Marxist Theorists

Time for political opening up, ex-cadre Bao Tong says

Rising social problems over the past decade have led China into a critical era in civil rights protection, with the establishment of a democratic government being the only way out for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, according to Bao Tong , a former top aide to the lat

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Mainland's last chance to reform

A top policy adviser to the government's economic planning agency says the Deng-era approach to reform has run its course and that the window of opportunity for moving to a rule-based system is limited.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The China Wave: Rise of a Civilizational State

The China Wave: Rise of a Civilizational State by Zhang Weiwei World Century

Few scholars from the mainland are as urbane, connected and savvy as Zhang Weiwei. He should be amply equipped to write an effective rebuttal to criticisms about human rights and free markets, without engaging in boosterism or intellectual dishonesty. He has missed the chance to do so.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hiring of arts boss 'was done properly'

The man chosen to lead Hong Kong's top performing arts academy impressed the selection panel with his experiences in restructuring educational institutions, the South China Morning Post has learnt.

But Academy of Performing Arts (APA) council members outside the five-member panel knew little of how Adrian Walter was selected, sources close to the academy said.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Sunday will determine if we stay in Europe and the euro

Former Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos commenting on Greece's upcoming election

My girls say there are usually eight or so other girls sitting there waiting

Luna Chan Lui from the the NGO PathFinders on the number of women using underground abortion clinics in Hong Kong

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Open up

Despite the media frenzy all over the world, the Bo Xilai affair may have opened a window of opportunity for Chinese leaders to build a consensus for launching serious political reforms. It has become clear that two critical aspects of the Chinese political system - central-local relations and decision-making at the top - need revamping.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Many wrongs, but not that many rights

There is a terrible passage at the end of Andre Malraux's novel La Condition Humaine, often translated as Man's Fate, which describes Kuomintang troops cranking up a steam train's furnace - to throw communist prisoners into it alive.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Wrong route

To mark the 20th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's southern tour, both Xinhua and the People's Daily published commentaries to push for reforms. Xinhua said if China wants to keep writing its 'Story of Spring', it must deepen its reform efforts, including changing the government's roles and functions.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'Transition to market economy must continue'

The mainland has reached a 'turning point' after three decades in which gross domestic product growth averaged 10 per cent a year, and now needs to complete the transition to being a market economy in order to establish itself as a high-income society, according to a report jointly issued by the central government and the World Bank yesterday.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A trip south worth remembering today

This week 20 years ago, the then 88-year-old Deng Xiaoping arrived in Guangzhou on his special train and began what later became known as his famous southern tour.

The trip revived stalled economic reforms and put China on track to become the world's second-biggest economy today.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Last tribute for Mao's chosen successor

The park and mausoleum for Hua Guofeng, the transitional Communist Party leader at the end of the Cultural Revolution, officially opened to the public yesterday in Shanxi province after Hua's ashes arrived at the site last week.

It is built on a piece of land selected by Hua's family and cost 10 million yuan (HK$12.2 million).

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (below) was killed 44 years ago today. The Marxist revolutionary was shot dead aged 39 during a battle between army troops and guerillas in the Bolivian jungle, according to an army statement. However, a post-mortem examination suggested he had been captured and executed.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Mao debate is far from dead and buried

Thirty-five years after his death, Mao Zedong remains at the centre of a raging political debate between liberals and conservatives on the mainland.

A group of leftists has in the past week launched fresh attacks against the Communist Party's mouthpiece for running a controversial editorial on National Day in which Mao's name was conspicuously absent.

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Party liberal stirs reform pot by calling for greater democracy

A leading liberal voice within the Communist Party has thrown his weight behind a push for greater democracy, with a modest plan for China's political reforms in the coming four decades.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

V ision statement

'I don't know whether it's [Richard] Nixon serving Tsingtao beer or [Mikhail] Gorbachev resigning,' says Liu Heung Shing, trying to decide which opportunity pleased him the most. 'I have always had people asking, 'Liu, where is your camera?' 'Liu would you like to come?' and I have always said, 'Yes, yes, yes.''

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am