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'I'll break your legs if you go into business': former president's career advice to children

Former president Li Xiannian warned his children he would break their legs if they went into business, according to a mainland news report.

Monday, 17 March, 2014, 1:54pm 1 comment

‘Make it short!’: reports of verbose official’s dressing down censored

Censors have deleted reports of how an official was publicly upbraided by one of the mainland’s top leaders as he was about to launch into a long, pre-prepared speech.

“Make it short!” Wang Qishan, the head of the mainland’s anti-corruption watchdog, was reported as telling the official at a panel meeting at the National People’s Congress.

14 Mar 2014 - 2:15pm

Carrie Lam defends decision to restrict attendance at Beijing officials’ luncheon

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor defended the government’s decision to only invite seven lawmakers to attend a luncheon with two Beijing officials on Friday, saying it is impossible to include more because of the “venue’s constraint”.

21 Nov 2013 - 2:34pm 9 comments

French, Dutch far-right leaders to discuss European alliance

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen travels to The Hague on Wednesday to discuss forging closer ties with Dutch anti-Islamic leader Geert Wilders ahead of next year’s European elections.

Le Pen will be met by Wilders at the Dutch parliament before attending a parliamentary debate, said Gaelle de Graaff, spokeswoman for Wilders’s Party for Freedom (PVV).

13 Nov 2013 - 6:51pm

Will a democratic China harm Hong Kong?

Once democratised, China could hurt Hong Kong even more. This is what Dr Horace Chin Wan-kan, a core member of the "nativist" movement in Hong Kong, told Hongkongers in an article published on June 4.

10 Jun 2013 - 1:01pm 8 comments

Book review: Democracy in Retreat

For decades, there has been a common belief that, as nations develop economically, politics will soon catch up and become more democratic. This theory also states that, released from poverty and aspiring for more freedom, the middle class will be at the forefront of such a democratic transformation.

2 Jun 2013 - 5:13pm

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif will inherit a country torn by terror and turmoil

Nawaz Sharif is set to become Pakistan's prime minister for the third time after 14 years. His Muslim League-Nawaz party emerged as victor in the historic polls, which marked the first democratic transition from one civilian government to another in the country's troubled political history.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

Physicist Stephen Hawking praised and decried for joining academic boycott of Israel

Stephen Hawking's decision last week to joint the academic boycott of Israel, by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel's treatment of Palestinians, has divided world opinion.

12 May 2013 - 2:08am 3 comments

Revolutionary's descendant Ye Zhonghao emerges on political stage

The great-grandson of late Marshal Ye Jianying has been named a member of the Communist Youth League's Guangdong provincial committee, making him one of the first fourth-generation descendants of a party revolutionary veteran to emerge on the political stage.

10 May 2013 - 5:11am

History has left Martin Lee behind

I still remember midnight June 30, 1997. I was one of dozens of journalists waiting outside the old Legislative Council building when Martin Lee Chu-ming, the late Szeto Wah and their Democratic Party comrades raised their fists and vowed "We shall return". I had tears in my eyes then.

3 May 2013 - 3:52am 41 comments

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