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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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