September 28, 2012 |
BEIJING - He was a gentle, if somewhat befuddled man. He couldn't keep track of his money or figure out how to take the bus, but he was a lot of fun when he'd roll around with the children, playing, tickling and laughing. "He was just like one of the kids," said retired painter Zheng Shuang, 76, recalling her uncle. In fact, dajiu , or big uncle, as they called him, was so unpretentious that Zheng's younger brother wouldn't believe it when she told him, "Did you know that big uncle was the last emperor of China?"
September 28, 2012 |
After months of backroom political wrangling, the Chinese Communist Partyannounced late Friday that it would expel renegade Politburo member Bo Xilai and refer him for prosecution before the next party congress. The 18 th party congress, in which a new generation of leadership will be anointed, is to be pushed back to Nov. 8, a considerable delay given that preparations are already in place in Beijing for the meeting to take place in October. The announcement made during the prime-time nightly news on Friday - on the eve of a week-long public holiday - provides a glimpse into the turmoil beneath the veneer of harmony and stability that the Communist Party is trying to project.
April 11, 2012 |
BEIJING - Each plot twist roils Chinese politics a little more. What began with the political purge of Communist Party heavyweight Bo Xilai has rippled into allegations of murder against his wife, turning a power struggle within an opaque leadership clique into the most public scandal in China in decades. But the chances of it having the potency to alter China's political and economic path appear slim. Until their sudden fall, Bo, 62, and wife Gu Kailai, 53, were a telegenic power couple frequently described as "Kennedyesque," dominating politics and business in the massive metropolis of Chongqing.
November 6, 2013 |
BEIJING -- In one of the most sophisticated bombing attacks in China in recent years, seven improvised explosive devices detonated almost simultaneously during the Wednesday morning rush hour at the Communist Party headquarters in the provincial city of Taiyuan. Initial reports said one person was killed and at least eight injured, one critically. The bombs went off at 7.40 a.m., as government employees were streaming in to work, and scattered metal pellets and ball bearings through the crowds.
February 8, 1990 |
In the space of eight months, the hallowed and powerful role of old-line Communist parties in East Europe has eroded steadily. Here is a chronology: 1. June 10, 1989--Under pressure from reformers, the Hungarian Communist Party and opposition groups agree to negotiate a multi-party system. On Oct. 7, 1989, the Communist Party formally disbands, reconstitutes itself as the Hungarian Socialist Party and says it aspires to democratic ideals. 2. Nov.
November 7, 2012 |
BEIJING - A popular joke making the rounds in Beijing touts the superiority of China's political system to that of the United States. After all, while the race between President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney went down to the wire, the Chinese have known for years the outcome of the 18th Communist Party congress that opens Thursday in Beijing. Vice President Xi Jinping has been groomed since the last congress in 2007 to replace President Hu Jintao (first as secretary-general of the Communist Party)