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'.Thursday, 17 December, 2009, 12:00am
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
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
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
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
'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. Today's celebrations reflect the nation's tremendous economic and social progress, especially during the past 30 years, and its increasing power and influence on the world scene.1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am
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
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
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
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