Why is China blurring the line between party and state?

Jun Mai
April 15, 2017
The creation of a super graft-busting organisation is raising concerns it could lead the way for further convergence of government and the ruling party

Ridding the (more…)

Why one writer is fighting to call China’s Communist Party to account for its wrongdoings

Stuart Lau
April 4, 2017
Zhang Yihe says the party needs to apologise for wrongdoing during the Mao era and to cease curbing freedom of thought among the nation’s thinkers and (more…)


The significance and implications of the Chinese leader’s new status are underappreciated, as he is set to influence his nation’s course for the next 20 years. The upcoming 19th congress should offer (more…)

Who will get a seat at China’s top political table?


March 28, 2017

China’s government said Wednesday it has detained a Taiwanese pro-democracy activist and is investigating him on suspicion (more…)

Being immortal: inside Xi Jinping’s power play to reach the same status as Mao Zedong


Nectar Gan
March 27, 2017

General secretary tipped for recognition with eponymous ideological ‘banner term’, following in footsteps of Mao and Deng

Communist Party chief Xi (more…)

China’s ‘two sessions’ delivers core message on Xi Jinping’s central role

Robert Lawrence Kuhn
March 17, 2017

Robert Lawrence Kuhn says the key takeaway from China’s annual NPC and CPPCC meetings could not be clearer – that Xi Jinping’s status as core leader and the country’s (more…)

The lone voices of dissent in China’s political wilderness


Jun Mai
Nectar Gan
Minnie Chan
March 14, 2017

Some members of the top advisory body are still willing to say it as they see it despite tighter controls on the media and political (more…)

China’s internet censorship under fire – but proposal against controls gets … censored


Nectar Gan
March 13, 2017

Another proposal, also urging greater online freedom, went unreported

Calls by members of China’s legislature and its top advisory body for the mainland to (more…)

Communist dogma for cool cats: China tells universities to hop to and put the hip into ideology


Zhuang Pinghui
March 12, 2017

Universities must make ideology classes “trendy” and appealing to young people, Education Minister Chen Baosheng said on Sunday in the latest move to tighten the (more…)

2017, the year Chairman Xi Jinping will come into his own


Douglas H. Paal
March 9, 2017

Douglas H. Paal says after five years of consolidating power, the Chinese leader will emerge stronger than ever before. For this year at least, Xi Jinping (more…)

Premier calls Tibet’s stability, development a ‘special’ priority

March 8, 2017

Premier Li Keqiang called for maintaining the stability and development of the Tibet autonomous region when he joined a panel discussion with National People’s Congress deputies (more…)

The Guardian view on China: political spectacle and substance

March 3, 2017

hina’s “two meetings”, the annual political gatherings beginning in Beijing, offer a great deal of show with much less tell. The sessions of the largely rubber-stamp (more…)

China’s political advisory body to strengthen supervision work

March 7, 2017
 China’s political advisory body will strengthen supervision work while upholding the Party’s leadership, asking political advisors to freely express their opinions (more…)

Chinese warns world entering period of political upheaval


China Section
March 7, 2017
Li Keqiang urges China to brace for ‘graver situations’ ahead in apparent reference to President Donald Trump
Beijing: China’s prime minister has warned (more…)

‘No separation of powers’: China’s top graft-buster seeks tighter party grip on government

March 6, 2017

Top graft-buster Wang Qishan has called on the Communist Party to tighten its oversight of all branches of power, (more…)

China PM hints at Xi Jinping’s second term as party chief and president

March 6, 2017
BEIJING: With Premier Li Keqiang describing him as the “centre of gravity in China’s politics” five times on Sunday, Xi Jinping‘s second term as (more…)