Can China Create a “Small Government, Big Society”?

| February 3rd, 2013

The ushering in of China’s new President Xi Jinping later this year has caused a lot of discussion about what the future holds for China’s economic and political system. A string of recent issues have highlighted problems caused by corruption, rising inequity between cities and countryside, distrust of the government, and questions about how long 8-10% growth rates can continue. In 2011, in Wukan, Guangdong province, citizens revolted, kicking the local government out of town, over a disputed land deal. […]Read more…

Are the Diaoyu protesters behaving rationally?

| September 12th, 2012

Of mice and menace [By Jia Qiang/China.org.cn]

Have anti-Japanese sentiments gone too far in China in the wake of the intensification of the Diaoyu Islands controversy? Some Chinese writers think so. After Japanese activists landed on the islands to reassert Japanese ownership following Hong Kong activists’ landing, protests were sparked throughout China, and some protesters smashed Japanese cars.

Liu Wending, in a column that was published at China.org.cn, a website published by the State Council Information Office, wrote that “some [protesters] threatened […]Read more…

Nanchang train station puts fence around “benches”, highlights national seat shortage

| August 31st, 2012

Earlier in August, the Nanchang Train Station had trees planted surrounded by stone planters in the public square. Travelers took a seat on the stone surrounding the trees, but the train station administration responded by putting fences around the trees, preventing anyone from sitting.

Train stations are always crowded in China and rarely have enough seats to accommodate travelers, so many people were annoyed by the fences. Southern Weekly on August 2 published an op-ed  by Zuo Zhendong about the topic, […]Read more…

Shenyang turned into ghost town, shops closed on fear of counterfeit crackdown

| August 7th, 2012

From IFeng:

August 6, a large number of shops were closed in Shenyang, supposedly to avoid public security’s anti-counterfeiting crackdown.  Netizens on microblog said Shenyang is now almost a “ghost town”.

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Proposal of issuing large denomination RMB

| March 8th, 2012

From CNR.CN:

Are you ready for thousand yuan bills? Member of CPPCC National Committee, vice chairman of the Shangdong Federation of Industry and Commerce Zong Licheng suggested in a proposal, issuing 500 yuan or 1000 yuan denomination bills, in order to meet the economic and social development needs and to reduce the cost of currency in circulation. This message immediately triggered heated debate once appeared on the Internet.

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Why China doesn’t have its own Steve Jobs

| November 29th, 2011

(The commentary by Qiulin 邱林, translated from caixin.cn)

As millions of Chinese netizens mourned over Steve Jobs’ death, they also raised a question – why couldn’t China produce its own “Steve Jobs”? Former vice-president of Google global and president of Google China Kai-fu Lee explained on his weibo that it was because Chinese education puts too much emphasis on reciting and memorizing stuff instead of fostering critical thinking. He pointed out that it wasn’t that Chinese people are not smart […]Read more…

China releases Entertainment Restriction on TV programs

| November 25th, 2011

On Oct. 24th 2011, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) issued the Further Strengthening the TV Star Integrated Channel Program Management Advice (《关于进一步加强电视上星综合频道节目管理的意见》), aiming to curtail the excessive entertainment TV programs. The document is thus called by the Chinese public as another “Entertainment Restriction” (限娱令) on television programs.

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70 percent of Shanghai street blood donors are migrant workers

| October 3rd, 2011

From Netease:

According to the “Labor Daily” report, yesterday marks the 13th year of China’s “Blood Donation Law”. From totally depending on organization blood donation quota to voluntary blood donation on the street, residents of Shanghai have come a long way in these 13 years.

However, the recent report on street blood donors released by the health department caused endless disputes: 70% of the street blood donors are migrant workers, local white-collars and intellectuals rarely participated in these events. “Shanghainese people use […]Read more…

Male citizens in Shenzhen will enjoy 30 days paternity leave

| May 30th, 2011

From Daily Sunshine

forward many creative ideas. For example, the draft suggests female workers whose professional titles are above associate professors have flexible retirement. That is, if they are willing to work and they are healthy, they can ask for extending their retirement age to as old as men.

The draft also issued “habeas corpus” to prevent domestic violence. According to the regulations, court should protect the victim under the Civil Procedure as long as it receives the request of personal security […]Read more…

Female executive expelled for nude photo

| May 11th, 2011

From Shanghai Youth Daily:

The Nude picture Gate of Edison Chen, a popular young Hong Kong singer and actor, was the most shocking and frequently talked topic of China’s showbiz three years ago. In 2008, a repairman stole Edison’s nude pictures taken with other female actors and singers such as Cecilia Cheung, Gillian Chung and Maggie Q and uploaded them on the internet. But recently, a female executive lost her job because of downloading Edison’s nude picture onto the company’s computer.

Approaching […]Read more…

“Residents only pay 111 RMB/month for housing” Says China Statistics Bureau

| May 5th, 2011

From 21st Century Economic Report via Yahoo

Statistics Bureau said Chinese monthly expenditure of residential housing is 111 Yuan, which caused controversy

Key information: the result issued by China Statistics Bureau recently shows that the average monthly expenditure of one citizen is 1,123 Yuan, among which housing expenditure only costs 111 yuan, lower than expenses of food, transportation, communication, education, entertainment and clothing.

Is 3,000 personal income tax exemptions too high or too low?

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"No more time-travel drama", authority says it disrespects history

| April 3rd, 2011

From QQ:

Now there’s an interesting trend in China’s film and television industry: more and more time-travel themed dramas are made and aired. In these time-travel based TV plays, usually the protagonist is from the modern time and for some reasons and via some means, travels through time and all the way back to the ancient China where he/she will constantly experience the "culture shock" but gradually get used to it and eventually develop a romance in that era. Though […]Read more…

When low-rent housing becomes civil servant’s year-end bonus

| January 28th, 2011

From LWGCW:

When (春运 Chunyun) the mass passenger transportation is occurring around the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), to many people this means after a whole year of busy work, it is time to take a break to relax for a while. Of course, some are happy and some are sad. Unlike other company’s year-end bonus being a round-trip ticket, or traveling abroad, the unlucky ones like the employees at Youngor Textile Printing and Dyeing Co. in Ningbo (宁波雅戈尔日中纺织印染有限公司) received the […]Read more…

Villagers publicly humiliated in general assembly for obstructing government construction

| November 11th, 2010

Recently Hanbin District local government in Shaanxi Province held the public general assembly to demonstrate the criminal acts of 17 villagers for obstructing the government constructions.  Each criminal had a white cardboard hanging from their necks, with his/her name and crime written on it…  This news triggered some talks on the net.

Frist the news posted on most major media sites:

November 2, 2010, Hanbin District Government, Ankang City, Shaanxi Province held a public general assembly. 17 villagers who obstructed the important […]Read more…