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

"[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

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

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 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

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

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