November 5, 2015 |
An earthquake erupted in China last week, one that reverberated in many homes across the Philadelphia region, including mine. The Communist Party announced an end to its one-child birth-planning policy, a cruelty that drove the widespread abandonment of baby girls - and ultimately sent more than 80,000 Chinese children to new homes in the United States. "Do you think," my 15-year-old daughter, Jin Yu, asked as the news broke, "that my Chinese parents will come look for me?" For my eldest - and her younger sister - the one-child policy is not a distant, dystopian decree applied in a far-off place.
June 8, 2013
Chen Xitong, 82, the mayor of Beijing during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests who served jail time for corruption and later condemned the student crackdown he was portrayed as engineering, died of cancer Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency said, two days before the 24th anniversary of the army's attack on the protesters. His jailing in 1998 on graft charges marked one of the highest-level prosecutions of a Communist Party official since the founding of the People's Republic in 1949.
May 17, 2013 |
BEIJING - The global economic malaise has knocked the stuffing out of Luo Yan's business making toy animals. Sales of Hello Kitty dolls and plush rabbits have fallen 30 percent over the last six months, according to Luo, owner of Tongle Toy Enterprise, which employs 100 people in the southern city of Foshan, near Hong Kong. Orders from the United States and debt-crippled Europe are down 80 percent. "We don't talk about profits anymore," said Luo. China's shaky recovery is losing steam, adding to pressure on its new leaders to shore up growth after a surprise first-quarter decline and launch reforms to support entrepreneurs like Luo who create its new jobs and wealth.
February 3, 2013
Xu Liangying, 92, a renowned Chinese rights advocate, physicist, and translator of Albert Einstein's writings, died Jan. 28, in Beijing's university district, where he lived for many years. No cause of death was given. Mr. Xu began translating Einstein in 1962 after being forced to leave his job as editor of a leading science journal for criticizing the policies of the Communist Party led by Mao Tse-tung. He was the main translator of the three volumes of The Collected Works of Einstein in Chinese and initiated or wrote numerous letters and petitions defending human rights.
December 17, 2012 |
BEIJING - China's new Communist Party leaders promised Sunday to be ready to spend more if needed to shore up a shaky economic recovery and pledged more market-opening reforms. In the first statement of their economic goals, the leadership wrapped up a two-day planning meeting by pledging continuity with earlier party plans aimed at making China's economy more productive and spreading prosperity to its poor. They gave no indication of plans for major changes. The world's second-largest economy is gradually pulling out of its deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis, but weaker-than-expected November trade data prompted suggestions the rebound might be faltering.
November 11, 2012 |
While our political leaders have been beating each other's brains out, so have China's. Communist Party leaders will name a seven- man ruling committee Thursday. Since China is our main world- power rival and top overseas trading partner - a growing focus for Cigna International , DuPont Co. , Dow Chemical, General Motors, Google, TE Connectivity , and other big U.S. companies; a big market for American coal, meat, and grain; and the place our smartphones are made by regimented workers whose low wages are finally rising - you'd think the results mattered to Americans.
November 5, 2012 |
BEIJING - China's ruling Communist elite have endorsed the expulsion of former high-flying politician Bo Xilai and approved final preparations for the party's upcoming congress. The closed-door meeting of the Central Committee that ended Sunday was the last before Communist Party leader Hu Jintao and other government officials begin to cede power to Vice President Xi Jinping and others at the congress, which opens Thursday. The Central Committee said in a statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency that it endorsed decisions to expel Bo and former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun from the Communist Party.
October 5, 2012
Eric Hobsbawm, 95, honored as one of Britain's most distinguished historians despite retaining an allegiance to the Communist Party that lasted long after many had left in disgust, died Monday at a London hospital after a long battle with leukemia. He was revered for his ability to make history come alive, using his socialist perspective to tell stories from the people's point of view. His reading of Karl Marx and his experience living in Germany in the early 1930s formed his views.
September 2, 2012
Chinese official's demotion seen SHANGHAI - Ling Jihua, a senior Chinese official and a close ally of President Hu Jintao, was named on Saturday to a new post in a move that some Communist Party experts said was a demotion and a surprising development ahead of this year's leadership transition. Ling's appointment as head of a department that deals with trade unions and the Dalai Lama was announced online in the People's Daily, the Communist Party newspaper. The party's once-in-a-decade leadership transition has been complicated by the worst political scandal in decades, with the detention of Bo Xilai, who had been a Politburo member, and the conviction of his wife in the death of a British businessman.
March 16, 2012 |
BEIJING - As big city politician Bo Xilai rose to nationwide prominence with an anti-mafia crusade and mass sing-alongs of communist anthems, many of China's leaders trekked to his metropolis approvingly. Not President Hu Jintao. Hu's conspicuous absence from Chongqing, one of China's biggest cities, was telling. The charisma and self-promotion that made Bo popular with many Chinese at times alienated his political peers. On Thursday, the Communist Party sidelined Bo, removing him from his post as Chongqing's Communist Party boss and highest-ranking official, and likely ending his chances of promotion to the highest ranks of power that seemed within grasp only months ago. Tall and telegenic, Bo is an anomaly that proves the rule in Chinese politics.