June 8, 2013 |
With his photogenic wife at his side and a willingness to make eye contact and engage in small talk, Xi Jinping looks more like an American politician than the gray suits who populate the upper ranks of Chinese politics. One of his first acts as head of the Chinese Communist Party last year was to ban long speeches, banquets and red carpets. But during his first months in power, Xi has proved himself more hard-line on a number of issues than his recent predecessors. He has tightened censorship in academia and the media, and spearheaded China's territorial assertions in the South China and East China seas.
October 22, 2013 |
There are few things the good people of Shanghai love more than shopping. And there were few shopping centers as luxurious as the city's Jinjiang Dickson Center. When it opened in 1994, the Jinjiang was China's first luxury retail mall, well situated among the leafy London plane trees of the former French Concession along the auspiciously named Changle Lu, the Street of Eternal Happiness. Across the street from the mall stood the hotel where, in 1972, President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai signed the treaty that would formally open trade between what are now the two largest economies on the planet.
November 13, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Financial markets, economists and even one amateur limerick writer gave the thumbs down to the new Chinese Communist Party leadership's long-awaited platform on economic reform. Although a communiqué issued Tuesday night at the close of the four-day party plenum hailed the “decisive” role played by markets, the financial markets didn't return the compliment. From Hong Kong to Shanghai to Seoul, Asia benchmark indexes slumped on disappointment that the plenum had failed to live up to its advance billing of ushering in market-oriented reforms.
December 6, 2012 |
BEIJING - No more long, boring speeches. No red carpets, floral displays and grand banquets. Less extravagance and formality. Those and other directives governing conduct by Chinese officials have been issued by the newly inaugurated Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party in what state media described as a "bid to win the trust and support of the people. " They're part of new leader Xi Jinping's much-ballyhooed campaign to root out corruption among officials by targeting the trappings of power.
June 8, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Chinese media coverage of the two-day summit between President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping has glossed over cyber hacking concerns, clearly not an issue that Beijing wishes to emphasize. Instead, Chinese commentary is stressing the need for the two nations to forge a “new relationship" -- a phrase officials here used repeatedly in advance of the summit. "Not to deny each other's legitimate interests and to cooperate as much as possible in ways that will promote our mutual interests," is how Shen Dingli, an American studies professor at Shanghai's Fudan University defined it. The two countries "should not deny each other's social systems.
July 25, 2013 |
BEIJING - Bo Xilai, the charismatic former Chinese Communist Party boss of Chongqing who was purged last year and whose wife was convicted of poisoning a British business associate, has been charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power, authorities said Thursday. The announcement by Jinan City People's Procuratorate in Shandong province, reported by the state-run New China News Agency, did not say when Bo would go on trial, but close followers of the case expect the proceedings to begin within a week or two. Bo was fired from his post as Communist Party secretary in Chongqing in March 2012 and was stripped of his position as one of the 25 members of the Politburo.
October 23, 2007 |
China is used to dour Communist Party leaders with sanitized resumes, but the new team unveiled Monday has glamorous wives, exposure to Tiananmen-era student leaders and even a brush with divorce. That's not to suggest that China's monopoly party is going tabloid. The tough crowd that forged modern China behind such mantras as "power stems from the barrel of a gun" remains secretive, heavy-handed and wary of any challenge to its authority.
October 18, 2011 |
There were no balloons, no banners, no rallies or slogans. The official Chinese press maintained radio silence and even the country's looser-lipped bloggers didn't dare to speculate on what happened behind closed doors. No matter that 365 of the most powerful people in China, the members of the Communist Party's Central Committee, had wrapped up a four-day session Tuesday, presumably including discussions for a hand-over of leadership in 2012. Politics, particularly personnel matters, receives scant coverage from Chinese media.
October 4, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Splashed across the front pages, there is China's president, Xi Jinping, resplendent as he strolls with his photogenic first lady down the red carpet welcoming him in Malaysia. There Xi is again in Jakarta - the first foreign leader to address Indonesia's parliament, calling for a “maritime silk road” to bring share China's prosperity with Southeast Asia. All the while President Obama - wings clipped by the impasse with Congress - finds himself grounded in Washington.
August 18, 2011 |
Better stick to pingpong next time. What was supposed to be a goodwill basketball game between the Georgetown Hoyas and China's Bayi Rockets on Thursday night degenerated into all-out hostility with a chair-tossing, bottle-flying brawl. The game at the Beijing Olympic basketball arena was timed to coincide with a visit to China by Vice President Joe Biden, although he was with (presumably) more refined company — a banquet hosted by his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. Biden had attended an earlier, uneventful game between Georgetown and another Chinese team, the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons.