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Can the CCP govern 1.3 billion web-savvy, corruption-hating Chinese?

Can the CCP govern 1.3 billion web-savvy, corruption-hating Chinese?

By Sol W. Sanders BEIJING – Only a few hours in this capital of a country with 1.3 billion people are enough to pose the question of whether the control of the Communist Party may not be cracking under the growing strains accompanying the exposure of its economy to the outside world. Stalin perhaps had […]

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Hu protege 'Young Marshal' Wang Yang emerges as authorized advocate of reform

Hu protege 'Young Marshal' Wang Yang emerges  as authorized advocate of reform

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com For up-and-coming cadres seeking promotion to the upper echelons of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), silence is golden. Speaking out too often or too colorfully in the media on controversial matters runs counter to this well-known rule in Chinese officialdom: Do not be seen as upstaging your elders. Most cadres waiting […]

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Tough talk by Panetta met with tougher talk in response to 'new American threat'

Tough talk by Panetta met with tougher talk in response  to 'new American threat'

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese leadership is taking very seriously Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s statement that after curtailing its involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington would focus more of its energy and resources on the Asia-Pacific Theatre. Panetta said in Tokyo last week that despite overall cuts in the Pentagon budget, “we are not […]

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Failure rate of China's once-successful private enterprises reaches alarming levels

Failure rate of China's once-successful private enterprises reaches alarming levels

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com While China has been hailed as a savior of the world — and in particular, a “white knight” for the many debt-ridden economies in the European Union — a major sector of the Chinese economy is defaulting at an alarming rate. Since early summer, thousands of the country’s once vibrant small […]

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Beijing threatens Tokyo against rearming talk and joining U.S. 'containment' policy

Beijing threatens Tokyo against rearming talk and joining U.S. 'containment' policy

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com China-Japanese relations have been plunged into their lowest point since several weeks of rabid anti-Japanese riots in a dozen-odd Chinese cities in 2005.The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership has lifted its tight control over Chinese NGOs and allowed nationalistic groups to hold protests in Beijing against Japanese occupation of the Diaoyu […]