Hu Yaobang

Born in November 1915, Hu Yaobang joined the Communist Party of China at the age of 18 and became a close ally of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. He became leader of the Communist Youth League in 1952 and Party chairman in 1981. He worked as General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1982 to 1987, when he was forced to resign after clashes with Deng and other party elders over emergent student protests. His death on April 15, 1989, triggered the Tiananmen Square protests.

'They dare not tell people the truth'

'The worst mistake of the reform and opening-up is [that the Communist Party] has embarked on the capitalist path of development, but dare not tell people the truth.' Zhang Musheng, legal scholar

Friday, 2 September, 2011, 12:00am

No release from oppression

Hu Jia has always felt a sense of solidarity with the underprivileged, the weak and the oppressed. But when he started fighting for their rights about a decade ago, he could not have known his public spirit would one day land him in the gravest trouble.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Revolutionary in his time

'Jiabao, I give you a task. Go into the villages outside the city and do investigation and research. Remember, you must stay away from the local government.'

17 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Szeto Wah faces up to more cancer treatment

Doctors will decide whether veteran Democrat Szeto Wah, who is battling lung cancer, will need to start electrotherapy next month after he attends events marking the 21st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

19 May 2010 - 12:00am

Hu, Wen - and why?

Is there life after death? In China, there certainly is. In traditional China, the bodies of top officials were sometimes dug up and publicly flogged, which gave rise to the expression bian shi, or whipping the corpse.

21 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Party elders urge leaders to take steps towards political reform

A group of Communist Party elders have urged leaders to take bold steps towards launching long-delayed political reform, ease censorship and allow organised opposition, saying that only democracy and transparency can help steer the country through the current economic crisis.

21 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

'Freeing the mind' must start with leaders - and soon

As mainland leaders constantly exhort everyone to 'free their minds' these days, the irony cannot be lost on many overseas analysts that the leadership seems to be acting to the contrary by cracking down hard on dissent and tightening the muzzle on the media.

7 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Summer Games' success may clear the way for rising star

Xi Jinping has moved closer to becoming China's top leader with his appointment as vice-president and his responsibility for overseeing the Olympics, which Beijing has made a national priority.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Demolition of Democracy Wall criticised

Past and present students of Peking University are up in arms over the demolition of the university's famed Democracy Wall, a focal point of protests throughout the institution's history.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Ex-party chief's son breaks ranks with call for democratic system

The son of the late reformist party leader Hu Yaobang made a bold call for political liberalisation on the sidelines of the national congress, where most delegates simply toe the party line.

Hu Deping , vice-chairman of the party's United Front Work Department, said he was a firm believer in democratising China.

20 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Chongqing officials urged to nurture entrepreneurs

Chongqing's Communist Party chief has called on government officials to create a lenient investment environment for entrepreneurs and to encourage more innovative pioneering rather than simply setting restrictive rules, state media reported yesterday.

20 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Talk about hypocrisy

Two years ago, Beijing reneged on promises made to Hong Kong about the development of democracy in the city. At the time, then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa made public nine conditions imposed by the central government that had to be met before the city was ready for universal suffrage.

2 May 2006 - 12:00am

Beijing relaxes the diplomatic tension to show off its softer side

The Chinese tradition of 'taking stock of the situation and alternating tension with relaxation' has been a guiding principle of the ruling class for centuries. President Hu Jintao's government appears to have taken this to heart, as exemplified by developments involving Taiwan, Hong Kong and domestic politics.

12 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

40m yuan to be spent on reformist's birthday

More than 40 million yuan will be spent by the central and provincial governments to commemorate the 90th birthday of Hu Yaobang in his hometown, in another sign by Beijing that it plans to rehabilitate the late reformist.

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


Tibet issue

I refer to the article headlined 'Beijing helping Tibetans catch up with the west, says author' (January 28).

It is ironic that Ma Lihua dismisses critics of China's rule in Tibet as unobjective when she herself heads the publishing unit of the Beijing-backed China Tibetology Research Centre and discounts human rights abuses in Tibet as exaggerated.

8 Feb 2004 - 12:00am