August 21: Premier Wen Jiabao in Shenzhen says China should promote 'political reform'. Says system should be liberalised and the people given more rights. Mainstream state media play down speech. August 27: Tells State Council adherence to law by officials is crux of political reform. September 6: President Hu Jintao, on his own visit to Shenzhen, makes scant mention of political reform in a 30-minute speech widely heralded by state media. Mid September: Study Times - weekly newspaper run by the Central Party School - echoes Wen's Shenzhen speech. Seeking Truth, weekly magazine affiliated with Communist Party's central committee, squarely rejects Western-style democracy. September 22: Wen tells overseas Chinese media chiefs in New York: 'main purpose of political reform ... is to safeguard the freedoms and rights provided under the constitution and the law'. October 3: On CNN, Wen says: 'The people's wishes for, and need for, democracy and freedom are irresistible.' Webpages referring to the interview are blocked on mainland. October 8: Jailed activist Liu Xiaobo named Nobel Peace Prize winner. October 12: Former high-ranking cultural and political officials write open letter calling party's censorship unconstitutional. October 18: Meeting of party leaders pledges to advance 'active but steady' political restructuring. Analysts say party divided. Later October: People's Daily publishes editorials seen as push to silence reformists and signalling Wen was not speaking for the leadership. National People's Congress passes electoral law amendments seen as taking away citizen's rights. November: Outspoken political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu, a supporter of Wen's reform calls, is officially censured.