Friday, Oct 24, 2014, 10:34 AM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

An effective anti-corruption drive needs a three-dimensional approach

What has been largely ignored in the discussion is the need to foster a political culture in which corruption is politically intolerable.

Commentary

Laws are useless if they can’t be enforced

The grand ambitions of the new Budget Law need to be supported by effective and systemic reform

Society

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ARTERIAL ASSET

The Yangtze River connects three colossal urban clusters in eastern, central and western China. Through the development of a new economic belt, it is hoped this region could supplant China’s industrial eastern coast as the country’s principal growth engine

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CHANNELING SUCCESS

The diversity and sheer vastness of the Yangtze River Basin makes any attempt at marshaling resources to develop it a gargantuan task. Can even the Chinese government pull it off?

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UNCHARTED WATERS

Could the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt link the Pacific Ocean to both the Indian and Atlantic oceans? One official is convinced it can, and will

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UNEQUAL TO OVER-EQUAL

China’s notoriously difficult college entrance examination is undergoing yet another overhaul in a bid to promote equality – but controversies abound

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PARIAH AND PATRIOT

The appointment of one of China’s most criticized “ultra-leftists” to the top job in a journalism school has raised eyebrows, despite his impressive credentials

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DEATH OF MEMORY

Japan’s last surviving WWII veterans remain honored and ignored, so long as their experiences continue to clash with new, right-wing interpretations of the country’s war record

Special Report

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VICE AND VICISSITUDE

China’s recent high-profile crackdown on drugs has won the country’s narcotics police some positive publicity, but increasingly sophisticated smuggling methods and the rise of new synthetic drugs pose an unprecedented challenge to law enforcement

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THE DOPE BEAT

Half of China’s illicit drugs enter the country via Yunnan Province, keeping the province’s narcotics force on their toes. NewsChina speaks to a Yunnan drug detective about the double-life of an undercover narc

Outside In

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MONKS VS. MONKEYS

Despite being the highest – and perhaps the holiest – of China’s sacred Buddhist mountains, Mount Emei can be something of a battleground

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Work those buns!

News Brief

Netizen Watch

Politics

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HIGH NOON

A political showdown looms in Hong Kong between the local government, pan-democratic activists and the central government after Beijing released an “ultra-conservative” proposal for the city’s first full elections in 2017

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HR FOR THE CPC

The Central Department of Organization (CDO) and its local branches are responsible for the appointment and management of officials. NewsChina looks into the inner workings of the world’s biggest HR department as it embarks on an ambitious reform program

International

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Friends Again?

Three months after maritime tensions reached boiling point, China and Vietnam appear to have mended relations. But will the peace hold?

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Steppe Forward

Despite sharing a vast border, China and Mongolia have had a complicated relationship

Economy

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CLEANING BALANCE SHEETS

Will permission to sell bonds reassure the world that indebted local governments in China can get their fiscal affairs in order?

History

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LOST LEGENDS

A resurgence of interest in the fates of Communist Party spies in Taiwan in the 1940s and 50s has elicited plenty of nostalgia, but little introspection

Culture

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MS. MARGINAL

Being an outsider helps Yan Geling get a better perspective on China. In her latest work To My Teacher, With Love, Yan tries to shine a light on “cruel youth” in Chinese schools

Environment

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Soil Justice

While the government has rolled out nationwide measures to cure China’s toxic soil problem, prevention efforts remain bogged down

Essay

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The Sun Also Rises

I can squat, a blonde-haired island in a sea of jet-black hair, among my neighbors, both sides amused by this coming together of East and West.

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The Price of Tao

The red-faced deity guarding the box stroked his meter-long beard and accepted the bribe

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • If they get my permission, passengers can smoke.

    A China United Airlines captain coming under fire after allowing passengers to smoke onboard, in violation of aviation law.

  • Many officials said that they would rather suffer heavier punishments than be exposed, but I told them that exposure is fundamental.

    Anti-corruption czar Wang Qishan on using naming and shaming to deter wayward officials.

  • If I can save him, then is there anyone I can’t save?

    Abbot of the Shaolin Temple Shi Yongxin explaining why he took disgraced educational entrepreneur Li Yang, who is accused of beating his wife, as a disciple.

  • High real estate prices are for the sake of housing the poor – how could the government afford to build low-income housing if they weren’t making big bucks from luxury developments?

    Economist Jin Yanshi was slammed for his attempts to defend China’s high housing prices.

  • Potential employers won’t worry that I’ll ask for maternity leave.

    An arts graduate from Hefei University on her decision to hold her newborn baby in her graduation photos in a swipe at gender discrimination in the Chinese labor market.

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Feeding Demand

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AT WHAT COST?

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Only One Chance

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AT CAPACITY

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Private Performance

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PUSHING THE LIMITS

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The Virus Maker

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One for All

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ADOPTION IS THE KEY

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The Bad Die Young

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Reaping the Benefits

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Who Needs Banks?

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STIFLED VOICE

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A SMARTER HELPING HAND

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BEAUTIFUL TOYS

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PONY TREKKING

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SHOCKING

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