Xi Jinping's opposition to political reforms laid out in leaked internal speech

Xi Jinping addresses a meeting of the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in Beijing on Jan. 22, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

"[A]s communists," Xi is quoted as saying, "we should have a higher ideal, and that is, communism."

Monday, 28 January, 2013, 4:21pm

Thousands of books no longer banned in Turkey as objection deadline passes

From communist works to a comic book, thousands of titles banned by Turkey over the decades have been taken off the restricted list as part of a government reform.

In July, the parliament adopted a bill stipulating that any decision taken before 2012 to block the sale and distribution of a published work would be voided if no court chose to confirm the ruling within six months.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:40am

Letters to the Editor, December 10, 2012

Starbucks stirred anger over unpaid dues. Photo: EPA

Police's holistic scheme fights animal cruelty

I refer to Ms Iris Ma's letter ("Set up police unit to curb animal abuse", December 3) and the article by Ms Patsy Moy ("Police unit urged after stray cats slaughtered", December 3).

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am 1 comment

Legacy of distrust through the ages

Confucian theory cites trust as the key to good society and governance.

A China editor once remarked that it makes perfect sense for the Communist Party to go big on Confucianism. "When it comes to control, communism and Confucianism have a lot in common," he said.

29 Oct 2012 - 1:41am 1 comment

Obama conspiracy theory messages flood key US election states

A screengrab (top left) from the film Dreams From My Real Father (bottom left), which tries to claim that Barack Obama is really the son of a Communist Party loyalist, Frank Marshall Davis (top right) and compares their physiques (bottom right).

A flood of strident and increasingly bizarre anti-Obama material is flooding key states as the White House race enters the home stretch, including a mail-out DVD that claims the US president is the secret lovechild of a Communist Party activist.

25 Oct 2012 - 5:21am

How rudeness was once a survival strategy

Rudeness was a means of survival in communist China then, and remains so today.

Earlier this month, Thierry Gillier, the founder of French fashion house Zadig & Voltaire, announced to the world that its new boutique hotel, due to open in Paris in 2014, would not welcome Chinese tourists. This shocked and angered many Chinese on the mainland and overseas and Gillier was labelled a racist.

25 Oct 2012 - 2:42am 8 comments

Last statue of Lenin taken down in Ulan Bator

A crowd watches Lenin's statue being taken away. Photo AFP

Mongolia's capital has removed its last statue of Lenin, one of the final vestiges of the country's longtime alliance with the Soviet Union as it fosters closer links to the West and China.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:07am

Bursting for change

The scandalous downfall of Bo Xilai, the ambitious politburo member, once again made clear one of the fundamental faults of the Chinese political system: the absolute monopoly of power under one-party rule. Bo's ouster has triggered the most serious crisis within the Communist Party since 1989 and sparked a public outcry for political reform that is gathering momentum.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Stubborn courage of Shaoyang dissidents

Shaoyang, in the southwest of central China's Hunan province, is an almost forgotten city despite past glories in a history spanning more than 25 centuries, dating back to the Spring and Autumn period.

It is the province's most populous city, home to around eight million people, but often ranks last among Hunan's 14 main cities in terms of per capita economic performance.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

An appetite for destruction

On September 11, 2001, German artist Anselm Kiefer was in Vienna where his second wife was giving birth to their son. He was in a taxi when he heard what had happened in New York. He couldn't believe the news: 'I thought it was science fiction.'

10 Jun 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

US think tank honours economist for support of market reforms

Prominent liberal economist Mao Yushi has received a prestigious prize in the United States for his support of a market economy and other efforts to promote freedom.

Mao, who blames Mao Zedong for the deaths of 50 million people during his rule, accepted the Milton Friedman prize for advancing liberty from the Cato Institute in Washington on Friday.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Masters of sound, image and sculpture come together

Some of the Daydreamers


29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'Roadmap' rolled out to reform public institutions

The central government has issued a roadmap for reforming public institutions - a large and diverse sector that is a remnant of the planned-economy era - to deepen its now decades-old market-oriented policy of economic and social development.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Leaders signal accord on Bo

The mainland leadership's move over the weekend to launch a sweeping crackdown on microblogging sites is notable not only for its scale and severity but also for its timing.

It came after the authorities had largely turned a blind eye to frenzied rumours of political infighting at the highest levels and allowed them to circulate over the internet for weeks.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am