Marxist Theorists

Long live trade

The summit meeting of the BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -is a clear sign that the world's economic and political landscape is changing, with China leading the emerging economies.

Wednesday, 20 April, 2011, 12:00am

Look to past for guidance on future

Later this year, the mainland will launch elaborate ceremonies to mark two historic and politically sensitive anniversaries - the centenary of the 1911 Revolution which led to the collapse of the Qing dynasty and founding of a republic, and the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

PLA fans: unarmed and maybe dangerous

Every time 27-year-old Benjamin Xia Peng discusses the relative military strength of China and the United States with like-minded peers from his hometown in Hunan, he feels a strong anti-US sentiment among them.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Law unto itself

'We need the stability of laws now more than ever,' Joseph Stalin said at the height of his infamous manipulation of the Soviet legal system to purge millions of political enemies.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Toppled Mao statue ignites fury

A company that smashed a giant statue of Mao Zedong last month while redeveloping a district in Hainan province has come under fire from leftists, who labelled the action 'subversive' and an attempt to overthrow the socialist state.

14 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

A voice in the wilderness

Premier Wen Jiabao's recent media blitz calling for political reform is an act of great significance, despite its apparent lack of immediate impact, according to Chinese experts.

2 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Stumbling block

Few commentators seem to have noticed a diplomatic drama with Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was in Australia earlier this month. During an interview with The Australian, the US secretary of state disclosed for the first time that the persistent denial by the Chinese about ever using the concept of 'core interest' with regard to the South China Sea was a flat lie.

26 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Mao critic won't be silenced

For the last 20 years, he has often worked throughout the night in a cramped Wan Chai office and dropped exhausted into bed as everyone else goes to work, to produce a monthly magazine with a circulation of 10,000 that loses money. The central government has called him 'poison from head to toe'; a Chinese citizen, he cannot enter the mainland or Macau.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Acid prose for graft-buster's poetry award

A top graft-buster in Wuhan, Hubei, has sparked heated online debate after winning a prestigious literary award for a series of rambling, unorthodox poems that run roughshod over traditional concepts of verse and meter.

But it is his odes praising the beauty of two mainland actresses that have set message boards alight.

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Proud or shamed: intellectuals react to Nobel win

Mainland intellectuals are torn between pride at Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize and shame that they did not do more themselves to advance the causes he champions.

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

'China threat' hangs on a phrase

In the early 1990s, Soviet-style communism collapsed and the cold war ended. Facing international isolation, China was struggling to emerge from the shadows of the Tiananmen crackdown.

2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Perilous journey

Speculation is going into overdrive over who will form the elite of the Communist Party in the next two years, largely provoked by a party plenum due to take place in Beijing next month. Vice-president Xi Jinping is likely to be anointed a deputy chairman of the Central Military Commission. If that happens, he is almost certain to replace Hu Jintao as party secretary in 2012.

13 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Zhou Youguang calls it as he sees it - and he's not afraid to offend

When you are 105, have lived through three dynasties, lost your possessions twice and made perhaps the world's most important invention in linguistics, you must have acquired wisdom.

20 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Education chief helped son cheat in exam

A county education bureau chief in Hunan was found to have helped his son cheat on the national college entrance exam last week, according to state media.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Bo Xilai buffs credentials with Net summit

Having made his name as a tough crime buster, Chongqing's top party official, Bo Xilai , is back in the limelight again, this time showing himself to be a sophisticated politician by garnering the support of mainland internet chiefs for the promotion of revolutionary ideology.

29 May 2010 - 12:00am