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Hakka Chinese

Mainland's last chance to reform

A top policy adviser to the government's economic planning agency says the Deng-era approach to reform has run its course and that the window of opportunity for moving to a rule-based system is limited.

Sunday, 3 June, 2012, 12:00am

Chen Xitong praises reformists

Former Beijing party secretary Chen Xitong, widely believed to be a political enemy of liberal leaders Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang and to have actively plotted the latter's downfall, has heaped praise on both men and described himself as a fellow reformist.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

So just who is Deng's closest political bedfellow?

Which political leader would Deng Xiaoping be in terms of his political philosophy: Lee Kuan Yew, Chiang Kai-shek, Benito Mussolini, Augusto Pinochet or the Kangxi Emperor?

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Henry Tang on air after his post-defeat holiday

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

China needs to address the causes of June 4, not just seek its reappraisal

A rumour circulated on the internet late last month that Premier Wen Jiabao had suggested a reappraisal of the June 4 movement. Perhaps because of this, many more people posted online the infamous People's Daily editorial on April 26, 1989 that fatefully condemned the student protests as an anti-socialism upheaval. So I reread it. I'd read it so many times that I'd become numb to its content.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rare eulogy to liberal party leader

An official news agency yesterday ran a rare eulogy to late Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang, ahead of the Ching Ming festival and the anniversary of his death later this month.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rules broken to publish Deng's seminal address

A newspaper's bold decision to carry without authorisation from the leadership in Beijing a speech made by Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen during his southern tour 20 years ago was made possible by a local publicity official who overcame enormous pressure, a recently published book says.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Wrong route

To mark the 20th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's southern tour, both Xinhua and the People's Daily published commentaries to push for reforms. Xinhua said if China wants to keep writing its 'Story of Spring', it must deepen its reform efforts, including changing the government's roles and functions.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Better late than never for a stirring echo from the past

Official media don't usually mess up important dates. So, why was Deng Xiaoping's call for reform in Shenzhen in January 20 years ago being remembered so fondly last week?

Maybe some media managers wanted to time the activities for closer to the annual session of the National People's Congress, which starts in Beijing in a week.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Liberals on rise, in words if not deeds

A commentary in the People's Daily yesterday urged authorities to be willing to take risks and face opposition when launching bold reforms.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am