Deng Xiaoping

Xi gives reform advocates cause for hope

Xi gives reform advocates cause for hope

The once-in-a-decade leadership transition in China last month left some analysts fearing for the cause of reform after key reformers Li Yuanchao, Wang Yang and Liu Yandong failed to reach the Politburo Standing Committee, China's highest leadership body.

Saturday, 15 December, 2012, 3:30am

Xi Jinping adopts casual, open air on visit to Shenzhen

The leader mingled briefly and even shook hands with visitors at Lotus Hill Park. Photo: He Huifeng

About 200 Shenzhen residents had an unexpectedly close encounter with Xi Jinping yesterday as the new Communist Party chief turned on the charm during the second day of his southern tour.

Xi, the president-to-be, shook hands with several people who had gathered in advance of his 10am visit to Lotus Hill, and even answered questions from a pair of Hong Kong journalists in  the crowd.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am 1 comment

Echoes of Deng Xiaoping as Xi Jinping heads to Shenzhen on first inspection trip

A billboard of former leader Deng Xiaoping overlooks Shenzhen. Photo: Dickson Lee

New party boss evokes memories of Deng Xiaoping's 1992 tour and issues a signal of his commitment to deepening reform by heading to Shenzhen on his first inspection trip.

7 Dec 2012 - 8:33am 1 comment

Political reform doesn't need blueprint, says academic Fang Ning

Deng Xiaoping

A leading mainland political scientist has called for the immediate kick-starting of long-stalled political reform, saying it does not require an established theoretical framework.

1 Nov 2012 - 7:09am

China must push for all-round reform

It's worth remembering Deng Xiaoping's caution to set a date for reform, for it cannot wait too long. Photo: AFP

On the eve of the 18th party congress, reform is the hot topic in the Chinese media. But unlike in the past, when discussion largely focused on the economy, the debate today is on reform in all areas - economic, social and political, particularly the last one.

1 Nov 2012 - 12:42pm

Communist Party to ease off on 'Mao thought'

Heading for the exit, Wen Jiabao and Hu Jintao. Photo: AP

A crucial document setting the Communist Party's direction for the next five years came to light yesterday after general secretary Hu Jintao convened a meeting of the elite Politburo.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:38pm 4 comments

Struggle for supremacy by party factions now on public show

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

A swirling miasma of speculation, doubt and anxiety has led to growing uncertainty ahead of China's most important leadership change in a decade.

15 Oct 2012 - 10:42am

Propaganda chief and Deng Xiaoping's bridge partner

The Communist Party's former propaganda chief died of an unspecified illness in Beijing yesterday morning at the age of 83, according to state media reports.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Forced-abortion family accept compensation

A woman who was forced to have a late-term abortion last month, in a case that sparked a nationwide outcry, has reached a settlement with the local government responsible by accepting 70,600 yuan (HK$86,640) in cash compensation.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

We're still dancing as fast as we can

Ever since that rain-soaked night 15 years ago when Hong Kong quick-stepped its way both back and forward in history, residents of this 'barren rock'' have faced the same question with monotonous regularity when they travel abroad: 'Has the place changed much since the handover?'

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tracking back

Yet another blind man is in the news. If the story of the first shocked the world, what happened to the second only fuelled our outrage.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland's last chance to reform

A top policy adviser to the government's economic planning agency says the Deng-era approach to reform has run its course and that the window of opportunity for moving to a rule-based system is limited.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

So just who is Deng's closest political bedfellow?

Which political leader would Deng Xiaoping be in terms of his political philosophy: Lee Kuan Yew, Chiang Kai-shek, Benito Mussolini, Augusto Pinochet or the Kangxi Emperor?

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Henry Tang on air after his post-defeat holiday

15 May 2012 - 12:00am


Deng sought co-operation over islands

The gist of Philip Bowring's erudite article ('Island mentality ignores history', April 22) is the 'fact that China has a long record of written history does not invalidate other nations' history as illustrated by artefacts, language and genetic affinities, the evidence of trade and travel'.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am