Deng Xiaoping

Pointing the way every five years

The Communist Party has been making crucial decisions on party guidelines and policies in its national congresses, choosing the direction for the world's most populous nation.

Thursday, 11 October, 2007, 12:00am

View from the right: political reform is urgent now

Party elder Du Daozheng, a pioneer of journalism and publisher of Yanhuang Chunqiu on the mainland, hopes the Communist Party's 17th National Congress next week will revive the push for political reform that has largely stalled since the June 4 Tiananmen incident in 1989.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Lai See

Bridge tactician Deng still inspires power players

Thanks to Deng Xiaoping, bridge has become a popular mind game among mainland senior officials and executives of state-owned big corporations.

29 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Left wing lashes out at Three Represents

Deng, Jiang attacked by 170 retired cadres

Leftists have launched a fierce attack against former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping and former president Jiang Zemin in a letter signed by 170 retired cadres.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Changing mindsets

A debate between conservatives and liberals within the Communist Party has been growing in recent months as preparations continue for the major congress this autumn, one that is held only every five years. Conservatives are calling for the rolling back of certain policies, such as the admission of entrepreneurs into the party and the conversion of state assets into private property.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1981

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Liberals slam slow pace of political reform

Moderates say Communist Party has let Deng Xiaoping's blueprint stagnate

Liberal-minded Communist Party members have issued the most scathing criticism of the country's political evolution since talk of democracy in inner circles started gathering pace in the second half of last year.

16 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

From catwalk king to self-imposed exile: Xu Jiatun's seven years in Hong Kong

June 1983 Xu Jiatun arrives in Hong Kong by train from Guangzhou to become director of the local branch of Xinhua, Beijing's de facto embassy.

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

So what would Deng have to say now?

The 10th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's death went virtually unnoticed this year amid the general festivities marking the Lunar New Year. There were no official commemorations in Hong Kong or the mainland to mark the patriarch's departure on February 19, 1997. He died before he could realise his long-held wish of stepping on the soil of a Hong Kong returned to China.

1 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Deng's daughter backs 1989 purge

The eldest daughter of Deng Xiaoping has defended her father's decision to use military force to crush the pro-democracy movement in Beijing in 1989.

Deng Lin, speaking in a taped interview on the RTHK radio programme Those Were The Days yesterday, said China would have plunged into chaos but for the military crackdown in Tiananmen Square.

25 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

PLA invasion aired twice: Lu Ping

Beijing twice considered taking back Hong Kong by force in the decades running up to the handover, according to a retired mainland official formerly in charge of Hong Kong affairs.

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Group says news of Sichuan riot concealed

More than 1,000 protesters clashed with police last month over the controversial death of a high school student in the home town of late leader Deng Xiaoping, a human rights body reported yesterday.

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

China's make-or-break exam


A record number of 10 million mainland students took the National College Entrance Examination at the end of last week.


How many years has the exam been running? Thirty years. It was abolished for 11 years during the Cultural Revolution.


12 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Official response to exam muted, for good reasons

Last week, a record 10 million students sat the annual university entrance exam, marking its 30th anniversary. One would have assumed the occasion would provide a perfect backdrop against which mainland leaders could show up in force to claim the credit and beat the drums on how higher education has changed the country.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Political Animal

No fanfare, but is destiny calling Tang on Beijing shuttle?

7 Jun 2007 - 12:00am