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After the independence of Indonesia, the government adopted a number of policies to restrict the business and trading of Chinese living in Indonesia. A presidential regulation in November 1959 banned... [Item of the Day]
The steamship Great Republic was launched on 8 November 1866. The first passenger liner between San Francisco and Hong Kong could accomodate 1450 passengers. The introduction of steamships... [Item of the Day]
Thousands of young men from China arrived in the 1880s to work on the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Government of Canada imposed many restrictions and regulations on immigrants from... [Item of the Day]
The Communist International (Comintern) in Moscow issued the order that the Chinese Communist Party should move from Shanghai to Canton. This order, dated 18 July 1922, aimed to stimulate cooperation... [Item of the Day]
One of China's most famous writers, Li Pei Kan (Li Peigan, 1904-2005), took the name of Pa Chin (Ba Jin), honoring his important mentors, Bakunin and Kropotkin. This is the first page of a letter to... [Item of the Day]
Since 13 May 1989, students demonstrating for democratic reforms had occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The government warned that it would not tolerate the "social chaos". After it had in vain... [Item of the Day]
After the death of model soldier Lei Feng, Chairman Mao called upon the nation to "learn from Lei Feng." There are many myths about the cause of Lei Fengs death.On 6 March 1997, however, all these... [Item of the Day]
The cult around the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping didn’t start until after his gradual retirement in 1989. Deng disliked the personality cult around him and he managed to prevent it as long as he was... [Item of the Day]
In the beginning of the 70s China was in transition. The old leaders, Mao and Zhou Enlai, were ill. A group around Mao's second wife, Jiang Qing, the "Gang of Four", were hunting for power. Supported... [Item of the Day]

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