» 07/16/2012, 00.00
Wen Jiabao warns: hard times ahead for Chinese economy
The Chinese Prime Minister warns: "We are still within the limits, but over time things can get worse." Growth and the trade estimates fall: without democratic change, China risks losing everything.
Party Central Committee to address economic reforms, doubts over political reforms
The 12th five-year plan (2011-2015) is on the agenda and could lead to a new model of economic development based on “inclusive growth”. The gap between haves and have-nots and “hatred of the rich” have become a major social problem. Corruption represents about 30 per cent of GDP. Wen Jiabao speaks of reforms, but there is resistance. Vice President Xi Jinping might be promoted.
Shenzhen, political reforms and the ambiguities of Wen Jiabao and Hu Jintao
The Chinese President proposes political reforms for the capital of China’s modernisation but with “Chinese characteristics”. Two weeks before, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao had pleaded for political reforms; otherwise, economic modernisation would fail. Pro-democracy activists examine the issue. For some, the Chinese regime is not willing to “acknowledge internationally accepted values”.
Transform the economy, bridge the gap between rich and poor, says Wen Jiabao
The economy’s planned growth rate is set at 8 per cent, inflation at 3 per cent. Real estate speculation should be reined in, domestic consumption increased. For the first time, social spending (education, health care and pensions) should grow faster than defence spending. Doubts linger over the plan’s overall feasibility because of resistance by local government.
Lin Mu dies in Xian: from Communist leader to democracy activist
Lin, former aide and friend of reformist Hu Yaobang, died suddenly at the age of 79. Expelled from the Communist Party three times, he called for political reform and for the rehabilitation of the Tiananmen Square movement.
Pressure mounts for release of Zhao Ziyang
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