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Smog as a Political Analogy

By Chang Ping, published: March 4, 2015 “Each and every part (of the petroleum industry) is basically a monopoly.”“Under a monopoly there can be no …


Rocky road ahead for sputtering China

China has cut its growth target for this year by half a percentage point to about 7 per cent, a level that would mark its slowest expansion in a quarter of a century.

It also ought to dispel any notion that its leadership can engineer a fairly smooth economic transition toward the greater …


Chinese premier cuts country's growth target

China’s premier Li Keqiang cut the nation’s growth target to “around” 7% on Thursday, reiterating the need to pursue reform as development slows and the likelihood of tougher times ahead for the world’s second largest economy.

Authorities have been stressing the need to carry out a transition from …


China knife attack suspect shot dead after wounding nine people

At least two assailants armed with knives have attacked people at a train station in southern China, injuring nine before police fatally shot one of the suspects, officials said.

The second suspect was captured, police in the city of Guangzhou said in a statement. The incident was still under …


Nepal airport closure leaves thousands stranded

Thousands have been left stranded after a plane skidded off the runway at Kathmandu airport, forcing the closure of Nepal's only international hub.

India has flown in experts to help remove the Turkish Airlines flight which veered off the runway early on Wednesday.

Those on board were not seriously …


China: Why 10 million is the key number

China's move to cut its growth target to 7% in 2015 from 7.5% last year has grabbed headlines, but the key number is the unchanged job creation target of 10 million.

During the annual meeting of China's legislators, Premier Li Keqiang set this year's GDP growth target at around 7%, which is the …


For China, Open Internet May Not Mean Diminished Patriotism

Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, Chinese netizens have seen their rights to write, read and interact online diminish gradually. The crackdown comes as Beijing aims to tighten up socio-political control and take on its critics.

But despite the tightening of access to the Internet, …


China needs a better middle income escape plan

Author: Derek Scissors, AEI

As China appears to be flirting with the middle income trap, the old development model is becoming increasingly …


5 Takeaways From China’s State-of-the-Nation Speech - WSJ

1 China’s ‘new normal’ is slower, but not slow.

The lowered growth target of about 7% is the lowest in over a decade, but still — Chinese state media reminded — fast for a major economy. A willingness to see an economic free-fall after years of heady growth it isn’t. Mr. Li several times cited the …


China’s Military Spending Swells Again Despite Domestic Headwinds - China Real Time Report - WSJ

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By Andrew S. Erickson and Adam P. Liff

China raised its official 2015 defense budget 10.1% to 886.9 billion yuan ($141.5 billion), the government announced Thursday on the opening day of the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress. Though the real-world impact of these increases …


China's Space Plans Could Include Destroying U.S. Communication Satellites

The country wants to become the number one space power

The rising military tensions between China and the United States aren't limited to the sea, the air, and the internet. A new Bloomberg report says that China might be working on blocking U.S. military communication from space.

The story draws …


Beijing’s Black Jails


First time Brunei: Southeast Asia's most underrated stopover destination

Often overlooked by travellers as a viable Southeast Asian layover port, the sultanate of Brunei Darussalam boasts majestic mosques, swathes of virgin rainforest, an entire 'suburb' on stilts, and a thriving food scene well worth stopping by to soak up for a couple of days in transit.

Nestled …


Singapore Tops the Economist’s List As the World’s Costliest City

Singapore skyline at night. travel oriented / Flickr
Skift Take:
The list is also packed with 10 destinations high on many travelers' wish lists.— …


China military budget 'to rise 10%'

China's military budget will rise by about 10% in 2015, an official says.

Fu Ying, spokeswoman for China's annual parliament session the National People's Congress (NPC), gave the "rough" figure and said it was in line with overall spending growth.

A formal announcement will be made on Thursday when …


China’s Great Wall Of Debt

China’s great leap forward economically has now led the communist nation to join its developed rivals in the major debtors club. With growth slowing, …


Shanghai's Free-Trade Zone Fails to Impress U.S. Companies

By Colum Murphy

SHANGHAI--U.S. companies in Shanghai are skeptical about the business benefits of the city's pilot free-trade zone and have echoed …


Chill-out China: tropical island adventures on Hainan

The view from the knockabout beach bar is a classic: the afternoon sun glares off sugary sand as the ocean steams and rolls on top of it. A group of after-school teenagers run out in their wetsuits, planting board to belly as they plop into the surf. One of them is wearing a tell-tale straw hat …


Shaolin Monks Put Payment Down on First Foreign Temple - China Real Time Report - WSJ

China’s Shaolin Temple, known for its legendary martial arts, wants to replicate its ancient ways Down Under – and it is prepared to pay up to support its vision.

Abbot Shi Yongxin handed over a check of more than 4 million Australian dollars ($3.13 million) to Joanna Gash, mayor of Shoalhaven, in …


China's Latest Silent Spring: FON and IPE's Websites Crash after Chai Jing’s Documentary Goes Viral

Promoting public awareness and dialogue about China’s vast air pollution problem is important. Recent research shows that the country is suffering …


They Call It ‘Brushing’: The Dark Art of Alibaba Sales Fakery - China Real Time Report - WSJ

Faking online orders, or “brushing,” as it is called in China, involves paying people to pretend to be customers. It lets vendors pad their sales figures and, in theory, boost their standing on online marketplaces. As WSJ’s Gillian Wong, Kathy Chu and Juro Osawa report, it’s rampant on e-commerce …


In Beijing, political pomp abounds as China kicks off 'two meetings'

China began its annual political high season on Tuesday with pomp and circumstance at Beijing's Great Hall of the People. President Xi Jinping and more than 2,000 delegates -- including former basketball star Yao Ming -- convened for the opening session of the nation’s top legislative advisory body.


Why Has This Environmental Documentary Gone Viral on China’s Internet?

With evidence of ties strengthening between Beijing and Moscow—over energy contracts, the handling of the Ukraine, and their diplomats' stance toward …


Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.

The investigation of three …


China's Weekend Rate Cuts Worrisome, But Long Term Money Not Giving Up

Usually, stock market investors like interest rate cuts. But Saturday’s decision by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) to lower interest rates is really a downer, says Craig Botham, an emerging markets economist at Schroders, a London-based investment bank with $447.7 billion in assets under …


Alibaba shares are at an all-time low — and people are asking questions about fake customers

Alibaba shares are at an all-time low.

On Tuesday, shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant were down more than 2.5% to trade below $82 for the first time since the company went public in September.

Since hitting their all-time highs in early November, shares of the company are down more than 30%.

And a …


The Story of Peking Ravioli

Peking ravioli are to dumplings what dollar slices are to pizza: even at their worst, they’re still good. Doughy, greasy, and crisp-bottomed, they …


Twin historic traumas shape Xi Jinping’s China presidency

BEIJING — It was a homecoming for Chinese President Xi Jinping.To mark China’s Spring Festival, Xi made a visit in mid-February to the small northern …


Beijing Quietly Curbs Discussion of Documentary on Air Pollution

BEIJING—A deeply emotive documentary on air pollution by a well-known journalist was quickly praised by a top government official, but after it drew some 100 million views online over the weekend, censors stepped in to tamp down the buzz, according to several accounts.

Produced by former state …


Northern China’s Water Deficit

There has been much doom and gloom recently in the media about water supplies in Brazil. Sao Paolo, Brazil’s economic hub, is running out of water …