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.
March 8, 1992 |
Senior Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping has triggered an aggressive effort by reformers within the Communist Party to oust hard-line ideologues from key party and government positions. Acting Minister of Culture He Jingzhi has already submitted his resignation, Chinese sources told foreign reporters in Beijing on Saturday. Others facing pressure from reformist forces include Wang Renzhi, head of the party propaganda department, and Gao Di, who heads the official newspaper People's Daily.
January 23, 1992 |
Disgraced former Chinese Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang has been cleared of charges of counter-revolution made against him after 1989 pro-democracy protests were crushed, a reliable source said today. The source said that Zhao has been cleared by a party committee investigating him on charges of splitting the party and supporting the "rioting"--the official term to describe the demonstrations that were crushed by the army around Beijing's Tian An Men Square on June 3-4, 1989.
December 16, 1991 |
Chinese companies and individuals, worried about the stability of the last great communist regime, are moving billions of dollars out of China, say diplomats, bankers and real estate brokers. They report that state-owned companies, collectives and the private firms permitted to operate in recent years are putting money into foreign bank accounts and property, including condominiums in the United States.
November 13, 1991 |
President Bush and the U.S. Congress, while seeming to disagree on China policy, are actually united in an attempt to bring about the collapse of Chinese communism, asserts an internal party analysis leaked to reporters here Tuesday. To hold on to power in the face of such Western pressure, the document says, the Communist Party must enforce its dictatorship and fight internal supporters of democratic socialism.
September 14, 1991 |
Martin Lee, this British colony's most prominent advocate of greater democracy, is a man who seldom minces words. So, there may have been some surprised listeners recently when Lee, campaigning for votes in a key legislative election set for Sunday, seemed about to dodge a question. The question, about whether communism faces the same fate in China that it has in the Soviet Union, was too sensitive to answer directly, Lee said.
August 27, 1991 |
In an apparent response to the collapse of Communist authority in the Soviet Union, China sharply reminded its citizens Monday that hard-line leaders here are willing to use the army to defend their power. Vice President Wang Zhen, in remarks published by all major state-run newspapers, stressed that the dictatorship in Beijing will not tolerate any challenge to its rule. "The People's Liberation Army is a strong pillar of the people's democratic dictatorship.
August 21, 1991 |
The ouster of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev brings hard-line Chinese leaders a windfall both in domestic politics and international diplomacy. But it also carries potential risks. The Soviet coup is likely to make it more difficult for the reformist wing of the Chinese Communist Party to launch any renewed push for political relaxation, foreign analysts and Chinese intellectuals in Beijing say.
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."