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SHANGHAI IS humming: with its new highways and shiny skyscrapers, this financial hub of China is catching up fast on Asia's other hi-tech cities. Hundreds of the world's top business people are here to mark, somewhat ironically, the 50th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and salivate over opportunities in the next five decades.

China still shies away from the dark side of Mao

WHILE MILLIONS of Chinese peasants were dying of hunger during the famine unleashed by Mao Tse-tung's Great Leap Forward of 1958, David Crook, a British Communist, was busy setting up the English section of the Peking Foreign Languages Institute.


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IT IS Sunday, 25 April, and Jiang Zemin, President of China, general secretary of the Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission, looks out of his window and sees 10,000 unexpected visitors standing and sitting in the streets surrounding the walled compound he shares with the other rulers of his country.

Tiananmen - still hard to forget, ten years on; That Summer: China, 1989

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Tiananmen Ten Years On: 70,000 in Hong Kong protest

WHILE SECURITY forces on the Chinese mainland ensured there would be no mass gathering to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre yesterday, officials in Hong Kong did nothing to stop the traditional rally marking the event.

Tiananmen Ten Years On: Families defy China clampdown to mourn with flowers and tears

THE DAY was one for quiet defiance, and two brave public attempts to mark an anniversary the government preferred to forget. In the morning, two women on bicycles, a bouquet of yellow chrysanthemums in one basket and a small sign reading "Mourn the 4 June victims", quietly rode around Tiananmen Square in a private tribute to their dead husbands.

Tiananmen Ten Years On: What Has Become of The Heroes Of 1989?

Wang Dan, the most prominent student leader not to be smuggled out of China. He was imprisoned, released, sentenced again but released on medical parole in April 1998 ahead of President Bill Clinton's visit to China. Now 30, he is studying Chinese history at Harvard University.
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