» 10/01/2011, 00.00
1 October, Premier Wen calls for 'more democracy' for China
On the occasion of celebrations marking the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Prime Minister promises more rights for the people and a democracy "with Chinese characteristics." But the government continues to repress human rights and prevent popular participation.
Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao pledge agricultural and health care reforms
Farmland might be privatised and farmers might get health care insurance. Party congress in October might be key moment. Reforms are urgently needed to cope with dissatisfaction and social unrest.
Taizhou protests over land seizures, police surround entire village
Residents block roads and railway over lack of any compensation. Thousands of police arrive clashing with the population and arresting anyone who filmed the episode on their phones.
Talk about democracy ahead of party congress
A few months before the Communist Party’s 17th congress, demands for political reforms are growing. The fight between Hu and the Shanghai gang and problems linked to corruption among party officials are prominent in the background. Democracy in the mainland could favour reconciliation with Taiwan.
Bao Tong: Beijing should explain how Charter '08 violates the law
Endorsements are increasing for the proposal for the democratic transformation of the country. Former communist leader Bao Tong has sent an open letter to Beijing, stressing that everything requested in Charter '08 is already provided for in the Chinese constitution, and asking them to explain "why it is illegal."
05/03/2016 11:19:00 CHINA
From National People’s Congress, a China uncertain between reforms and control
The Premier Li Keqiang anticipates a growth of between 6.5 and 7%. Public debt (compared to GDP) will grow by 3%. Once again a reform of heavily indebted state enterprises promised, and a transition to a market economy. The obstacle of families of Party members and the Party itself, which does not want to lose its hegemony. Boost to army's budget (7.6%) and public security (5.3%).
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