Friday, May 29, 2015, 5:57 PM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

How to make “Made in China 2025” a reality

The apparent decline in China’s manufacturing sector is taking place against the backdrop of other countries making a more concerted effort to develop homegrown

Commentary

China should adopt a comprehensive approach to realizing its “One Belt, One Road” initiative

Increased Chinese overseas investment requires better researched and coordinated efforts to secure both the safety of both Chinese workers and reliable investment

Society

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A NASTY NECESSITY

In spite of a favorable market, mass opposition to the PX chemical industry, exacerbated by a string of accidents, has embarrassed manufacturers and stunted growth

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AN INEVITABLE FLASHPOINT

An explosion at a controversial PX chemical plant, its second accident in 20 months, has further fueled criticism of ongoing government support for construction of potentially dangerous and environmentally unproven industrial projects

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OWN GOAL

The Chinese government has launched nationwide reform of the country’s soccer apparatus to a mixed reaction from the sports world and the public

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Swept Stakes

China’s growing lottery craze could sputter as authorities clamp down on online ticket sales in order to curb ‘rampant irregularities’

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GOING PUBLIC

An academic NGO has published China’s first overview of the country’s ongoing food safety problems. Their aim is to give ordinary, scandal-weary Chinese information about what is, and isn’t, safe to eat

Culture

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Break the System

Upstart art collectors Lin Han and his wife Lei Wanwan are making their mark on the global scene

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Into the Dust

NewsChina meets superstar singer, actor and movie producer Andy Lau, one of the legendary “heavenly kings” of Cantopop and one of the most recognizable faces in Chinese entertainment, to discuss his striking transformation in his latest movie, and his desire for roles that earn him more than just commercial success

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A Legend Revisited

As celebrated Chinese filmmaker Zhou Bing sets out to shoot his third documentary on Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang, NewsChina interviews Zhou to find out how he plans to avoid retreading his previous work

News Brief

Netizen Watch

Politics

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Dinner Party Politics

Video footage of a Chinese television celebrity singing a lewd song mocking Chairman Mao Zedong has rekindled ideological clashes between left and right in China

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The Name Game

Taiwan’s failed bid to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank illustrates the new reality Taipei will face in handling the cross-strait relationship

International

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Eastern Promise

Russia is stepping up efforts to tap the Asia Pacific region to make up for lost ground in European markets. Chinese investors, however, remain hesitant when responding to business overtures from the Russian bear

Economy

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HELICOPTER PARENTING

Will more free trade zones help or hinder China’s efforts to stop local governments from luring investment with special treatment?

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SHIFTING GEARS

Can Chinese automakers step their game up before foreign and joint-venture brands solidify their dominance?

History

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THE LOST WORLD

A collection of amateur photographs taken by a former attaché with the French embassy in Beijing gives a previously unseen view of China’s Cultural Revolution from an outsider’s lens

Outside In

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Old Dog, New Tricks

Dismiss this gem of a place as a mere tourist trap at your peril. Even in these days of widespread Disneyfication, there’s a lot more to Hangzhou than meets the eye

Essay

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Little Englanders

‘Rufus!’ For crying out loud!

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Strange Fruit

I discovered that, for my Beijing relatives and expat friends, familiarity was central to personal comfort.

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • We should attach the same importance to restrooms as we do to restaurants. We should make restrooms as clean as our living rooms, and as beautiful as scenic spots.

    Li Jinzao, director of the China National Tourism Administration, proposing making lavatories “a window on development.”

  • The national economy, especially private businesses, could not have made such rapid progress without shadow banking.

    Yale University finance professor Chen Zhiwu, speaking on the difficulty of getting access to bank loans in China, at the Bo’ao Forum for Asia.

  • According to our analysis, the rise of Chinese stocks was not due to GDP growth [as in other countries], but to monetary growth.

    Ha Jiming, Asia Pacific deputy director at Goldman Sachs, warning against overheating in China’s stock market resulting from the slowdown in the real economy.

  • While emphasizing the culture of our traditional festivals, we have ignored their relationship with nature, which has great significance to our perception of life.

    Zhang Yiwu, a Chinese literature professor at Peking University, advocating more “contact with nature” during festivals.

  • The closer China gets to the rest of the world, the more obvious the downside of nationalism becomes. Excessive nationalism may push neighboring countries to the opposite side and may pressure the government to formulate policies that will harm diplomatic relations.

    Wang Weijia, director of Chinese Enterprises Institute (CEI) , triggering debate by advocating cosmopolitanism.

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