Thursday, Apr 2, 2015, 6:43 AM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

China’s bold new environment law will likely remain hamstrung

The new law fails to address some major issues behind China’s deteriorating environmental situation.

Commentary

Free Trade Zones Serve Domestic and International Agendas

China is preparing for a greater role in reshaping global trade

Society

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GRAND AMBITIONS

Years of restoration work have made the Palace Museum, better known as the Forbidden City, a more open and user-friendly place for visitors. Yet many believe the complex still falls short of being a genuinely world-class museum. NewsChina attempts to get an insider perspective

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GUARDING THE GATES

High-tech equipment and modern methodology are finally beginning to play a key role in the management of Beijing’s Palace Museum, perhaps the country’s most impressive and important historic site

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SHAN JIXIANG: “WE ARE MAKING AN EFFORT TO CATCH UP”

NewsChina secures an exclusive interview with Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum, which is aiming to shed a stuffy image and become a truly world-class museum worthy of its glorious setting

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STRETCHING THE THIN BLUE LINE

The terrorist attack in March 2014 has left Kunming’s security forces overstretched. With front-line police officers under enormous pressure, authorities are adopting more holistic management methods

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DIVORCED UNAWARES

A loophole in Chinese marriage law enables one party to divorce another without notifying them

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LOVE VIRTUALLY

The Internet has no shortage of solutions to the problems of China’s loneliest

Sports

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THE ‘NEARLY MAN’ OF PING PONG

Over his 18-year professional career, ping pong player Wang Hao won 18 world championships, but never claimed an Olympic gold medal, despite making it to the final three times. Is his surprise retirement, one year before the 2016 Olympics, a decision made in regret or relief?

Environment

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TRASH TALK

The West’s waste and its impact on Chinese lives and the environment are placed under the microscope in a provocative new documentary

News Brief

Netizen Watch

Politics

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MILITARY DISCIPLINE

The recent publicity surrounding an anti-corruption investigation into dozens of senior military officers indicates that China’s leadership is expanding its anti-graft and legal reform into unprecedented fields

International

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PARADE DIPLOMACY

A military parade planned by China to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII has led to speculation over the intent behind it. NewsChina digs deeper

Culture

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In Her Own Words

Does previously unknown poet Yu Xiuhua really deserve her reputation as “China’s Emily Dickinson,” or have her gender, her cerebral palsy and even her rural home caused the literary world to get carried away with her achievements?

Economy

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ADJUSTING THE DOSAGE

An underground market for generic Indian pharmaceuticals is growing in China, with medical patients risking prosecution and even poisoning. The problem is unlikely to go away unless China’s healthcare system is repaired, and the country’s generic drug industry can meet a growing demand

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IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT

The expansion of cab-hailing apps is set to challenge a long standing State-backed oligopoly in the taxi industry

Outside In

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SOUTHERN BELLE

Tell any Taiwanese that you’re going to Tainan, and that morsel of information will quickly dominate the rest of the conversation.

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Links to the Past

Essay

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Furniture, Unfurnished

Roughly 10 paces into the IKEA experience, everyone already seems to be completely exhausted

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Bare Branches

We walked around the ladies in a clockwise circle, like embarrassed lions scoping out prey that was avoiding eye contact

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • Some believe ‘the farther to the left, the safer the country,’ while others believe ‘the farther to the right, the more just the country.’ Both sides are at an extremity, which fuels hostility and further narrows the space given to mutual understanding.

    Cao Lin, chief commentator of the China Youth Daily, calling for rational debate over mud-slinging.

  • Don’t prod my wound, OK?

    Star director Jiang Wen responding to a question about China’s censorship system during the 2014 Hong Kong International Film Festival.

  • Don’t be hostile to the rich and powerful. A healthy society should encourage legal wealth creation. Farmers will not get rich by killing their landlords.

    Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, joining other super-rich Chinese protesting increased taxes as a means to narrow the country’s income gap.

  • It is a sign of progress that many local governments have weakened or canceled GDP indexes as measures of economic development. However, we have to note that to completely ignore GDP is to go to an extreme.

    Tsinghua University economics professor He Maochun calling for a rational perspective on GDP data without completely sidelining it.

  • When it comes to dealing with foreigners, especially Americans, many experts and academicians, baptized in neoliberalism, have grown accustomed to ‘thinking of the other, never of oneself’ for fear of offending Uncle Sam.

    Jiang Yong, a researcher with China’s Center for National Strategy Studies, opposing China giving too much ground to the US in bilateral relations.

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