Marxist Theorists

Old cadres still get a say, but not like the old days when they held sway

When most politicians leave office, they tend to spend their time flying around the world giving speeches on subjects such as green growth and globalisation.

Tuesday, 23 October, 2007, 12:00am

New ideas in old suits

Reading the minds of Beijing leaders is always a daunting task. Non-Chinese speakers often find themselves lost in a tangle of communist jargon. Native Chinese may also fail to grasp the underlying message even though they know what each word means.

22 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

You need more history lessons, Mr Tsang

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen emphasised the need for more 'national education' - a better understanding of the country's development and sense of its national and cultural identity - during his policy address last week.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

View from the left: China is unfortunately a capitalist society

Li Chengrui, aged 85, is proud to be a leftist and still vehemently guards the values of socialism.

'China is now a capitalist society in the disguise of socialism. China's capitalism, bred in the days of Deng Xiaoping, grew under Jiang Zemin and is ripe in Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao's regime.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The inflation dragon

Next month's Communist Party Congress will consolidate the authority of President Hu Jintao and stack the leadership with his coterie. But will it give him the strength he needs to rule China effectively? Deng Xiaoping ruled with centralised planning to assure his absolutism; former president Jiang Zemin used a macro-control system to steer local governments.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Left wing lashes out at Three Represents

Deng, Jiang attacked by 170 retired cadres

Leftists have launched a fierce attack against former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping and former president Jiang Zemin in a letter signed by 170 retired cadres.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Party paper urges political reform

An influential Communist Party newspaper has urged greater political liberalisation to sustain the country's rapid economic growth, adding more suspense to the lead-up to next month's crucial party congress.

The Study Times, a weekly published by the Central Party School, suggested yesterday that political change and economic change should proceed hand in hand.

12 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Show of unity as leaders gather to celebrate PLA

Hu stresses party's 'absolute control of the armed forces'

In a show of unity, retired and current mainland leaders made a rare joint public appearance yesterday amid rampant speculation over the leadership reshuffle to be decided at the Communist Party congress to be held in the autumn.

2 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Changing mindsets

A debate between conservatives and liberals within the Communist Party has been growing in recent months as preparations continue for the major congress this autumn, one that is held only every five years. Conservatives are calling for the rolling back of certain policies, such as the admission of entrepreneurs into the party and the conversion of state assets into private property.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Party first, PLA second: general

Professionalism has not 'depoliticised' the People's Liberation Army and the military will continue to serve the Communist Party, according to comments by a senior military officer in a leading party journal.

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Old guard criticises Beijing's reforms

Retired senior cadres and old-school Marxist scholars have published an open letter to Beijing's top leadership, attacking the country's reforms as having gone badly off track - in a sign of escalating ideological warfare between the Communist Party's liberal and conservative camps ahead of a key party congress this autumn.

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1981

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

View from the top

President Hu Jintao, poised to begin a second five-year term as the country's leader, laid out his programme for China's future in a speech last week to senior officials of the Communist Party.

Mr Hu also paved the way for his own inclusion in the pantheon of China's communist leaders, following in the footsteps of Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin .

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Ignorant of history

This month marks the 50th anniversary of a tragic event in Chinese history: the launching by Mao Zedong of the anti-rightist campaign in which hundreds of thousands of intellectuals were dubbed 'rightists' and purged. And this explains, to a large extent, the chaotic state of China's legal system today.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

No spit, but plenty of polish in Beijing

453 days to go

Luan Hong, a tourist from Fujian province, thought she was going to have the vacation of a lifetime when she visited the capital this month for the 'golden week' holidays. Instead, she grumbled, she and her fellow holiday-makers were 'treated like little kids'.

13 May 2007 - 12:00am