China's war with Vietnam 30 years ago is remembered as a bloody catalyst for the transformation of the People's Liberation Army into the modern fighting force it is today.Friday, 20 February, 2009, 12:00am
From the South China Morning Post this week in: 19673 Feb 2009 - 12:00am
Thirty-two years ago, in January 1977, several hundred intellectuals in Czechoslovakia issued a bold call for political reform. That document, known as 'Charter 77', shook the totalitarian regimes of Eastern Europe. The government cracked down on the authors, whose leader was Vaclav Havel, calling them 'traitors and renegades'.28 Jan 2009 - 12:00am
If you want to take a close look at the reform and opening, you'd better start with the Three Gorges Dam,' said Dai Qing , a writer and fierce critic of the project, referring to the mainland's modernisation.
Proponents, mostly officials and pro-government academics, see it as a political dream and a big boost for the economy, providing clean energy, flood control and jobs.6 Jan 2009 - 12:00am
Two Chongqing villagers have been arrested for desecrating the Communist Party flag and the national flag with ink-filled eggs.
Police squads were sent to track down the suspects on the orders of the city's top party official, Bo Xilai , after five flags at a Chongqing cemetery for Communist martyrs were splattered with ink on November 23, the Chongqing Times reported.17 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
'If you want to take a close look at the reform and opening, you'd better start with the Three Gorges Dam,' said Dai Qing , a writer and fierce critic of the project.16 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
Chen Yun feared that Deng Xiaoping was taking the nation too far, too fast
There was once a joke among sinologists that the key to China's future was whether gung-ho economic reformist leader Deng Xiaoping would outlive his conservative rival Chen Yun . In April 1995, Chen died at the age of 90, and Deng two years later, at 92, winning the apparent battle.1 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
Chen Yun (right) favoured a measured pace of economic liberalisation and growth, putting him at odds with Deng Xiaoping, who adopted a more pragmatic and flexible approach to reforms
1904 Born in Paifang village, Guangan county, Sichuan1 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
Members of the Communist Party old guard still talk with admiration about Ren Zhongyi's tenacity in pushing for reforms against heavy political pressure from conservative elements in the party and central government.21 Nov 2008 - 12:00am
If you ever wonder why Hong Kong's roads are unsafe and our drivers generally seem unhinged, scanning through recent licence plate auctions by the government may provide an answer.
The minimum for a bid is HK$5,000. For that price, people have HORMONE and UPSET car licence plates in the latest bids.18 Oct 2008 - 12:00am