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China to ban foreign companies from online media business


The ruling Chinese Communist Party has announced new regulations that will ban foreign companies from publishing online media, games and other “creative” content within China’s borders from next month. The “Regulations for the management of online publishing services” also ban foreign-invested joint ventures from engaging in online content provision, according to a copy of the … Continue reading

Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin placed ‘under control’ by having his movements restricted in power struggle with current president Xi Jinping


According to a source in Beijing close to China’s top leadership, Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has made his first significant move against the former Party boss, and his chief rival, Jiang Zemin. The source said that Jiang and his two sons have been “placed under control,” meaning that their freedom of movement has … Continue reading

Xi Jinping’s China is the greatest political experiment on Earth


Can Xi do it? This is the biggest political question in the world today. “Yes, Xi can,” some tell me in Beijing. “No, he can’t,” say others. The wise know that nobody knows. There is a great debate going on in Washington about whether the US should change its China policy in response to Beijing’s … Continue reading

Tug-of-war between China, Turkey over suspected Uighurs in Thailand


Jiang Zemin was wise to allow Fang Lizhi, Wang Dan and others to leave China, while Hu Jintao was wise to allow Chen Guangcheng to leave China. It is hoped that Xi Jinping is as wise to allow the Uighur Muslims to leave China for Turkey, as long as Turkey is able to prevent them … Continue reading

China aims at long term elimination of corruption by legislation


The recent development of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption storm is the investigation of fourteen People’s Liberation Army (PLA) generals including Major General Guo Zhenggang, the son of Guo Boxiong, who retired as vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) in 2013. In China, the CMC chairman, as the president of the state, has many affairs … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping comes up with a new political doctrine, the ‘Four Comprehensives’ – a strategic blueprint for China’s future


The following is partly a translation from Chinese media, with commentary: Jiang Zemin put forth his Three Represents, and Hu Jintao put forth his Scientific Outlook on Development. Both are regarded as the legacy guidelines they left for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to follow. Now it is Xi Jinping’s turn. He put forth his … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping to establish his powerbase through leadership reshuffle


Jiang Zemin, the core of the third generation of CCP leadership, has chosen Xi Jinping as his successor as the core of the CCP Dynasty, with a core like an emperor (see the section “Signs of Jiang Zemin’s Intention to Have Xi Jinping Succeed Him as the Core” in Chapter 16 of my book Tiananmen’s … Continue reading

Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin returns to Beijing in challenge to President Xi Jinping


I have pointed out in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements (Expanded 2nd Edition) that there are three black boxes in China: The CCP Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), the group of powerful elders who control China behind the scene and the secret police. I described how Xi Jinping obtained the powerful elders’ support for his cyclone … Continue reading

Xi Jinping’s rise in China threatens human rights and worries neighbours


The Chinese president Xi Jinping’s swift ascent to power raises human rights concerns and has caused anxiety among China’s neighbours, President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday. Obama told members of the Business Roundtable that Xi “taps into nationalism that worries his neighbours” and that his consolidation of power carries inherent dangers “on issues of human … 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

China: The theory behind conservatives power struggle with reformists


In the expanded 2nd edition of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements, I describe in details the commencement of the power struggle between reformists and conservatives. This was done by Hu Jintao’s omission of Mao Zedong Thought, Bo Xilai’s rise as the leader of the powerful conservative faction, his use of Maoist Chongqing model to oppose … Continue reading

Hong Kong pops the China bubble; the “China Dream” is a hoax


The Hong Kong protesters know that what’s hailed in the West as ‘the China dream’ is a hoax. Whatever comes next with the demonstrations in Hong Kong, they’ve already performed a historic service. To wit, they remind us of the silliness of the China infatuation so prevalent among pundits and intellectuals who don’t live in … Continue reading

China’s annoying habit of insulting western leaders


When Deng Xiaoping arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington in January 1979, his country was just emerging from a long revolutionary deep freeze. No one knew much about this five-foot-tall Chinese leader. He had suddenly reappeared on the scene after twice being cashiered by Mao, who famously described him as “a needle inside … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping unable to rule if unaware of conservative faction’s strength


Some analysts are nervous when they hear Chinese President Xi Jinping upholding Mao Zedong Thought. Will Xi resume Mao’s policies of class struggle and constant revolution, they wonder. Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao tried to omit Mao Zedong Thought, but enabled Bo Xilai to rally a vast number of conservatives around to fight against the reformists … Continue reading

China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash; tells Hong Kong it must obey


Just days before China was set to deliver its edict on electoral reform in Hong Kong, Beijing’s most senior official in the city held a rare meeting with several local lawmakers whose determined push for full democracy had incensed Beijing’s Communist leaders. The setting at the Aug. 19 meeting was calm: A room with plush … Continue reading

Book Review: “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” by Chan Kai Yee


Acclaimed author Chan Kai Yee has released an expanded second edition of his book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements,” released June 4 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Throughout the month of June, the price of the printed version is reduced from US$30 to US$15, while the price of the kindle is reduced from … Continue reading

China: Can 20 plus years of prosperity after suppression at Tiananmen justify the massacre?


