations by the State Council’s Development Research Centre came ahead of the much-anticipated third plenum of … Continue reading

History shows that Japan and China have very different futures


I’ve frequently come across the view that China is on track to become like Japan but with 10 times the population. It is a form of wishful thinking that drives a great deal of investment in China in the hope that carving out a market share will bring untold riches one day. In an example … 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

What to make of Xi Jinping’s Maoist turn


With a number of Mao-like pronouncements emanating from Beijing in recent months, some observers of Chinese politics think Xi Jinping might be turning Maoist. The most recent example is an editorial published earlier this week in the authoritative People’s Daily (in Chinese), which argues that the “mass line is the ruling lifeline” for the Communist … Continue reading

China: Outrage among lawyers after official calls them ‘cowards’


A local Communist Party official’s denigration of lawyers as cowardly has caused uproar among legal practitioners in China. Hu Shimin, in charge of legal affairs in Weishi county in Henan called lawyers, “cowards,” for having to deal with local citizens petitioning his superiors. By exposing incompetence or corruption, petitioners can often embarrass lower level authorities. … Continue reading

‘Post-Communist’ Russia and China remain remarkably the same


For a Russian to live in Beijing is to experience time travel. Things long gone in Russia still appear in China with no sense of irony. There are endless displays of hammer-and-sickles, Red stars, and exhortations to Obey the Communist Party. There’s the rhetorical deification of the worker and the peasant. “Public-security volunteers,” elderly men … Continue reading

Hawkish Chinese general fights on Weibo social media


A hawkish and well-connected Chinese major-general, Luo Yuan, who last year reportedly recommended turning islands in the East China Sea claimed by both China and Japan into a shooting range, has debuted in China’s enormously popular world of microblogging with the announcement that “we must fight for our beloved fatherland, beloved party, beloved army and beloved … Continue reading

Chinese officials find misbehavior now carries cost


The Chinese have become largely inured to tales of voracious officials stockpiling luxury apartments, $30,000 Swiss watches or enough stolen cash to buy their mistress a Porsche. “Something has shifted,” Zhu Ruifeng, a Beijing journalist who has exposed more than a hundred cases of alleged corruption, said of how quickly officials are now responding to … Continue reading

Chinese state secrets revealed: Details of leaders’ families


China’s top two leaders have revealed photographs and details of their families, breaking a long-held taboo where such information is considered a state secret. In a surprise move, clearly for boosting their public support, the official Xinhua news agency released previously unpublished photographs of Communist Party chief Xi Jinping and incoming premier Li Keqiang late … Continue reading

China web users greet Hu speech with derision


Chinese internet users have evaded censors to take potshots at President Hu Jintao’s assessment of his performance in a farewell speech, saying the country is walking down a dead-end road in “broken shoes”. Hu launched a week-long Communist Party congress in Beijing on Thursday with a speech that touted his political leadership but also warned … Continue reading

Ordinary Chinese don’t care about upcoming party congress


With two days to go before the national congress, it appears the average person in China isn’t bothered it is taking place Just two days before the Communist Party convenes its once-in-five years national congress, where representatives of the 82-million-strong ruling party will usher in a new generation of leaders, ordinary mainlanders appear to be … Continue reading

Wukan revolt a nudge to Xi Jinping to tackle graft in China


SCMP carries Agence France-Presse a report from Wukan, stating “Communist Party’s new leaders must tackle the issue of growing unrest at the grass-roots level “A year ago, the villagers of Wukan in Guangdong province forced their corrupt local leader to flee in a rebellion that shook the Communist Party and which serves as a warning … Continue reading

Bo’s allies possible 18th Congress delegates


SCMP reports today: “Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan and several top officials, who once worked closely with ousted party boss Bo Xilai, are among the 50 people on the municipality’s delegate shortlist for the Communist Party congress later this year.” The report says that the most controversial candidate on the shortlist is prosecutor Yao Ning, well-known … Continue reading

Chongqing torturers now the hunted, ex-lawyer says


Chongqing authorities plan to punish law enforcers linked to the use of torture to extract confessions during a sweeping triad crackdown initiated by former municipal Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai , according to former lawyer Li Zhuang . “Relevant departments have urged Chongqing police officers who were involved in the extortion of evidence to report … Continue reading

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