» 01/17/2005, 00.00
Reformist Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang dies
The dissident of Tiananmen: Zhao Ziyang's courage and the Party's fear
The government is trying to uproot his memory, but China needs his democratic proposals.
Zhao Ziyang, a prophet for today's China
His proposal to match economic with political reforms is still a valid one. Zhao is also remembered for having reopened Catholic churches and for having given religious freedom.
18/01/2005 CHINA - HONG KONG
Chinese media give Zhao's death little notice
The government defends the Tiananmen massacre. Hong Kong's Legislative Council denied the right to observe a minute of silence for the dead leader.
Pressure mounts for release of Zhao Ziyang
For Wu Bangguo China will never adopt a Western-style democracy
A loyalist of former leader Jiang Zemin and now ranked two in the Communist Party hierarchy, Wu speaks out against greater democracy and respect for human rights in China. He reasserts the essential and inalienable role of the party in the country’s life.
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