News Cui Jian, whose popularity continues to make China’s authorities uneasy

The artist whose song became a Tiananmen Square anthem falls foul of state sensitivities

EU ends arms trade ban with Libya

Peking's ruling passion tempers Chinese hopes of becoming the new Asian tiger

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.

THE PEOPLE'S PORN-BROKER; interview

Dawn Airey, director of `programmes' at Channel 5, embodies the spirit of New Britain: ostensibly a concerned modernist, she has a ruthlessly commercial heart. Will Self tries to get on her wavelength

Media: The massacre and me: my life as a Hong Kong editor

People I considered friends portrayed me as ready to work for a political commissar

China reels as sect leaders rounded up

The Falun Gong are feared as the country's biggest dissident group since Tiananmen. By James Miles

Leading Article: Religion could spark a revolution in China

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

Two years after the massacre, I re-visited the square - and, beyond the ice cream vendors, it was obvious the party had rewritten history

The Independent Archive: `No one dreamt this could have happened'

7 June 1989 Duoduo, a Chinese poet, was in Tiananmen Square when the troops cracked down. Now in England, he describes his nightmare to Sandra Barwick

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: Silence is broken on British role in dissidents' escape

EVERY PROMINENT dissident smuggled out of China after the Tiananmen Square massacre managed to reach the West with British help.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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