Hu Yaobang

Born in November 1915, Hu Yaobang joined the Communist Party of China at the age of 18 and became a close ally of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. He became leader of the Communist Youth League in 1952 and Party chairman in 1981. He worked as General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1982 to 1987, when he was forced to resign after clashes with Deng and other party elders over emergent student protests. His death on April 15, 1989, triggered the Tiananmen Square protests.


A Good Week for ... , April 21, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 April, 2013, 4:56am

Hu Yaobang

The late reformist leader has been a sensitive figure on the mainland since he was purged in 1987. But state media this week broke with tradition, heaping praise on the former party general secretary on the 24th anniversary of his death. Could it be due to Hu's close relationship with Xi Zhongxun, father of President Xi Jinping?


Avery Ng Man-yuen

The League of Social Democrats vice-chairman was cleared at Tsuen Wan Court of causing a public nuisance for dropping a T-shirt off a bridge in a gesture of protest during former president Hu Jintao's visit last year. Ng hailed the decision and condemned what he called a "political prosecution". But prosecutors have vowed to appeal.


Adam Scott

The Australian held his nerve to become the first golfer from Down Under to claim the Masters, the sport's most prestigious prize, in Augusta. Scott overcame Angel Cabrera in a nailbiting play-off with a 12ft putt sealing victory in Augusta - something not even the great Greg Norman ever managed.


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