External affairs

Recently, Nepalese journalists questioned China's ambassador to Nepal, cleverly quoting a statement from former foreign minister Chen Yi. Chen had warned not to tolerate third-country meddling in neighbouring states' internal affairs.

Tuesday, 24 July, 2007, 12:00am

Maoists dream of long march

Blaming neighbours, particularly Pakistan, for India's internal conflicts is New Delhi's forte. But India has only itself to blame for a raging insurrection described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the 'single-biggest security threat India has ever faced'.

8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Nepal shows the way

A massacre of Maoist protesters by a right-wing splinter group of ethnic Madhesis occurred on March 21 in southern Nepal. The tragedy threatened to derail the nation's peace process and undermine the interim coalition government.

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Maoists poised to take power - by free election or force

Rebel leader says attempts by the US government and royalists to sabotage the election process in Nepal will not work

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

On 'Prachanda's path' to a people's Nepal

Rebel leader outlines his vision of a country taking the best of Maoist philosophy to bring prosperity to everyone

Guerilla guards stand anxiously on the balcony and stairway of the nondescript safe house somewhere in the slums of Kathmandu.

26 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

EU decision is a 'political issue'

The European Union's refusal to grant China market economy status is politically motivated, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

11 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

40 years on, the people of Mao's brave new world

Over 10 bloody years, the Cultural Revolution caused the deaths of millions. But at the time of its genesis - 40 years ago this week - the brainchild of Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong was supposed to be a great new wave of socialism and to entrench Maoism as China's central political ideology.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Party markets heroics, faith and lofty ideals to the people

Communist chiefs turn to Buddhist teachings and revolutionaries to win back hearts, writes Robert Marquand

As Chinese leaders fret over rising peasant protests, political instability and a decay of traditional values, the Communist Party is experimenting with multiple new messages - designed to capture the hearts of ordinary people.

26 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

One campaign 'won't end protests'

But top party official says educating incompetent cadres will help curb rising tide of dissatisfaction among rural residents

8 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Revolution struggles on in 'model areas' of hinterland

Comrade Anup is addressing a ring of villagers. He wants their suggestions for how to combat American imperialism. The peasants stare back in blank incomprehension.

8 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

After 37 years of bloodshed, peace is on the agenda

Ageing revolutionaries are finally coming in from the cold

With their hearts full of romantic Che Guevara-like images and their heads ruled by the tenets of Maoist theory, a crop of idealistic young men and women left their comfortable middle-class existence in Calcutta to head a peasant revolt in southern India.

26 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

A monument to Maoism

The Three Gorges could be China's grandest monument to Maoism. While the main slogan chanted by leaders gathered for the damming of the Yangtze on Saturday was 'Raise high the flag of Deng Xiaoping Thought', the hero of the 240 billion yuan-project (HK$224 billion) was none other than the Great Helmsman.

12 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Maoists told to halt attacks on reform

President Jiang Zemin has asked the party's leftists, or remnant Maoists, to stop making open attacks on reform.

Beijing sources said yesterday the message was conveyed to the leftists by several party elders including Bo Yibo.

6 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Stubborn Maoists 'forever ready to go back on reform'

Leftist or Maoist influence is still threatening reforms and vested interest groups have become obstacles to progress, legal scholar Dr Liu Defu said yesterday.

Dr Liu strongly criticised remnant Maoists for 'blackening' reforms whenever they had the chance.

In China, there were a few people who opposed reforms, he said.

15 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Decision to open door for leftists

The plenum's decision to play up 'spiritual civilisation' will give an opportunity to the leftists, or remnant Maoists, to claw back lost ground, party sources said.

President Jiang instructed at the plenary session that a Guiding Committee for the Construction of Spiritual Civilisation be set up to promote values such as socialism, patriotism and collectivism.

11 Oct 1996 - 12:00am