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Links 1 through 10 of 20 by David Bandurski tagged Party

Jiangxi Daily, the official Party-run newspaper of Jiangxi province, reported today that it made China's list of top 100 newspapers along with its sister publication, Jiangnan Metropolis Daily, after a strict assessment by the government's General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP). This is the first time GAPP has released its own top 100 list. The list is decided on the basis of "originality, social impact and economic benefit." Jiangxi Daily noted that publications in its group had "strictly adhered to correct guidance of public opinion" -- that they had done their best, in other words, to uphold the Party line.

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The Southern Metropolis Daily reports that member of the Guangdong delegation to the 18th National Congress of the CCP said over the weekend that the Party must ensure that "naked officials" -- those who send their family members to live overseas while in office -- must not be appointed to senior positions. The delegate, Huang Xianyao (黄先耀), who heads up the provincial-level discipline inspection authority in Guangdong, said many corrupt officials arranged to send their relatives and family members overseas, or to Hong Kong and Macau, before their cases were discovered.

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Caixin Media reports today that Wang Pengfei (王鹏飞), the top police official in Chongqing's Yubei District (渝北), is now under investigation for his alleged role in aiding the escape of former police chief Wang Lijun to the US Consulate in Chengdu on February 6, 2012. It is now known that Wang Lijun sought asylum during his meeting with US officials in what became one of China's biggest political scandals in decades. The incident prompted the eventual removal of Bo Xilai as the top leader of Chongqing, an apparent end to his bid to enter the Party's powerful Politburo Standing Committee this fall. According to Caixin, Wang Pengfei is alleged to have provided the vehicle Wang Lijun used to drive from Chongqing to Chengdu.

  王鹏飞毕业于中国刑事警察学院,曾长期在辽宁省铁岭市公安系统任职,先后担任过铁岭县公安局局长、铁岭市公安局副局长、盘锦市公安局副局长,跟王立军在铁岭多年共事。
  在王立军调任重庆后,他也于2010年末调重庆市公安局任职。2011年2月27日,王鹏飞由重庆市公安局调任渝北区公安分局局长;2011年8月25日,他又兼任渝北区副区长。

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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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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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Writing at The Beijing News today, lawyer Liu Changsong (刘昌松) explores the case of Yang Ye (杨烨), the daughter of the Party secretary of Shanxi's Jingle County (静乐县), Yang Cunhu (杨存虎). Chinese media reported this week that Yang Ye has been paid more than 100,000 yuan over five years as an "administrator" for the province's Center for Disease Control while studying full time at the Shanxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to her salary and benefits, Yang's tuition has been paid by the Center for Disease Control, media reported. Authorities in Shanxi responded to these revelations by formally issuing Yang Cunhu with a warning. In his commentary for The Beijing News, Liu Changsong argues that that Yang should be held criminally responsible for his actions, and that simple fines and warnings are not sufficient to discourage such conduct. In this case, of course, there is the further question -- one Liu does not address -- of what provincial-level officials were complicit.

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Chongqing's populist Party secretary Bo Xilai (薄熙来), a top contender for a position on China's powerful Politburo Standing Committee in next year's leadership transition, told a meeting of Party newspaper editors this week that "socialism is superior to capitalism in that it thinks about the majority of people, about common prosperity." "This is a road different to that of the West," said Bo, "and it is a road that the Chinese people must and can take." But Bo Xilai warned Party leaders against complacency and inactivity, saying that if they were "overcautious and indecisive, warily protecting their own 'shuttlecocks', then they would be unable to accomplish anything."

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A reckoning of the “three public expenditures,” or san gong jingfei (三公经费), has long been a concern for Chinese. These are: 1. Expenses for overseas trips, ostensibly for government business but often for family vacations. 2. Expenses for food and entertainment. 3. Expenses for public vehicles, usually luxury sedans, private drivers, gasoline and related expenses, including maintenance. Back on February 27, 2010, Premier Wen Jiabao (温家宝) was asked during an online dialogue with internet users whether it was really so hard to deal with the problem of the “three public expenditures.” Wen responded that the government was committed to dealing with the problem, but action on the “three public expenditures” has proved nearly impossible for China’s government. China reveals today that China Customs topped the list of government agencies with huge "3P expenditures" last year, totaling more than 500 million yuan. For news and content on this issue, see this QQ page: http://bit.ly/phyMIC

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Li Junru (李君如), the head of China's Central Party School, said in an interview with the official China Pictorial journal that many people both inside and outside China never supposed the Chinese Communist Party could survive for 90 years. In the interview, published to commemorate the CCP's 90th anniversary, Li lists out five "surprises" (5个想不到), literally the "five never-thoughts". People never thought: 
1. The CCP could overcome failure and return after the Long March. 
2. That the Red Army could be victorious [against the KMT] in just three years. 
3. That the Party could not just fight but could handle the economy. 
4. That the Party would still be cherished by the people even after the Cultural Revolution.
5. That the Party could maintain leadership status even in the face of economic globalization, and could adhere to socialism.

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The Southern Metropolis Daily reports today that Guangzhou's top Party leader, Zhang Guangning (张广宁), held a forum yesterday with migrant workers and Party and government cadres from Zengcheng (增城市) and Xintang Township (新塘镇), both areas where riots broke out on June 11. At the forum, Guang listed out what he saw as the three principal causes of the unrest: 1) Work on social management and the provision of social services has fallen behind economic growth; 2) Insufficient channels for the expression of popular will (民意). Zhang said "special management bodies" must be established so that migrant workers can voice their issues as they arise. He also said the government must face head on the social management problems exposed by the "6.11" incident.

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