On every anniversary of the Tiananmen Protests, one of the most infamous events in Chinese history, a government spokesman is asked by reporters about the Tiananmen Massacre, despite that they clearly know the forever repeated answer. No exception this year. “…conclusion reached long ago”, the spokesman said. But what is the conclusion? Counter-revolutionary riot or … Continue reading

US interference in sea disputes strengthens power of China’s reformists


In my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” (its expanded second edition will soon be released with heavy discount for two weeks in memory of the Tiananmen Protests), I said that when the major reformist Zhao Ziyang fell into disgrace due to the Tiananmen Protests, reform seemed doomed. Deng Xiaoping had to reinvigorate the reform by his … Continue reading

Chinese military’s unlimited budget


On March 7, Isaac Stone Fish, a well experienced journalist on China, expressed his frustration about the mysteries of Chinese military in his article “The Black Box of China’s Military”. Such frustration is common among people, not only outside, but also inside China. In the expanded second edition of my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements,” soon … Continue reading

Spanish judge issues arrest warrants for China’s former President, Prime Minister


A Spanish judge issued international arrest warrants Monday for China’s former President Jiang Zemin and former Prime Minister Li Peng for alleged genocide against the people of Tibet, Spain’s National Court in Madrid said. The warrants against them and three other senior Chinese officials are the latest chapter in a long-running lawsuit by pro-Tibetan groups … 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

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

Dazed and Confucius: Nine common myths about China


Chinese Whispers was once a party game. A message would be relayed in hushed tones through a long line of people and emerge at the other end amusingly garbled. Most of us have found alternative amusements nowadays, but the name survives as a figure of speech; an idiom used to signify how facts or a … 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-US dialogue: China’s unrequited love again?


In my post South China Disputes: Encirclement of China, I described China’s unrequited love. I said that in spite of China’s efforts and sacrifice in the case of Libya (where it has suffered huge loss due to support for US policy), the US has neglected China’s courting and started to encircle China. China began to seek … 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

June 24 1989: China ousts Zhao Ziyang


On June 24 1989, a Saturday, Zhao Ziyang was formally ousted as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party weeks after voicing sympathy for student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square. Jiang Zemin replaced him, and Zhao spent the rest of his life under house arrest. His removal from power was “effectively a coup,” according to American … Continue reading

China’s President ‘lacks wisdom and courage’ says state owned magazine


A Beijing-based business magazine raised eyebrows this week by running a full-page editorial urging the country’s leaders to pursue further political reforms to ensure future economic prosperity. In what many consider a rare and bold move, an editorial entitled “Let’s continue to care about politics,” criticised President Xi Jinping for lacking “wisdom and courage” in … Continue reading

China’s inner circle: The three black boxes


In Reuters analysis titled “Analysis of China’s next inner circle”, foreign media again shows its ignorance about China. However, the ignorance is natural. There are three black boxes in China’s power centre. Elaborated description of them will be given in the second edition of my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Analysis”. Even the first black box, the … Continue reading

China’s leadership now dominated by intellectuals


Reuters publishes a report yesterday titled Analysis: From builders to managers: educating China’s leadership that provides many facts about Chinese leaders being well educated now. However, as it does not know Jiang Zeming’s coup that has substituted intellectuals’ dominance of the party for uneducated conservatives,’ described in my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements,” it believes that … Continue reading

China: Purge of unqualified members is a hard battle for the Party’s survival


In 2001, Gordon Chang predicted in his book “The Coming Collapse of China” that China would collapse within ten years. Ten years later China did not collapse, but instead became even more prosperous. I said in the first edition (writing of the second edition will soon finish) of my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements:” “Gordon Chang … Continue reading

China: Can transformation of economic development mode be achieved?


Spells on the Xi Jinping Administration – A Japanese Analysis In the aftermath of the anti-Japanese riots, the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held to set up the Xi Jinping administration. Before discussing its economic policy, I would mention two points. It is really sad that the territorial dispute has caused … Continue reading

Does hardliners’ landslide victory in Japan make war with China inevitable?


Of the 480 lower house seats, the Democratic Liberal Party has taken 294 seats, New Komeito, 31, and Japan Restoration Party, 54. Japanese hardliners have an overwhelming majority of 379, or 79%, in the lower house of Japan’s parliament now. It is easy for hardliners to decide to fight a war against China for the … Continue reading

Change of guard, but no change in policy; an in-depth analysis from India


It is undeniable that the transfer of power to the fifth generation leadership at the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been smooth and orderly; especially the rule providing for the retirement of cadres above the age of 68 has been adhered to. A Xi Jinping era has indeed begun in China. … Continue reading

Li Keqiang’s roadmap on further economic reform in China


According to Singtao Daily’s comprehensive report, on November 21, just one week after being reelected into the Politburo Standing Committee that ensures his succession to retiring premier Wen Jiabao, Li Keqiang pointed out at a working conference on pilot projects of reform that reform is China’s greatest bonus. Li said, “We must and can only … Continue reading

