Today begins a focus on China's leadership transition ahead of the 18th Communist Party Congress which begins November 8. See thoughts from Bao Pu, son of Bao Tong, former secretary for former Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang, on why secrecy remains key to the Chinese Communist Party's identity.Monday, 5 November, 2012, 11:29am
Rising social problems over the past decade have led China into a critical era in civil rights protection, with the establishment of a democratic government being the only way out for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, according to Bao Tong , a former top aide to the late deposed leader Zhao Ziyang .22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Yet another anniversary of the bloody 1989 Tiananmen crackdown passed off rather peacefully, without a major hitch or signs of much headway having been made in the quest for a review of the official verdict on one of modern China's most tragic events.6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
People can now read a profile of Zhao Ziyang, the Communist Party general secretary purged after the June 4 crackdown, on Baidu Baike, a web-based encyclopaedia similar to Wikipedia run by Baidu, the mainland's largest search engine.
Zhao's entry had long been blocked by internet censors but internet users discovered late on Monday that was no longer the case.22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Mourners flocked to a traditional house in a quiet alleyway near Beijing's downtown area of Wangfujing yesterday to pay respects to purged Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang on the seventh anniversary of his death.18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
Former premier Li Peng's controversial diary of the June 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, the publication in Hong Kong of which was cancelled at the last minute, has hit the shelves of bookshops in Los Angeles.24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am
Journalist Xiao Jiansheng's academically inclined book Chinese Civilisation Revisited was sure to cause a stir among mainland leaders. Intellectual debate always prompts disquiet in Beijing. Sensitivity was heightened by the volume being put out to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Communist Party taking power and links to a Hong Kong publisher perceived as controversial.28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am
Is this River Elegy all over again?
Beijing has banned a book critical of China's traditional culture and values and told its author to scrap plans to publish it in Hong Kong ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.24 Sep 2009 - 12:00am
A top aide to late former party chief Zhao Ziyang yesterday challenged Premier Wen Jiabao not to delay democracy any longer, and said he remained hopeful the leadership would honour its commitment to speed up political reform.17 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
Liberalised mainland regulations on foreign media came into effect on January 1 and already the difference can be seen. Foreign journalists no longer require approval to move around the country or conduct interviews. They need only the consent of individuals or organisations they wish to interview.10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am