Tag Archives: Li Keqiang

China’s political system and government explained

Michael Sainsbury China has a complex political system very different to those we are used to in the West. The Chinese Communist Party is the   prime authority headed by its 370 person Central Committee (full members about 200, the rest alternates), the CC’s Politburo of 25 people and the seven man Politburo Standing Committee.

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Plenum does bellyflop?

Who Won and Lost at Beijing’s Big Policy Gathering By Russell Leigh Moses China Real Time Report, Wall street Journal Even in a system governed by consensus, political decisions produce winners and losers. The recently concluded Communist Party policy meeting is no exception. Chinese state media released a communique summarizing the results of the four-day meeting, officially

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China funded Asian infrastructure bank, big idea light on detail

Michael Sainsbury Bangkok There could be no more appropriate Asian city than congested Jakarta for China’s President Xi Jinping to unveil his sweeping plan for the Chinese-backed Asian Infrastructure Bank. In a region home to more than half a dozen megacities with populations of more than 20 million, Jakarta, with its gridlocked traffic and growing

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Xi’s The Boss

Michael Sainsbury Plus ca change,   plus c’est  la meme chose. The great French expression that means the more things change the more they stay the same. After ten years of the dour Hu Jintao, everyone in China was ready for change, and many hoped it would mean reform, political and economic.  So when the

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The Economic stimulus you have when you are not having a stimulus

Michael Sainsbury Just when many thought the fall in China’s economic growth showed no signs of abating, its government has ramped up a stimulus program worth trillions of yuan that has turned assumptions on the imminent plunge in prices for iron ore and other commodities on its head. The stimulus-you-have-when-you-are-not-having-stimulus is designed to prop up

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