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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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Jiang still heads Shanghai faction while new leader Xi has only glamorous wife and no network

Jiang still heads Shanghai faction while new leader Xi has only glamorous wife and no network

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com When Hu Jintao became general secretary of the world’s largest and most powerful political party, the global media asked a simple question: “Who’s Hu?” Now that Vice President Xi Jinping is about to take over the slot of Party boss from Hu, few China observers are bothering to ask “Who’s Xi?” or “What’s […]

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Hu prevails over challenge by disgraced Bo in new Politburo Standing Committee lineup

Hu prevails over challenge by disgraced Bo in new Politburo Standing Committee lineup

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Barring last-minute changes, the lineup for the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) — China’s highest ruling council to be anointed at next month’s 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress — has been determined. This follows a decision by Party leaders to reduce the number of members of the PBSC from the […]

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Latest round of military promotions reflects CCP nervousness about its legitimacy

Latest round of military promotions reflects CCP nervousness about its legitimacy

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The most recent round of promotions of full generals not only says much about high-level personnel movements in the defense establishment but also the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership’s top priority of upholding stability within the nation. Six senior People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officers were made generals on Monday, just ahead […]

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Power struggle gives rise to top generals, hawkish foreign-policy statements

Power struggle gives rise to top generals, hawkish foreign-policy statements

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A ferocious power struggle among three of China’s most powerful figures — former President Jiang Zemin, current President Hu Jintao, and expected President Xi Jinping — has resulted in top generals of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) acquiring unprecedented power. The extraordinary clout of the top brass of the PLA has […]

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Hu Jintao and future President Xi Jinping forge power pact over Bo scandal

Hu Jintao and future President Xi Jinping forge power pact over Bo scandal

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai’s alleged conspiracy to usurp Vice President Xi Jinping’s status as heir apparent to the Chinese Communist Party leadership has served to tighten ties between Xi and the current supremo, President Hu Jintao. This has been seen as one of the few “positive results” that the […]

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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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Taxpayer-backed Cadillac helped fund Chinese Communist propaganda film

Taxpayer-backed Cadillac helped fund Chinese Communist propaganda film

By Lev Navrozov On Jan. 3, Yahoo! News published a speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao, delivered at an annual policy meeting of the party’s Central Committee, “Hu: Hostile Forces Seek to Westernize, Split China” (by Gillian Wong, Associated Press). “Hu’s remarks are part of the Communist Party’s broader push to reinforce socialist principles in […]

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2012: What a year and it's just starting!

2012: What a year and it's just starting!

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to peer into the foggy crystal ball and try to decipher the future political trends and events. Indeed, after the roller-coaster year of 2011, it’s hard to imagine that 2012 could hold some equally disquieting social, political and economic turmoil. But few predicted the […]

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Beijing braces for mass unrest as Hu warns economy faces 'grim outlook' in 2012

Beijing braces for mass unrest as Hu warns economy faces 'grim outlook' in 2012

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Things are not looking favorable for the world’s second-largest economy as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership takes steps to ensure enough economic growth in 2012 to head off massive social unrest. The Central Economic Work Meeting (CEWM), which concluded in Beijing on Dec. 14, confirmed earlier speculation that the leadership […]

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