Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015, 1:02 AM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

China needs to tackle the problem of ‘land finance’ to foster innovation

Concerns over the debt problem of local governments and its impact on GDP growth rates appear to have forestalled relevant land reforms

Commentary

One Belt, One Road will bypass the Middle East, and for good reason

Past lessons and ongoing concerns over open competition with the US has led China to circumvent the Middle East in its program to expand its

Special Report

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A GENUINE GAME-CHANGER

When the UK ignored the special relationship and threw its weight behind the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on March 12, it secured the future of a project crucial for Beijing’s long-term goals

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WE MUST OPEN OUR MINDS TO A CHINA-LED BANK

The positive aspects of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank far outweigh the negatives highlighted by Washington. A more nuanced understanding of international relations is required

International

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A ROYAL MAIL

The Duke of Cambridge’s recent visit helps further exploit already strong business and cultural ties between the UK and China. However, whether Xi Jinping’s upcoming state visit will iron out some remaining political wrinkles will be down to the politicians, not royalty

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A Diplomatic Dilemma

With the escalation of ethnic conflict close to its border with Myanmar, China finds itself in an awkward position between its strategic interest in closer ties and mounting domestic pressure to toughen its position on security

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ADVENTURE CAPITAL

As a guest in the Indian Ocean, China cannot choose its hosts, and therefore the principle of ‘business is business’ looks like Beijing’s best option

Society

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BREAKING THE SILENCE

An independent documentary discussing China’s air pollution problem, released online in February and erased from most video sharing websites in March, has rekindled debate over how best to tackle the country’s most pressing environmental issue

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EGALITARIAN ELITISM?

Will joint programs between China’s public high schools and foreign institutions help reform the country’s education system, or simply prove to be yet another privilege restricted to the children of the wealthy?

Culture

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ALMOST FAMOUS

Mongolian folk-rock band Hanggai, despite unanimous domestic critical acclaim and a growing audience overseas, have remained fastidiously anti-mainstream for a decade. However, a recent appearance on a popular reality TV singing-songwriting contest may be set to change that

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CROSSING CONTINENTS

For half a century, the International Writing Program founded by Hualing Niel Engle and her husband Paul has had a deep and enduring influence on writers from China and around the world

News Brief

Netizen Watch

Politics

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In Their Defense

China’s latest round of judicial reforms aims to shield criminal defense lawyers from stress, risk and discrimination, but experts say it will be years before any impact is felt

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CALL TO CANCEL

Academics continue to call for an end to the population control policy to address the dual issues of an aging society and a looming labor shortage. Why are their requests still being rebuffed?

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THE WILL OF THE PARTY

With discussion of legal reform dominating China’s annual Two Sessions, China’s leadership continues to push forward its ‘rule by law’ agenda

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GRAFT, FRONT AND CENTER

This year’s Two Sessions provided an unprecedented opportunity for China’s leadership to publicize, intensify and broaden its anti-graft campaign

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START YOUR ENGINES

For the new ‘twin engines’ of China’s economy, conventional concepts of entrepreneurship like passion, professionalism and patience are still required

Economy

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Pushing the Envelope

Over the recent Chinese New Year festival, Chinese apps and brands found a way to bring traditional New Year’s cash gifts into the online world

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ME,  MY SELFIE,  AND I

With selfie functionality and social networking driving smartphone use in China, photo-retouching app Meitu Xiuxiu is turning narcissism into profit

Outside In

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LEAP WITH THE TIGER

One of China’s most spectacular hiking trails has remained aloof from the development that has ruined others

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Once you pop…

Essay

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Surf’s Up

I’d learned more about Chinese culture in a single evening’s couchsurfing than in six months attending classes at a Chinese university

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Speak to me

Few locals expect foreigners to speak Chinese at all, and the universal response of “Wow, your Chinese is really good!” is exhaustingly familiar to anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with spoken Mandarian

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • If we dare to “fight tigers,” how is it that we balk at confronting taxi monopolies?

    Tsinghua University political economics professor Cai Jiming making a public appeal for reform of the country’s government-administered taxi market.

  • If we fully banned FIT [frequent individual travelers, typically from the Chinese mainland], I believe Hong Kong’s stock index would have fallen by at least 1,000 points. Hong Kong has been the prime beneficiary of the mainland’s support.

    Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-shing on the territory’s controls on mainland visitor numbers.

  • The anti-corruption campaign has hit the profit margins of some interest groups, so they’re claiming it has impacted healthy economic development. The rest of us would never [make such a claim].

    Playwright Liu Heping speaking in an interview with the Communist Party’s main anti-corruption agency, refuting claims that the anti-corruption drive has negatively impacted China’s economy.

  • A movie adapted from a TV show could earn millions of dollars in exchange for merely five or ten days of shooting. If investors can make such a quick buck, why bother to spend months making a fine movie?

    Director Feng Xiaogang criticizing the current trend for cheap movie adaptations of popular TV shows.

  • What has impressed me most about the Two Sessions is that many ministers have held press conferences to answer public questions. Why not make such face-to-face interviews more frequent, especially when any important policy is introduced?

    Wang Xuming, director of the China Language and Culture Press, appealing for greater government transparency.

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Absolute Advocate

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GRAND AMBITIONS

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MILITARY DISCIPLINE

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GUARDING THE GATES

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SOARING AMBITIONS, TOUGH REALITIES

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THE BLAME GAME

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UNENDING REFORM

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RINGING ENDORSEMENT

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BOOM AND BOOM

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NEW FISCAL FACES

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A SILVER LINING

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Second-generation Little Emperors

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MINOR PLAYERS, MAJOR LEAGUES

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MIGRANTS NO MORE

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BAD MEDICINE

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DEBATING DEATH

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FILES NAILED

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Old Scores, New Solutions

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INVESTING IN INVESTMENT

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CHINA GETS GLOBALIZED

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BETTER ECOSYSTEM, BRIGHTER FUTURE

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SADDENING

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DYNAMIC DEMOGRAPHY

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