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.
The Chinese government on Tuesday took a more tolerant stance to online censorship on the anniversary of the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang, whose death 25 years ago today helped spark the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.Wednesday, 16 April, 2014, 12:17pm 3 comments
After the communist regime seized control of China in 1949, the government's various political campaigns purged tens of millions of people through executions, prison terms and so-called re-education efforts.15 Apr 2014 - 4:52pm 1 comment
China missed a golden opportunity for political reform in the 1980s and it is doubtful when the next one will come, says a son of Hu Yaobang, the widely respected late liberal leader.15 Apr 2014 - 6:14pm 7 comments
Twenty-five years after his death, Hu Yaobang is still remembered by many, even including some of his former foes, as one of the most popular Communist Party leaders for his pragmatic reform policies and humanistic, liberal-leaning approach.15 Apr 2014 - 4:52pm 1 comment
Betsy Li Heng, the daughter of former Chinese Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang, has dismissed rumours about her private life and her association with GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical conglomerate currently under criminal investigation in China for bribery, according to an online statement.31 Jul 2013 - 3:59pm
Hu Yaobang, the late reformist leader, has been a sensitive figure on the mainland since he was purged in 1987. But state media this week broke with tradition, heaping praise on the former party general secretary on the 24th anniversary of his death.21 Apr 2013 - 4:56am
The mainland mourned late reformist leader Hu Yaobang yesterday on the 24th anniversary of his death - the first time he has been commemorated under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, whose father was his ally.
A party newspaper and state news websites published articles commemorating him, and ordinary citizens turned up at his former home to pay tribute.16 Apr 2013 - 4:53am 3 comments
On the anniversary of Hu Yaobang's death, thousands of Chinese quietly remembered the party leader who many thought was pushing for further political reform in the 1980s before the Tiananmen crackdown.
The 24th commemoration on Monday is the first under President Xi Jinping, whose father worked under Hu Yaobang.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
H7N9Beijing Morning News* Beijing's most respected hospital denies online rumours over infections.Xinhua Xiandai Kuaibao*29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
A statue of former Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang, a reformer whose death sparked the Tiananmen Square democracy protests, has been set up in a coastal city.7 Jan 2013 - 4:50pm
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Most Hongkongers believe Beijing should reverse its stance on the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, a University of Hong Kong annual poll found ahead of the 23rd anniversary next week of the bloody incident.1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
The Communist Youth League, the Communist Party's youth recruitment and training apparatus, has become a key power base within the party since the 1980s, competing with the princeling faction representing the offspring of former party leaders.5 May 2012 - 12:00am
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
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