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Veteran revolutionary Yang Baibing dies

 Yang Baibing, when he was a member of the Central Military commission, in 1988. Photo: Xinhua

Yang Baibing, a veteran revolutionary and strong proponent of economic liberalisation, has died. He was 92.

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 4:13pm

Confronting China's demons - Soldier who refused to obey orders

Xu Qinxian was the commander of the 38th Army in Beijing in the spring of 1989.

He was removed from his post, jailed for five years and exiled from Beijing - all because he refused to obey the order of the party's Central Military Commission to join the crackdown on student-led protests.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The story of an army commander who disobeyed Deng

Yang Jisheng's book covers topics of interest to everyone in China but which few dare to write about. One is the case of Xu Qinxian, commander of the 38th Army in Beijing in the spring of 1989.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

No regrets for defiant Tiananmen general

A former People's Liberation Army general arrested after defying a martial law order to crack down on Tiananmen Square protesters in 1989 says he has no regrets.

15 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

New light cast on Deng's June 4 role

The diary believed to be written by former premier Li Peng contains an important revelation about the role of Deng Xiaoping in the party's decision to condemn the Tiananmen student movement - a turning point that made peaceful resolution impossible and shaped the bloody outcome.

5 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Academic hopeful on Tiananmen verdict

The co-editor of the Tiananmen Papers said yesterday signs had emerged that the official verdict of the 1989 democracy crackdown might one day be overturned.

22 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Jiang to lead funeral for 'glorious' Yang

President Jiang Zemin will lead the funeral for his predecessor Yang Shangkun in Beijing today.

Although Yang, who was state president from 1988 to 1993, had requested a simple funeral, it was expected all state leaders would attend.

21 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Ex-president Yang in protest-free visit

Former mainland president Yang Shangkun visited the Convention and Exhibition Centre yesterday, untroubled by protesters.

He took photographs in front of the Golden Bauhinia statue with family members.

9 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Old guard generals snub Jiang

Several prominent generals and party elders have refused to salute President Jiang Zemin as the 'core' of the post-Deng Xiaoping leadership.

Sources in Beijing said yesterday that while Mr Jiang's position remained secure, his failure to co-opt political foes could spell trouble at this year's 15th party congress.

25 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

'Slogans' to be outlawed

A Chinese official yesterday repeated Mr Qian's controversial remarks on limits of freedom.

Weng Xinqiao , Xinhua (the New China News Agency) Education and Technology Department head, said personal attacks or provoking opposition against the central Government and 'one country, two systems' policy would be banned.

22 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Yang back in spotlight

FORMER president Yang Shangkun continued his east China tour and made suggestions to local officials on how to modernise their economies.

Xinhua (the New China News Agency) reported last night that Mr Yang had toured Jiangsu for the past two weeks accompanied by Provincial Party Secretary Chen Huanyou and Governor Zheng Silin.

17 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Portrait of a patriarch

Deng Xiaoping and the Chinese Revolution by David S G Goodman Routledge $220 THE story of Deng Xiaoping is the story of China this century. At the age of five he was rote learning the Confucian classics at primary school. By 25 he was a hardened revolutionary with his first taste of battle. At 44, he presided over one of the largest infantry battles this century.

12 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Talks to ensure military loyalty

THE policy-setting Central Military Commission (CMC) of the Communist Party met for two days immediately after the end of the Fourth Plenum of the Central Committee.

Military analysts, however, are not sure whether it was an 'enlarged meeting', whose participants would include leaders of the three general army departments and representatives from the regional commands.

5 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Reform policy to be refined

INSTEAD of introducing new major market reform measures, the Government will fine-tune policies already in place, Chinese news agencies reported yesterday.

15 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Leadership jostle gives think-tank shot in arm

A HIGH-LEVEL think-tank made up mainly of liberal scholars associated with former Communist Party general secretary Zhao Ziyang has apparently switched into high gear and expanded its operations as different factions of the Communist Party jostle for position in preparation for the death of patriarch Deng Xiaoping.

6 Jun 1994 - 12:00am