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Battle for Shanghai Takes Centre Stage in Hu’s Strategy

The Sydney Morning Herald looks at a possible shift in dynamics in China’s elite politics: In the closet warfare of Chinese elite politics, Shanghai has been the political bastion of Hu Jintao’s predecessor and...

Hu Tightens Grip Over Shanghai Faction

Willy Wo-Lap Lam, a senior fellow at The Jamestown Foundation, published the following analysis on China Brief: Since dumping former Shanghai party secretary Chen Liangyu in late 2006, President Hu Jintao has tightened his...

The Death of Huang Ju: Filling the Chinese Leadership Vacuum – Willy Lam

From China Brief: On the surface, the recent death of Politburo Standing Committee member and First Vice Premier Huang Ju presents President Hu Jintao with an opportunity to further consolidate his power by marginalizing the influence of the rival Shanghai Faction within the Chinese leadership. A former mayor and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Secretary of […]

Corruption Case Breaks ‘Shanghai Taboo’ – Edward Cody

From the Washington Post: The arrests in Shanghai were part of Hu’s cautious but relentless drive to cement his power as party leader and ensure faithfulness to his vision up and down the hierarchy. That effort, foreign and Chinese specialists said, will reach a high point at the 17th Party Congress in the fall, when […]

Corruption Crackdown a Session Focal Point – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via China Daily: Motions aimed at fighting corruption and building a clean government are expected to be tabled at the upcoming two sessions – the annual meetings of China’s top legislature and political advisory body. Despite a number of high-profile corruption arrests, many experts agree that an effective system of checks and controls […]

Suspects of Social Security Fund Scandal Held – Cao Li

From China Daily: Most of the suspects involved in the misappropriation of more than 3 billion yuan ($386 million) from Shanghai’s social security fund have been turned over to judicial departments for prosecution, Mayor Han Zheng was quoted by the Shanghai Securities News as saying… In July, investigators discovered that 3.45 billion yuan had been […]

Hu’s purge for both power and purity – John Ng

From the Asia Times: Foreign China-watchers tend to see Hu’s anti-corruption efforts in a political light as part of an ongoing power struggle against the legacy of former president Jiang Zemin and his Shanghai Gang, of which the fallen Chen was a member. On the other hand, ordinary people in China see Hu’s housecleaning simply […]

Senior Shanghai Official Held in Scandal: Sources – Andrew Torchia

From Reuters: The head of a commission supervising state-owned companies in Shanghai has joined more than 50 people detained in the city’s snowballing corruption scandal, government sources said on Monday. Lin BaohengÔºàÂáåÂÆù‰∫®Ôºâ, director of the city government’s Assets Supervision and Administration CommissionÔºà‰∏äʵ∑Â∏ÇÂõΩ˵ÑÂßîÔºâ, was detained at the weekend as Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged publicly to […]

First Arrest Made in Shanghai Corruption Scandal – Reuters

From Reuters: Chinese authorities have made their first known arrest in a corruption scandal involving Shanghai’s social security funds, detaining one of the country’s richest men. Zhang Rongkun(º†Ëç£Âù§), chairman of Fuxi Investment Holding Co., has been arrested, the private investment firm said in a one-sentence statement obtained on Saturday. Company spokesmen could not be reached […]

CPC Ends the Meeting Without Mentioning Chen Liangyu

The Chinese Communist Party ended its sixth plenary session meeting on Wednesday in Beijing without mentioning Chen Liangyu and the Shanghai pension fund scandal that brought him down. This is surprising as before the meeting, it was widely expected that Hu Jintao would announce the sentence on Chen. The meeting also shied away from announcing […]

In Graft Inquiry, Chinese See a Shake-Up Coming – Joseph Kahn

From the New York Times: When Shanghai’s party boss was detained in an anticorruption probe last week, Chinese were rattled by news of the first purge of a high-ranking Communist Party leader since 1995. But the investigation’s scope and its ultimate goals are wider, as the party’s two most powerful officials aim to shake up […]

The Aftershocks of the Shanghai Political Earthquake (part 3): Reactions from Citizens

The turmoil following the dismissal of Shanghai’s former boss, Chen Liangyu, is far from over, and finally we hear some voices from the masses. They are demanding their pensions, which were embezzled by the greedy officials and businessmen, including Chen himself. Read a story by Geoff Dyer from Financial Times, “Shanghai’s disgruntled want pensions Mao […]

The Aftershocks of the Shanghai Political Earthquake (part 2): More Officials Brought Down

Director of the General Office of the CPC Shanghai Committee Sun Luyi(Â≠ôË∑؉∏Ä) is under investigation on serious discipline violations. This was just another aftershock since Chen Liangyu(ÈôàËâØÂÆá), former chief of CPC Shanghai Committee, was disciplined this Monday. The whole city is in turmoil as the corruption probe deepens. Here is a list of officials and […]

Shanghai Boss Downed Amid Pension Funds Crackdown – Xinhua

From Xinhua via, translated by CDT: Chen Liangyu (ÈôàËâØÂÆá), now former party secretary of Shanghai, was downed today for his involvement in the pension funds scandal. According to information available out of a recent investigation, Chen helped some businessmen and his aides and their families in lining their pockets in the misuse of social […]

Shanghai ‘scandal’ exposes darker side of economy – Geoff Dyer

From Financial Times: Shanghai loves dazzling engineering projects and its latest scheme is to build trains that will cover the 200km to the tourist destination of Hangzhou in 30 minutes by levitating on magnets. Yet it is the old-fashioned Tarmac road between the same cities that is now the centre of attention in Shanghai politics, […]



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