Marxist Theorists

Hounded for speaking his mind

A half-century after he was labelled a rightist - the precursor to a 20-year personal nightmare - leading liberal economist Mao Yushi continues to devote himself to the alleviation of poverty with honesty and independence.

Wednesday, 25 April, 2007, 12:00am

Four other prominent figures faced labels as rightists; one recovered, rose to premier

Zhu Rongji


Born in Hunan , Zhu was premier from March 1998 to March 2003. Of the 550,000 people officially condemned in the anti-rightist campaign, he acquired the most prominent post after rehabilitation.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

China, too, must heed lessons of the past

Mainland leaders speak frequently of the need to take heed of history; Premier Wen Jiabao did precisely that earlier this month when addressing Japan's parliament, telling lawmakers that to do so 'is not to dwell on hard feelings, but to remember and learn from the past'.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

How Mao ensnared a nation

It was spring half a century ago when the People's Republic of China witnessed what is still the biggest purge of intellectuals and free-minded people in the nation's history.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Survivors will not go quietly

The youngest victims of the anti-rightist campaign are now in their 70s, but their call for restitution and an official apology for the injustices they suffered has not diminished with age.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing looks to expand party's ruling bodies

Central Committee, Politburo could be doubled with injection of young blood

The mainland leadership is considering expanding the Communist Party's powerful Central Committee and Politburo to increase representation and help find solutions to one of the party's potentially most destabilising issues - leadership succession, according to sources.

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Author's long march for the truth

The Communist Party's failure to paint a true picture of the Long March and learn the lessons of its founding myth have been a great tragedy for China, historian Sun Shuyun said last night.

20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Mainland still awaits its next big leap forward, says reformist

China must go beyond Deng Xiaoping , whose legacy continues to influence every facet of people's lives on the mainland 10 years after his death, or there will be no way out of its present problems.

That is according to Zhu Houze , whose liberal views won him the reputation as one of the party's most outspoken propaganda chiefs when he was one of its key spokesmen.

20 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century

The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century

by Will Hutton Little, Brown; Free Press HK$320

It is high time for a fresh look at China, and this intellectually searching, politically challenging book by one of Britain's most incisive economic journalists sparkles with new ideas.

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Huang Hua

University student Huang Hua and American journalist Edgar Snow met in 1936, when communists and nationalists were vying for power across China. Both were communist sympathisers whose paths would cross for the next four decades as China first turned communist, then sought diplomatic recognition from the US.

10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

The shadow of a flawed giant

Saturday marked an important date in the history of China. On that day 30 years ago, I was a little girl playing with other children in a residential compound in Urumqi, Xinjiang province . Out of the blue, my mother emerged and dragged me back home. I kicked and screamed, but soon noticed the stern look on her face.

11 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

One day in September

I remember the moment perfectly. Aged nine, I sat in the basement of a rambling colonial house on the south side of Hong Kong Island, secretly watching cartoons on my neighbour's television. It was the afternoon of September 9, 1976.

3 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Cultural revelations

MAO ZEDONG WAS paranoid and secretive. The man who launched the Cultural Revolution's 10 years of terror seldom told anyone what he was thinking - nor did he leave much in the way of a paper trail.

3 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Shed 'class struggle' mentality, officials told

Regarding protesters as the enemy is a relic of Red Guard era: party school head

Leaders should eliminate the ideology of class struggle and not look on the masses as an enemy when dealing with the increasing number of conflicts between officials and citizens, a party school official said.

1 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Coming to bookstores soon: the selected works of Jiang

Days after the launch of a book detailing former president Jiang Zemin's overseas trips, a collection of his speeches and articles is about to hit bookstores.

The three-volume The Selected Works of Jiang Zemin will be published this month, according to an online advertisement posted by a large Beijing bookstore.

2 Aug 2006 - 12:00am