Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014, 4:48 AM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

China’s climate change deal is a triumph

China’s leaders are aware that climate change is a major global threat and that China, as the world’s biggest carbon emitter, has an

Commentary

Vision Down Under

Xi Jinping’s visit to Australia and New Zealand has set a new tone for regional dynamics

Politics

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WHISTLING INTO THE WIND

China’s ongoing anti-corruption drive has resulted in a greater need to protect whistleblowers. Do the Supreme People’s Procuratorate’s newly revised regulations go far enough?

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DEBATING DEATH

A draft amendment to China’s Criminal Law is undergoing its first reading by the top legislature, fueling debate on whether the country should scrap the death penalty for nine currently capital crimes

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MAKING WAVES

Recent exposure of China’s new stealth jet fighters has reignited speculation over the progress of its secretive aircraft carrier program

Society

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BAD MEDICINE

A massive cheating scandal exposed during this year’s national pharmacist exam diet has brought attention to the problems and prejudices keeping the industry from modernizing

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FILES NAILED

Chinese workers are getting fed up with paying a yearly fee for the file the government keeps on them

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Second-generation Little Emperors

With the children of China’s One Child Policy becoming parents themselves, traditional beliefs clash with modern parenting

Culture

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PRAYER AND PROFIT

Monk Shi Chizhong is auctioning prayer beads and paintings to pay for renovations to the Huanglong Temple in Yunnan Province. But some accuse him of selling his soul

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An Underground Revolution

Through his experiment to turn a “space” into a “place,” designer Zhou Zishu tries to find a way to bring life and dignity to Beijing’s basement dwellers

Environment

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Trash Talk

The Beijing government is relaunching a garbage incinerator project which was suspended five years ago due to neighborhood protests. Why are the authorities determined to see this unpopular project realized?

News Brief

Netizen Watch

Special Report

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PARTISAN PARTNERSHIPS

Despite landmark deals reached between the US and China during the recent APEC summit in Beijing, the world’s two largest economies remain in competition for leadership in East Asia

International

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COMMON GROUND

Contrary to media speculation following the US drawdown in October, 2014, China’s enhanced role in Afghanistan is likely to be specialized according to Beijing’s foreign policy priorities which, when it comes to Afghanistan at least, broadly coincide with those of the West

Economy

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A SILVER LINING

Sustainable growth in China is unlikely to arrive on a silver platter

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INVESTING IN INVESTMENT

China’s reform of its foreign investment policies matters to all investors, and will set the roadmap for China’s ambitions as a new international rule maker

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PHARMS RACE

Following the expiry of Pfizer’s Chinese patent on Viagra, the little blue pill is set to face increasing competition in China’s lucrative market place

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TRULY TRANSGLOBAL

With its ongoing high-speed rail diplomacy and various international financial initiatives, has China adopted its own version of the Marshall Plan?

Outside In

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Family Matters

You can barely move in Zhouzhuang without bumping into an ancient something-or-other. While the relics are well preserved, the town’s real pull is its honor roll of prominent residents

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Bubble bubble

Essay

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Love, Or Best Offer

Supply and demand for love in China can feel as cruel as the housing market, and you’d be forgiven for confusing the two

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Finding My Voice

I caught flashes of patrons lounging on couches, microphone or cigarette in hand. Their eyes were fixed on the lyrics crawling across their dedicated screens as they belted out indecipherable local hits

World

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China needs genuine rule of law

Establishing rule of law means that society as a whole, including political parties, governments and individuals, should be subject to the law

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • Why do I have to go to school? The income from my parents’ real estate holdings will last me three lifetimes.

    A middle school student whose parents own a total of 14 houses triggering debate over China’s growing legion of “little emperors.”

  • What I regret is that I never had more children. I am especially jealous of the young people who are allowed to have a second baby. I should have been surrounded by my children in retirement.

    Real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang on his personal regrets.

  • Some people worried that [the tiger] would end up on a dinner table or as a floor covering. Nonsense! We have taken so much care of this ‘honored guest’ that we are practically worshiping it!

    Chen Zhigang, forestry director of Luobei county, Heilongjiang Province, on a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russia that has recently made its way into his jurisdiction.

  • Even though Sino-US relations aren’t the best, we have to prevent them degrading because of the interests of each individual power. Without a new understanding of bilateral relations, however, this is unavoidable.”

    Wang Yiwei, an international relations researcher from Renmin University, encouraging diplomats to “reset” Sino-American relations

  • We have to rethink why those paragons lauded in the media bear little relation to their real-life selves. It’s time to stop putting people on pedestals.

    Commentator Wang Chuantao of the China Youth Daily on the fraud charges against hero-turned-conman Lei Chunian who reportedly rescued a number of classmates from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Lei late

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