• Zhang Tianyi

    Encouraging young entrepreneurs in China

    July 22, 2014

    Just as college seniors in China were preparing to make the transition out of the academic cocoon in May, China’s State Council announced a plan to roll out a series of policies designed to support student entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. The goal, it said, was to provide backing for 800,000 young entrepreneurs between 2014 and […]

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HK protests
July 17, 2014

“Once the draconian implications of the Basic Law became apparent, the first of the now annual protests was held in Hong Kong on 1 July 2003. They have taken place every year since, culminating this year in an event that even by conservative estimates was huge. The law continues to generate huge controversy and worries amongst the locals and on a non-governmental level has increased the tensions between HongKongers and visitors from the mainland.”

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Stocks01
July 15, 2014

“For China’s stock markets to play their full part in the country’s further economic and social development, there needs to be wholesale reform not only of the regulatory framework directly relating to the exchanges but also entrenchment of the rule of law and the removal of Communist Party influence on business. Such politico-economic reform poses a fundamental challenge to the policy division that the Party has maintained since 1989 in which reform is allowed only in the economic, not in the political, sphere.”

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football
July 8, 2014

“China has struggled when it comes to producing world-class football players, mainly due to the top-down control across all areas of Chinese sport, which is a legacy of Mao-era central planning. China’s Sports Law means that neither the CFA nor the local FAs act as representative associations for football’s stakeholders, which means they are in direct breach of the FIFA Constitution.”

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Beijing_798 Art Zone
July 4, 2014

“Who are wenqing, and how one can tell them apart from the “normal” or “awkward” youth? Photos from Internet memes suggest that they tend to appear or behave in a more sophisticated manner, exhibiting a preference for more unconventional forms of self-expression while not appearing ridiculously out-of-place like the laughable 2B youth. The term 2B is derived from the slang phrase Er Bai Wu, or 205, which is a derogatory expression for people who behave in silly or idiotic ways.”

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middleclass
July 2, 2014

“In the last several decades China’s economic development and relative political stability have functioned to some degree in a self-sustaining loop. China’s rapid economic growth has been largely dependent on exports, but as the price of labour goes up along with the purchasing power of Chinese citizens, there is a concerted governmental push to increase domestic consumption. Last year outgoing premier Wen Jiabao stressed “We should unswervingly take expanding domestic demand as our long-term strategy for domestic development.” Continuing China’s economic expansion by enlarging and enriching the Chinese middle class is now one of the central goals of the Chinese Communist Party.”

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100_0905 (Copy)
June 26, 2014

“Surprisingly for some, China recently overtook Britain as the top source of New Zealand residence approvals between July 2012 and June 2013. A total of 5,794 Chinese were approved for residence during this period, compared to 5,184 Britons. There are now more than 161,000 people of Chinese origin in the country, up 16% on just seven years ago.”

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feministprotest
June 25, 2014

“The low priority given to domestic violence legislation in China reflects the generally low level of political participation by women in China. Take, for example, the proportion of women members of the National People’s Congress (NPC). Even with a gender quota aimed at promoting women’s engagement in politics, from 1978 onwards the percentage of women in the NPC has fluctuated around 21%. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the figure increased slightly to 23.4% this year, but China still ranked 62 out of 189 countries regarding women’s political participation – although this was above both the UK and the USA.

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chinese-military-at-computers
June 18, 2014

“Tensions over cybersecurity have been rising for some time. After the US Department of Justice indicted five Chinese military officials for the theft of corporate information on 19 May, China withdrew from a bilateral working group on cyber governance and prohibited the purchase of Windows 8 through government procurement. It also mounted a (mainly domestic) press campaign, accusing the US of being the world’s largest hacker and which culminated in a long report on American surveillance and communications monitoring programmes worldwide.”

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Shanghai Stock Market
June 17, 2014

“In the early period of economic reform in the 1980s, China managed without stock markets, but it needs them now. Rapid economic growth was financed by state-owned banks acting as conduits for government funds, with scant regard for efficiency. A massive splurge of investment boosted growth for over three decades, but during the 21st century this has turned into wasteful over-investment, especially during the 2008-2009 CNY 4 trillion stimulus to counter the global economic crisis.”

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Happy Girls
June 9, 2014

“In the face of opposition and with a population that is increasingly net-savvy the regulators are unlikely to be able to block foreign influence for much longer. Economic development has opened up China to the world. More and more Chinese have worked and travelled overseas and many have been educated in western countries. They are not only used to the idea of freedom of speech, but also consider it an essential element of any society and believe that freedom of speech and unfettered access to information are universal rights that make countries stronger.”

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