Zhao Ziyang

Liang Boqi, wife of China's purged ex-leader Zhao Ziyang, dies at 95

Liang Boqi (left) with Zhao Ziyang. Photo: SCMP

The widow of Zhao Ziyang, the late Communist Party chief removed from office for opposing the military crackdown against student democracy protestors in 1989, has died.

Friday, 27 December, 2013, 2:57am

Mourners honour ousted premier Zhao Ziyang on anniversary of death

Liu Yong, from Tianjin, at Zhao’s home on the anniversary of his death yesterday with a poster saying “Ziyang [literally ‘purple sun’] will never set”. Photo: Simon Song

More than 100 mourners flocked to a traditional house in a quiet alleyway in Beijing yesterday morning to pay their respects at the home of the late Zhao Ziyang on the eighth anniversary of the ousted party chief's death.

18 Jan 2013 - 3:55am 1 comment

Netizens pay tribute to late Zhao Ziyang

Chinese citizens pay respect to Zhao Ziyang outside his former home in Beijing on January 17, 2013.  Photo: SCMP/Simon Song

Chinese netizens discreetly paid tribute to the late Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang on social network sites on the 8th anniversary of his death on Thursday.

17 Jan 2013 - 5:44pm

Mourners gather on birthday of late Zhao Ziyang to salute spirit of reform

Mourners at the former residence of Zhao Ziyang, who was purged in 1989 for supporting the democracy movement. Photo: SCMP

Dozens of mourners gathered in a small alleyway just off Beijing's premier shopping street, Wangfujing, yesterday to pay tribute to late Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang on the 93rd anniversary of his birth.

18 Oct 2012 - 7:18am

Bank of America Merrill Lynch hires Margaret Ren in mainland push

Margaret Ren

To fast-track its growth on the mainland, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) has appointed Margaret Ren, a well-known banker and relative of a former premier, as China chairman, according to an internal memorandum seen yesterday by the South China Morning Post.

17 Oct 2012 - 2:57am

An explosion of questions

'A loving husband, sincere and honest' was how neighbours characterised Zhao Dengyong So it came as a shock when the 26-year-old was blamed for a suicide bombing last month.

Four people, including the alleged suicide bomber, were killed and 16 others injured in the attack on a county office in Qiaojia county, Yunnan province, on May 10.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Calls for June 4 rethink grow in party ranks

Yet another anniversary of the bloody 1989 Tiananmen crackdown passed off rather peacefully, without a major hitch or signs of much headway having been made in the quest for a review of the official verdict on one of modern China's most tragic events.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Alleged Yunnan bomber 'a nice honest man'

Those who knew Zhao Dengyong describe the 26-year-old as well-mannered and find it hard to believe he could be behind an explosion that killed four and injured 16 at a community office in Yunnan.

His landlord, Peng Zixiang, 51, said Zhao (pictured) caused no trouble other than sometimes being short on the rent.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Online tributes to Zhao Ziyang pass censors

Internet users have flocked to pay tribute to Zhao Ziyang, the Communist Party chief purged in the wake of the June 4 crackdown 22 years ago, at online memorials in the lead-up to next Thursday's Ching Ming tomb-sweeping festival.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Wen all is said and done

All eyes were on Premier Wen Jiabao's last post-NPC press conference on Wednesday. But Wen, 70 in September and a year from retirement after nine years in the job, gave a much less energetic performance than usual in his three-hour press conference at the conclusion of the annual National People's Congress session.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Profile of Zhao Ziyang disappears from internet site

A profile of Zhao Ziyang, the Communist Party chief purged in the wake of the June 4 crackdown 22 years ago, has disappeared from Baidu Baike, a web-based encyclopedia similar to Wikipedia, after just two days.

Internet users discovered that Zhao's profile, which first appeared on Monday night, was blocked by internet censors on Wednesday morning.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A resurrection of sorts for disgraced Zhao

People can now read a profile of Zhao Ziyang, the Communist Party general secretary purged after the June 4 crackdown, on Baidu Baike, a web-based encyclopaedia similar to Wikipedia run by Baidu, the mainland's largest search engine.

Zhao's entry had long been blocked by internet censors but internet users discovered late on Monday that was no longer the case.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Outpouring for purged party leader

Mourners flocked to a traditional house in a quiet alleyway near Beijing's downtown area of Wangfujing yesterday to pay respects to purged Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang on the seventh anniversary of his death.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Lawyer fights customs over banned books

A mainland law professor has vowed to continue her legal battle to reclaim books confiscated by Shenzhen customs last year, including the memoirs of Hong Kong political activist Szeto Wah.

In common with many visiting mainlanders, Lin Lihong, a law professor at Wuhan University in Hubei province, loaded up on books when she visited Hong Kong last summer.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Paper in 'subtle push' for democratic change

A newspaper article eulogising a reformed-minded official has sparked speculation that it is subtly - yet boldly - pushing the upcoming leadership to launch democratic reforms.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am