Chinese Communist Party

VOX POPULI: Heaven knows the corruption China’s leadership is...
Zhou Yongkang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Beijing’s July 29 decision to investigate a former Politburo Standing Committee member for corruption may have some people thinking about Yang Zhen, a high-ranking...
EDITORIAL: Xi’s anti-corruption campaign still leaves rule of...
Visitors gaze at former Chinese senior official Zhou Yongkang’s parents’ home in Wuxi in Jiangsu province in China in March. (Kentaro Koyama)
Members of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party collectively rule a nation of 1.3 billion people, making them China's most powerful group of...
China to tighten up on official vehicles in anti-graft drive
Official vehicles filled a parking area at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China will phase out the use of official vehicles for uses other than for emergencies or law enforcement by the end of next year, state media said, as Beijing presses...
Xi Jinping battles for a 'Chinese Communist Party 2.0'
Four major changes have occurred in China since President Xi Jinping took power: the concentration of power in the hands of Xi, an iron-handed war against corruption, the bold...
Rural residents drink poison to protest expropriation of land
Petitioners plead their respective cases in front of the Ministry of Supervision in Beijing last November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Seven men and women protesting the expropriation of their land in central China drank pesticide in central Beijing in a desperate bid to highlight the failures of the...
Chinese prosecutors detain top TV news anchor
Director and anchor of China Central Television Rui Chenggang moderates a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 29, 2011. The top business journalist at China’s state broadcaster was taken away by prosecutors, abruptly absent from the live cast of a nightly business news program as its anchorman. (AP file photo)
BEIJING--Prosecutors detained a top Chinese news anchor shortly before a nightly broadcast, state media reported, as authorities extend anti-corruption efforts deeper into the...
China's premier says country's economy improving
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talk during their meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 7. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's economy improved in the latest quarter but faces "downward pressure," and Beijing will increase the strength of targeted policy measures to shore up growth,...
Xi tightens grip over military, wresting power from former...
Xu Caihou (Provided by China News Services)
BEIJING--The Xi administration is tightening its grip over the military as former Chinese leaders fade from the political limelight.
China investigates brother of ex-president's aide linked to...
Ling Jihua, a loyal aide and confidante to President Hu Jintao, is seen as Chinese President Hu Jintao signs a document after attending the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 14, 2012. (AP file photo)
BEIJING--China's latest anti-graft investigation is raising questions about the fate of the former president's top aide, whose political ascent was hurt by a lurid scandal...
Tense moments in Tiananmen Square on 25th anniversary
Heavily armed police officers stand guard in front of Tiananmen Square on June 4. (Nozomu Hayashi)
BEIJING--Chinese authorities stepped up security measures to prevent public displays of remembrance on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
INSIGHT: China approved South China Sea oil drilling in early 2014
A Chinese coast guard ship navigates in front of Chinese drilling equipment located in waters off the Paracel Islands. (Shingo Kuzutani)
BEIJING--China's top leaders decided earlier this year to go ahead with oil drilling in the South China Sea, despite being aware of potential diplomatic ramifications,...
Beijing invites Tokyo governor for first time in 18 years
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe and Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua during their meeting in Tokyo on March 28 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With Japan’s capital now in a post-Shintaro Ishihara period, the city of Beijing for the first time in 18 years has invited Tokyo’s governor to visit the Chinese capital.
Frugality drive in China felt in steep drops of products, services
A Japanese restaurant, known for being the “most expensive Japanese restaurant in Beijing,” remains closed on Jan. 21 after it suspended operations in fall 2013. (Tokuhiko Saito)
BEIJING--As year-end parties were held across the nation before the Chinese New Year on Jan. 31, what were conspicuously missing were giveaways such as iPads and cars as prizes,...
China orders real name register for online video uploads
A Chinese blogger uses the Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service on Sina.com. (AP file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese Internet users are now required to register their real names to upload videos to Chinese online video sites, an official body said, as the Communist Party...
China's economy grows 7.7 percent in 2013
Chinese workers watch molten steel being poured into a mold at a foundry in Nantong city, Jiangsu province, east China in November 2013. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's economic growth declined in the final quarter of 2013, adding to pressure on the country's communist leaders to avoid politically dangerous job losses as they...
Chinese police take away outspoken Uighur activist
Guzaili Nu'er, wife of Ilham Tohti, left, speaks as Nasipuhan, mother of Tohti, cries during an interview at her house in Beijing on Jan. 16. Police have taken away Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority and raided his home, seizing computers, cellphones and even his students' theses, his wife said. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Police have taken away an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority and raided his home, seizing computers, cellphones and even his students' thesis...
China to carry out spot checks on officials' asset declarations
Chinese President Xi Jinping drops by a traditional bun shop in Beijing for a simple lunch on Dec. 28. (From a microblog)
BEIJING--China will begin conducting spot checks this year on assets and other personal information reported by officials to the ruling Communist Party and punish those with...
China rules private clubs off-limits for party officials
In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the third plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing on Nov. 12. (AP Photo/ Xinhua)
BEIJING--China's ruling Communist Party has banned officials from belonging to or visiting private clubs, saying they are often used as venues for illicit deals or sexual...
Challenges ahead; Beijing sets sights on a new China
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and other Communist Party top leaders raise their hands to vote in the third plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing on Nov. 12. (AP Photo/ Xinhua)
BEIJING--China has pledged to make the most sweeping changes to the economy and the country's social fabric in nearly three decades with a 60-point reform plan that may start...
Can Xi's governing strategy succeed? (The Brookings Institution)
As Xi Jinping’s honeymoon has progressed, the initial deluge of optimism has slowed to a trickle. Many watchers of the Chinese leadership have become dispirited by a lack of...