Owner denies that Chinese leaders' supermarket is closed

The main gate of China's secretive Zhongnanhai leadership compound. Photo: AP

The chairwoman of the Chengdu Hongqi supermarket chain denied on Tuesday that her store in the Chinese Communist Party’s secret leadership compound had been closed down.

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Early rumbles from the compulsory-sale volcano

If you want an argument, do something that upsets students on a point of principle. If you want a fight, do something that upsets workers on a livelihood issue. And, if you want a revolution, do something that upsets the value or security of middle-class property.

I should apologise to readers for starting a column with this elementary philosophical treatise.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am

Local-level cadres told to toe Beijing line

New rules to ensure policies carried out

The State Council yesterday issued a directive announcing measures to strengthen supervision and control of defiant local authorities to make sure they faithfully carry out central government policies.

10 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

HK business group detained after rally

Eight Hong Kong businesspeople were detained after staging a protest outside the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing yesterday.

By 9pm, after being held for five hours, the five men and three women were still being questioned at a police station.

22 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing security already high, with more police checks on Uygurs and Tibetans

There were no signs yesterday that the already high level of security in Beijing had been stepped up following the attack in Xinjiang .

5 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Zhongnanhai watchers offer conflicting views

'The [fuel] shortages come as state leaders including Premier Wen Jiabao reiterated that Beijing would not waver from its goal of wrestling down inflation, which surged to a 10-year high of 8.7 per cent last month ...'

SCMP, March 24

25 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

History on his mind

A history professor was invited to Zhongnanhai in November 2003 to lecture senior government officials on the reasons why nine of the world's historic empires had collapsed. He was invited by none other than President Hu Jintao . Since coming to power five years ago, Mr Hu has summoned scholars to lecture on the same subject at least 43 times. Does somebody have a complex?

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Superman Li's fertiliser helps keep Beijing leaders' vegetables organic

Our national leaders are taking the lead in growing their own vegetables through organic farming, with a little help from Hong Kong's richest man, Li Ka-shing. It turns out CK Life Sciences, one of Li's gazillion companies, is supplying organic fertilisers to a farm that exclusively serves residents and guests of Zhongnanhai, the state leadership compound in Beijing.

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Wen holds rare grass-roots talks

Premier seeks opinions before his work report

Premier Wen Jiabao has made an unprecedented move to consult grass-roots members of society before he delivers his work report at next month's annual meeting of the National People's Congress.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

565 days to go

With venues all but complete and an army of athletes preparing to thrash the world, China can now turn its attention to the nightmare that's keeping the occupants of Zhongnanhai political compound sleepless - security.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing's Da Vinci Code

As the third quarter begins, this year seems to be a time of introspection for the Communist Party. Facing an ideological crisis that strikes at the very heart of China's social identity, the party wants to re-engineer its character.

18 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Rebels at Beijing's front door

Huairou district, a rapidly growing suburb of Beijing, is an excellent example of local defiance of authority and the rule of law. It is a vivid illustration of how such a breakdown can occur under the nose of the central government.

2 May 2006 - 12:00am

Activist returns home after being detained

Missing rights activist Yang Maodong turned up safe and well at his Guangzhou home yesterday after being escorted from Beijing, where he had been detained for two days for trying to present a petition over human rights abuses.

12 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Root of the problem

It is quite popular for westerners to write books bashing Mao Zedong, saying he caused China's problems; it's a simple way to explain tragedies such as the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Outriders ruled out as the VIP treatment is cut back

Foreign heads of state visiting Beijing will soon get a closer look at the bump and grind of the city's notorious traffic.

From the New Year, official motorcycle escorts will be a thing of the past, according to Xinhua.

23 Dec 2003 - 12:00am