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In only the second peaceful transition since the Communist Party took power, the 59-year-old becomes China's Premier for the next 10 years
China's authoritarianism has many faces, but rarely does it appear in the friendly, grandmotherly guise it has taken over the past week, as thousands of older women have shown up on the streets of the capital, their vigilant eyes eager to ferret out the smallest signs of trouble.
Vow comes on eve of crucial meeting to select country’s leaders for the next decade
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.
On 4 June 1989, soldiers from the Chinese People's Army massacred thousands of their own people, who had been protesting for democratic reforms.
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 Hong Kong government has decided to ban two former student leaders exiled for their roles in the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, activists said yesterday, accusing local authorities of kowtowing to Beijing.
"In the name of God," said the form we had to fill in to get a press card. Was it "in the name of God" that we had to shroud ourselves in loose clothes and headscarves, the minute our plane landed on Iranian soil? Was it "in the name of God" that nearly all the women we saw, as we crawled through the rush-hour traffic from Tehran airport, were wearing black? And it's in the name of God, presumably, that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has, for the past five years, been living under the threat of being stoned to death.
It is a catchphrase that has become shorthand for state irresponsibility and arrogance all over China: "Sue me if you dare. My dad is Li Gang."
David Cameron was tonight expected to raise the case of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo directly in private talks with the Chinese leadership.
China's communist Party has been casting anxious glances towards Oslo to see if Liu Xiaobo wins this year's Nobel Peace Prize. If the jailed dissident wins the award, Beijing will be faced with another major blow to its reputation – and a victory for many human rights activists campaigning for it to change.
A question-and-answer page on Google Hong Kong's website became inaccessible to some mainland Chinese users on Tuesday, underscoring Beijing's sensitivity about the Internet.
Speculation mounts that China's Mr Cool may become a contender
The annual gathering in Beijing's Great Hall of the People is the nearest thing you get to democracy in Communist China. Just don't expect to hear any dissent, reports Clifford Coonan
Clifford Coonan meets the Chairman's loyal photographer 60 years after she captured history
Exploration of remote Peruvian region could spell disaster for hitherto uncontacted tribespeople