Eight paintings are missing from the rostrum where Mao Zedong announced the founding of the People's Republic of China, the latest scandal involving cultural institutions on the mainland.Thursday, 25 August, 2011, 12:00am
Dreams of Joy by Lisa See Bloomsbury
Lisa See packs more narrative action into three pages of Dreams of Joy than most novelists manage in several hundred.21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
One side effect of the Dengist economic reforms that started to penetrate deeply in the 1980s was the transition from a ruling Communist Party that focused on class struggle and revolutionary aspiration under Mao Zedong , to one in which a new technocratic elite were in control.1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
If he had toed the party line, Dr Wang Juntao would probably be a prominent political figure in the Communist Party by now. Instead, he became one of the most prominent Chinese dissidents.
Jailed for 'inciting, organising and masterminding a counter-revolutionary rebellion' in the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement, he now lives in exile in the United States.3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
In the official lexicon, managing China is often likened to navigating a ship, with Mao Zedong even known as the nation's Great Helmsman during the Cultural Revolution.
However, throughout most of the 20th century, as China was sailing into uncharted waters, its passengers never seemed to agree on where the ship was going.1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
It is not surprising that the Chinese Communist Party, which marks its 90th anniversary today, prefers to highlight the last three decades of economic growth that have lifted hundreds of millions from poverty, created an ever more comfortable middle class and overseen the country's emergence as a leading player on the world stage.1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
An outspoken academic has launched a scathing attack on the propaganda blitz marking the Communist Party's 90th anniversary, saying the ongoing campaign is deifying the party.30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
It looks like a suburb in Beijing - roadworks upon roadworks disappearing into the distance.29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
Yang Paoan was just an obscure Communist who died at the hands of the forces of the Nationalist Party.
But that was before Sun Yat-sen University professor Li Jian stumbled upon one of Yang's essays, published in 1919, in a bundle of old magazines Li bought from a second-hand book dealer in the early 1960s.28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
A bookshop manager leading a campaign to defend the legacies of Mao Zedong claims his movement has won significant political momentum from its recent petition calling for two scholars to be charged with sedition.26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am