Deng Xiaoping

The darker side of the Chinese 'miracle'

'The Chinese people have stood up!' Whether or not Mao Zedong actually used this famous phrase in establishing the People's Republic 60 years ago, it has surely been vindicated.

Thursday, 1 October, 2009, 12:00am

Making the grade


In 1949, at the time of Liberation, more than 80 per cent of China's population was illiterate. By 2008, this figure had dropped to 3.6 per cent, though female illiteracy is thought to be much higher than male, at around 12 per cent. Some critics also say China has low standards for defining literacy.

30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Party should use plenum to usher in openness

The Communist Party's elite is meeting in an exclusive hotel near downtown Beijing for its most important gathering of the year. It will surely have a heady agenda; the 370-strong Central Committee may be discussing internal democracy, corruption among members or the mechanism by which President Hu Jintao will pass power to his successor in 2012.

16 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Emerging China is no threat to anyone

Every five years or so, China gathers its overseas diplomats in the capital for an important meeting to chart the country's foreign policy in the coming years.

29 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Dengist whateverism

There is much to fascinate the reader in Prisoner of the State, the memoir of former Chinese party leader Zhao Ziyang. Secretly recorded before his death in 2005, the tapes were painstakingly gathered together by his friends and have now been published with great fanfare in both Chinese and English.

24 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Second commentary backs Beijing on Zhao

A second commentary on the memoirs of ousted Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang says the party's verdict on the late reformist leader was an 'ironclad case' and 'historically indisputable'.

The commentary by the semi-official Hong Kong China News Agency (HKCNA) attacked Zhao, ruling out any attempt to reverse the party's verdict on him and analysing his 'mistakes'.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing hits at west over memoirs

A rare commentary on the memoirs of ousted Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang appeared in several mainland-backed media yesterday, accusing western media of trying to pressure Beijing to overturn its verdict on the June 4 crackdown - a move it said may lead to 'global calamity'.

28 May 2009 - 12:00am

Age of abominable abdominal showmen

Sex sells; a sexy president makes an even better selling point. This is why the US society and lifestyle magazine Washingtonian - with a circulation of 400,000 - puts a shirtless Barack Obama on its current cover. There is no doubt about it - the US president has the tautest abs of any world leader in recent memory. Arnold Schwarzenegger?

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

It's still all about Deng, as Zhao has reminded us

The upcoming 20th anniversary of the June 4 killings has largely been seen as symbolic. The bloodstains in Tiananmen Square are long gone; images of the student-led protests have faded from our memories.

17 May 2009 - 12:00am

Thinking critically about next era of reform

History is full of irony - and coincidence. Thirty years after the watershed May Fourth Movement in 1919, the People's Republic was founded, putting an end to a chapter of Chinese history featuring humiliation by western powers and a civil war.

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

Essay on 'two governing teams' slammed

Two former local deputies to the National People's Congress have rebutted a claim by an official at the central government liaison office that there are 'two governing teams' in Hong Kong.

They said the remark distorted Deng Xiaoping's idea and would 'do harm' to Hong Kong.

25 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Even as party celebrates reform, Hu lays down goals for next 40 years

On the day the mainland marked its remarkable 30 years of reform, President Hu Jintao warned fellow Communist Party members against complacency and told them not to take the party's nearly 60 years of rule for granted in facing the future.

19 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Epic rivals whose battle shaped China

Chen Yun feared that Deng Xiaoping was taking the nation too far, too fast

There was once a joke among sinologists that the key to China's future was whether gung-ho economic reformist leader Deng Xiaoping would outlive his conservative rival Chen Yun . In April 1995, Chen died at the age of 90, and Deng two years later, at 92, winning the apparent battle.

1 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Q&A: Leadership elements revealed

What does it take to acquire practical leadership skills? A good leader first has to be a good follower. That is something you see particularly in the case of successful salespeople. Advancement and, ultimately, being responsible for others depends in the first instance on providing what their customers want and truly endorsing the corporate vision and core values.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Tarred with the same brush by the west

China celebrates its resurgence and new-found prosperity with the Olympics; Russia makes a similar statement by invading Georgia. Interestingly, both events have generated howls of protest and condemnation from the west. Boy, if only westerners had mustered the same zeal and energy in confronting Russia as they did for the Beijing Olympics, they might have given Moscow pause.

4 Sep 2008 - 12:00am