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Chinese authorities yesterday marked the 23rd anniversary of the military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square by blocking online search terms that reference the 1989 incident. But despite their best efforts, the Communist censors found themselves outwitted by the market forces that drive the Shanghai stock exchange.

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Father of Tiananmen massacre victim kills himself

The father of a young protester who was killed during the crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square has hanged himself after more than 20 years of seeking justice for his son, a human rights group said yesterday.

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So that's all right, then. The British Government has asked China to carry out a full investigation, free from political interference, into the death of the British businessman, Neil Heywood. The Chinese have pledged a thorough and transparent inquiry. Everyone is happy, but nobody should be fooled.

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I wouldn't be surprised if Monica Mason, the director of the Royal Ballet, was feeling pretty furious the last couple of days. Her young star, Sergei Polunin, walked away from the company two days ago without a word. There had been no particular sign, apparently, that he was unhappy or thinking of leaving; there were no negotiations that had broken down.

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A Chinese court jailed a veteran dissident who organised a pro-democracy activist network for 10 years today for inciting subversion, his wife said.

Deng Xiaoping And The Transformation Of China, By Ezra F Vogel

In the preface to his exhaustive biography of the Chinese statesman Deng Xiaoping, Ezra F Vogel recalls the moment the seed for the book was planted. Vogel, a professor at Harvard who has spent his career immersed in Japan and China, asked a seasoned journalist: "What would best help Americans understand coming developments in Asia" at the start of the 21 century? Without hesitation his friend replied: "Deng Xiaoping."

'Human torch' protest is stifled by censors

China's "Great Firewall" has been in overdrive over the last three weeks in an effort to prevent information leaking out about a man who apparently set himself alight in front of a portrait of Chairman Mao in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

China calls reports of Jiang Zemin's death 'pure rumour'

China has dismissed as "pure rumour" reports that retired president Jiang Zemin, who led the country through massive changes after the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died.

Paul Vallely: Ai Weiwei is free – but what about the rest?

David Cameron must keep human rights high on the agenda when he meets China's premier

Peru accused of plotting to allow exploitation of ancient tribe's land

Community that lived in seclusion for millennia faces threat to survival

A Day That Shook The World: Tiananmen Square massacre

On 4 June 1989, soldiers from the Chinese People's Army massacred thousands of their own people, who had been protesting for democratic reforms.

Chairman Mao may not be the author of his 'Little Red Book'

Mao Tse-Tung's "Little Red Book" is the closest thing to a bible that Marxist-Leninist, materialist and atheist Chinese society can have.

The Spoiler, By Annalena McAfee

In 1991, researching a history of women reporters, I wrote to veteran war correspondent Martha Gellhorn requesting an interview. She declined to co-operate with a book which had women in the title, insisting that she was a reporter, not a woman reporter.

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