Xi in closed meeting: Party must ‘be resolute in controlling the Internet’

Xi in closed meeting: Party must ‘be resolute in controlling the Internet’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President Xi Jinping has warned that the survival of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hinges on its ability to control the Internet. In an unpublicized speech that was first circulated among liberal Chinese intellectuals this week, the 60-year-old supreme leader said that “the Internet is a formidable foe […]

‘Likonomics’? No, Xi rules that Party control and favored monopolies trump free market policies

‘Likonomics’? No, Xi rules that Party control and favored monopolies trump free market policies

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Beijing propaganda machinery has gone into overdrive to advertise the upcoming plenary session of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee, which is scheduled to endorse an economic-reform blueprint. Yu Zhengsheng, the No. 4-ranked member of the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC), has asserted that “the scale […]

Xi honors both his liberal father and Mao in bid to unify the splintered ‘Red aristocracy’

Xi honors both his liberal father and Mao in bid to unify the splintered ‘Red aristocracy’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President Xi Jinping has surprised party cadres and members by holding a high-profile celebration of the 100th birthday of his late father Xi Zhongxun, a former Politburo member and vice-premier noted for his liberal political views. It is against the Confucianist tradition of humility and propriety to use […]

Beijing exploits Obama’s absence with diplomatic offensive targeting Southeast Asia

Beijing exploits Obama’s absence with diplomatic offensive targeting Southeast Asia

Special to WorldTribune.com Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese leadership has stepped up its “smile diplomacy” vis-à-vis Southeast Asia even as President Barack Obama has been forced to stay home to handle the government-shutdown crisis. Immediately after President Xi Jinping’s high-profile appearance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Bali, Indonesia last week, Premier Li […]

Why wiping out corruption in China’s PLA can’t happen

Why wiping out corruption in China’s PLA can’t happen

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com After nabbing “big tigers” such as former Politburo member Bo Xilai and at least five former executives of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), President Xi Jinping seems to be moving his anti-graft campaign to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and its sister unit, the People’s Armed Police […]

Beijing slaps U.S. diplomat’s ‘irresponsible’ comments as Party vets Hong Kong candidates

Beijing slaps U.S. diplomat’s ‘irresponsible’ comments as Party vets Hong Kong candidates

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Beijing has ratcheted up its rhetoric against alleged efforts by the United States to “interfere” in the political development of Hong Kong. The special administrative region (SAR) of Hong Kong is scheduled to hold general elections in 2017 to pick its chief executive (CE), whose status is equivalent […]

Guangdong’s pacesetter status for China economic reforms snatched by Shanghai

Guangdong’s pacesetter status for China economic reforms snatched by Shanghai

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The imminent opening of a free trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai has threatened the status of the southern province of Guangdong as a pacesetter for market-style economic reforms. According to official media, the Shanghai FTZ – which will be located in the Pudong district of the metropolis – […]

China’s new ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ through Central Asia seeks to exclude both Russia and U.S.

China’s new ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ through Central Asia seeks to exclude both Russia and U.S.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President Xi Jinping has sought to kill several birds with one stone through his proposal of forming a “Silk Road Economic Belt” with five Central Asian states. The Chinese supremo visited Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan in the run-up to and after attending the G20 summit in St. […]

Anti-corruption drive spares major state-run monopolies, yangqis

Anti-corruption drive spares major state-run monopolies, yangqis

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The high-profile detention last week of Jiang Jiemin, former president of one of China’s largest state-owned conglomerates, the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), means that President Xi Jinping is really serious about fighting corruption. There is, however, no evidence that the crackdown on the monkey businesses of the […]

Harsh punishment not likely for Bo Xilai and ‘red aristocracy’ members targeted by anti-graft campaign

Harsh punishment not likely for Bo Xilai and ‘red aristocracy’ members targeted by anti-graft campaign

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com While the official Chinese media have claimed that the trial of former Politburo member Bo Xilai testifies to the Xi Jinping leadership’s commitment to fighting graft, it is unlikely that “tigers” among venal cadres will be nabbed any time soon. There is a well-known “mutual protection clause” within […]