Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015, 8:44 PM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

One Belt, One Road could be China’s best soft power project

As China’s foreign policy adopts a more global scope, the government should make a serious effort to promote and encourage study of the relevant

Commentary

Doesn’t Matter If You’re Black Or White

Improving service quality, not shoring up a pointless monopoly, is the way to save China’s official taxicabs

International

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PRIVATE POWER

Despite unabated political tension, cultural exchanges between China and Japan have increased in recent months. These ties are expected to help ease diplomatic strain

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After Shock

China’s role in building a new international airport and a “religious resort” could aid in Nepal’s recovery

Society

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Social Insecurity

A recent report indicates serious security vulnerabilities in the government’s social security data banks – who should plug the gaps? NewsChina investigates

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A Step Too Far?

A research paper involving genetically modified human embryos and published in a Chinese science journal has provoked an international backlash, though domestic coverage has been muted. NewsChina tries to find out why

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AN INEVITABLE TRAGEDY

The blaze that claimed 38 lives in Lushan reflects inadequate care for the aging population

Culture

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A Dream Come True

In his latest film, Hong Kong director and “social observer” Derek Yee edges closer to reality by casting no-name extras as themselves. The movie follows them as they pursue their acting dreams in Hengdian, otherwise known as “China’s Hollywood”

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STORIES OF BIRTH

An ambitious project that aims to record more than 1,000 hours of oral history about women’s experiences of childbirth has been launched this May. NewsChina talks to project initiator Jian Yi about what inspired him to embark on his grueling journey

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THE THIRD POLE

Unlike earlier Chinese films about Tibet that were strongly colored by propaganda, Roof of the World is viewed as a pioneering documentary that presents the region through the eyes of its people

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The Mighty Pen

A new poetry collection and documentary showcase how poetry gives a rare outlet to some of the migrant workers on the frontlines of the world’s factory

News Brief

Netizen Watch

Politics

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IN NATURE’S NAME

Government officials have been caught profiting from composing fabricated environmental assessment reports, a practice that the Ministry of Environmental Protection has finally vowed to curb. NewsChina speaks to whistleblowers who claim that the problem goes far deeper than the government has so far admitted

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Beneath the Stage

Government critic Yu Jianrong studies China’s most sensitive issues while managing to avoid drawing too much attention to himself

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Global Scope, Local Priorities

In its latest defense white paper, China envisions greater military capability and a global role for the PLA

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Reading the Signs

Upon review, China’s eight previous defense white papers reveal two decades of important developments in military strategy. NewsChina analyzes the realities behind the rubric

Economy

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Breaking Through

China’s health regulator has tightened its grip on online diagnosis service to curb malpractice. Do the country’s online healthcare providers have what it takes to meet this challenge?

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THE POWER OF LAW

China’s ongoing process of fiscal reform aims to redefine relations between the government, the market and taxpayers. To achieve this, relations between legislative and administrative bodies have to be reformulated

Outside In

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Looking Forward, Thinking Back

Representative of the dynamism and potential of contemporary Chinese cities, Dalian allows the visitor to explore past, present and future

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It’s Not White Wine

Essay

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Toilet Trouble

It took half an hour and a lot of unintelligible expletives, but he finally withdrew the cause of the problem – a pair of glasses

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Feminist China

Women often have a hard time being taken seriously as anything other than a baby-making pair of breasts

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • It is natural that celebrity couples break up, but many netizens view this as a major world event, and immediately split into different camps and fight. The intensity of their feelings is shocking.

    Li Xiaoliang, a journalist with China Youth Daily, on Chinese young people’s attitudes towards celebrity gossip.

  • It is a misunderstanding for mainlanders to think that the Kuomintang always seeks to reconcile with the Communist Party of China, while the Democratic Progressive Party always supports independence. Also, Taiwanese must clear the misconception that all of the ‘pan-blues’ want to betray the island, while only the ‘pan-greens’ truly love Taiwan.

    James Chu-yul Soong, chairman of Taiwan’s People First Party, appealing to Taiwanese and mainlanders to abandon absolutist concepts.

  • With a short work period and just a few hundred yuan’s worth of fabric, this outfit was able to cause a worldwide sensation -- to me, that’s what fashion is.

    Designer Hu Sheguang on a design which Chinese netizens mocked as a facsimile of the red and green flower-patterned, cotton-padded coats regularly worn in China’s rural northeast.

  • Our faculty of speech may have already regressed to its lowest point since the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

    Wang Xuming, director of the Language & Culture Press, suggesting standardized testing to evaluate students’ listening and speaking skills.

  • If the mainstream media could guide the public to hold a fairer and wiser attitude toward homosexuality, it would greatly help China build a more harmonious society and increase respect for our country in regards to international human rights .

    Li Yinhe, a sexologist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, on the present media restrictions on public discussion of homosexuality.

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