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Old Dreams for a New China

Ever since China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, first uttered the phrase “China Dream” last year, people in China and abroad have been scrambling to …

Associated Press News

Roots of Chinese Officials' Lies

To understand China's politics you have to learn how her officials speak.<p>Princeton Professor Emeritus Perry Link draws on 30 years' worth of notes about the Chinese language's quirks to construct a revealing picture of how Chinese involved in politics think. The country may have been torn apart by …

China

Homeschooling Becomes More Popular in China

Unhappy with the rigid teaching style of traditional schools and recent student abuse scandals, some tiger moms in China are keeping their kids at home.<p>According to a recent survey of 18,000 parents in mainland China who have expressed interest in homeschooling their children, some 2,000 of them …

Shanghai Authorities Demolish Artist’s Compound

In another sign that China’s property market is heating back up, Shanghai authorities last week knocked down part of an artist’s compound in an affluent part of the city, culminating in a stand-off that led to a few minor injuries.<p>The forced demolition of the Changning district’s Yuan Gong Art …

Researcher Puts China's Local Government Debt at $3.3 Trillion

BEIJING—A Chinese government researcher estimates that China's practices of borrowing heavily to fuel investment-driven growth have as much as doubled local government debt in just two years to around 20 trillion yuan ($3.3 trillion).<p>The researcher, Liu Yuhui of the Chinese Academy of Social …

Economics

How China Lost Its Mojo: One Town's Story

Once Booming Yantian Looks for New Sources of Growth<p>YANTIAN, China—Not long ago, this factory town in southeastern China was an emblem of the country's massive export boom. Today, it is a symbol of China's struggle to sustain a growth streak.<p>Low wages, easy access to overseas markets, and a …

China

In China, anger grows over abuse of street vendors

BEIJING — In a country infamous for heavy-handed officials, the government employees who harass and sometimes beat and extort money from street vendors are among the most despised.<p>Their official name is “chengguan,” which means city management, but the word has become slang for someone who uses …

In China, 'red nobility' trumps egalitarian ideals

Relatives of communist China's founding fathers enjoy privileged status in politics and business that runs counter to party ideology.<p>March 04, 2013|By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times<p>Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping, right, and President Hu Jintao… (Andy Wong, Associated Press )<p>BEIJING — …

China

Shanghai: life in the megacity – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2013/feb/15/shanghai-china-megacity-in-pictures<p>720<p>Luca Isola, an Italian, moved to Shanghai in 2004, and …

Walking Shanghai: from the 14th century to the future

I had been marching for four hours in 30C heat along the hard shoulder of a busy dual carriageway. With me was a young woman, barely four feet tall. …

A vegetarian food tour in Shanghai

Ask any vegetarian who's been to Asia about the food and they will tell you something along these lines: "I told them I was vegetarian and they …