July 28, 1989 |
A renewed power struggle is under way at the top levels of the Communist Party of China, with senior leader Deng Xiaoping trying to strengthen the position of those who advocate market-oriented economic reforms. In the balance is the fate of hard-line Premier Li Peng, whose commitment to reform is often questioned.
May 24, 1992 |
A history student from the central Chinese city of Wuhan found himself sinking into deep frustration, even despair, when he visited friends at Beijing University recently. "Everyone in Wuhan feels obstructed, stuck. There is no place to turn," the young man explained in a dormitory conversation. "Writers cannot publish their books. Students cannot publish their essays. I came up to Beijing University to see if anything was going on, if anything was being organized.
January 17, 1987 |
Hu Yaobang, second in command to Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, resigned Friday as the head of the world's largest Communist party after the party leadership announced that he had confessed to "mistakes on major issues of political principles." The Communist Party said that Premier Zhao Ziyang will become the party's "acting general secretary." No replacement for Zhao was announced Friday, but a selection could be made within the next few days.
July 2, 1991 |
Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin vowed that the nation will remain a socialist dictatorship, with no room for capitalism or multi-party democracy. He addressed a meeting in Beijing celebrating the party's 70th birthday. Many Beijing residents, however, were in no celebratory mood, remembering the thousands killed or injured June 3-4, 1989, in pro-democracy protests. Some voiced a subtle message of dissent through T-shirts, some of which read, "I'm depressed, leave me alone."
March 12, 1992 |
China's Communist Party has staked its future on economic reform in a triumph for 87-year-old leader Deng Xiaoping over hard-liners devoted to Marxist ideology. In a two-day meeting this week, the party's Politburo vowed to keep policies of reform unchanged for 100 years and said those who put politics first must be stopped, said a report splashed across front pages of major newspapers today.
April 10, 1988 |
Acting Premier Li Peng was appointed China's new premier Saturday, and General Secretary Zhao Ziyang of the Communist Party was elected to a state military position commensurate with a party military post that he already held. Election of Li and Zhao to the posts by the National People's Congress nearly completes a transition, begun at a Communist Party congress last fall, to a younger set of leaders in top party and state positions.