Posts Tagged ‘political reform’

The next emperor of China

The next emperor of China

The Economist‘s cover is both cheeky and prescient: China’s Communist leaders are, in fact, ruling and reforming the country much like the late Qing Dynasty a century ago. Back then, the Manchu rulers instituted widespread reforms in almost every sphere of life in China. The empire underwent massive social and economic transformation. There is one area, however, where the Imperial rulers of yore, like the Communists today, refused to make significant changes. That’s political reform.


Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Prize and imprisonment sparks call for political reform

Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Prize and imprisonment sparks call for political reform

Some 120 prominent activists and scholars have penned a letter calling for political reform and supporting Nobel Peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo. This comes on the heels of earlier letter by Communist Party elders calling for Beijing to lift censorship which stifles and warps civil society in China..


Letter: On Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize – 关于刘晓波获得诺贝尔和平奖的声明

Letter: On Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize - 关于刘晓波获得诺贝尔和平奖的声明

The awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese citizen, has drawn strong reactions both inside and outside China. This is a major event in modern Chinese history. It offers the prospect of a significant new advance for Chinese society in its peaceful transition toward democracy and constitutional government.


CHAPTER 19

CHAPTER 19

Beijing: Reawakening After two years trekking across the Silk Road, Gustaf Mannerheim arrived in Peking on July 26, 1908. He stayed at a posh hotel kitty-corner to the Russian legation in the capital’s Legation Quarter. He remained in Peking for two months working on his military intelligence report on modernization and reform in the late [...]