September 25, 1989
Chinese exiles meeting in Paris chose former government official Yan Jiaqi and student protest leader Wuer Kaixi to lead an international movement to end Communist rule in their country. On the final day of a three-day inaugural meeting of the Federation of Democracy in China, delegates elected Yan as chairman and Wuer as vice chairman.
December 31, 1991 |
When exiled Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi showed up in Taiwan last week on his first visit to that anti-Communist stronghold, he wasted no time in verbally skewering the aging ideologues of Beijing. Noting that the Soviet hammer-and-sickle flag would soon come down for the last time, Fang told a Taipei news conference: "Such great changes taking place during these two years place immense psychological pressure on the Chinese Communist leadership. . . .
June 15, 1993 |
What are the big questions facing America as it seeks to come to grips with China's growing economic and military power? What are the choices for the long term? Forget about the day-to-day worries. Put aside the brouhahas that have dominated the headlines and consumed much of the time of policy-makers in Washington over the past few years--such as what to do about China's most-favored-nation trade benefits or about Beijing's continuing export of dangerous missiles and nuclear technology.
October 11, 1999 |
The streets were cleared of cars and thousands of people peered curiously at Venezuela's controversial president whizzing through Shanghai on a trip Sunday to drum up business for his nation's ailing economy. President Hugo Chavez, a former army paratrooper who has been raising the role of the military in Venezuelan society, referred repeatedly to Chinese revolutionary Mao Tse-tung during his meetings with Chinese officials.
May 29, 2005
Re "Don't Buy the 'Peace and Love' Party Line," Opinion, May 22: Shintaro Ishihara's article on China is bigoted and unfair, as evidenced by a number of his statements and omissions. He absurdly states, for example, "It is a historical fact that before communism, mainland China lacked a civil society." What is "civil" or not depends entirely on a particular worldview and perspective (civil by whose standards?), so it cannot, by definition, be a "fact" of any kind. Also, during certain eras of China's long history (say, the Han dynasty of 2,000 years ago, certainly "before communism")
August 9, 2008
I ENJOYED David Sarno's Web Scout column [" 'Great Firewall' Stands Despite Beijing's Vows," Aug. 6] because it demonstrated that liberal journalists have learned nothing from the history of the 20th century, it seems. Journalists seem shocked that the Chinese government was lying when it promised free and open Internet access during the Olympic Games. Well, what did you guys expect? China is a dictatorship. It's a totalitarian government. Of course they lied. Did you actually think that they would let the Internet be completely accessible during the Games?