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  1. Ding Zilin: the founder of the Tiananmen Mothers

    Posted May 30th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... boy's talent and his sense of social responsibility,' Ms Ding said. But the crackdown destroyed his mother's happiness. She began a project to collect the names of all June 4 victims ...

  2. Dissidents call for greater reforms

    Posted Dec 11th 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... people condemned as 'black hands' behind the protests. However, Mr Wang believes the social unrest will not be enough to topple the Communist regime because the mainland's elite had bowed to the authoritarian government since witnessing the suppression of the June 4 democracy movement in 1989. 'All the social elites and media have refused to take social ...

  3. Obsession with growth has to end: economist

    Posted Dec 31st 2005, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Administrations below provincial level should give up calculating their GDPs and concentrate on public services, social management and supervising market places, an economist ... to the central government. He says governments should shift their focus from economics to social security, Xinhua reported yesterday. 'Only by easing the GDP growth targets and strengthening ...

  4. Role of armed police even a mystery to mainland bureaucrats

    Posted Sep 27th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... into three parts: the internal troops in charge of keeping social order and crime-fighting; the border troops responsible for border security; and four specialised, non-combat branches tasked ... are to safeguard strategic locations, provide internal security and maintain social stability. The real reason for its establishment was simple: to help the Communist Party keep its hold on power and quell ...

  5. Urban Hainan classes swell with rural pupils

    Posted Sep 27th 2005, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Department spokesman Yang Yinglong yesterday blamed local governments for the imbalance in education resources between urban and rural areas. Describing it as 'a loss of social justice', Mr Yang said local governments had been keen on building 'educational centres' in urban areas while ignoring rural education needs. 'This will cause social instability. All local ...

  6. Restrictions imposed on sky burials

    Posted Jan 12th 2006, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... or infectious diseases. 'So far we have not found one case of bird flu in Tibet,' Dramdul said. 'The ban was in response to requests by locals who felt sky burials were not being performed properly.' Bai Ma, a researcher at the Tibetology Research Centre of the Tibetan Social Sciences Institute, said Tibetans believed a soul would go to heaven if a body had been eaten ...

  7. Disputes threaten developers

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... to stop forced relocations. Yi Xianrong, an economist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the developers had a legal responsibility to negotiate with householders. 'The State ...

  8. Beijing keeps emotions in check over Dalai Lama

    Posted Aug 29th 2009, 12:00am by Fiona Tam, Minnie Chan

    ... initial response was widely condemned. 'How come Ma didn't organise a religious conference inviting all of Taiwan's prominent religious leaders before the DPP invited the Dalai ... 'Taiwan's stock market rose [yesterday] and it jumped following news reports that the Dalai Lama would come.' Mainland-based observers criticised Mr Ma for his slow response to the DPP's ...

  9. Economist warns of widening wealth gap

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The social conflict between the rich and poor is worsening on a daily basis Collusion between officials and businesspeople on the mainland has created a new class of wealthy ... on the worsening state of income inequality, saying it could lead to 'all kinds of social instability'. Professor Wu's remarks were carried in the Study Times newspaper, a publication backed ...

  10. Hu calls for PLA loyalty as fears grow of trouble ahead

    Posted Feb 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... responsibilities and missions have also changed. All these pose higher demands for the CMC leaders and they should work constantly to improve themselves,' he said. His comments come as the mainland ... among officials about a rise in social unrest. This year will also have sensitive anniversaries, such as the 50th anniversary of the Tibet uprising and 20th anniversary of the June 4 democratic ...




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