Evolution of the vote

1978: Collapse of the village commune system prompts villages to experiment with idea of electing leaders placing their fingerprint under their preferred candidate.

1980: first elected village committee established in Guozuo village in Guangxi province.

Thursday, 15 September, 2005, 12:00am

Ceremony honours Long March trekkers

Seventy-one year-old Chan Hay received a medal from education chief Arthur Li Kwok-cheung in Kowloon Park yesterday, in a ceremony honouring the 21 people who retraced the more than 8,000km Long March route to raise money for schools in western China.

5 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Firm warns of slump as cement profits fall

The mainland's cement sector should brace for a slump in the next two years in the wake of anti-inflation measures, China Resources Cement Holdings says.

3 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Dollars and sense

When former United States president Bill Clinton visited China in 1998, Guilin was one of the places he toured. Clinton wasn't breaking new ground, however, merely following the lead of predecessor Richard Nixon in 1972. It's a safe bet that neither was taken for a ride by a dodgy antiques dealer, purveyor of 'personalised itineraries' or ruthless restaurateur.

1 May 2005 - 12:00am

Activists vow to continue campaign

Mainland anti-Japan activists plan to keep up their campaign against Tokyo's bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council until September when the UN meets.

5 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

More reports of banned dye in food

More provinces have reported cases of food producers using the banned dye Sudan 1.

Authorities in the eastern province of Zhejiang and the southwestern region of Guangxi had found the red dye, which is believed to cause cancer, state media reported yesterday.

11 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

4 from HK die in mainland crashes

Husband and wife killed in Guangxi; father and son in Beijing

Four Hong Kong tourists died and 20 others from the city were injured in two mainland bus accidents yesterday.

12 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Learning to make ends meet while studying for a future free of poverty

Mechanical engineering student Zhang Xiaojian has beaten the odds. Born into a dirt-poor family in southern Guangxi, the 21 year old has escaped a life of poverty by winning entry to Wuhan's Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

7 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Officials beginning to realise potential of stunted Guangxi

Guangxi suffered stunted growth while other provinces raced ahead with the help of central government policies, but the region's potential for growth is now being recognised.

29 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Steelmaker accelerates its IPO

Steelmaker China Guofeng Group has started marketing its US$200 million initial public offering (IPO) earlier than expected to take advantage of current high prices in the industry.

19 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Guangxi goes all out to ensure China-Asean Expo is a success

Poverty and economic backwardness did not prevent Guangxi from buying expensive bottle trees from Australia to spruce up its image for the China-Asean Expo, the biggest international event it has ever staged.

About 10,000 guests packed the square in front of the Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Centre, making yesterday's opening ceremony a huge success.

4 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Western boost adds to delta power supplies

Capacity for power generation will be expanded in the western provinces of Guangxi and Guizhou to supply the electricity-hungry Pearl River Delta.

5 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Steps taken to fix power supplies

Southern Power Grid, which supplies power to Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi, Yunnan and Guizhou, will adjust electricity prices and step up construction of two power transfer projects for Guangdong to address the problem of power shortages.

12 Jan 2004 - 12:00am


It's the night before Christmas in Yangshuo, and the town is far from silent. Crowds of locals and tourists throng the cobblestone pedestrian mall of West Street, where carolling and drunken revelry are the orders of the evening. But all is definitely bright.

23 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Southern Grid unveils 17-year plan

Southern Grid Corp of China has unveiled a 17-year infrastructure and market development plan for the five provinces whose power transmission operations are under its control.

The multibillion-yuan projects are expected to greatly relieve Guangdong province's power shortage problem and help reduce its tariffs - the highest in the nation.

2 Apr 2003 - 12:00am