April 22, 2001 |
As China's leaders speed up a massive anti-corruption drive, it is becoming increasingly clear that they're worried not just about graft draining state coffers or undermining their credibility, but also that corrupt officials will topple the Communist Party from within. "This is a cruel dilemma," says Minxin Pei, a China expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
January 6, 2001 |
A previously secret collection of documents released Friday provides the first inside account of the power struggle within China's Communist Party leadership that led up to its bloody 1989 crackdown on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
August 22, 2000 |
Over the last several months, China's Communist regime has been engaged in a propaganda campaign reminiscent of the bad old days of the People's Republic, when Marxism ruled and proper political thinking was the primary test of loyalty and fitness. Ideological "study sessions" and indoctrination classes for cadres are back in force. So is harsher treatment of suspected liberal elements, particularly scholars who advocate political reform.
April 5, 2000 |
Once, a long time ago, the Chinese Communist Party was made famous as the "Red Star Over China." Now it's become little more than a black cloud. On Tuesday, Lois Wheeler Snow, the widow of American writer Edgar Snow, issued the stunning, poignant declaration that she may no longer be able to leave her husband's ashes on the campus of Beijing University, where they were placed after his death in 1972.
October 2, 1999 |
On the day 50 years ago when the People's Republic of China was born, so was Shen Guoqing. She arrived at a propitious moment and in an auspicious house. Her father was a clerk to Madame Soong Ching-ling, the widow of China's nationalist leader, Sun Yat-sen. It was Madame Soong, known to all as the "mother of China," who gave Shen her name. As she cradled the baby girl in her arms, Soong declared the girl would be called "Guoqing," which means "celebrate China."
July 31, 1998 |
China's highest Communist official tried for corruption was sentenced to 16 years in prison today, official Chinese media reported. The Beijing Municipal Higher People's Court handed down the verdict against former Beijing Mayor and party boss Chen Xitong in a public session this morning, the official New China News Agency said, although no foreign media were notified of the trial in advance.