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Links 1 through 10 of 43 by David Bandurski tagged People

In a brief official news release at around 10am Beijing time today, March 15, Xinhua News Agency reported that Bo Xilai (薄熙来) would no longer serve as the top leader in the municipality of Chonqing, and that he has been replaced by Zhang Dejiang (张德江). Zhang, who served as the top Party leader in China's southern Guangdong province from 2022 to 2007, has been a vice-premier since 2008. Zhang Dejiang's bio is available in Chinese at Xinhua here: http://news.xinhuanet.com/ziliao/2002-02/22/content_286080.htm

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At the ongoing session of the National People's Congress yesterday, Zhao Runtian (赵润田), the top Party leader in Shandong's Heze City, said the nagging problem of corruption in China had to be dealt with be enacting stiffer penalties under the law. Zhao said acts of corruption perpetrated by Party and government officials were at present rarely discovered, and rarely prosecuted if found. Cases that were discovered, said Zhao, were dealt with too lightly. Zhao said: "If you could face the death penalty for corruption involving 500,000 yuan or more, then no one would dare corrupt conduct. Right now corruption is dealt with quite lightly. This might be out of human consideration, but it is tantamount to tolerating this sort of behavior."

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Guangzhou's Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper has posted a high-resolution image of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Congress (CPPCC) in session this week, allowing internet users to scan over the scene and focus in on individual officials. All CMP readers are encouraged to try this!

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In an interview published by China Economic Weekly, a spin-off publication of the CCP's official People's Daily, Chinese economist Wu Jinglian (吴敬琏) argues that China must pursue political reform in order to have continued economic success. In the interview, promoted to the news page at QQ.com today, Wu says: "Aside from economic reform, the urgent task is to remove interference by special interests, renewing the reform agenda -- pushing forward with economic reforms through marketization (市场化的经济改革) and political reform through democratization and rule of law."

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On February 13, Liu Weihong (刘伟宏), the chief executive of Yijing Central City Commercial Development Company, held a press conference to address concerns about the alleged unfair treatment of retail tenants at his company's commercial development. After leaving the press conference, Liu struck a Shenzhen Commercial News reporter, Qin Xingmei (秦兴梅). Liu Weihong is also a member of the standing committee of the Guangdong People's Political Consultative Conference (广东省政协常委).

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In a front-page editorial today, the CCP's official People's Daily newspaper speaks out against "the creation of empty 'bubbles'" of political point-taking among Party and government officials as they jockey for positions in leadership reshuffles this year. The editorial urges that decisions about advancement and placement of officials happen in a "scientific" manner, taking into account "real accomplishments." The editorial reads: "Some local areas have a mania for big 'prestige projects', and other things are pushed aside for these; other local areas only care only about obvious achievements and don't prioritize less obvious achievements . . . "

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People's Daily Online reports today that Lu Junhua (陆君华), the head of a department of the propaganda office of the city of Honghu (洪湖) in Hubei province, jumped from the 7th story of the local government headquarters at around 8am today in an apparent suicide. Local authorities said the incident is under investigation. 

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Alibaba's Zhu Decun (朱德付) and a number of Chinese journalists have reported on Sina Microblog today that the Beijing Times, a spin-off of the official People's Daily, and The Beijing News, one of China's leading professional newspapers, are to be placed under the direct administration of the propaganda department of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee. Zhu wrote at around noon today: "It's confirmed. This morning, relevant leaders from People's Daily and the Beijing Municipal Party Committee announced that from today on, the Beijing Times would be under the administration of propaganda department of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee. The Beijing News faces the same fate." We have not yet confirmed these reports, but did note this afternoon that searches on social media for both "Beijing Times" (京华时报) and "The Beijing News" (新京报) have been disabled and return the message: "Due to laws and regulations these results cannot be shown." Searches for other papers were not a problem.

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The official China News Service reports today that the People's Liberation Army has now formally released "Glorious Mission" (光荣使命), China's first "large-scale proprietary online military affairs video game" for the "virtual training" of Chinese military personnel. The newswire reports that the game, which was developed by the PLA's Nanjing Military Region, has "clear Chinese military characteristics" and makes use of "advanced" gaming technologies.  

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In another moderate call for calm heads, the lead editorial in today's edition of the CCP's official People's Daily urges Party leaders to focus on the solving of objective social issues rather than blaming the media for causing trouble by exposing them. While the editorial mentions the need for media to maintain "correct guidance of public opinion," an official buzzword denoting Party control of the media, it says: "Those who are furious [at negative coverage] should ask themselves, if the media did not supervise such things as for example forced demolition, pollution by companies, food safety problems and other issues . . . would that mean they were not happening and did not exist?" The editorial said problems must be tackled head on before social stability and "harmony" can be achieved. 

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