Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014, 2:48 AM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

Innovation will boost science and technology research

China’s reform of its science and technology systems has fallen behind – a hindrance to technological advances and innovation.

Commentary

The problem with China’s finance sector is too much regulation, not a lack of it

In order to bring vitality, competition and innovation to the domestic finance market, China should deregulate it

Politics

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Laying Down the Law

China is trying to guide growing legions of petitioners away from Party and government departments and towards the judiciary in a bid to create greater “rule of law”

Society

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COMPLEX PROBLEMS

A renewed wave of violence and terrorism across China stemming from Xinjiang has awakened Beijing to the arrival of radical Islamism within its own borders

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WHERE CULTURES COLLIDE

Xinjiang’s rich and lengthy history is one of cultural integration as well as conflict

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A Storm in a Rice Bowl

A seemingly innocuous incident in an experimental rice paddy has re-ignited public debate over the ethics of genetically modified crops

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EVERYBODY WAS CAGEFIGHTING

In China – a country with a distinct lack of modern action heroes – mixed martial arts franchise UFC has caught the attention of a population struggling to place its proud kung-fu history into a modern context

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MURDER IN GOD’S NAME

The brutal and unprovoked murder of a woman, in public, by members of a fringe religious group, has resulted in renewed media interest in China’s underground “cults”

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A GRIM PROGNOSIS

A shortage of palliative care centers and ingrained taboos surrounding death have made dying with dignity a virtual impossibility in China

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There is a consensus that religion can provide an important resource for the rebuilding of social

Religion can do more for social progress in China, according to one leading academic

History

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A BANG,  A WHIMPER

The rarely-told story of how prominently North Korea figured in China’s attempts to establish relations with the US in the 1970s offers a valuable insight into both historical and contemporary issues affecting all parties with interests on the Korean Peninsula

News Brief

Netizen Watch

International

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Driving Forces

For Britain, China is no longer just a source of cheap imports. It is a major client that needs to be wooed

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HOLDING OUR BREATH

Is there any hope for a peaceful solution to the situation in the South China Sea?

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INDUSTRIAL PARK TO FACILITATE GROWTH

The southern city of Ningbo is on the frontier of the grand project to upgrade China’s industry

Economy

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Failure to Kickstart

A lack of original ideas and concerns over intellectual property protection are standing in the way of crowdfunding’s successful transplantation to the Chinese market

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BEATING THE CROWDS

Increasingly adventurous elite Chinese tourists are fuelling a market for high-end bespoke travel agencies

Culture

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CROSSING OVER

One of Taiwan’s most recognizable public figures, Lung Ying-tai has made the daunting transition from popular media critic to policymaker. Our reporter met with Lung in Taipei in May, for an exclusive interview focusing on her experiences over her past two years in office, and her hopes for Taiwan

Outside In

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STEEPED IN CULTURE

China has several tea-tourism destinations, but few can claim the pedigree enjoyed by the area around Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province. Our writer sets off on a tea binge across town and country, braving hawkers and insect bites, in search of the perfect leaf

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Summer on a Stick

Essay

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The Red Guard and the Landlady

When I asked Auntie what she did as a Red Guard, she waved vaguely to the south. “We struggled against landlords.”

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My Friend, the Boss

I told him where I was from and he leaned over to grab the nearest guitar

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • Many people, myself included, believed that society would be purified if we imprisoned or executed more corrupt officials. However, it turns out that apples always go bad unless you change their soil.

    Deng Fei, former chief reporter for Phoenix Weekly, discussing corruption in Southern Metropolis Weekly.

  • It is sheer bullying to try to prevent a price drop in the real estate market.

    Billionaire real estate magnate Pan Shiyi decrying attempts by local governments to avert a housing crash.

  • People are fortunate not to have lived through the Cultural Revolution, but they are unfortunate to be utterly ignorant of that period in history.

    Shi Hang, editor of Zhang Yimou’s Cultural Revolution-themed Coming Home, on young people’s inability to comprehend the historical context of the movie.

  • Given that most historical records remain restricted in China, Chinese readers have grown accustomed to learning history from fiction. Don’t fear ‘dull’ history books – if you have a chance to read them, take it.

    Inner Mongolian writer Alai on the poor uptake of non-fiction books in China.

  • Netizens should not be blamed. They awoke me to the conflict between private and State employees. It is time for us to change our public image.

    He Xiangjiu, a member of the CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference), responding to an outcry in response to a mooted pay rise for government employees.

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AT WHAT COST?

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NO ENDGAME

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Flight of Fantasy

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PUSHING THE LIMITS

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AT CAPACITY

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DEATH OF A POET

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One for All

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