China: Interesting messages from top non-democratic election


SCMP reports: “Ling Jihua, Hu’s former top aide, overcomes scandal of son’s death, and ‘no’ votes, to join Central Committee, the party’s ruling body” perhaps due to his mentor Hu Jintao’s efforts. “However, 94 delegates voted against his re-election, showing that not everyone supports a man who was once one of the president’s closest aides.” … Continue reading

China: Jiang Zemin’s conspicuous absence


The Chinese Communist Party’s national congress is the most important occasion for powerful retired leaders to show how powerful they remain after their retirement. In spite of his age of 86, Jiang Zemin insisted on attending the opening ceremony of the 18th party congress. He showed that he was so healthy and strong that he … Continue reading

China: Jiang Zemin proves his core status by winning the game of thrones


Jiang Zemin has again proved his dominance as the core of the party’s third collective leadership by obtaining a much bigger majority in China’ new Politburo Standing Committee (PSC). In its report Jiang Zemin faction wins in China’s game of thrones SCMP says: “The former president outmanoeuvred his successor Hu Jintao, who only got one … Continue reading

China’s stopgap leadership


The unveiling of China’s new leaders is a great disappointment to those hoping to see real reform. Neither of the two reform minded candidates Wang Yang and Li Yuanchao was promoted from the Politburo to the Standing Committee. However, the ultra conservative Meng Jianzhu did not follow his predecessor Zhou Yongkang out the Public Security Apparatus … Continue reading

China: Glimpse of ex-leaders’ retired life


SCMP reports: “A few still flex political muscle, but others are happy to pursue the arts, write books or travel” “[W]hen state leaders retire they often vow to refrain from interfering in the nation’s politics and seek more time to pursue personal interests. “Some travel around the country to relax, write books and learn the … Continue reading

China: Hu Jintao set to step down as military chief


SCMP exclusive report: “Outgoing leader decides to retire and clear way for Xi Jinping, breaking from the unpopular precedent set by his predecessor Jiang Zemin “Outgoing President Hu Jintao will formally relinquish his position as military chief at the end of the 18th party congress this week, according to sources. “His decision to opt for … Continue reading

China: Party leaders pay lip service to tackling corruption


Hu Jintao’s warning on corruption may have sounded stern, but seems hollow given it has been trotted out myriad times by previous top party officials. The warning by Communist Party general secretary Hu Jintao on Thursday that the party’s failure to tackle graft could result in the “fall of the state and party” may have … Continue reading

China’s new leadership lineup; cautious reformist or conservative?


In its report yesterday entitled Cautious reformers tipped for new China leadership, Reuters lists ten main candidates for the party’s next Politburo Standing Committee based on information from sources close to the leadership. Reuters provides the reform credentials of the ten, one by one, and concludes that the Committee will mainly consist of cautious reformists. … Continue reading

China: Standing Committee lineup according to SCMP


Frustrated, well-known American journalist Nicholas Kristof said, “China-watchers have a deplorable record and China’s history is one of unpredictable twists and turns.” Much earlier, a well-known Chinese poet Zhang Yuangan (1091-1170) displayed similar frustration in his famous line “Heaven is always too high to ask about its intention.” Here by the word “heaven”, Zhang meant … Continue reading

China: Wen Jiabao “hidden riches” don’t exist, say lawyers


Lawyers for Wen Jiabao, China‘s Premier, have taken the unprecedented step of issuing a written statement late last night rebuking the claims of the New York Times that Wen’s family have amassed a hidden fortune worth US$2.7 billion. In a letter sent to the New York Times and the South China Morning Post, Bai Tao and … Continue reading

Speculation on Party Secretariat member Wang Huning’s promotion


SCMP says in its report today titled Top adviser Wang Huning tipped to become vice-premier, enter Politburo: “Sources say Wang Huning is expected to become vice-premier and gain entrance into Politburo”. In my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievement, I said, quoting China’s mouthpiece Ta Kung Pao in Hong Kong, that Wang, a top theorist, played a … Continue reading

China’s CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Dynasty


Compared with the history of other countries in the world, China’s history is quite unique. It is a history of one centralised dynasty after another, with a few intervals of chaos when dynasties collapsed. Even after the 1911 democratic revolution that put an end to China’s last hereditary dynasties, China has remained ruled by one … Continue reading

China: Conservatives’ Waterloo in Bo Xilai saga


China announced in its prime time TV news the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo decision to expel Bo Xilai from the CCP, remove him from all his official posts and transfer his case to the prosecutor for Bo’s serious crimes of abusing power for other people’s interests and taking huge bribes. The power struggle of … Continue reading

China at crossroad: risk of disintegration


The disintegration of the giant Soviet Union took everyone by surprise. The reasons for the disintegration remain a mystery for most analysts. Perhaps we Chinese, with a history of quite a few disintegrations, may understand it better. Like China with a long history of feudal autocracy, in the Soviet Union, there was not only a … Continue reading

Wang Yang’s ascension 90% certain


SCMP says today in its report titled Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang urges reform in late power grab, “Guangdong’s party secretary Wang Yang has made a fresh call for reform in what analysts are describing as a last-ditch attempt to garner support for his ascension to the top ruling body in the National Party Congress. “Wang, … Continue reading

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