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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.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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