Friday, Feb 27, 2015, 8:26 AM CST – China

Visual Report

Editorial

Deregulation is the key to a robust financial system and a healthy economy

It is imperative for China to reform its financial sector, breathing life into private business

Commentary

It is time for Asia’s voice to be heard

There is simply no merit to continuing to exclude the views of the developing world when it comes to our financial future

Politics

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THE BLAME GAME

Although the government’s pledge to establish rule of law in China has led to the overturning of a number of wrongful convictions, a lack of a robust accountability mechanism is holding legal reform back

Economy

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NEW FISCAL FACES

China’s economy will not relive the breakneck narrative of the last three decades. It will likely undergo not just a change of gear, but a change of engine. The uncertainty lies in the tempo of these coming changes

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BOOM AND BOOM

Having seen unprecedented growth in 2014, 2015 will likely be another iconic year for Internet businesses in China, the world’s largest e-commerce market

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GAME CHANGERS

NewsChina sits down with John and Doris Naisbitt, authors of the new book Global Game Change, to discuss China’s role in what they have termed the ‘global southern belt’ that, they believe, will soon be driving the world economy

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FOOL’S BLACK GOLD

Heilongjiang, a province long reliant on oil, is struggling to scrub its economy up to meet looming challenges

Culture

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BETTER ECOSYSTEM, BRIGHTER FUTURE

China's movie industry saw continued growth in 2014, and its increased openness is making waves in Hollywood. Are we seeing the birth of an industrial giant?

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TUBE RULES

A new policy has spurred the improvement of TV show production in China. However, the growing popularity of online video platforms poses an unprecedented challenge

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Jiang Wen: ‘The most important thing is to have something to say, even if you don’t speak well’

The release of Jiang Wen’s latest work Gone with the Bullets once again saw China’s superstar director singled out for praise and criticism in equal measure. NewsChina met with Jiang to discuss his ideas, his goals and how he deals with critics

Environment

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RESTRUCTURE THE POLLUTION COMPLEX

Given that China’s smog is largely caused by the country’s coal-fired, road-bound heavy industry, industrial restructuring is essential in the fight against pollution

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‘MONEY ITSELF IS NO GUARANTEE OF POLLUTION CONTROL’

News Brief

Netizen Watch

International

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BUENAS VISTAS

China and the US seem to have avoided misreading each other’s intentions in Latin America. Beijing’s interests in the region appear largely economic, and though China has avoided repeating the mistakes of others, it has yet to learn from its own missteps elsewhere

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BEIJING TO THE RESCUE?

Debate over whether China should help Russia stabilize its currency amid denials from Moscow that it needs Chinese help reflects the subtle complexities of this newly established quasi-alliance

Society

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SOARING AMBITIONS, TOUGH REALITIES

In 2014, China began implementing a round of reforms in both elementary and higher education. However, problems and challenges still abound, with a consensus still yet to be reached on where the country’s education system should be headed

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UNENDING REFORM

2015 will be a crucial year for revitalizing China’s stalled attempts to overhaul its healthcare system

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DYNAMIC DEMOGRAPHY

Given that China’s efforts to tackle its demographic problem in 2014 have brought limited results, the country is gearing up to launch a new policy package this year, billed as its most diverse and comprehensive yet

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CHINA GETS GLOBALIZED

In the globalization age, competition for international talent is expected to heat up, constituting a growing challenge for Chinese policymakers

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ALL IN THE GAME

As Chinese mainland students in Taiwan begin to get involved in student politics, they face mudslinging, manipulation and prejudice

Outside In

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The Silk Railroad

Few foreign visitors to Xinjiang in China’s northwest make the journey by train–even fewer would ever consider going during the region’s punishing winter. Our writer braves minus-20 temperatures in order to beat the tourist crowds

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Bean there, done that

Essay

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Christmas Miracles

The silence draws out uncomfortably. Then, he flashes me a smile – and breaks into song

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A Taobao Tale

Think sending live scorpions in the post is a bad idea? Think again

Media Focus

Cultural Listings

China By Numbers

What They Say

  • My father taught me to take short-cuts.

    Liu Decheng, son of disgraced ministerial-level official Liu Tienan, on his family values.

  • China’s anti-corruption campaign has suppressed the symptoms, but has yet to fix the root causes. A permanent cure would be to improve and re-design the system.

    Economist Wu Jinglian calling for deeper institutional reform to tackle corruption.

  • It was my first time using a squat toilet, in full view of 10 inmates and a guard, with another person coming in to wash his hands. It was the biggest comedown of my life.

    Taiwanese movie star Ko Chen-tung, also known as Kai Ko, on conditions in the mainland prison where he has been incarcerated since August 2014 for drugs offenses.

  • It is quite hard to have a clear understanding of any country, and even harder to understand a rapidly changing China. He who can explain China well should win a Nobel prize.

    Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University, on the complexity of China.

  • Although China long ago waved goodbye to poverty and is developing rapidly, people still have a strong sense of inferiority. Having no clear idea about China’s new status, they have little confidence in their country, still seeing her as backward in all areas.

    Peking University professor Zhang Yiwu arguing against pessimism.

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