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SEPTEMBER 17, 1999 VOL. 25 NO. 37

To Our Readers

The People's Republic of China has been preparing for its landmark 50th anniversary celebration for some time now. So, for that matter, has Asiaweek. Over the past months our correspondents have been pulling out the stops to commemorate an event that, in the words of Senior Editor Thomas Hon Wing Polin, "forever altered the political, strategic and economic destiny of Asia and world."

Says Polin, who planned the "China at 50" package that begins on page 39: "We wanted to get across to our readers what that critical half-century has meant - both at a broader, conceptual level and on a more personal plane." Beijing Correspondent David Hsieh profiled most of our 50 movers and shakers - "People To Know" in China, from Jiang Zemin's mentor Wang Daohan to Web entrepreneur Charles Zhang.

This being China, just getting people to talk kept Hsieh hopping, but he reports that the most hectic interview involved rock-and-roller Cui Jian. Hsieh was waiting at a Beijing hotel when Cui arrived late saying they would have to talk on the way to the airport. Our reporter gamely hopped into Cui's ancient Shanghai Santana stationwagon, popping questions as they hurtled along the highway at 120 km an hour. The interview ended as abruptly as it began - and Cui rushed off to catch his plane to Seattle, where he was starting his recent eight-city U.S. tour.

For her part, Special Correspondent Rose Tang traveled from Beijing to Sichuan to Yanan, cradle of Mao's revolution. In "Journeys," she captures the riveting stories of men and women from all walks of life who survived the upheavals of the past five decades. And what 50th anniversary would be without 50 of China's greatest sayings? Our selections span Chinese history - from Confucius to Mao, Deng and Jiang. "We did many of the translations ourselves," says Polin, "to ensure accuracy, as well as idiomatic expression."

Asiaweek's look at China is part of a larger collaboration with our sister organizations called "Visions of China" - a multimedia program that integrates the print, television and online resources of Time Warner. Time Asia has its own special commemorative issue. CNN, with Polin assisting on-air and off, has been running poignant 50th-anniversary coverage for weeks, including some of our quotations and mover-and-shaker profiles. Last but not least, Fortune is holding a Global Forum of world business leaders in Shanghai at the end of this month that will feature as its keynote speaker President Jiang, whose calligraphy graces the official invitation. Much of the coverage generated by Asiaweek, Time Asia and CNN for "Visions of China" can be found online. Check out newly launched AsiaNow and a special 50th anniversary site:

This edition's table of contents | Asiaweek home


U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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