Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015, 12:26 PM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

Land reform must redress the systematic bias against farmers

The government must realize that a major root cause of dissatisfaction is not the collective ownership of rural land, but the abuse of power and

Commentary

Reform of State-owned enterprises should focus on separating ownership and management

When reforming State-owned enterprises, China should learn from the experience of Dongguan farmers in balancing fairness and efficiency

Society

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UNCHECKED PROFITEERING

China’s expanding and largely unregulated private medical service industry is reaping major rewards through the exploitation of popular hypochondria

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A Place in the Sun

Chinese people are pouring money into overseas real estate. Can they hold their own in complex foreign markets?

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ROOTS AND BRANCHES

On reaching adulthood, a generation of Chinese-born adoptees raised in the US are choosing to return to their birthplaces in the hope of tracing their biological roots. NewsChina accompanies some of them on their journeys

Economy

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VIDEO KILLED THE VIDEO STARS

Facing cutthroat competition for content and tightening government regulation, China’s fast-growing online video services are still far from profitable

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WHEN PIGS FLY

China’s embracing of e-commerce is bringing global brands to Chinese consumers, but can it successfully integrate itself into the global supply chain online?

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BEARS MEET BULLS

While some declared the hotly-anticipated windfall from the linking up of the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges over before it began, others argue that it is vital to focus on the scheme’s long-term goals

Culture

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Unrepentantly Underground

Director Lou Ye’s latest offering has given Chinese audiences an unusual insight into a national institution – the blind massage center

History

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THE FORGOTTEN WRECK

On Chinese New Year’s Eve 1949, a steamship packed with refugees fleeing the mainland for Taiwan collided with another ship, leaving almost no survivors. NewsChina revisits one of China’s worst ever maritime disasters

News Brief

Netizen Watch

Politics

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MIGRANTS NO MORE

Henan Province will soon allow rural migrants to apply for urban residence permits, but this seemingly progressive policy has been met with skepticism from the migrant workers themselves

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MINOR PLAYERS, MAJOR LEAGUES

The ongoing crackdown on official graft continues to fell cadres from all levels of the Party pecking order

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WHEN WE NEED YOUR MONEY

While the State is calling for more private investment in infrastructure, private enterprises remain skeptical

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RINGING ENDORSEMENT

With its unprecedented diplomatic activity over the last two years, China’s vision of a “new diplomatic landscape” is steadily taking shape

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Old Scores, New Solutions

Competing initiatives and interests between China, the US and ASEAN countries mean territorial disputes in the South China Sea threaten to undermine China’s recent diplomatic efforts to revitalize regional trust and confidence

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“China needs to balance assertive-ness with prudence in its diplomacy”

If China is to become a major power in Asia, its leadership must take a more nuanced approach in dealings with neighboring countries

Outside In

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Brushing Fingers with the Buddha

While the pursuit of tourist dollars has eroded the serene rural setting of the Famen Temple in Shaanxi Province, descending into its underground palace allows even the casual visitor to step onto genuinely hallowed ground

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Feed a cold

Essay

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Night Rider

Desperation does funny things to even the streetwise tourist

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Playing the Game

You are most suitable to pick up girls in a café. You can go up to them and ask how this Chinese character is read

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • I am pessimistic about [Chinese] intellectuals. Many of them are fighting simply for personal gain.

    Peking University professor Qian Liqun on the emerging divide between special interest groups in Chinese academia.

  • A spokesperson should never lie, nor tell the whole truth. In 10 years working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I never said anything that I was not authorized to say.

    Former foreign minister Li Zhaoxing speaking at an event in Xiamen, Fujian Province.

  • There is no love truer than that between the Chinese government and the housing market.

    Economist Ma Guangyuan expressing confidence that the Chinese authorities will continue to shore up the country’s sluggish real estate sector.

  • I was devastated when the local middle court sentenced me to death after each retrial over the past seven years. Now, the hope rekindled by my release depends on those investigators and officials being held accountable for their wrongdoing.

    Wrongfully convicted murder suspect Nian Bin on his case being thrown out due to a lack of evidence.

  • It’s a great pain...when you’re the richest person in China. Everybody [is] surrounding you for money.

    Jack Ma, billionaire founder of Alibaba, in an interview with CNBC.

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A SILVER LINING

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School’s Out For Officials

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Second-generation Little Emperors

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BAD MEDICINE

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INVESTING IN INVESTMENT

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DEBATING DEATH

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FILES NAILED

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WHISTLING INTO THE WIND

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As Clean as a Chinese Official

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Legally Bound

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Talking About It

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Fleet Foxes

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Survival for the Fittest

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Courting Reform

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MAKING WAVES

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PRAYER AND PROFIT

Monk Shi Chizhong is auctioning prayer beads and paintings to pay…[More]

Sexual Healing

With Chinese social attitudes to sex often conflicted, those offering unorthodox…[More]

Battle of the Blight

A public fightback against mosquito infestations in Guangdong Province has been…[More]

ADOPTION IS THE KEY

When it comes to China’s abandoned infants, so-called “baby hatches”…[More]

The Bad Die Young

Corner-cutting, low industry standards and shoddy materials have turned the products…[More]

STIFLED VOICE

How a biography of Chiang Kai-shek, commissioned by Chairman Mao, might…[More]

So, you want to create a fair market? Then take it seriously

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SADDENING

Farmers from Henan Province came together to sell their unripened corn…[More]

A SMARTER HELPING HAND

Mixed attitudes towards China’s aid in Africa highlight the necessity…[More]

AMAZING

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LOST VOICES

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PARTISAN PARTNERSHIPS

Despite landmark deals reached between the US and China during the…[More]