Thursday, Apr 17, 2014, 8:50 AM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

Livelihoods are improved through practices, not promises

Pledges are certainly welcome, but delivering on them would be even more so

Commentary

The college entrance exam keeps China’s universities stuck in the past

The core of college entrance exam reform lies in weakening government influence over admissions

Politics

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WHO INSPECTS THE INSPECTORS?

While most commentators agree that transparency is the more effective check on official misbehavior, closed-door self-policing remains the norm in China. Indeed, to many Chinese officials, “openness” in government is a one-way ticket to the Party’s collapse

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GOING EASY ON ENTREPRENEURS

China seems to be quietly abolishing its infamously severe punishments for white-collar crime

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‘MAN OF THE PEOPLE’

Xi Jinping’s series of unannounced photo-ops in Beijing marks an unprecedented shift in the PR efforts of China’s usually secretive leaders

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GROWTH OR REFORM

China’s leadership are trying to give themselves some wiggle room in balancing frequently conflicting objectives

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NEW HINTS

After a year of assertiveness in its defense and foreign policies, China’s new leadership reaffirms its “proactive” approach at the National People’s Congress

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ROAD WARRIOR

One outspoken official has spent ten years trying to put the brakes on China’s “corruption on wheels”

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TOUGH QUESTIONS

At the yearly session of China’s top legislature, one delegate is demanding answers

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TOOTHLESS, BUT NOT VOICELESS

This outspoken delegate to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) still believes that talking can make a difference

Culture

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A SILVER BEAR FOR A DARK HORSE

With his recent awards success at the Berlin Movie Festival, Chinese actor Liao Fan has finally been rewarded for his persistence in pursuing the complex and unpopular. But will this change Chinese perceptions of what constitutes a “marketable” star?

News Brief

Netizen Watch

Society

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HYDRO POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY

The Central Committee for Discipline Inspection has trained its crosshairs on the State-owned Three Gorges Corporation - putting a previously untouchable prestige project in the firing line of its expanding anti-corruption campaign

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LEFT IN THE DUST

China’s central government is being called upon to help the country’s vast population of black lung sufferers

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HEAVY LIFTING

China’s authorities are finally talking tough on air pollution. But there remains debate over how to solve the problem – and even its causes

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LEARN OR EARN?

China’s ongoing poverty problem continues to thwart efforts to eradicate child labor

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UP IN THE AIR

A string of accidents involving domestically-built passenger planes is casting a shadow on the larger models in the pipeline

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CREDIT AT ALL COSTS

A familiar sight on the streets of China, official pawnshops are an impotant constituent of the country’s vast shadow banking sector. NewsChina looks into the future role of this market in China’s investment landscape

Economy

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RALLYING CRY

Privately-owned Chinese car brands hope to take the fight to their foreign and joint-venture competition. Will they be able to level the playing field?

Outside In

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THE GHOSTS ARE GONE

Ordos, once a city-sized metaphor for unsustainable development, may be on the rise

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Culinary Therapy

Essay

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On the Offensive

Had I done the same in London, I’d have been lucky to get away with a black eye.

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Who ya gonna call?

Considering how many people will freely give personal phone numbers, it should be easy – in China, that’s just how business is done.

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • The workers from some food processing plants never eat what they produce. Nor do farmers – because they know what goes into their products. We need a network of food tasters to guarantee quality.

    Guangdong entrepreneur Zhou Yifeng on China’s poor food standards.

  • Many remote villages have seen none of the benefits of reform – access to education and medical services remain the same as ever. So where have the benefits gone?

    Shu Hongbing, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, on China’s benefit gap.

  • “[In some provinces], those who have violated family planning regulations are fined much more than those who deliberately contribute to pollution. We need to get our priorities straight.”

    Wang Xiaokang, president of the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group, on an appropriate response to China’s growing pollution problem.

  • Since we can’t predict earthquakes, exactly what function do our seismological bureaus serve?

    Lawyer Zhu Lieyu arguing that China’s controversial seismological bureaus are wasting public money.

  • In some respects, China has only one university, the University of the Ministry of Education. All other universities are franchises.

    Vice-president of the Beijing-based China University of Mining and Technology Jiang Yaodong mocking government intervention in academia.

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