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Xi Jinping visits Guangdong as police violently break up protest
The new Communist leader follows Deng Xiaoping's southern trip to urge business to meet complex challenges by speeding up economic reforms. Workers who use the visit to protest are beaten and arrested by police.
Hu Jintao ally takes over as Shenzhen leader
China’s richest city is taken away from Jiang Zemin’s group as two of its members lose top local posts. But new party boss is “old” and analysts wonder how he will cope with the city’s current challenges like revamping the local electronics industry, attracting bright minds or deciding whether to merger with Hong Kong.
Xi Jinping wants to forget Tiananmen (and what came before it)
Before the June 4 massacre, Deng Xiaoping and his crew launched a series of political reforms designed to reshape the system of powers between the State and the Communist Party, reorganizing the army's role and opening the door to a gradual democratization of the country. The new president has decided to reverse course, supporting nationalism and repression in the name of security and economic stability. Here is an analysis by a great China expert, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
Hu Jintao celebrates 30 years of reform in “stability”
Thanks to the far-sightedness of Deng Xiaoping, from a nation of extreme poverty, China has become one of the biggest global economic powers. Political reform must give way to the economy and stability. Farmers and migrants left out of development.
Slave labour “normal” in today’s China, says Han Dongfang
The founder of China’s first independent trade union talks about the brick kiln slave scandal. Slave labour is symptomatic of society in which those in power distort the common good for personal gain and hide their misdeeds. Deng Xiaoping’s black and white cat analogy has led to a society where the powerless get crushed.
Bo Yibo, the last of the Communist Party’s “immortals’, dies
The revolutionary leader, father of the current trade minister, passed away in Beijing at the age of 98. Victim of the Cultural Revolution, he backed Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms and helped him against the party’s Marxist leftwing. He is considered to have been one of the main supporters of the Tiananmen crackdown.
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