January 19, 2007
BO YIBO, 98 Leader in Tiananmen protests The last of the "Eight Immortals" who led China through economic reforms and the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests has died, an official news agency reported Tuesday. Hong Kong's Phoenix Satellite Television, which has close ties to Beijing, said Mr. Bo died Monday at a hospital in the Chinese capital. The father of China's commerce minister, he was a veteran of the 1949 communist revolution and a former vice premier. He was the last of the "Eight Immortals," the group of revolutionary veterans who included supreme leader Deng Xiaoping, and led China through the launch of economic reforms in 1979 and the upheaval of 1989, the year of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.
June 5, 2006
HONG KONG -- The highest official of the Roman Catholic Church in China used the 17th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre yesterday to strongly criticize the Chinese government and call on it to hold a full and open review of the killings. The criticism by the official, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, is the latest sign that the Vatican may not be willing to compromise on human rights to establish diplomatic relations with mainland China. Pope Benedict XVI has pursued the normalization of ties with China for the past year.
May 1, 2006
NATIONAL Officials focus on foreign oil President Bush's new chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten, said yesterday that the White House plan to address high gasoline prices will have only a modest impact and that the ultimate goal must be reducing dependence on foreign oil. Administration officials, on the Sunday talk shows, drove home the importance of reducing U.S. consumption of foreign oil. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called it a trap, and Energy...
April 11, 2006
Tonight's rambling episode of Frontline asserts that from China's teeming citizenry, one man's brief, thwarted act of defiance actually changed the world. "The Tank Man," as he is called in lieu of a confirmed identity, was the Beijing obstructionist who stood in the way of a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square nearly 17 years ago. This episode (10 p.m.-11:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67), produced by the provocative filmmaker Antony Thomas, argues that although the Tank Man's gesture did not lead to his government's collapse after soldiers fired on peaceful protesters, it inspired reformers everywhere to challenge totalitarian oppressors.
January 19, 2005
IN IMPERIAL China, one of the first acts of new dynasties was to rewrite the history of the last dynasty. The minimal notice so far by China's state media of the death of former reformist leader Zhao Ziyang speaks volumes about the feudal strains in modern Chinese authoritarianism - and gives life to the nightmares haunting an insecure single-party state trying to control rising aspirations and a vast potential for unrest. Within China, official mourning for the ousted former premier and party secretary, under house arrest since right before the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, might unleash welled up cries for the long-denied reappraisal of that watershed slaughter of unarmed demonstrators - and highlight the lasting damage wrought by those murders on the Chinese Communist Party's claims to legitimacy.
January 17, 2005
BEIJING - Zhao Ziyang, the former leader of China's Communist Party who spent the last 15 years of his life under house arrest, came to symbolize an incident that the nation's political elite want to ignore but the world cannot forget: the Tiananmen massacre. Zhao, who died in a Beijing hospital today at age 85, was forced from office in 1989 for showing tolerance and empathy for students massing in the streets as China hurtled toward possible revolution. Today, few Chinese students are aware that hundreds if not thousands of protesters were killed by troops at that time.