Thursday, Aug 21, 2014, 12:19 PM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

Budget transparency is the key to tackling corruption

The lack of transparency and supervision of government budgets has been one of the major causes of widespread corruption

Commentary

Face the Fear

What can China do to prove her bona fides to small but crucial ASEAN partners?

Politics

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Tipping the Scale

With new recruitment guidelines, the Communist Party of China is looking to consolidate its rule by cutting loose legions of fair-weather members

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LEARNING TO LISTEN

The grassroots activities of mainland official Zhang Zhijun on his historic visit to Taiwan are being seen as an effort to foster a more reciprocal dialog across the Taiwan Strait

International

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PUTATIVE PARTNERSHIPS

Xi Jinping’s recent visit to South Korea shows common ground between the two countries, which analysts argue may reshape the geopolitical landscape in Northeast Asia

Society

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ACCOMMODATING COMMODITIES

The year 1984 marked China’s first big step toward a commodity-based – rather than a centrally planned – economic system. NewsChina looks into how market economics, long painted as the defining attribute of the capitalist system, began its journey into China’s socialist economy, with the support of then paramount leader Deng Xiaoping

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A STRENUOUS CLIMB

Atop a mountain 30 years ago, a group of young economists became the engineers of China’s reform, under the leadership of “architect-in-chief” Deng Xiaoping. Their words still resonate with every step the country takes

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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL RENAISSANCE

The year China’s tycoons jumped on board the new economic bandwagon

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CULTURAL HEATWAVE

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Chinese intellectuals tested the limits of public political debate by discussing concepts of culture

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MAN ABOUT TOWNS

NewsChina meets with Ruan Yisan, hailed as one of China’s most important conservationists who has been responsible for saving countless historic towns and sites from the wrecking ball

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Dark Days at the Red Hotel

Having survived half a century of upheaval, the Tianyi Hostel, Beijing’s “last outpost of private business” during the Cultural Revolution, has fallen victim to the realities of the modern Chinese economy

News Brief

Netizen Watch

Special Report

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PULLING RANK

Executives at China’s State-owned enterprises often hold a higher administrative position than those charged with their supervision. Unless the government can find a way to keep tabs on State-sector leaders, corruption will remain rife

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A TIGER’S TALE

The fall of a ranking People’s Liberation Army (PLA) general on corruption charges has sent ripples through the Chinese military – seen by many as the final frontier for the Communist Party’s anti-graft crackdown

Culture

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EVOLUTION OR EXTINCTION?

The runaway box office success of Transformers: Age of Extinction in China has not eclipsed controversies surrounding its approach to including “Chinese elements.” Can Hollywood and China produce a co-production that is both creatively and commercially valid?

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SERVANT TO TWO MASTERS

The Beijing People’s Art Theater (BPAT) serves a dual function as a mainstay of Chinese performing arts and as a bureau-level government organization established to produce polished propaganda for the Ministry of Culture. Ren Ming, BPAT’s fourth president, has spent his 27-year career balancing the interests of art and politics

Economy

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TARGET: 10 MILLION

Poverty alleviation director Liu Yongfu on the central government’s action plan to lift 10 million Chinese citizens out of poverty before 2015

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“BANKS SHOULD FIRST TREAT THEIR BORROW-ERS AS ENEMIES, THEN AL-LIES”

According to former deputy central bank governor Wu Xiaoling, new financial products, shadow banking and bad debt aren’t as problematic as they may seem

Outside In

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WALKING IN THE CLOUDS

Our writer explores this eerily pretty coastal mountain town in Taiwan that has inspired some of Asia’s greatest filmmakers

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Real good

Essay

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The Farther You Go, the Closer You Get

One day, I cycled along Chang’an Jie – “Avenue of Eternal Peace” in Chinese – imagining my parents visiting the capital as students in the early 80s

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Dung-sweeping Festival

We were in the grasslands, right where we wanted to be. There were no horses, but plenty of horizon. And that poop wasn’t going to scoop itself

World

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China’s new ambitions in Latin America are not without their challenges

There are both opportunities and obstacles facing China’s endeavor to woo ”America’s backyard”

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • Internet entrepreneurs never talk about history. They believe only in the future.

    Writer Wu Xiaobo criticizing short-termism among China’s Internet billionaires.

  • The middle section is missing from the Chinese sports ‘pyramid’ – there are a few top athletes and countless beginners, but we’ve lost the intermediates.

    Former basketball star Yao Ming criticizing China’s unbalanced sports system for focusing on prodigies and failing to help new enthusiasts develop into the next generation of stars.

  • My goal is to improve Sino-US relations and to rebuild the image of China’s wealthy.

    Controversial philanthropist Chen Guangbiao, smarting from a storm of criticism after a gaffe-plagued publicity stunt which involved the billionaire throwing a banquet for the homeless in New York Cit

  • Now I’m done with CCTV, I no longer need to be a moral paragon. So long as I don’t start soliciting prostitution, I’m in the clear.

    Former CCTV anchor Cui Yongyuan responding to critics who accuse him of political opportunism and selling his opinions to the highest bidder.

  • Most corruption cases will end with a broken home. Those with family ties to corrupt officials are rarely clean.

    Lin Zhe, a professor with the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China (CPC) quoting an anonymous official from the CPC ’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

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