August 19, 1989 |
China's Defense Ministry on Friday denied a Western report that Defense Minister Qin Jiwei had been detained by troops loyal to the president. "It's pure rumor-mongering," a ministry official said when asked to comment on the report from Hong Kong by a Western news agency. The agency said that Qin was seized at his Beijing residence Wednesday evening as a result of a struggle with President Yang Shangkun for control over China's military.
August 17, 1989 |
Soldiers loyal to China's president detained the defense minister and several commanders in a dispute over a top military post vacated by Zhao Ziyang, the purged Communist Party boss, Chinese sources said today. They said President Yang Shangkun, a central figure in the martial law crackdown, apparently ordered the action to strengthen his control of the Chinese military.
October 17, 1992 |
Eight senior Chinese leaders, including the president and defense minister, are stepping down from the Communist Party's ruling Politburo, a Beijing-controlled newspaper reported Friday. The retirements from the 14-member Politburo imply that many of these leaders will also step down from government positions at next spring's National People's Congress, or Parliament.
August 18, 1989 |
Troops have pulled out of Beijing in large numbers this week, diplomats said Thursday, but China's Communist Party leaders indicated that martial law in the capital would continue. A city of tents near Shahe airport, outside the capital, has disappeared and troops from the northeastern city of Shenyang sent to put down the student-led democracy movement in June have returned to base.
February 19, 1997 |
The Chinese government, attempting to quell rampant rumors about the failing health of senior leader Deng Xiaoping that sent stock markets reeling, declared Tuesday that there was "no great change" in the 92-year-old's condition. "There has been no great change in Comrade Deng Xiaoping's health situation," Foreign Ministry spokesman Tang Guoqiang said. "I have no new information to provide."
April 13, 1988 |
The National People's Congress on Tuesday approved a new Chinese Cabinet, including new ministers of defense and foreign affairs. The congress also approved constitutional amendments confirming the legality of private enterprise and allowing land-use rights to be bought and sold. Qian Qichen, 60, who speaks Russian and English and has dealt with Soviet affairs as a vice foreign minister, replaced Wu Xueqian, 60, as foreign minister. Wu was named one of three vice premiers. Gen.