Deng Xiaoping

Lasting legacy of the Beijing Olympics

Contrary to the conventional medal standings, there is a case for China having won 52, not 51, gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. There are also cases to be made about political, economic and social nuances arising from the Games.

Saturday, 30 August, 2008, 12:00am

Jiang given place of honour to see culmination of his efforts

The opening ceremony probably meant more to them than anyone else - a reminder of the excitement they felt when Beijing won its bid to host the Olympics seven summers ago.

9 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

'Parade of pilgrims' ends at Deng's home

The 'parade of pilgrims' to generations of communist leaders' hometowns was completed yesterday when the Olympic flame was passed on in the home of former state leader Deng Xiaoping .

4 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Cause for celebration

Next week, the long-awaited Beijing Olympics opens - an event that China has been preparing for since 2001, when it won the right to hold the event amid global expectations that the Games will bring about a more open China. Will it? I believe so.

30 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Getting Rich First

Getting Rich First

by Duncan Hewitt

Vintage, HK$144

1 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Inside the Red Mansion

Inside the Red Mansion

by Oliver August

John Murray, HK$148

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Veteran ministers join top advisory body

Jia Qinglin re-elected as CPPCC chief as new faces appear among 25 vice-chairmen

New leaders for the mainland's top advisory body were elected yesterday, including some retired ministers and the son of late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping .

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Promotion of Deng's son seen as unity move

Anybody with an iconic state leader for a parent is bound to live in their shadow and carry some of their legacy, especially in an authoritarian country where the political mandate comes from the ruling party rather than the people.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Efforts of purged leader are praised in second article

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of China's 'open-door' policy, party liberals have published a second article by former vice-premier Tian Jiyun praising the contributions purged leader Zhao Ziyang made towards reforms.

12 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Hu protege takes over in Shenzhen

The Communist Party yesterday named a protege of President Hu Jintao as party chief of Shenzhen.

Liu Yupu , 58, worked with Mr Hu at the Communist Youth League's Central Committee from 1982 to 1985.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

The blame game

In our eagerness to explain each new facet of the mainland's phenomenal development, we too often rush to conclusions. Uncharacteristic social occurrences, events and statistics of late are a case in point. At fault, it is widely assumed, is the one-child policy.

7 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Economist urges political revamp

The mainland should embrace overall reform, including the restructuring of the political system, instead of just focusing on economics, a liberal official said.

27 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Age of confusion

Deng Xiaoping's famous exhortation, 'to get rich is glorious', has been unofficially superseded on the mainland. Today, the mantra is 'greed is good' - from the 1987 movie Wall Street, which came to epitomise the 1980s in the west. The downside of that decade's feverish pursuit of money was a rise in social inequality and increasing cynicism about governments and state institutions.

14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

China's human rights are everyone's affair

Every once in a while Chinese officials - and some Chinese people - make statements that betray a deep- seated xenophobia, a fear or even hatred of foreigners. On one level, this is easily understandable. China was the victim of western - and Japanese - aggression for over a century, and the country was turned into a semi-colony and carved up like a watermelon into spheres of influence.

30 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Hu Jintao: Playing the game to perfection

It has taken five years for President Hu Jintao to finally reveal who he really is. When the enigmatic Mr Hu became the front man of the Communist Party in November 2002, the question on everybody's lips was: 'Who is Hu?' The suggestions ranged from closet reformer to puppet president. Few had a clue.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am