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China says Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong no longer has meaning


China said on Friday the joint declaration with Britain over Hong Kong, which laid the blueprint over how the city would be ruled after its return to China in 1997, was a historical document that no longer had any practical significance. In response, Britain said the declaration remained in force and was a legally valid … Continue reading

China: Conservatives ideological attack to bring down President Xi Jinping


Ideology is always important in Chinese politics, especially in a power struggle. Now, Xi Jinping has offended many powerful officials with his anti-corruption and mass-line campaigns, and his mentor Jiang Zeming is 88 years old. Conservatives believe that they now have the golden opportunity to disrupt once for all Xi’s thorough economic reform. Like their … Continue reading

China: Can 20 plus years of prosperity after suppression at Tiananmen justify the massacre?


On every anniversary of the Tiananmen Protests, one of the most infamous events in Chinese history, a government spokesman is asked by reporters about the Tiananmen Massacre, despite that they clearly know the forever repeated answer. No exception this year. “…conclusion reached long ago”, the spokesman said. But what is the conclusion? Counter-revolutionary riot or … Continue reading

June 24 1989: China ousts Zhao Ziyang


On June 24 1989, a Saturday, Zhao Ziyang was formally ousted as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party weeks after voicing sympathy for student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square. Jiang Zemin replaced him, and Zhao spent the rest of his life under house arrest. His removal from power was “effectively a coup,” according to American … Continue reading

June 4 1989 China’s Tiananmen Square massacre; the day that changed everything


Purged officials and intellectuals recall devastating effect the crackdown of 24 years ago had on their own lives and their country’s political future. They were once passionate in wanting to steer their country onto a path of liberalisation, rule of law and democracy. And they believed they were making a difference. But when tanks rolled … Continue reading

China’s inner circle: The three black boxes


In Reuters analysis titled “Analysis of China’s next inner circle”, foreign media again shows its ignorance about China. However, the ignorance is natural. There are three black boxes in China’s power centre. Elaborated description of them will be given in the second edition of my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Analysis”. Even the first black box, the … Continue reading

China: The real beginning of a little inner-party democracy?


Reuters reports from Beijing: “China‘s commerce minister was surprisingly blocked from a spot on the ruling Communist Party’s elite body during a conclave this week, sources said, a rare snub for an official that could raise questions about trade policies during his tenure. “The failure of Chen Deming to secure a seat on the 25-member … Continue reading

China: Hu Jintao set to step down as military chief


SCMP exclusive report: “Outgoing leader decides to retire and clear way for Xi Jinping, breaking from the unpopular precedent set by his predecessor Jiang Zemin “Outgoing President Hu Jintao will formally relinquish his position as military chief at the end of the 18th party congress this week, according to sources. “His decision to opt for … Continue reading

Fight corruption, top public message to 18th Congress


Ming Pao says in its exclusive report: Three official nets have been soliciting public messages to the 18th Congress. Corruption is the greatest concern. Mao worship does not lack support. In the report, it says, “Three major Chinese official nets have set their columns of messages to the 18th Congress to collect public opinions. ‘Fighting … Continue reading

China’s CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Dynasty


Compared with the history of other countries in the world, China’s history is quite unique. It is a history of one centralised dynasty after another, with a few intervals of chaos when dynasties collapsed. Even after the 1911 democratic revolution that put an end to China’s last hereditary dynasties, China has remained ruled by one … Continue reading

China: Conservatives’ Waterloo in Bo Xilai saga


China announced in its prime time TV news the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo decision to expel Bo Xilai from the CCP, remove him from all his official posts and transfer his case to the prosecutor for Bo’s serious crimes of abusing power for other people’s interests and taking huge bribes. The power struggle of … Continue reading

China’s Jiang Zemin remains the core of party leadership


SCMP said in its report from Beijing yesterday titled Long after retirement, Jiang Zemin continues to exert his influence: “The former party chief may have retired a decade ago, but his lingering influence makes him one of the most powerful men in China “Retired state leaders traditionally shun public appearances – and making headlines – … Continue reading

Bao Tong’s writing no longer banned in China?


According to Ming Pao, Chinese magazine “Yanhuang Chunqiu” published in its recent issue a letter by Bao Tong, former secretary of dismissed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Zhao Ziyang. Bao recalls in the letter what he saw at a Politburo meeting when former CCP General Secretary Hu Yaobang suffered a heart attack. People are … Continue reading

Chinese Party wants Tiananmen incident not mentioned


Yao Jianfu, the writer of a major Tiananmen butcher’s memoirs, was told by authorities to suspend publication of the book. June 4 will be an eternal embarrassment for the Party if it is not vindicated. My book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” aims first of all at refuting Li Peng’s justification of the Tiananmen Massacre in his … Continue reading

Major Tiananmen butcher denies his role in massacre


I wrote my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” first of all to refute Tiananmen butcher Li Peng’s argument in his book of self-defense that China owes the massacre for its prosperity decades later. Time is changing. Li Peng will perhaps remain stubborn and stick to his impudent argument, but the number of people supporting his view … Continue reading

Faction a good training ground for future leaders


The Communist Youth League, the Communist Party’s youth recruitment and training apparatus, has become a key power base within the party since the 1980s, competing with the princeling faction representing the offspring of former party leaders. Founded in Shanghai and other cities in August 1920 as the Socialist Youth League to prepare for the formal … Continue reading

China gags widow of Briton in murder scandal


The Chinese widow of a British businessman thought to have been murdered in a case that has rocked China’s political establishment has been gagged by local police, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. Neil Heywood, 41, was found dead in his hotel room in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing last November. The … Continue reading

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