China Policy Institute Blog

The Significance of Three Bows: Wen Jiabao’s final stand

By Jun Zhang. The first session of the 12th National People’s Congress opened in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2013, with Premier Wen Jiabao delivering the government Work Report. It was the 10th and final time he had made such an address. The two-hour long report ended with prolonged …

Political reform an urgent task for the incoming leadership

by Anastas Vangeli Political reform has a very righteous, even a Confucian purpose in the Party’s discourse. The Party often conceptualizes the need for political reform as an answer to the growing “plagues” in governance. One of the most important of these plagues is corruption. The definition of corruption in China stretches far beyond only …

Premier Wen Tells Leaders in South West China to Be Prepared for a Hard Time Ahead

by Shujie Yao. Slow GDP growth in the second quarter of 2012 has attracted serious debates in and outside China. Premier WEN Jiabao visited the south western provinces of the country, telling local officials that they have to be prepared for a hard time in the second half of the year and beyond. In fact, …