CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1989 |
The origin of China's student-led democratic movement can be traced to the profound and deepening political and economic crises in Chinese society. The tragic suppression of the movement has added another, more violent, dimension to these crises. By engineering a bloody crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, the Chinese government under Deng Xiaoping has again miscalculated the risks and consequences of such an act. Deng assumed--erroneously--that the West cared more about profit than human rights, that China could still act as irresponsibly as it did under the late dictator Mao Tse-tung, and that the very structure of communism in China hadn't changed much.
September 30, 1999 |
For thousands of years, this mountain getaway has been a magnet for Chinese artists and poets seeking inspiration from its misty crags, gnarled pines and stunning views. But when too many visitors in recent times turned out to be Chinese officials on taxpayer junkets, the Beijing regime last October banned all such trips here, calling them a waste of public money.
December 17, 1989 |
The news that National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger went to China last weekend to "normalize" relations after the Tian An Men massacre is both baffling and appalling. Do U.S. leaders really believe that we have more in common with a repressive, corrupt China than with a disarming and reforming Soviet Union? Perhaps they are merely sentimental for the days when Richard M. Nixon, Henry A.
September 2, 1994 |
Promising to be a better friend to business than Republicans have been, Democrat Kathleen Brown pledged Thursday that if she becomes governor in January she will convene her new Administration--and the state Legislature too, if possible--in Los Angeles to hammer out an economic recovery plan for Southern California.
August 9, 1987 |
It was just 40 years ago this summer that what may properly be considered the beginning of the post World War II era occurred on a lawn outside the Fogg Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The occasion was the annual convocation of Harvard alumni that traditionally follows commencement and at which those men and women on whom the university has bestowed honorary degrees are called on for a few remarks. The third speaker of the afternoon was Secretary of State Gen. George C.
June 7, 1989 |
Hong Kong investors have begun moving more capital out of the British colony and expressed heightened interest in U.S. real estate amid the escalating unrest in China and the plunge in Hong Kong stock and real estate prices. So far, the new wave of capital flight does not appear to be a mass exodus. But the outflow is expected to grow if violence and instability in China continue or a new government emerges that is hostile to preserving the free-wheeling economic system in Hong Kong when China takes over in 1997, U.S. bankers and others said Tuesday.
December 15, 1996 |
Nothing is so terrifying in world affairs today than the specter of war between the United States and China. The demise of the Soviet Union left the United States the world's sole military superpower, though one with a steadily shrinking share of the global economy. The only potential challenger to U.S. dominance, at least in foreseeable decades, is China, a rising power with the world's second-largest economy--one that, at current rates of growth, will surpass the U.S.
November 16, 2009 |
When President Obama embarks on a round of bilateral meetings with the Chinese leadership in Beijing today, he'll be laboring under a heavy burden of history and politics. Many in the U.S. will want him to place human rights issues -- a preoccupation of the regime's critics dating to even before the Tiananmen Square protests 20 years ago -- on the front burner. The rest of the talk-radio agenda would have him meeting the Dalai Lama (that won't happen until after the current trip)
March 12, 2000 |
In 1976, as the Cultural Revolution was winding down, Zhang Jingming was ordered to join the Shanghai Petrochemical Co. as a machine operator. In those days, the state dictated your future, and workers had no say. But Zhang remembers being proud of his new company, which was expanding like crazy and often received kudos from Beijing for its role in nation-building. Twenty-four years later, both Zhang and his company have come a long way.