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Marxist Theorists

Vietnam's reforms a pointer for China

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

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1967

3 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Unfamiliar territory

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

Dealing with the fallout from a dream

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

Villagers held for throwing ink-filled eggs at national flag

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

Colossal project seen as an icon of reform

'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

Epic rivals whose battle shaped China

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

Schools of thought

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

Deng Xiaoping

1904 Born in Paifang village, Guangan county, Sichuan

1 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Old guard hails open-minded reformer

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

Special licence plates may explain a lot

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