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‘Comrade Jiang Zemin does indeed seem a proper choice’

Jasper Becker: Tiananmen Square, 24 May 2001

The Tiananmen Papers 
by Zhang Liang, edited by Andrew Nathan and Perry Link.
Little, Brown, 513 pp., £20, January 2001, 0 316 85693 2
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... were brought out by a man whose real identity is being kept secret. His name is given here as Zhang Liang and he is sometimes referred to by the editors as the Compiler. The documents were smuggled out some years ago and Zhang Liang first tried to get them printed in Hong Kong, which for over fifty years has ...

In the Hornets’ Nest

Pamela Crossley: Empress Dowager Cixi, 17 April 2014

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China 
by Jung Chang.
Cape, 436 pp., £20, September 2013, 978 0 224 08743 8
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... or the princes who sponsored them died, leaving the provincial governors – Li Hongzhang and Zhang Zhidong most prominent among them – in charge not only of the domestic government but also of Qing foreign policy. The façade of the imperial government continued, but with titles and stipends taken up by the leading governors’ affiliates, allies or ...

In Shanghai

Jeremy Harding: Portrait of the Times, 10 October 2013

... by Ziang Jianjun ‘Big Mouth’ (1988) by Wang Keping ‘Series of Abysses 1-6’ (1991) by Zhang Xiaogang ‘Mask’ (1999) by Zeng Fanzhi ‘Evening Wear’ (1999) by Zhang Jiang ‘Big Family Subway’ (2004) by Gu Wenda ‘Untitled’ (2005) by Yue Minjun A photo from Ma ...

China’s Crisis

Mark Elvin, 5 November 1992

The Dragon’s Brood: Conversations with Young Chinese 
by David Rice.
HarperCollins, 294 pp., £16.99, April 1992, 0 246 13809 2
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Time for telling truth is running out 
by Vera Schwarcz.
Yale, 256 pp., £20, April 1992, 0 300 05009 7
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The Tyranny of History: The Roots of China’s Crisis 
by W.F.J. Jenner.
Allen Lane, 255 pp., £18.99, March 1992, 0 7139 9060 0
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Beyond the Chinese Face: Insights from Psychology 
by Michael Harris Bond.
Oxford, 125 pp., £8.95, February 1992, 0 19 585116 1
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Chinese Communism 
by Dick Wilson and Matthew Grenier.
Paladin, 190 pp., £5.99, May 1992, 9780586090244
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... out. This is a record of, and commentary on, the conversations she had over five years with Zhang Shenfu. Zhang (1893-1986) was a philosopher and one of the founders of the Chinese Communist Party. In his extreme old age he tried to look back, to make sense of what he had done, and not done, and to leave a ...

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