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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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PASSAGE


DIED

Chen Xilian, 85;, former Chinese vice-premier and standing member of the Central Military Commission; after a long illness, on June 10; in Beijing. Though sidelined from the Politburo in the 1980s for his links to Mao Yuanxin, nephew of Mao Zedong and a Gang of Four collaborator during the Cultural Revolution, Chen remained an influential member of the Party.

CONSIDERED CURED

Lee Hsien Loong, 47; Singapore's deputy prime minister and eldest son of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew; of lymphoma. On June 13, Lee announced his doctors had found no trace of the cancer at his last checkup in January. In 1992, he was hospitalized for 18 weeks of chemotherapy to treat the disease. Lee is considered by many to be next in line to succeed PMGoh Chok Tong.

EXECUTED

Six men; in China's largest smuggling case ever; on June 7; in Guangdong province. Twenty-five others received prison sentences, while 16 were expelled from the Communist Party. The group illegally imported cars and commodities, paid bribes and evaded taxes.

CHARGED

Pradit Siriviriyakul, 38; managing director of the Namtarn Kaset Thai sugar mill; on June 9; for planning the March 10 death of Australian auditor Michael Wansley, 58, who was helping restructure the firm. Bunphan Suthisiriwan, a member of Thailand's Democrat Party, and his brother, Somchoke, were charged with collaboration.

RESIGNATION ANNOUNCED

Jonathan Fenby, 56; editor of Hong Kong's South China Morning Post since May 1995, will resign in mid-July. Senior associate editor Robert Keatley, who joined the Post last October from The Wall Street Journal, will become interim editor. Fenby was previously editor of Britain's Sunday Observer.
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