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Marxist Theorists

'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.

Saturday, 2 October, 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

Hu, Wen - and why?

Is there life after death? In China, there certainly is. In traditional China, the bodies of top officials were sometimes dug up and publicly flogged, which gave rise to the expression bian shi, or whipping the corpse.

21 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Examined Life

Examined Life Director: Astra Taylor

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

From Russia with love ... for the party

Lilia Yanark, 60, became the youngest member to join the Soviet Communist Party when her application was approved on her 18th birthday. A dedicated cadre in Moscow until just before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yanark has since lived in London and New York, eventually becoming a successful international businesswoman.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

The new 'sick man'

It is well known that for 100 years after the Opium war, China was subject to the predations of the Western powers and Japan. Parts of China were partitioned into spheres of influence by various countries and the nation was derided as the 'sick man of Asia'.

14 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Sorry state of affairs

Britain's prime minister, Gordon Brown, has apologised for his nation's role in sending more than 150,000 children to former colonies such as Australia, a policy that resulted in the separation of families and abuse of children, who suffered emotionally all their lives.

10 Mar 2010 - 12:00am