Marxist Theorists

Tangled truths

An erroneous report on Jiang Zemin's death cost Leung Ka-wing his job as ATV's senior vice-president for news and public affairs.

Tuesday, 13 September, 2011, 12:00am

Time to reflect

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. For the Chinese Communist Party, that cataclysmic event radically altered how it governed China. Of all the foreign observers of the implosion of the Soviet Union, nobody has devoted as much attention to and tried as hard to extract lessons from the fall of Soviet communism as the Chinese Communist Party.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Common prosperity Is back in fashion

A long-forgotten socialist slogan, 'common prosperity', coined by the late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, has returned to the limelight, becoming the latest catchphrase for mainland cadres ahead of next year's leadership reshuffle.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rumours of Jiang Zemin's death abound amid official silence

Rumours have intensified in the past 24 hours about the death of former president Jiang Zemin, amid Beijing's heightened secrecy about his health and heavy censorship.

Months of speculation reached a climax last night when Hong Kong-based ATV led its main newscast with a report that the 84-year-old former leader had died, citing unspecified sources in the capital.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Generations out of tune

Walk through Jingshan Park in Beijing on a Sunday morning and it is as if the Mao era never ended.

All across the park, which sits just north of the Forbidden City, informal choirs belt out red songs, the stirring tunes that celebrate the Communist Party and the revolutionary spirit, and which from 1949 to the late 1970s were the mainland's sole soundtrack.

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

We see who next leaders will be, not how they are chosen

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

Party can't stick to its present course

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

Party is deifying itself, scholar warns

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

The boom that captivated the world

When 35-year-old Wei Wenyuan and several other Communist Party officials were asked to form a task force in 1990 to found communist China's first stock exchange, in Shanghai, they didn't know anything about such a quintessentially capitalist institution.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Peering into birthplace of 'the new China'

It looks like a suburb in Beijing - roadworks upon roadworks disappearing into the distance.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A Maoist utopia emerges online

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

Beginning of the Great Revival

Starring: Liu Ye, Chow Yun-fat, Feng Yuanzheng, Jiang Jiayi Director: Han Sanping, Huang Jianxin Category: IIA (Putonghua)

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing faces pressure to act against Mao critics

Pressure is mounting on Beijing to respond to a neo-Maoist campaign spreading throughout the country that aims to bring two of the Great Helmsman's most outspoken critics to trial.

31 May 2011 - 12:00am

Coming to the aid of a party divided

For anyone interested in mainland politics, recent developments have made for both fascinating and puzzling reading.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Latitude Wen enjoys signals party's evolution

Since the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in 1989, any discussion of Western-style political reform has been taboo - or at least kept behind closed doors, like the proverbial skeleton in the cupboard.

9 May 2011 - 12:00am