February 21, 2001 |
It almost sounds like a Jay Leno routine. Imagine if the Pentagon started manufacturing refrigerators, running breweries, building hotels and smuggling cars as a way of making money for its budget. In China, this is not a joke. It has been the reality for most of the last two decades. The Chinese People's Liberation Army, the world's biggest military force, in the 1980s began operating an array of civilian business enterprises big and small.
June 21, 1998 |
On Nov. 16, 1997, Wei Jingsheng was banished from China. Since his arrival in the United States the next day, China's best-known democracy leader and human-rights activist has worked tirelessly and traveled extensively to advance the cause of democracy in China. Most of his adult life--18 years--has been spent in prison. Wei, 48, was an electrician at the Beijing Zoo when he first raised the idea of democracy during the 1978-79 Democracy Wall Movement in Beijing.
September 19, 1997 |
Overhauling the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and ousting a key rival, President Jiang Zemin firmly established himself Thursday as China's undisputed top leader and built a loyal political base for his critical program to restructure struggling state industries. "I hereby declare that the 15th congress concludes victoriously," a beaming Jiang, 71, announced in the Great Hall of the People, site of the national party convention that is held once every five years.
August 10, 1997
'Thus begins a new era in the history of China. We, the 475 million people of China, have now stood up. The future of our nation is infinitely bright.' Revolutionary leader Mao led China as chairman of the Communist Party until his death in 1976. Above, he proclaims the establishment of the People's Republic of China. CHINA UNDER COMMUNISM Some key dates: Oct. 1, 1949: The People's Republic of China is founded.
June 15, 1997 |
Restaurateur Tony Chan can tell the mainland Chinese by what they order: pricey Shanghai hairy crabs and the best Chinese wine. So when they leave his Golden Snow restaurant, he doesn't ask for money. "They just give us their business card, and we bill them at the end of the month," he explained. Another way to pick them out, a taxi driver explained, is "they're the ones carrying the suitcases filled with cash."
April 17, 1997 |
One still sells her mediocre paintings for a living. Another continues his advocacy on behalf of the disabled. Yet a third holds on to her high-level bureaucratic post. Despite the history of this nation, which is littered with the bodies of the heirs of fallen emperors and senior statesmen, life has apparently carried on as usual for the five children of Deng Xiaoping, China's late "paramount leader." Since his death Feb.