Chinese Civil War

Let the world into Gu's murder trial

The central government's announcement on Thursday that Gu Kailai , the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, and a family aide had been charged with the 'intentional homicide' of British businessman Neil Heywood is the clearest signal yet that the authorities intend to h

Monday, 30 July, 2012, 12:00am

Panic at the top

As the 18th Communist Party congress fast approaches, the leadership in Beijing is trying to do everything possible to stimulate popular enthusiasm and public spirit. But nothing seems to be working. The Bo Xilai affair continues to haunt the process of the upcoming power transition.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The party bosses who rob the public


No mandatory public disclosure of personal assets

Observers say the downfall of Bo Xilai shows the Communist Party has failed to curb the widespread corruption that has infected all levels of government.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Nothing to declare?

The extent of Bo Xilai 's business interests, now becoming ever more apparent in the aftermath of his downfall, has given new weight to calls for the mainland's leaders to disclose their assets.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Billionaire may be first tycoon on top party body

One of the mainland's richest men, Liang Wengen, is a front runner to become the first private businessman on the Communist Party's Central Committee after being nominated as a potential delegate to the 18th party congress this autumn.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wheels set in motion to distance Bo from killing

In a move at damage control, Chongqing's government newspaper yesterday appeared to try to distance the disgraced Bo Xilai from the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, even though Bo's wife is the prime suspect.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Many wrongs, but not that many rights

There is a terrible passage at the end of Andre Malraux's novel La Condition Humaine, often translated as Man's Fate, which describes Kuomintang troops cranking up a steam train's furnace - to throw communist prisoners into it alive.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Democrats hope KMT can help in attack row

The Democratic Party will seek assistance from Taiwan to get to the bottom of the alleged assault on member Andrew Fung Wai-kwong by People Power legislator Wong Yuk-man during a fact-finding trip to Taipei.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm

Master spy's secrets revealed

Six books containing formerly classified documents about Kuomintang spymaster General Dai Li during the second Sino-Japanese war have shed light on many mysteries surrounding one of the world's largest intelligence apparatuses.

The books contain copies of documents handwritten by Dai, including his orders to underlings and telegrams and letters to his boss, Chiang Kai-shek.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

1911 revolution gets a biased remembrance

On the 100th anniversary of China's 1911 revolution this week, President Hu Jintao gave a 20-minute speech praising Sun Yat-sen as a 'national hero'. But Hu's acknowledgment of Sun's leading role in the revolution stopped there.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Children of the revolution, grown older and apart

A visitor to Shantou in eastern Guangdong, glancing at the street names in the city centre, might imagine himself or herself in an earlier age.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Why Taiwan ended one-party rule and embraced democracy

Visitors to Taiwan who have been to the mainland could be forgiven for feeling confused when they see the names of some of the major roads and buildings on the island. Many are the same as those across the Taiwan Strait.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Lessons of the revolution unfulfilled

As Chinese on the mainland, in Hong Kong, in Taiwan and elsewhere in the world mark the 1911 revolution that ended imperial rule and eventually led to China emerging from more than a century of national humiliation inflicted by foreign powers, they have much to celebrate.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Historians on mainland give credit to KMT

Beijing has published its full version of the history of the Republic of China, recognising the role of Chiang Kai-shek in fighting the Japanese in the second world war.

Analysts on the mainland and Taiwan said the book would assist in the healthy development of cross-strait relations, because it restores a part of history that had been deleted by the Communist Party.

15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

The enemies within: tales of greed

The Communist Party, whose skilful use of espionage helped defeat the Kuomintang more than 60 years ago, is now facing an ironic challenge: many senior officials have become spies for Taiwan and even foreign countries, a People's Liberation Army general has warned.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am