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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

Proliferation of locusts in anti-migrant campaigns

Hong Kong's locust imagery may be catching on. Soon after the advert appeared in the city likening mainland tourists to the swarming pest, locust images popped up in some of the mainland's biggest cities as part of campaigns against migrants.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Anniversary of Deng's tour hits the news

Guangdong media began a belated campaign yesterday to commemorate the famous southern tour of Deng Xiaoping in 1992.

But the timing of the stories, which come weeks after the 20th anniversary of the late leader setting off on his trip, has raised eyebrows.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

'They want to get rid of us'

The founding publisher of the mainland's most outspoken political magazine yesterday accused authorities of trying to use a cultural-sector reform initiative to weaken the editorial independence of his publication.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Private enterprise spreads its net unevenly

One of Deng Xiaoping's most famous quotes on his historic southern tour 20 years ago was: 'Only development counts.'

It gave a green light to all forms of development, and in particular to private enterprise.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

No great fanfare 20 years after tour

The central government has adopted a low-key approach to the 20th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's famous southern tour, with analysts describing it as an intentional move, one designed to avoid touching on the sensitive issue of political reform.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am