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Marxist Theorists

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.

Monday, 7 November, 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

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. Misreporting the life and death of such an important public figure is a major blunder in journalism; from that viewpoint, Leung quit over what was undeniably a big scandal.

13 Sep 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