» 06/13/2007, 00.00
Corruption charges against judges and police in Tianjin, one suicide
Top court and police officials are removed from office because of corruption charges. Song Pingshun, chairman of Tianjin's Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, kills himself after meeting party officials. Beijing is cleaning up the situation by sending in new people.
Heroes of Tiananmen still in prison
A long report by Chinese Human Rights Defender highlights how some people are still in prison, whilst others are still subject to government surveillance and persecution for taking part in the 1989 demonstrations against corruption and the Communist dictatorship.
Chinese legislative and consultative institutions (an overview)
Communist leaders reject Western-style reform
The new head of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng urges delegates not to follow foreign models or heed foreign demands. As new President Xi Jinping calls on the armed forces to remain loyal to "avoid collapse", Internet users and intellectuals voice their criticism.
Communist Party fails to heed Consultative Conference's advice
Academics want consultative body to play a greater role. Since Mao's reign, the former has been only a useless "decoration". Bishops who sit in the conference have always failed to guarantee Catholic communities a modicum of freedom, or get the release of jailed fellow bishops. Some propose to cut the number of delegates.
China’s economy picking up steam but signs are contradictory
Purchases in manufacturing are up for the first time since July, but exports remain low. Job creation is stagnating. Experts believe improvements are temporary, due to the government’s stimulus package. Structural reforms are needed.
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