Bao Tong

Bao Pu highlights why China's Communist Party survives on absolute secrecy

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

Time for political opening up, ex-cadre Bao Tong says

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

Calls for June 4 rethink grow in party ranks

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

A resurrection of sorts for disgraced Zhao

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

Outpouring for purged party leader

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

Li Peng's diary goes on sale in Los Angeles

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

The book ban that serves no purpose

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

No time for self-reflection, censors rule

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

Don't delay democracy, says former Zhao aide

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

Free the press

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

Zhao letter reveals freedom demand

Disgraced party boss saw arrest as 'brutal trampling' of system

A collection of commemorative essays and poems mourning late Communist Party general secretary Zhao Ziyang to be published in Hong Kong this weekend includes a letter by the disgraced chief to party leaders demanding his freedom.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Paying respects

How should Hong Kong, its government and its people, mark the death of Zhao Ziyang , the deposed Communist Party general secretary? What form should observances take? Share your views: write to us.

20 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Zhao's legacy

How should we remember Zhao Ziyang , the former general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party? What are his legacies to the people of Hong Kong? Share your views on the late ex-leader: write to us

19 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Secret documents: fact or fiction?

THE PUBLICATION OF The Tiananmen Papers has prompted debate over whether the documents are real or fake. 'They are genuine because the documents support what we knew at the time,' said veteran democracy activist Ren Wanding. 'For instance, we knew [party general secretary] Zhao Ziyang and [Politburo member] Hu Qili opposed martial law.'

14 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Bao Tong seeks June 4 reversal

Communist Party leaders should seize the opportunity now to re-evaluate the June 4, 1989 massacre, said Bao Tong, former secretary to disgraced party boss Zhao Ziyang.

25 Mar 1999 - 12:00am