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Chen Xitong

Chen Xitong was the mayor of Beijing between 1983 and 1993. He was widely believed to be one of the key decision-makers within the Communist Party of China responsible for the bloody crackdown of a student-led democracy movement in Beijing in 1989, which led to the death of at least hundreds of students. Chen was stripped of his party membership in 1997 in a corruption investigation and was sentenced to 16 years in jail in 1998. He died of cancer on June 2, 2013. 

Disgraced ex-Beijing mayor's funeral denied national anthem and flag

Photo from the funeral of disgraced Beijing Mayor Chen Xitong, Beijing on Tuesday. Photo provided by anonymous source.

Chen Xitong's falling out with former president Jiang Zemin - which led to Chen's imprisonment 16 years ago - has followed the disgraced Beijing mayor to his grave, sources say.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Death of Chen Xitong is retribution for his sins, says father of Tiananmen student victim

Wang Nan

Wang Fandi, whose 19-year-old son Wang Nan was killed while taking photos on Changan Avenue on June 4, 1989, said that from an historical perspective, Chen had been only a tragic bit player in the crackdown.

5 Jun 2013 - 10:50am 4 comments

June 4 crackdown mastermind Chen Xitong dies

Former Beijing mayor Chen Xitong stands in Beijing's Municipal Higher People's Court in 1998 when he was sentenced to 16 years in jail for his part in a graft scandal. Photo: AP

Disgraced former Beijing mayor Chen Xitong – one of the main culprits blamed for the brutal crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square – has died at age 84, Hong Kong China News Agency (HKCNA) reported on Tuesday.

4 Jun 2013 - 11:35pm 4 comments

Officials crack down on outspoken Shanghai daily

Two senior executives of a major Shanghai newspaper were removed or suspended yesterday, sources said, a day after a newspaper in Guangdong saw its editor-in-chief removed and a considerable amount of coverage cut.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing wants to close Bo case soon

The Communist Party leadership's announcement last week to expel Liu Zhijun, the former minister of railways, and turn him over for criminal prosecution on corruption charges should come as no surprise. Since February of last year, Liu has been under investigation by the party's anti-corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The story headlined 'Jiang behind my downfall, Chen suggests' on page A3 yesterday incorrectly stated the number of years since former Beijing party secretary Chen Xitong's corruption conviction. He was convicted 14 years ago, in 1998.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Chen Xitong praises reformists

Former Beijing party secretary Chen Xitong, widely believed to be a political enemy of liberal leaders Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang and to have actively plotted the latter's downfall, has heaped praise on both men and described himself as a fellow reformist.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Chen and Yao's plan to 'set the record straight'

Disgraced Politburo member Chen Xitong was reluctant to talk about the past for fear of political repercussions until scholar Yao Jianfu mentioned a conversation he had with purged leader Zhao Ziyang.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Jiang behind my downfall, chen suggests

Disgraced former Beijing party boss Chen Xitong calls his corruption conviction 16 years ago 'the biggest injustice since the Cultural Revolution'.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Party rethinks twin-role postings

The unfolding scandal surrounding Bo Xilai - one of the few Politburo members also tasked with overseeing a municipality - has raised questions within the Communist Party about whether it should continue to appoint top brass as municipal or provincial leaders.

Bo's downfall is officially said to be linked to corruption and the murder case of a British businessman.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hint at death penalty for Bo

There is speculation that ousted Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai might face the death penalty, after a People's Daily commentary mentioned the famous executions of two corrupt officials in 1952.

However, some mainland analysts said drawing such a conclusion from Sunday's piece may be a bit of a stretch.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wen's anti-graft article could point to Bo's fate

Premier Wen Jiabao is vowing more resolute anti-graft measures during his last year in office, according to an article to appear today in the party's mouthpiece magazine, Seeking Truth.

The timing of the article has prompted speculation that corruption charges may be brought against the disgraced former party chief of Chongqing, Bo Xilai.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Ex-Shanghai boss jailed for 18 years

Chen Liangyu found guilty of graft

Former Shanghai party secretary Chen Liangyu was jailed for 18 years for corruption yesterday, becoming the highest-ranking Communist Party leader to be jailed for graft on the mainland in a decade.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Shanghai faction still part of the gang

Officials from the financial capital remain a force despite moves to sideline the city

When an article praising Shanghai appeared in People's Daily just a few weeks before the Communist Party congress, it sparked speculation. Had a resurgent 'Shanghai Gang' hijacked the front page of the party mouthpiece, or was it just an affirmation of the work of the city's new leader?

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Ousted Shanghai boss 'is not immune'

Chen Liangyu awaits his fate 'in good health'

The ousted Communist Party boss of Shanghai, Chen Liangyu , was in jail awaiting trial on corruption charges and his health was good, a top disciplinary official said yesterday, a week after Chen was removed from all party and government positions.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am