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China's Xi Jinping: What has he achieved in his first year?

<b>Xi Jinping's visit to Beijing's Sijiqing retirement home last December was meant to be a routine inspection yielding pleasant photo opportunities.</b><p>Staying for less than an hour, China's president admired the library and dining room before pausing in the choir room to join in the chorus of an old …

Plugging China's talent pool

"Culture is not the main reason why most Chinese people leave. This is a romantic view. Most people leave China because of practical reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality."<p>This is the view of Li Chen, who moved to Hong Kong from the mainland two years ago.<p>A combination of …

Meddling with the media in Hong Kong | China

Since its handover from Britain to China in 1997, Hong Kong has been operating under ‘a one country, two system’ rule. The city was promised a high level of economic and social autonomy from the mainland, including freedom of the press.<p>For a while Hong Kong enjoyed one of the most free media …

Chinese battle to make land fertile again

People in China are increasingly having to deal with the environmental cost of their rapid economic growth.<p>A government report says nearly one-fifth of farmland in mainland China is polluted. The report was based on a study undertaken from April 2005 to last December on more than 2.4 million square …

Yue Yuen counts cost of China shoe strike, says most workers returned

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Most of the thousands of shoe factory workers who staged one of China’s biggest strikes over the past two weeks have returned to work after the company agreed to some of their core demands.<p>Workers protest during a strike as police stand guard at the factory area of …

China Tightens Law on Eating Rare Animals

World<p>China will jail people who eat rare animals for 10 years or more under a new interpretation of the criminal law, state media reported, as the government seeks to close a legal loophole and better protect the natural environment.<p>China lists 420 species as rare or endangered, including the …

Wildlife

You can find Mao's old apartment inside a mall in Shanghai

There’s a new commercial development in Shanghai, called the Jing An Kerry Center. It features glitzy retail and glassy office towers.<p>Nestled in the middle, not far from a Ferrari display, there’s a narrow, two-story apartment. It was once the home of Mao Zedong — the founding father of the …

China is reportedly thinking about building a bullet train that reaches America

China already has the world’s longest high-speed rail network. And the country aims to more than double the amount of high-speed railway by 2015 from the existing 10,000 km (6,000 miles) to 19,000 km—and eventually 25,000km by 2020. Officials want to build everything from an undersea railway tunnel …

Here’s who China has detained so far ahead of the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square

ChinaChange.org<p><b>This article was last updated on May 30 at 4:00 PM in Hong Kong.</b><p>Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Chinese government’s deadly June 4, 1989 crackdown on student protests in Tiananmen Square, Beijing is casting a wide net to round up would-be agitators.<p>The government has “routinely …

China’s new megalopolis would be bigger than Uruguay and more populous than Germany

China might not be willing to relocate its capital city, but it can make it bigger. The country’s top economic planner has reportedly drawn up a plan for a Beijing-centered “economic circle” (link in Chinese) that combines the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin and parts of Hebei province into …

China's human rights situation 'worst in decades'

First year under president Xi Jinping sees the most severe campaign against dissidents for decades<p>Sitting alone in his apartment in suburban Beijing, his estranged wife and young daughter far away in Hong Kong, 39-year-old Hu Jia knows his time is running out.<p>Soon, the police who watch the “Bobo …

Exclusive: Surprising Crackdown on China's Hottest Social Media Platform

Exclusive: Surprising Crackdown on China’s Hottest Social Media Platform<p>WeChat's halcyon days as a media outlet may be numbered.<p>Welcome to the big …

Another Brazen Attack on Hong Kong Media Sends a Chill Through the City

Just three weeks after noted Hong Kong editor Kevin Lau was stabbed in the street, masked men set upon two newspaper executives with iron bars — the …

Financial typhoon warning for Hong Kong

The city is showing worrying signs of being at the centre of the next financial crisis<p>The restaurants are fully booked, the shops are packed, the financial markets are booming. For Hong Kong things have, on the face of it, never been so good.<p>“One country, two systems” has proved to be a good deal …

China’s princelings are taking over its private equity industry

In China, family really is everything. Alvin Jiang, the 28-year-old grandson of former president Jiang Zemin and head of one of the country’s hottest private equity firms, stands to make millions from two of China’s largest initial public offerings—those of e-commerce giant Alibaba and state debt …

9 Reasons China Will Have Blue Skies

Chinese cities are poised for an environmental revolution like the one that transformed some rusting American industrial cities, like Pittsburgh, into “beautiful, blue skies” cities today, a leading urban economist said in Chicago Thursday.<p>China is home to 12 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities, …

China's Third Plenum: Don't Get Your Hopes Up

The Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress kicks off on November 9 to decide the economic policies that will steer China’s direction over the coming decade. Top leaders and the state media have been gushing about vague sweeping reforms, creating high expectations that may prove difficult to …

Associated Press News

China’s First Order of Business? It’s Not the Economy

<i>By Russell Leigh Moses</i><p>With growing indications that the Chinese leadership is currently meeting at the seaside resort of Beidaihe, many China-watchers and analysts are expecting that discussions there will set the stage for announcement of major economic reforms at this fall’s Party Plenum.<p>Clearly, …

Protesters drink pesticide in staged group suicide attempt in Beijing

Group from Heilongjiang province say promised jobs not provided for their children<p>Fri, Aug 16, 2013, 01:00<p>Twenty-one petitioners from northeast China …

New leader Xi Jinping opens door to reform in China

Under the new leadership of President Xi Jinping, a quiet process of reform is under way in China. If successful, it will transform the country's politics and the way it approaches the world.<p>Every leadership in the past two decades has altered and developed China's direction. Over the past 10 years …

PRI

China may be the world's most prolific copycat. It's brought us pirated DVDs, fake iPhones, and even entire fake Apple stores.<p>But what about knock-off architecture?<p>The city of Suzhou has a version of London's Tower Bridge. Hangzhou has a faux Eiffel Tower. Then there are the full-scale copycat …

Completion of world's tallest building delayed until 2014 as costs soar

China will be forced to wait at least another nine months in order to claim it is home to the world's tallest building after delays hit construction of the 2,750-foot (838-meter), 220-story high Sky City tower in Changsha. Developer BSB was originally scheduled to break ground in June and hoped to …

Drawing the News: Of Melons and Men

“This is called the civilized law enforcement all-in-one package…” A <i>chengguan</i> dealt Deng a fatal blow with a steelyard weight, which this officer has …

What a five-star hotel’s pool pee problems say about Shenzhen’s water shortage crisis

When temperatures in the southern megacity of Shenzhen hover around 90 degrees this time of year, people head to outdoor swimming pools in droves. But they might want to consider a drier way to cool off. Recent tests by Shenzhen authorities found that 14 out of 140 pools had overly high levels of …

Tibetan Exposes China from the Inside

A high-ranking Communist Party official has written a book exposing the crimes of the Chinese against Tibetans. His fellow party members still don't …

The Politics of a Slowing China

SINGAPORE – The recent financial turmoil in China, with interbank loan rates spiking to double digits within days, provides further confirmation that …

Could poor planning turn China’s city centers into slums?

U.S. exec Chip Starnes freed from China factory

BEIJING — U.S. businessman Chip Starnes walked to freedom Thursday after paying off the workers who held him hostage for six days in the factory he founded close to the Chinese capital. And now he plans to re-hire some of the very people who held him.<p>The dispute, sparked by worker worries about …