May 31, 1992 |
China barred the country's best-known woman dissident journalist, Dai Qing, from returning home Saturday for a holiday, leaving her stranded in Hong Kong. Dai, 51, flew into Hong Kong from Europe and the United States, where she is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. The Hong Kong government issued Dai a seven-day visa late Saturday after Chinese airline officials refused to allow her to board a flight to Beijing, telling her they were acting on instructions from the Chinese capital.
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.
April 4, 1992 |
China's Parliament cast new doubt Friday on the political future of Premier Li Peng by amending a key government report to add a warning against excessive leftism. The decision to revise the report, which Li delivered last month at the opening of the annual meeting of the National People's Congress, is widely seen as an attempt by Communist Party reformers to undercut the power of Li and other hard-line leaders.
March 13, 1992 |
A warning against excessive "leftism" issued Thursday by the Communist Party Politburo marks a fundamental ideological shift with profound implications for China's future. Ever since the 1989 crackdown on China's pro-democracy movement, China's leaders have placed top priority on political repression, which was aimed at stabilizing Communist Party rule.
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.
November 12, 1991 |
Michael Jackson's voice blared out in the brisk autumn air, but still it was a slow day at the sidewalk army recruitment booth in Beijing's suburban campus district. "I'm bad, I'm bad, don't you know it!" boomed out the rock star's voice on a loudspeaker set up to attract passersby. But not a single Chinese youth was anywhere near the army propaganda billboards and recruiters' table. The irony of the scene clearly escaped those in charge.