Deng Xiaoping

Words don't wash

I was at the barber's when I saw familiar scenes on the television, as I lay down to get my hair washed.

Friday, 18 March, 2011, 12:00am

A voice in the wilderness

Premier Wen Jiabao's recent media blitz calling for political reform is an act of great significance, despite its apparent lack of immediate impact, according to Chinese experts.

2 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Stumbling block

Few commentators seem to have noticed a diplomatic drama with Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was in Australia earlier this month. During an interview with The Australian, the US secretary of state disclosed for the first time that the persistent denial by the Chinese about ever using the concept of 'core interest' with regard to the South China Sea was a flat lie.

26 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Deng should have been first Chinese to get Nobel Peace Prize: Exco chief

Deng Xiaoping was the 'most recognised peacemaker' and should have been the first Chinese to win the Nobel Peace Prize instead of dissident Liu Xiaobo, Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying says.

13 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Sino-US ties a regional challenge

Is China becoming more assertive? Many Westerners and Japanese tend to believe that it is, according to Professor Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs - though for him it is still a question.

5 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

'China threat' hangs on a phrase

In the early 1990s, Soviet-style communism collapsed and the cold war ended. Facing international isolation, China was struggling to emerge from the shadows of the Tiananmen crackdown.

2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Stay tuned for another 'Shenzhen moment'

Shenzhen is so identified with modern China's economic miracle that it does not seem possible it is now half as old as the People's Republic itself. Its foundation as the first special economic zone led to the Pearl River Delta becoming an economic powerhouse. The model has proved so successful that it has spread nationwide.

10 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Sino-Japanese war remembered amid concern truth is distorted

China staged official commemorations yesterday marking the 65th anniversary of the end of the second Sino-Japanese war, but a senior People's Liberation Army officer says Beijing has been progressively playing down the significance of the war for economic reasons.

4 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Lai See

Murdoch's falling star about to burn up

We see Rupert Murdoch has finally conceded that trying to operate a mainland media organisation is not worth the hassle. News Corp this week announced that it was selling control of Star China TV to a government-backed private equity fund in what is perceived as the beginning of the unwinding of his operations in China.

11 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Open letter demands governor step down

At least 210 journalists and intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for the impeachment and resignation of Hubei governor Li Hongzhong, who hit the headlines last week for snatching a recorder from a journalist on the sidelines of the National People's Congress.

14 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Time honours the 'Chinese worker'

An American banker took the top prize, but just as eye-catching was the runner-up in Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' award - a faceless 'Chinese worker'.

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Politicians jump at chance to speak about change, but there needs to be a revolution

Over the past few weeks, senior leaders have been deliberating on soccer, vowing to bring reform and expressing a once-and-for-all desire for the nation to become a global force.

Politicians the world over jump at the chance to be quoted about the state of the national team in the belief it brings them closer to the people.

22 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

400 private firms pass muster to supply PLA

The Defence Ministry said more than 400 private enterprises had passed preliminary screening for potential contracts for research, development and production of military equipment, marking a significant step in Beijing's defence modernisation.

Military experts said that by sourcing locally, costs would be lower and the mainland's backward defence industry would make progress.

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

The answer to soccer woes

If you want to know how dire Chinese soccer has become, consider this: in the space of a week, President Hu Jintao, his deputy and another top leader, Liu Yandong, have weighed in on the state of the nation's most popular game.

21 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

China's 60 years of change

As I was growing up in the northeastern industrial city of Jilin , my family's most prized possession was a Butterfly sewing machine. We had to buy everything with coupons, and Spring Festival was the only time of the year when we could afford to have a feast of pork and fish.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am