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Deng Xiaoping

Closed doors to reform

It has been 20 years since late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping headed to southern China for a month-long trip that was largely seen as a turning point for the Communist Party.

Monday, 30 January, 2012, 12:00am

New leaders must seize the moment

Anywhere else but the mainland, a fall of one tenth of 1 per cent in the proportion of the population that is of working age - from 74.5 per cent to 74.4 per cent - might cause little concern. But it should to China's leaders. It marks the beginning of the end of what economists call the country's population dividend - an abundant supply of cheap labour to drive economic growth.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Private enterprise spreads its net unevenly

One of Deng Xiaoping's most famous quotes on his historic southern tour 20 years ago was: 'Only development counts.'

It gave a green light to all forms of development, and in particular to private enterprise.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The then-and-now of Deng's historic visit

For 27-year-old Shenzhen fashion editor Xu Fei, Hong Kong seems closer than ever after the region expanded its automated immigration programme this month to allow about 560,000 mainland visitors to bypass counters and interviews by border officers.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Foreign policy pragmatism 'still a force'

Late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping's legacy of pragmatism in foreign policy is still influential despite hawkish calls for China to flex its military muscle on the world stage, a China expert who recently published a biography of Deng said yesterday.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A trip south worth remembering today

This week 20 years ago, the then 88-year-old Deng Xiaoping arrived in Guangzhou on his special train and began what later became known as his famous southern tour.

The trip revived stalled economic reforms and put China on track to become the world's second-biggest economy today.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Another big idea - but will they make the move?

Shenzhen authorities unveiled a 285 billion yuan (HK$350.25 billion) plan this week to turn the city into a global logistics hub by 2015 and make Qianhai, a 15-square-kilometre development zone next to Hong Kong, a global centre for supply chain management.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

New mayor set to clean up in Guangzhou

The man chosen to be Guangzhou's new mayor, Chen Jianhua, is described as a pragmatic and open-minded Communist Party veteran who is likely to focus on environmental protection, livelihood issues and clean governance.

The 56-year-old Hakka, born in Lufeng, was appointed deputy party head of Guangzhou on December 16, deputy mayor on December 19, and acting mayor a day later.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Jiang had his sights on academic role ... until June 4

A video clip showing Jiang Zemin recounting how he became the general secretary of the Communist Party at a critical time in 1989 became an instant hit among internet users over the weekend.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Party liberal stirs reform pot by calling for greater democracy

A leading liberal voice within the Communist Party has thrown his weight behind a push for greater democracy, with a modest plan for China's political reforms in the coming four decades.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am