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.

Political reform will come slowly, academic cautions

Cao Siyuan should know. His phone is bugged and his movements restricted

Saturday, 6 September, 2003, 12:00am

Political stars keep the spotlight on youth league

With many former members of the Communist Youth League occupying high-ranking positions in the central government, speculation on a league faction within the administration has resurfaced.

28 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Challenge the status quo, students urged

Al Gore yesterday urged Beijing students to 'challenge existing institutions', predicting the mainland's market reforms must inevitably lead to political freedom.

Mr Gore, speaking to hundreds of students at Qinghua University, appealed to young Chinese to consider 'this is a moment when, to a unique degree, great things do hang in the balance'.

27 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Guangzhou officials censor HK television

The city remained calm but Guangzhou officials were reluctant to allow residents to see Hong Kong television reports.

Footage of a big-character poster written in 1979 by dissident Wei Jingsheng, warning that Deng would become a dictator, was censored from one report.

21 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Snub of economist blow for liberals

The authorities have signalled a harsher line towards 'bourgeois-liberal' elements by cancelling a meeting to salute the achievements of famed economist Yu Guangyuan .

Mainland sources said yesterday that friends of Mr Yu had intended to hold a conference on December 22 to mark the scholar's 60 years of contribution to Marxist research.

20 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Officials informed reforms postponed until at least 2002

POLITICAL reforms will be postponed until after the 16th Party Congress in 2002 at the earliest, a Beijing source said.

An internal circular has been dispatched to different departments instructing officials to concentrate on economic matters instead of political reforms before the congress.

25 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Low-key farewell planned for Chen

CHINA plans a low-key ceremony to mark the cremation of senior leader Chen Yun who died on Monday in Beijing at the age of 90.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Chen Jian said that in accordance with Chen's wishes and in terms of regulations, there would be no state funeral or major farewell ceremony.

14 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Lessons from June 4

AS people in Hongkong last night commemorated the terrible events of June 4, 1989, many would have reflected on how much more readily they were able to express their anger and emotion than were people in Beijing.

5 Jun 1993 - 12:00am